12 intellectual baby names for your oh-so-brilliant child

​​​​​The goal: That your baby grows up to be a total smarty-pants. So why not stack the deck in his or her favor with a name that exudes intelligence right out of the gate?

Here, 12 adorable monikers that are as cerebral as they are cool:

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BEATRICE

For a girl

Meaning: “She who brings happiness.” Also one of Shakespeare’s cleverest heroines. 

ARTHUR

For a boy

Meaning: “Bear.” (FYI, that’s his thinking face.)

ELEANOR

For a girl

Meaning: “Bright, shining one” (with a vibe that’s very Jane Austen smart-girl). 

FRANCES

For a boy or girl

Meaning: “Free one.” (Free thinker, that is.)

HUGO

For a boy

Meaning: “Mind and intellect.” A perfect fit.

HARRIET

For a girl

Meaning: “Estate ruler.” But we love the Harriet the Spy reference too.

ELDRIDGE

For a boy

Meaning: “Old, wise leader.”

RUTH

For a girl

Meaning: “Compassionate friend.” (The most intelligent ones usually are.)    

ROSALIND

For a girl

Meaning: “Pretty rose.” Also, most likely to challenge your ways.

ROBERTA

For a girl

Meaning: “Bright fame.” Bonus points for Bert as a nickname.

RHODES

For a boy

Meaning: “Where roses grow.” Also, scholarly.

HERMIONE

For a girl

Meaning: “Messenger, earthly.” Smartest person in her book club. 

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Sloane

Means “raider” or “warrior.” Guess we know who’s going to be champion of the playground.

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Carter

So presidential. So Beyoncé. So adorable.

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Taylor

Male… female… Swift, whatever…

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Jackson

Jack or Jackie for short.

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Lincoln

Honorable for a boy. Unique for a girl.

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Anderson

Perfect for budding journalists.

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Morgan

Gender-neutral names are totally having a moment.

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Barnes

Means “very young warrior”—perfect for your tough little guy.  

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Mackenzie

This cute name is becoming increasingly popular.

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Grant

Meaning: “great” or “grand.” Refers to how deep your love is for your tiny tot.

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Madison

An adorable New York-inspired moniker.

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Bailey

Old French for "law enforcer." No promises that this one won't get into mischief though. 

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Kelly

Clarkson, Osbourne, Rowland—we foresee feistiness in your baby girl’s future.

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Lee

In Old English, this name means “from a clearing.”

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Madden

Means “puppy,” which basically makes this the cutest baby name ever.

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Dawson

Will probably love creeks.

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Price

An ancient name with Welsh origins.

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Claire

This one means “bright and clear.”

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Davis

Means “adored,” because obviously.

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Quint

A little bit edgy, a lot bit adorable. 

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