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30 Names That Will Make Your Baby Sound Like a Genius
September 11, 2013 at 10:46 AM

30 Names That Will Make Your Baby Sound Like a Genius

by Julie Ryan Evans 

smart babyIf you're like me, when you get the list of classmates for your child's school year, it's a big deal. You look through it for anyone they might know, and then you look at the other children's names and start imagining the children to whom they belong.

Some names sound fun (Trixie, for example), and some sound like they belong to troublemakers (Harley, perhaps), and I wonder which ones will soon become names I hear each day as my children befriend them. Most of all, though, some names just sound smart. I imagine these kids being the brainy ones who will have their hands in the air with all the answers and soar to the top of the class. 

Of course, I'm usually completely off base when I actually meet the children who are nothing like I imagined them based on their names alone. Still, names do deliver a first impression, whether on a preschool classroom roster or on a resume when looking for a job. If you want asmart-sounding name for your child, then here are 30 to consider.

More from The Stir25 Best Gender-Neutral Baby Names


1. Josephine

2. Eleanor

3. Judith

4. Elizabeth

5. Constance

6. Martha

7. Laura

8. Barbara

9. Bryn

10. Nora

11. Olivia

12. Beatrice

13. Frances

14. Catherine

15. Alice


1. Arthur

2. Cornelius

3. Theodore

4. Walter

5. Clifford

6. Sebastian

7. David

8. Clinton

9. Rhodes

10. Stuart

11. Berkeley

12. Albert

13. Edwin

14. Conrad

15. Felix

What names would you add to this list?


  • Pandapanda
    September 11, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I love the name Constance. :)

  • Lovin_mybaby5
    September 11, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    We are naming our son Arthur III =)

  • LNLMommy
    September 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    I have an Olivia! I think Logan sounds pretty smart as well :-)

  • cuppycake91
    September 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    I like-



  • VintageWife
    September 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    I like Josephine but decided to go with Jocelyn for my first daughter. I was choosing between those two to get Josie as a nickname :) I like all those female ones and some of the male ones. I'd probably not use most of the male ones though. This one is a girl and her name is Autumn Arabella. I think it sounds great with Jocelyn Eliana.

  • kmqw229
    by kmqw229
    September 12, 2013 at 9:13 AM
    I like Josephine
  • meam4444
    September 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Going with number 4 with this baby girl!


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