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Scientists definitely name their children after the things they study

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  • Zoë Schlanger
By Zoë Schlanger

Environment reporter

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

Jacquelyn Gill, an ice age ecologist and professor at the University of Maine, asked science twitter if they ever named their kids after the things they study, using the hashtag #nerdynames.

Do botanists name their children after plants, for example? Do astronomers name their kids after celestial objects?

The answer, unsurprisingly, is absolutely:

Clearly any scientific discipline can have its own set of ingenious names for kids. Personally, if we extend the privilege to writers, I’m going with Fern.

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