Harvard-Bound Baby Names
Anna This one works best if you pronounce it "AH-na." It's very British that way and everyone knows an English accent automatically makes you smarter.
Emerson, Grayson, Anderson Another easy way to make a name sound smart? Add a -"son" to the end. Anderson Cooper, Jackson Pollock, Ralph Waldo Emerson ... all brilliant. It can't be a coincidence.
Niles The awesomely nerdy David Hyde Pierce made this one famous on "Frasier," where—in addition to uptight suits and ties—his character, Niles Crane also sported M.D., Ph.D. and A.P.A. after his name.
Blaine Pretty in Pink prep, Blaine, pulled off prep with swagger as he captured the heart of Molly Ringwald ... and every other girl born between 1970 and 1980. And we're still crushing hard on hottie dad Andrew McCarthy. (Works equally well for prep-school bound girls, just be sure to buy her plenty of pink Izod shirts and plaid skorts.)
Forbes Can the official magazine for rich and brilliant business people make for a fab baby name, too? Our sources say, "YES!"
Holden Okay, we admit it: We totally Cliff Notes'd The Catcher in the Rye in 11th grade English, so we might have missed some parts. But we definitely didn't miss the cool and clever name of the main character, Holden Caufield, who is (Wikipedia tells us) "among the most important characters of twentieth-century American literature." Who knew?!
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