Are Scientists Too Weird?
- Science lover
Let's run through a few names that have made America's top 1,000 lists in recent years:
Lexus, after a luxury car
Nautica, after a clothing label
Raiden, after a video-game character
Cannon, after a war weapon
Gage, after a horror-film child
Alizé, after a liquor
But you, wild woman, want to name your daughter after one of the greatest scientists and inventors of all time? A name that's unusual but has a simple, name-like form and classic nickname?
No, I don't think that's too weird. In fact, I think it's pretty awesome. I particularly like that the name comes with a meaning and story to share with with your child -- a scientific meaning, which is a scarce commodity in girls' names. (Scientific unit tables are rich in boys' names, like Newton, Watt and Pascal, and the name of Nikola Tesla's much less likeable rival, Edison, is a fast-rising choice for boys too.)
The one potential obstacle to your name choice is that it's so good, you have competition...competition that could move the name Tesla into Lexus territory.
Tesla Motors is a new entrant in the luxury automobile arena. The company named itself after electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla to highlight its focus on all-electric powertrains. At this point, I don't think that Tesla cars have taken command of the name. But if the company succeeds and grows, the balance could easily tip that way. (Imagine trying to name a child Cadillac because you admire the French explorer who founded the city of Detroit.)
Call this a green light for style, but a caution sign for unpredictable terrain ahead.