Great Minds, Great Names

Regular readers of our blog will be aware that we believe a reasonable case can be made for suggesting a beautiful, memorable name can be the germ for success, fame and fortune to flourish. Not always, admittedly – however, our blog posts on Russian supermodel names, beautiful Bond-girl names, and now, the Great Minds of our time, all suggest a tentative relationships with the name-principles of Theory of Names.

To the case in point, the October 2012 edition of The Red Bulletin Magazine, listed the 20 most marvellous minds on the planet. Top of the heap was James Lovelock, British scientist and futureologist and widely regarded as the person who identified the glocal warming effect of CFC’s.

We admire his powerful, alliterative surname (Love-Lock), his plain single-syllable first name (James), and the rare but evocative symbollism of his part-surname, Love. A worthy winner on various fronts.

To prove a point, the attractive designs of many of the other names are compelling-

Sir Tim Berners-Lee (Inventor of the Internet) – picture above.

Dina Katabi (Data Accelerator Scientist)

Kim Ung-Yong (World’s Highest IQ)

Michael McAlpine (Natural Battery Recharging)

Dickson D. Despommier (Eco-Microbiologist Farmer)

Nathan Wolfe (Human Virus Hunter)

Marissa Mayer (User Interface Designer and CEO Yahoo)

Matt Berg (Children’s Heathcare Monitor)

Ben Rattray (Social Activist and CEO of

Sebastian Seung (Human-Computer Mind Mapper)

Donald Sadoway (Renewal Energy Professor)

Eythor Bender (designer of wearable robots)

Elaine Mardis (Cancer Genome Researcher).

Now then – who said that giving your child a beautiful, memorable name wasn’t important…

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