Not everyone is itching to get on the hipster baby naming bandwagon; for some, it’s the legacy behind the moniker – not the popculture power, nor the #totes unique (read: totally bonkers), never-been-seen appeal.
If you’re looking for a title that has its origins in actual noble – or Nobel – pursuits, the type that will hold some serious gravitas against its Pokemon-inspired counterparts and the like, this list is for you.
Names For Boys
Introducing the science, peace and literature big-guns that totally rocked the world as we know it:
For: Werner Heisenberg
Why: Discovered the underlying principles of quantum mechanics.
For: Kofi Annan
Why: Shared his peace prize with the entire United Nations, of which he was the Secretary General at the time.
For: Desmond TuTu
Why: Archbishop TuTu was awarded his prize for his stand against South African apartheid.
For: Woodrow Wilson
Why: Woodrow Wilson bagged his prize for establishing the League Of Nations.
For: Linus Pauling
Why: Two-time Nobel prize-winner: once for peace, because he actively campaigned against weapons of mass destruction, and one in chemistry – another quantum physics pioneer who explored the nature of the chemical bond.
For: Ernest Hemingway
Why: Awarded the prize for “his master of the art of narrative”. Boom.
Names For Girls
Girl power was around long before Wannabe assaulted the airways:
For: Gerty Cori
Why: A scientist who fought to be admitted to medical school long in a staunchly patriarchal climate, and discovered how carbohydrates are broken down, leading to advances in diabetes research.
For: Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard
Why: Research with fruit flies earned Christiane a shared Nobel prize in medicine, with her discoveries unlocking incredible mysteries about evolution.
For: Ada Yonath
Why: The first Israeli woman to win a Nobel prize (for chemistry), breaking the 45 year cycle of male-only title holders in 2009.
For: Mother Teresa
Why: You have to ask?
For: Toni Morrison
Why: For her powerful expression of the experience of African American women, “characterised by visionary force and poetic import”.
For: Malala Yousafzai
Why: A leading advocate of girls’ rights, Malala took the honour in 2014 for her part in the struggle against the suppression of young people and for the right for all children to education.