College Baby Names

When you're on the prowl for the perfect name, anything can be an inspiration. Colleges around the country provide an endless possibilities for noteworthy baby names. Check out this list of baby names, each derived from the name of a college or university:

  • Carleton

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    An upscale name almost to the point of caricature, though Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk lent it some muscle. Read More 

  • Clara

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Long relegated to an Olde World backwater, the European-flavored Clara has been speeding up the charts on sleeker sister Claire's coattails for the past few decades. Now, many would say the... Read More 

  • Clare

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    This is the original, more prosaic spelling, but the airier Claire now dominates. Almost 700 spaces separate the two on the US popularity charts.

    If you're seeking a literary connection,... Read More 

  • Clark

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Clark seemed to have been Gone with the Wind, but parents looking for a short, strong boy's name are now beginning to appreciate its cool combination of Gable charm with Superman power. ... Read More 

  • Colby

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Colby Donaldson on Survivor made this a cool name in the early 2000s. It has lost some of its star power since then, slipping to Number 530 last year.Read More 

  • Cooper

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    The genial yet upscale and preppy Cooper was one of the first occupational last names to catch on -- and Cooper remains a pleasing option.

    Cooper began his rapid climb in 1982 and has... Read More 

  • Drew

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Drew is an elegant formerly male-only alternative to Andy that joined the stylishly upscale Paige-Brooke-Blair sorority, thanks largely to Drew Barrymore. Barrymore comes by her first name... Read More 

  • Duke

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    While John Wayne and Duke Ellington are worthy role models, the reason Duke is currently enjoying a revival and returned to the Top 1000 in 2013 as one of the year's fastest-rising Read More 

  • Emerson

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Emerson is a dignified, somewhat serious name associated with transcendental thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson. Much more popular now for girls since Desperate Housewife Teri Hatcher used it for her... Read More 

  • Emmanual

    Gender: M LoveDislike

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