College Names: Rah! Rah! for names with a college degree.

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In the course of her daughter’s college search, guest blogger Susan Chesney discovered a whole new category of name possibilities.

Our daughter Laura is applying to colleges, fourteen of them to be exact. Her brother Peter  (Vassar ’08) took her on a college tour to New York and New England last summer. We didn’t accompany them so that we could save money.  I have an expensive weakness for decent accommodations and healthy food. But our kids can travel on a shoestring.

Peter and Laura visited twenty schools. They texted and called us often, talking incessantly about the various colleges they had visited that day and those they would be touring next.  I remember hearing the name “Sarah Lawrence” in a whole new light, and thinking, that’s pretty! “Bard” sounded quirky, and “Bates” sounded kind of creepy like the Bates Motel in “Psycho.”

When they returned home, the quest for the perfect college wasn’t over.  Laura has a book called “The Best 366 Colleges,” with descriptions of schools across the United States. Laura has been carrying THE BOOK around for two years now. She has talked about this college and that and is open to going to school in Ohio, Pennsylvania and even as near to her family as (gasp!) California! As she talks about different colleges, I am hearing more and more names that have cool potential for baby names, my constant obsession, as you Nameberryites all know!

Because we live in California where most college are universities named after the cities they are located in, many of the far-away liberal arts colleges have names that I had never heard of until now, such as Kenyon, Allegheny, and St. Olaf. But others have names that are familiar like Reed, Bowdoin, and, of course, Harvard.

A few days ago as I was obsessing about names, I realized that THE BOOK is not only an amazing collection of college descriptions, it is also a delightful dictionary of classic, quirky, vintage, and place names that could provide great inspiration for all of us on Nameberry.

College Names


ALLEGHENY (al-uh–GAIN-ee, but my daughter and I think uh-LEG-uhn-ee is prettier.) – Pennsylvania

(University of Michigan Ann) ARBOR – Michigan



BEREA – Kentucky

(University of California) BERKELEY (Go Bears! Sorry, I’m from California!)

(Sweet) BRIARVirginia

BRYN (Mawr) – Pennsylvania

CLARE(mont) – California

(Santa) CLARACalifornia

DREW – New Jersey, could be a boy’s name, too.

EMORYGeorgia–also unisex

MARQUETTE – Wisconsin

(Claremont) MCKENNACalifornia

SARAH (Lawrence) – New York

WILLA(mette) – Oregon


ALBION – Michigan

ALFRED – New York

(Saint) ANSELM – New Hampshire

BOWDOIN – Maine, great middle name!

CALVIN – Michigan

CARLETON – Minnesota


CLARK – Massachusetts

COOPER (Union) – New York

DUKENorth Carolina

EMERSON – Massachusetts

(Wake) FOREST (University of North Carolina)

HARVEY (Mudd) – California

HARVARD – Massachusetts

HENDRIX – Arkansas

(Sarah) LAWRENCE – New York

LINCOLN (University of Nebraska – Lincoln)


KNOX (The University of Tennessee at Knoxville)

(St.) OLAF – Minnesota


SIMON’s (Rock College of Bard) – Massachusetts

TRUMAN (State, Mo) – Missouri

WESLEY (an) – University – Connecticut, College – Georgia


XAVIER – University of Louisiana, University – Ohio

YALE – Connecticut

Now it’s your turn, Nameberryites! Think back to your college days. Tell us the name of your Alma Mater. If the college that you graduated from is blessed with a name that is befitting an infant, let us know. Otherwise tell us the name of your college and then share a potential baby name or two that have to do with the your college.

If you are planning to go to college, tell us some baby names that you associate with your dream college or university.

I will start:

I got my B.F.A. at Art Center. No baby name potential there. But it was on Lida Street. Lida, a lovely name for a girl!  I got my M.A.T. at Occidental College. Occidental sounds like a dentist, not a baby name. But the name of the cafeteria and dining hall is Clancy’s. Love Clancy for a boy or a girl.

SUSAN CHESNEY, a graduate of Art Center College of Design, was the president of a graphics company for twelve years. She lives near Pasadena, California with her husband Kent, daughter Laura (son Peter lives nearby), dog Roxanne Louise and cat MosesMalone.

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Katie Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 2:35 am

What about Cornell (Ithaca, NY)? Or a feminization – Cornelia.

Jill Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 3:14 am

What a wonderful blog, Susan!!! My Alma Maters can’t be used as names, but more schools that can work as names:

Penn (University of Pennsylvania)
GEORGE Washington
College of William and Mary

University of GEORGIA

Thanks, Susan! 🙂

CK Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 3:17 am

I actually live somewhat near to St. Olaf. They have an amazing music program.

I almost went to Luther (which is a great name itself and also has an amazing music program; it’s annual Christmas concert is televised on PBS every year). The buildings on campus have some really great scandinavian names, too, although I can only remember a few: Brandt, Olin, Ylvisaker, Olson, and Larsen.

disa_lan Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 3:43 am

I think this blog is great! You know you’re truly addicted to names when you find inspiration every where. I recently bought a dictionary of mythology and legends and it has been quite satisfying for this name nerd.
I think there is a lot of potential here.
I really like the following-
Arbor – love trees.
Berkeley – I love this for a girl. I have friend going to Berkeley.
Lincoln – love the nn Linc

Mila Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 6:38 am

Not all recommended but here are some I don’t think have been mentioned:
Johns Hopkins
Boston College
U. of Virginia
U. of Texas, Austin
Georgia I.T.
U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
U. of N. Carolina, Chapel Hill
U. of Pennsyvania, Wharton
Yale, New Haven

Fran Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 6:50 am

I went to Emory and there actually was a guy there named Emery.

LyndsayJenness Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 7:08 am

Haha, California college names definitely fail. Riverside, Irvine, Fullerton, Long Beach, San Diego… lame-o.

I went to Santa Ana College, so Ana is obvious. I also went to San Francisco State University… Francisco is ok. It was right next to Lake Merced. I go to Grand Canyon University now… Canyon could be a name. The online system is called Angel… Hmm, mine aren’t very good.

Drexel is a university in Pennsylvania. So is Arcadia. Those are both cool names.

Sherri Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 8:13 am

I can’t believe that ROWAN isn’t on your list! It makes me so mad when people name their child Rowan… it’s the name of the largest University in South Jersey! (Not a baby name)

I personally wouldn’t ever name my child after a college, just because sooo many people will say…. “Harvard? Like the College???” And I don’t want my child to have to answer that question his or her whole life.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 8:18 am

I went to UW — MADISON, an obvious choice (though not one I would make)

PDXLibrarian Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 8:27 am

I’m from Oregon originally. Willa would not be a nickname for Willamette as we pronounce it Will – Am – It with the emphasis on AM.

Kim W Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 8:44 am

I went to Kenyon!! Great school! I hear Kenyon as a boys name every once in a while.

punkprincessphd Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 9:38 am

So…the recent Nameberry survey showed that a vast number of NB’s are scattered across the globe. So why should the post be limited to US colleges? Oxbridge, in particular, have a number of great choices between them – for example, Magdalen College, Oxford (pr. “MAUD-lin”), and Caius College, Cambridge (pr. “KEYS”). Or…how about Cambridge? Oxford also boasts Lincoln, Harris (Manchester), and Oriel, Cambridge features Churchill, Clare, Selwyn, Darwin, Lucy Cavendish, and both Oxford and Cambridge include a Trinity College and a Pembroke.

My own Alma Mater is uninspiring (Queen’s University, Belfast), but Memorial, where I hold a post-doc, kind of strikes me for a middle name….

Trish Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 9:47 am

I went to American… it’s not really a person-worthy name. But we have some good names connected to the school, like:

Artemas (Ward, whose statue is right in front of campus)
Hurst (Hall, home of the biology department)
Kay (Spiritual Life Center)
Leonard (Hall, a dormitory I lived in)
McKinley (Hall, home of the linguistics department)
Tenley (Campus, a 15-minute walk from the main campus)

JNE Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 10:08 am

Woot! Bryn Mawr!!! And I went to High School with a Brynn who ALSO attended Bryn Mawr with me.

Others for the list:
Meredith (in Raleigh, NC)
Peace (in Raleigh, NC)
Mary (Washington)
(St.) David’s (nr Philly)
Franklin and Marshall (that’s a two-for)
Duquesne (doo KAYN)
La Salle
Rose(mont) (nr Philly)
(St) Joseph(‘s) (nr Philly)
Thomas Jefferson (another two-for)
Cedar (Crest)

Yes, these are generally eastern PA colleges, but that’s where I grew up!

amaryllis Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 10:38 am

PDXLibrarian – thanks for making a note of that! I was just about to myself!

As an alum from George Fox University (near Portland, OR), I will nominate both George and Fox as possible collegiate baby names!

klsteele Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 10:44 am

I go to school at The University of Alabama. So, Crimson would be a nice choice. I also have meant probably a dozen Bryants named after Paul “Bear” Bryant, the famous football coach. I, also, did meet a woman in the doctor’s office who had b/g twins named Bryant and Bama.

vikki Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 10:44 am

OK…my alma mater is CLEMSON…which is a perfectly legitimate name for a boy. And as a good rival says….I would never name my kid this, but University of South CAROLINA is a cool name for a girl. Other South Carolina schools with good kid names.

FURMAN University,
LANDER University
WINTHROP University
ALLEN College
MORRIS College

gingerkid Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 10:50 am

Some interesting names on this list…I especially like Arbor, Briar, and Bryn. 🙂

I got my undergraduate degree at Smith, which I don’t think anyone’s too keen on using for a name (although Samantha Jones on Sex and the City renaming her hunky boyfriend Smith maybe inspired a few parents-to-be). The founder of Smith, though, was a very progressive, interesting woman named Sophia (so-FY-uh) Smith, and Sophia was my favorite name for a girl while I was in college, coincidentally. I would never use it now, it being so popular.

Some potential baby names from around the Smith campus, though: Lanning, Sage, Tenney, Chase, Dawes, Albright, Baldwin, Lilly, Tilly, Wesley, Tyler, Morrow, Haven, and Pierce. 🙂

I got my graduate degree at NYU, which *really* has nothing going for it name-wise.

Meredith Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 11:02 am

There is actually a Knox College in IL. My alma mater is the university of Georgia, which we used for a family pet’s name. Otherwise, I might really consider it. I know some little Carolines that were definitely influenced by North and South Carolina.

British American Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 11:05 am

I went to the University of Nottingham, England.

I had a quick look around their website for some names…

Jubilee (Campus)
Florence (Boot Hall)

Willoughby (Hall)
Trent (Building)
(DH) Lawrence (Pavillion)
Hugh Stewart (Hall)
Lenton (& Wortley Hall)
Lincoln (Hall)
Sherwood (Hall)
Clifton (Boulevard)
Derby (Road / Hall)
Caven(dish Hall)
Sutton (Bonington Campus)
Eviton (Residental Hall)
Barton (Residental Hall)
(Sir) Harry (& Lady Djanogly Learning Resource Centre)

Erin Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 11:58 am

I went to Northern Essex Community College, so there isn’t much there, except maybe North, which I know some like, but it’s not really my thing. It is however located on Elliot Street (a name I LOVE!). The Bentley Library also gives a great name choice (Bentley is a great name, and very up-and-coming).

Great job today, Susan! Colleges are a great inspiration for names, and I don’t think I ever realized it! 🙂

Stephanie Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 11:59 am

Sherri– Being the largest school in south Jersey isn’t all that impressive when you’re looking at an entire country’s worth of college and universities!

However, my husband and I met at Rowan, and so our future daughter’s name (hopefully some day I’ll get my little girl!!!) is Micaela Rowan. Our son (8/1/09) is Xavier Shea — we’re Mets fans. I hope we can continue this pattern! 🙂

danielle8933 Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Imagine the name possibilities if you look at the dorm names at all these schools!

stephanie_elizabeth Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I went to the University of Nebraska-Omaha, so no really good names there…but our mascot was the Mavericks! Our “mascot” was a bull named Durango. There is also Herbie Husker from UNL.
Other Nebraska Colleges:
Doane College-in Crete
Creighton University
Hastings College
Bellevue University
Clarkson College
College of St. Mary
Dana College-in Blair
Grace University
York College
Feel free to use any of these, as most of you are not Nebraskans and the connection would not be obvious. My cousin named her son Creighton…I immediately
Feel free to use any of these, as most of you are not Nebraskans and the connect

stephanie_elizabeth Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 12:28 pm

sorry, my computer is acting up…

Elle Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 12:45 pm

danielle8933 – I love the dorm name idea. I am a Whitworth graduate (another Washington School) that I think would be a different sort of name for someone. But we had the most amazing dorm names:

Baldwin – Jenkins


Kerri Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 12:51 pm

I am from wisconsin…my brother calls his son “Bucky” as a nickname (mascot = Bucky Badger)

susan Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Hi, everybody, love all of your responses! Dorms are a great inspiration for baby names! Sorry I didn’t include every college in the whole country. I was afraid my blog would get to be too long.
I was just thinking about how before I went to Art Center, I went to Glendale Community College for a year or so. Couldn’t get into Art Center at first. For a while, I had to go to Art Center night school in order to improve my portfolio.
During the day I went to Glendale College which is where I met my husband Kent. We met in art history class. Our fabulous professor’s name was Leonard. Leonard, Leopold, and Leo are all great names, and I have thought of using them before. During our time at Glendale College, Kent and I used to love hanging out at a lovely little park on Bonita Drive which was near the college. Bonita is a beautiful name, too. We also loved going to a big park across the street from Glendale College. It was called Verdugo Park. Verdugo means “green” in Spanish. Love the name Green as a middle name!
Sometimes, when you have to put off your dream school for a while, great things can happen in the meantime! After Glendale College, Kent transferred to Occidental as a junior, and I got into Art Center full time. Occidental and Art Center were only twenty minutes or less from each other – depended on who was driving. So we continued to see each other every day.

Nephele Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Great blog, Susan! Hmm… How about “Palmer” as a college name for a boy? From my graduate school: Palmer School of Library & Information Science, C.W. Post Center, Long Island University. (That’s a mouthful!)

Buggins Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I went to Drew (in Madison, NJ) as an undergrad, and knew of an alum couple who named their kids Madison and Drew. I went to Villanova for grad school and like the nickname Nova. 🙂

Hmm, as for names related to the school… Casperson, Asbury, Embury, Holloway, Baldwin, Haselton, Hurst, Tipple, Tolley, Wendell, Riker, Haselton, Hannon, Dorothy, Gilbert, Lewis, Mead, Rose, Pepin, Wesley, Sycamore, Simon, Tilghman, Kirby, Zuck.

Rebekah Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 2:46 pm

My fiance and I met in college, at Quinnipiac University, in CT. We think the name Quinn is adorable, and will probably end up using it, but Pia is also in there, which might be cute, too.

Buggins Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Forgot to add… when I was at ‘Nova for grad school, I lived in the town over, Bryn Mawr. It’s where I met my husband, so we’ve considered giving our first daughter Brynn as a middle name. My husband thinks it’s lame- we wouldn’t be using Newark or Irvington as a middle name had we met/conceived her there, but I still think it’s a cute sentiment, and fortunately, Bryn/Brynn is a beautiful name! 🙂

Novalina88 Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I go to Christopher Newport University in Virginia, so Christopher is an obvious one! None of the building names would be good kids names though!

beeplaysbass Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 3:56 pm

I am going to Clarkson University in NY right now and I think that Clarkson would be a great first or even middle name for a child. I’m considering it myself because I met my fiancé there as well…

susan Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I really love Clarkson nn Clark! Cool!

redridinghood Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Lovely blog, Susan! I had to tune in because I knew it was you!

I went to the University of Hull in Humberside, East Yorkshire. No material there, sadly, for names!


JNE Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Trinity (Ireland), to go international a little
But some places I’ve done classes or received a degree do not work:
London School of Economics

JNE Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Oh, and best of luck to your daughter, Susan!

Jillian Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I attended the University of Dayton – I guess you could use it. A couple we know were neighbors on a street called Evanston so they almost chose that as their son’s middle name. I also lived in a wing of a dorm (Stuart) called Adele and I really like it. I think I recently read in our alumni newsletter that an alumni couple named their twins Stuart and Adele after the dorm they met in.

cew1114 Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Hahaha. I just found it quite funny seeing as I live in the town that Colby Collage is in, and Maine is usually not seen much!

tracylyn Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 5:28 pm

my husband and i attended michigan state university, and while i do find the name arbor to be lovely, the rivalry between msu and uofm is just too great to embrace even a name as pretty as that one!

we have been considering the name of one of the large sporting complexes on campus for our future little girl: breslin. she’s pretty, reminds us of where we met, and a bit irish, so she works for us. 🙂

k_lareese Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 5:55 pm

PDXLibrarian and amaryllis – I was going to post about Willamette, too. Definitely shouldn’t be used to get Willa since the pronunciation is so different.

Anyway, I got my B.A. from the University of Oregon. The only name that I can think of from that is Eugene/Eugenia because the University is in Eugene, Oregon.

My J.D. is from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver. Unfortunately, the only name I that I can think might be acceptable would be Asbury, which is the street the building is on.

dizzy Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I went to George Washington. My niece is starting her college search and has toured James Madison. I’ll work on making names out of these tough ones.

salifer Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I am quite a few years away from college, but at the moment I dream of attending Le Cordon Bleu, McGill, or Parsons.
What about:
-Piers (kind of a stretch :D)

I love reading your blogs, Susan! I hope you continue to write them!

phoebesmom Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 7:03 pm

I went to Texas A&M, so maybe AGGIE?, although think it’s KYLE field has spawned more namesakes. I also attended LAMAR University.

Helly Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I went to USC, so no obvious names there. However, since we are the Trojans how about TROY? HELEN?

Dorms + Other Buildings + Schools:
FLUOR (Tower)
BOVARD (Auditorium)
LEAVEY (Library)
KECK (School of Medicine)
MARSHALL (Business School)
GALEN (Athletic Center)

Violet Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 8:31 pm

I go to Arcadia University in Eastern PA and have considered it as a potential middle name for any future kids.

Go Knights!

dancer4life Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I am not even thinking much about colleges yet (I’m a little young), but my mom went to Gordon College in New York. I don’t really like the name Gordon, but it’s a name!

Jenny Says:

February 22nd, 2010 at 11:56 pm

My parents were both Ohio University Bobcats and Dad really wanted to name me Roberta Catherine.

Kristin Says:

February 23rd, 2010 at 12:58 am

I went to a California school no one has mentioned yet and I think it might make a good boys middle name, Humboldt State University.

Much of my family(grandfather, father, mother, aunt, cousin) went to Univ of California @ Berkeley. I am kinda partial to Cal and I grew up with a girl named Berkeley.

kjoebbb Says:

February 23rd, 2010 at 1:25 am

I’m going to Shelton State Community College right now and transferring to the University of Alabama in fall. Neither of those offer any people names; however, I see Auburn on the list! War Eagle! I’d so name my kid that.

Annelise Says:

February 23rd, 2010 at 1:28 am

Great post! I only thought of Macalaster to add.

As a Reed alum, I have to point out that it’s in Oregon, not California. It just wouldn’t be the same school in a different location!

kjoebbb Says:

February 23rd, 2010 at 1:29 am

Oh! I just thought about it. The communications building is Reese Phifer Hall. I lovelovelove the name Reese!

susan Says:

February 23rd, 2010 at 2:40 am

Oh, Annelise, why did I put that Reed is in California? I am sorry! I know that it’s in Oregon. I must have had a brain freeze!

Kathleen West Says:

February 23rd, 2010 at 3:48 am

I went to Westmont in Santa Barbara, CA. Names: Barbara, Clark (a dorm), Gundry (a famous New Testament professor), Kerrwood (the lovely administration building). Could be a lot of other ideas.

CanaLyn Says:

February 23rd, 2010 at 11:44 pm

I LOVE how my soon-to-be alma mater was on this list! Auburn is an absolutely amazing name for a girl.

I also have heard Crimson (and Krymson), Bryant, Paul (my grandmother named my uncle after the Bear AND a disciple… oh dear how very Southern my roots are…)
My cousin is named Jordan (after Ralph “Shug” Jordan, the stadium’s namesake here at Auburn).

As for other interesting names:
Duncan Hall (Music and arts, or Architecture. One of the two)
Haley Center (Mostly Liberal Arts)
Magnolia Hall (Dorm)
Parker Hall (Math)
Shelby Center (Engineering)
Telfair (Telfair Peet Theatre, swear.)
Samford Hall (Administration)
Katharine Cooper Cater Hall (Administration)

I think I’ve heard of a kid named Aubie, after our mascot, but I’m not sure.

millymom619 Says:

February 25th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

re: Allegheny – not just a college, but also a river. It’s typically pronounced “AL-uh-GEEN-ee” by locals for both the college and river. Trust me – there are no positive connotations that could be derived from this name, no matter how you change the pronunciation. That child could never live East of the Mississippi.

michele Says:

February 26th, 2010 at 6:59 am

I attended a small Kentucky university named Brescia. I think that might be an interesting name for a girl. It’s also an Italian place name.

Alaina Says:

February 26th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

I laughed at the idea of naming a child ALLEGHENY, since I’ve always known it as the name of the river. If you love the sound of Native American words though, they are easy to find all over the east coast.
As someone from Ohio who now lives in California, I think it would be comparable to naming your child Fresno.

Primrose Says:

February 28th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I laughed at the possiblity of naming a child Allegheny. I’m from Pittsburgh and have never thought of it as anything other than the river, area, or school districts (North Allegheny and West Allegheny). If you ever seen the river you would never name a child after it, It’s pretty disgusting also the part of town Allegheny isn’t that nice either.

I’m also in the search for the perfect college. I’m looking to be a music education major so I’m looking at more liberal arts schools and some have great names! Most of these are East Coast schools.

Some of possiblities!

Ithaca (Ithaca, New York)
Ashland (PA)
Arcadia (PA)
Aurora (IL)
Creighton (I know a guy named this. His parents met there) (NE)
Lincoln (Memorial) (TN)

Andre Says:

March 1st, 2010 at 11:45 am

Baylor is definitely for boys

Mary Says:

March 2nd, 2010 at 3:23 am

I Love the blog too! I’m from SLC, Utah so here’s some ideas:
Juan Diego

CG Says:

March 15th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

I went to Auburn in Alabama so I’m thrilled to see that name on your list 🙂

Lindsey Says:

March 28th, 2010 at 11:46 pm

I went to St. Olaf, which was a lovely place full of great people but I would never consider using as a name! I currently go to Sarah Lawrence (also a lovely place full of great people), and I think the students’ nickname for the college–Sadie Lou–would make an adorable name.

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Emily Says:

August 5th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

I’m from Auburn, AL, so I was thrilled to see that on the list! Here are some names from around campus (mostly surnames that could work as firsts).

Names of buildings:

Sport centers:

Eagle (from “War Eagle!”)
Tiger (the mascot)

Dean, Donahue, and Thach are names of major roads that could work too.

Adriana Gonzale Says:

August 11th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Classic tales! LITTLE RED riding HOOD

misswoodhouse09 Says:

August 21st, 2010 at 1:17 am

My alma mater is perfect for this!

Agnes Scott-two names right there! Also I lived in dorms Rebekah, Avery, Inman (for a boy), Walter(s), Alston Student Center, Dana Arts Center, and Bradley Observatory!

Kathryn Says:

September 25th, 2010 at 1:03 am

What about Juniata?

Rebecca E Says:

October 12th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

I go to Fordham University, which could make a nice name. My brother went to Carnegie Mellon and my parents went to University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa so I don’t think there’s a name there.

Stefanie Says:

December 26th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I’m at Villanova now and Nova is a good middle name. Some of the buildings on campus with good names are

Jenn Says:

April 25th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

My alma mater is William & Mary. As for some great place names around campus, there’s:
Blair Hall
Tyler Hall
Adair Hall
Tucker Hall
Mason (business school)
Yates Field
Barrett Hall
and of course the school mascot, the Griffin!

ambi Says:

May 3rd, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I’m late to this post, but I have to nominate my alma mater: HENDRIX College in Arkansas. It’s a small liberal arts school, and I think it would make a great boy’s name.

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PeppyM Says:

October 7th, 2011 at 1:11 am

I went to Washington University in St. Louis for graduate school and law school. Some good names from that school are:
Eliot (for founder William Greenleaf Eliot)
Danforth (for the campus)
George or Warren (for the social work school)
Graham (the chapel)

I like the idea of street names or dorm names too.

My husband went to Furman and Penn. Furman, Penn and Wharton.

Another good inspiration is fraternities/sororities’ founders. Some good names from mine:
Ruby, Della, Maude, Frances, Alice, Mary and Helen.

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