Science themed names for girls

I posted a similar thread on science themed names for boys here:

I struggle much more in science themed names for girls that are not nature that I really like. Many last names don’t seem to suit and first names of famous female scientists seem so outdated like Rosalind, Marie, Ada.

Does anyone have any suggestions?


I’ll try to avoid the well known 10 or so, plus options to feminize influential males in STEM (ex. [name_u]Halley[/name_u] as in [name_u]Halley[/name_u]’s comet / [name_m]Edmund[/name_m] [name_u]Halley[/name_u])

Some from this site:

Tiera [name_m]Guinn[/name_m]
[name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] [name_m]Blackwell[/name_m]
[name_f]Jane[/name_f] Goodall
[name_f]Mae[/name_f] C. Jemison
[name_f]Jennifer[/name_f] Doudna
[name_f]Katherine[/name_f] Freese
[name_f]Rachel[/name_f] [name_u]Carson[/name_u]
[name_u]Maria[/name_u] Goeppert [name_m]Mayer[/name_m]
[name_f]Sara[/name_f] [name_m]Seager[/name_m]
[name_f]Jane[/name_f] Cooke [name_m]Wright[/name_m]
[name_f]Vera[/name_f] [name_m]Rubin[/name_m]
Sau Lan Wu
[name_f]Barbara[/name_f] McClintock
[name_f]Rita[/name_f] [name_m]Levi[/name_m]-Montalcini
[name_f]Gertrude[/name_f] [name_m]Elion[/name_m]

Some Canadian women in STEM from this article ( ) not that that’s relevant to you necessarily:
[name_u]Julie[/name_u] Payette
[name_f]Joanne[/name_f] [name_f]Liu[/name_f]
[name_f]Ursula[/name_f] [name_m]Franklin[/name_m]
[name_f]Roberta[/name_f] Bondar
[name_m]Saadia[/name_m] Muzaffar
[name_f]Donna[/name_f] Strickland
[name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] Bagshaw
[name_f]Tamar[/name_f] Huggins
[name_f]Eugenia[/name_f] Duodu
[name_f]Ann[/name_f] Cavoukian

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Gerty! Like [name_f]Gerty[/name_f] [name_f]Cori[/name_f].

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I don’t think [name_f]Rosalind[/name_f] or [name_f]Ada[/name_f] are outdated!


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As someone named [name_u]Haley[/name_u] after the [name_u]Hale[/name_u] Bopp comet, I can so relate to that :slight_smile:

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I like [name_f]Tiera[/name_f], [name_f]Tamar[/name_f] and [name_f]Sara[/name_f].

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Elara is pretty.

Just came from your boys’ thread! I’m expecting it to be more challenging to collect femme-coded names for several reasons:

  • It’s pretty easy to take a surname and plunk it into a first name slot for boys, but a lot of people (myself included) don’t react as well to surnames as first names for girls.
  • Obviously women in S.T.E.M. fields are historically under-represented and often go unrecognized, with their work being credited to others (usually men).
  • Most lists of science names for girls tend to stick to nature names (which I’m going to try to avoid) or feminized versions of famous male scientists.

There may be some cross-posting between this and my response to your boys’ list. I’m including surnames that I think could work on a girl or have a feminine nickname. As with the boys’ list, I will be mostly avoiding word and nature names, and only mythological names that have actual scientific uses (like the names of moons or constellations for example) will be included. Here we go!


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These are a few scientist I could come up with, but there are loads in astrophysics/astronomy if you were looking for something more celestial!
[name_f]Caroline[/name_f] [name_m]Herschel[/name_m] – first woman to discover a comet and to be paid for being an astronomer
[name_f]Lise[/name_f] Meitner – pioneer of nuclear fission referred to as ‘[name_m]Germany[/name_m]’s [name_u]Marie[/name_u] Curie’
[name_f]Gabrielle[/name_f]-[name_f]Emilie[/name_f] – [name_u]French[/name_u] mathematician and physicist
[name_f]Henrietta[/name_f] Leavitt – astronomer that worked on variable stars
[name_u]Evelyn[/name_u] [name_u]Leland[/name_u]- [name_m]Harvard[/name_m] Astronomer
[name_f]Rachel[/name_f] [name_u]Carson[/name_u] – [name_f]Marine[/name_f] Biologist
[name_u]Ruby[/name_u] [name_f]Violet[/name_f] [name_m]Payne[/name_m]-[name_m]Scott[/name_m] – first female radio astronomer
[name_f]Charlotte[/name_f] [name_m]Moore[/name_m] Sitterly – astronomer who conducted spectroscopic studies of the [name_f]Sun[/name_f]
[name_f]Beatrice[/name_f] [name_f]Tinsley[/name_f] – [name_u]Yale[/name_u] astronomer who worked on galaxy evolution
[name_f]Alice[/name_f] Alldredge – oceanographer
[name_f]Estrella[/name_f] [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] Carothers – zoologist/geneticist
[name_f]Martha[/name_f] Cowles [name_u]Chase[/name_u] – geneticist
[name_f]Sophia[/name_f] Eckerson – botanist
[name_f]Isabella[/name_f] [name_m]Gordon[/name_m] – marine biologist
[name_f]Amy[/name_f] [name_m]Hodgson[/name_m] – botanist
[name_f]Clara[/name_f] Immerwahr – Chemist

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I think there are a lot of female scientists who have beautiful names, but most of them just aren’t as famous as the likes of [name_u]Marie[/name_u] Curie. One of my favourites is [name_f]Polina[/name_f], inspired by [name_f]Polina[/name_f] Bayvel.

I also thought of:
[name_f]Jocelyn[/name_f] ([name_u]Bell[/name_u] [name_m]Burnell[/name_m])
[name_f]Cecilia[/name_f] ([name_m]Payne[/name_m]-Gaposchkin)
[name_f]Emmanuelle[/name_f] (Charpentier)
[name_f]Mileva[/name_f] (Marić)
[name_f]Corinne[/name_f] ([name_m]Le[/name_m] Quéré)
[name_f]Vera[/name_f] ([name_m]Rubin[/name_m])

Dorothy (Hodgkin)
[name_m]Franklin[/name_m], as in [name_f]Rosalind[/name_f] [name_m]Franklin[/name_m] could work for a girl I think
[name_f]Irene[/name_f] (Juliot-Curie)
[name_f]Lise[/name_f] (Meitner)

Adelle - [name_f]Adelle[/name_f] of the Saracens
[name_f]Alessandra[/name_f] - [name_f]Alessandra[/name_f] Giliani
[name_f]Anna[/name_f] - [name_f]Anna[/name_f] Botsford Comstock
[name_f]Antimony[/name_f] - element
Anyte - Anyte of Tegea
[name_f]Carol[/name_f] - [name_f]Carol[/name_f] Greider
[name_f]Christiane[/name_f] - [name_f]Christiane[/name_f] Nusslein-Volhard
[name_f]Catherine[/name_f] - [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] de Parthenay
[name_f]Dorothy[/name_f] - [name_f]Dorothy[/name_f] Crowfoot Hodgkin
[name_f]Elektra[/name_f] - electricity
[name_f]Elisabeth[/name_f] - [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] [name_m]Blackburn[/name_m]
[name_f]Emily[/name_f] - [name_f]Emily[/name_f] Roebling
[name_f]Energy[/name_f] - energy, obviously
Françoise - Françoise Barré-Sinoussi
[name_f]Frances[/name_f] - [name_f]Frances[/name_f] [name_m]Arnold[/name_m]
[name_f]Gravity[/name_f] - the force
[name_f]Hypatia[/name_f] - [name_f]Hypatia[/name_f] (370–415 CE)
Irène - Irène Joliot-Curie
[name_f]Lilian[/name_f] - [name_f]Lilian[/name_f] [name_f]Jane[/name_f] Gould
[name_f]Linda[/name_f] - [name_f]Linda[/name_f] [name_m]Buck[/name_m]
[name_f]May[/name_f]-[name_u]Britt[/name_u] - [name_f]May[/name_f]-[name_u]Britt[/name_u] Moser
[name_f]Rosalyn[/name_f] - [name_f]Rosalyn[/name_f] Yalow
[name_f]Sara[/name_f] - [name_f]Sara[/name_f] [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] [name_m]Baker[/name_m]
[name_u]Silver[/name_u] - element
[name_f]Sophia[/name_f] - [name_f]Sophia[/name_f] Brahe
[name_f]Violet[/name_f] - Ultra violet

Here are a few more ideas:

Beatrix: After [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f] [name_m]Potter[/name_m], who was a scientist in addition to being an author/illustrator

Katherine: After [name_f]Katherine[/name_f] [name_m]Johnson[/name_m], NASA scientist and mathematician instrumental to the moon landing

Rachel: After [name_f]Rachel[/name_f] [name_u]Carson[/name_u], biologist and conservationist

I didn’t know [name_u]Marie[/name_u], [name_f]Rosalind[/name_f], and [name_f]Ada[/name_f] were outdated. I like those names. Maybe could do [name_f]Rosalie[/name_f] as a variation of [name_f]Rosalind[/name_f]?

Other ideas that I haven’t seen mentioned but may have just missed them (my ctrl F is not working properly on this site):

[name_f]Alice[/name_f] [name_f]Augusta[/name_f] Ball (developed a leprosy treatment)
[name_f]Athena[/name_f], goddess of wisdom
Anova (It’s a statistics thing if you’re feeling adventurous in creating names. What can I say? I enjoy statistics and thought Anova sounded pretty haha :sweat_smile:)
Dorothy Vaughan (NASA mathematician)
[name_f]Flossie[/name_f] [name_m]Wong[/name_m]-Staal (virologist and molecular biologist and first to clone HIV)
[name_f]Frances[/name_f] [name_u]Kelsey[/name_u] (stopped Thalimide) - I’m actually considering using the name Kelsey :blush:
[name_f]Grace[/name_f] [name_u]Hopper[/name_u]
[name_f]Margaret[/name_f] [name_f]Ann[/name_f] Bulkley (Pretended to be [name_u]James[/name_u] [name_u]Barry[/name_u] so she could go to medical school)
Mary Jackson (NASA mathematician and engineer)
Minerva, Athena’s Roman equivalent
[name_f]Maryam[/name_f] Mirzakhani
[name_f]Shirley[/name_f] [name_f]Ann[/name_f] [name_u]Jackson[/name_u]