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Scientists definitely name their children after the things they study

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By Zoë Schlanger
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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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