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Raise a future scientist with one of these cool science-themed baby names

Choosing a name for your baby is one of the first major decisions you will make as parents. Deciding between a unique name, incorporating a family name, or keeping up with the hottest name trends can be tough.

Maybe you hope the name you choose will help shape who your child will become. If so, science-themed baby names can give you an endless list of names with deeper meanings or role models for your kids to look up to.

Scientists question the world around us and try to make sense of our experiences. Whether you love nature, innovation, or space, there is a ton of inspiration for science baby names.

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Famous scientists

Combing through lists of famous scientists can give you more classic, traditional names to choose from. Each of these scientists contributed great gifts to their fields. You could study up and find a perfect role model after which to name your baby, or choose a name you simply like.

For more classic science baby names, check out these famous scientists.

Boy Names

  • Leonardo: or Leo: after Leonardo da Vinci, world-renowned artist and scientist
  • Nicolaus or Nikola: Nicolaus Copernicus was a Renaissance mathematician while Nikola Tesla was an inventor with a knack for electricity
  • Isaac or Newton: Isaac Newton is famous for his laws of gravity
  • Benjamin or Franklin: Benjamin Franklin famously created the lightening rod and bifocals
  • Daniel or Gabriel: Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit’s first or middle name can be a subtle nod to the man who invented the Fahrenheit temperature scale and mercury thermometers
  • Charles or Darwin: Known for his theory of evolution, Charles Darwin studied animals off the Galapagos Islands
  • Alexander or Graham: Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone
  • Thomas or Edison: Thomas Edison’s contributions include the lightbulb and improving upon Bell’s telephone

Girl Names

  • Mary: Mary Anning hunted fossils in England
  • Ada: Ada Lovelace was a mathematician who wrote algorithms that eventually helped us develop computers
  • Marie: A pioneer in radioactive elements, Marie Currie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize
  • Rosalind: An English scientist, Rosalind Franklin took x-ray images of DNA, which was an important step to later understanding the structure of DNA
  • Jane: Jane Goodall is known for dedicating much of her life to studying and understanding chimpanzees
  • Henrietta: Henrietta Swan Leavitt was an astronomer who studied the luminosity of stars
  • Nora: Nora Stanton Blatch was an architect and civil engineer

Out of this world names

Considering a space theme while brainstorming nursery ideas? How about space baby names? From planets to stars, satellites, and telescopes, you can find creative names for your future astronaut. Space names, especially star- or planet-inspired names, have many meanings and can come with fun stories.


  • Halley: Halley’s Comet is a once or twice in a lifetime event


  • Venus
  • Neptune
  • Jupiter


  • Orion
  • Leo
  • Lyra
  • Ara
  • Carina
  • Norma
  • Phoenix


  • Ariel
  • Chandra
A baby and a crib

Playing with the elements

Consulting the periodic table can give you creative science baby names that can be a little more subtle. Some examples of element-inspired baby names with their respective elements include:

  • Titan (titanium)
  • Rubi (rubidium)
  • Frank (francium)
  • Ruth (ruthenium)
  • Argon
  • Tennessee (tennessine)
  • Lawrence (lawrencium)
  • Berk (berkelium)

Science terminology

If none of these science baby names leave you feeling inspired, you could always dust off an old science textbook and flip through the glossary in hopes of discovering your next baby name. Some cute and unique baby names can include:

  • Axle
  • Dune
  • Dyson
  • Eureka
  • Flora
  • Fauna
  • Gauge
  • Gene
  • Ion
  • Nimbus
  • Peat
  • Prism
  • Punnett
  • (Compass) Rose
  • Savannah
  • Taiga
  • Tesla
  • Tundra

Scientists observe what is happening around us and try to piece it all together. These science-themed baby names just might help you raise a future scientist.

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