Engineering Baby Names: 49 Uniquely Geeky Names

Discover 49 unique engineering baby names in this extensive list! Plus a short history of the engineer themselves and the meaning of the name. 

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Engineering Baby Names for Boys

Alan. Alan Turing was a mathematician and computer scientist known for his work with encryption and the Turing Test. This name’s meaning is uncertain, but could mean handsome.

Albert. Albert Einstein was a physicist known for his work on the theory of relativity. Meaning: noble and bright

Alexandre. Alexandre Eiffel, also known as “the magician of iron” was a French engineer who designed the Eiffel tower, and constructed several bridges for the railway network in France. This name means “to defend.”

Amar. Amar Bose is an American engineer who specialized in psychoacoustics and speaker technology, and founded the Bose Corporation, known for its high quality acoustics and sound systems. The name Amar means immortal or long-lived.

Aurel. Aurel Stodola was a Slovak engineer who studied thermodynamics and invented the first heat pump, and is known as the father of steam turbines. This name means “golden” or “gilded.”

Chaim. British chemical engineer Chaim Weizmann was a British discovered industrial fermentation, using certain chemicals to mass-produce other chemicals. Chaim means “life”

Charles. Charles Babbage was a scientist and mathematician known as the father of computers. Meaning: “man”

Clarence. Clarence Birdseye was the founder of the technique for freezing food. This British name comes from the name of the town Clare.

Daimler. Gottlieb Daimler was a German industrial engineer famous for his work on the internal combustion engine. Meaning: unknown.

Daniel. Swiss physicist Daniel Bernoulli developed fluid mechanics and Bernoulli’s Principle. The name Daniel means “God is my judge.”

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Edison. America’s greatest inventor, Thomas Edison engineered an electric utility to compete with gas utilities, and invented the electric light, phonograph, fluoroscope, kinetograph (an early form of movies), and rechargeable batteries.

Edwin. Astronaut and mechanical engineer Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon. Edwin means “rich friend.”

Erasmus. Erasmus was Charles Darwin’s grandfather who founded the Lunar Society, a group of philosophers and industrialists, and wrote poems about evolution and history. Meaning: beloved

Ferdinand. Austrian-Hungarian automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche founded the Porsche automobile company, created the first gas-electric hybrid, and the Volkswagen Beetle. Ferdinand means brave journey.

Graham. Inventor Alexander Graham Bell devised the telephone. This name comes from a Scottish surname that means “gravelly homestead”

Henry. American industrialist Henry Ford was an American industrialist, famous for founding the Ford Motor Company and developing the assembly line used in mass production. Henry comes from the Germanic name Heimrich, which means “home ruler”

Jacob. Jacob Bernoulli was a Swiss mathematician known for his work on the Bernoulli Differential Equation and Bernoulli Numbers. The name Jacob means “supplanter” in Greek

Johann. Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press. This name is a form of John, which means “Yaweh is gracious”

Joseph. Sir Joseph William Bazalgette was a British civil engineer who designed the London sewer system. This name means “he will add” in Hebrew 

Karl. Karl Benz was a German automobile engineer, who founded several factories, including an iron foundry, a factory for sheet metal working, and the cars that are now known as Mercedes-Benz. This name is a variation of Charles, meaning “man”

Leonardo. Famous inventor and artist Leonardo Da Vinci was an inventor and artist devised models that are effective 500 years later. Leonardo means brave lion.

Linus. Linus Torvalds is a Finnish-American software engineer known as the inventor of the Linux operating system. Meaning: flax

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Mohamed. Dr Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim is a Sudanese-born British electrical engineer known for founding Celtel International, one of the largest mobile communication service providers in Africa. Mohamed means “praised” or “commendable” in Arabic.

Neil. Aeronautical engineer. Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon. This name may mean champion or cloud.

Nikola. Nikola Tesla was a scientist who is famous for his inventions and research on AC electricity, the Tesla coil, and the AC induction motor. Meaning: victory of the people.

Rudolph. Rudolf Diesel was a German mechanical engineer famous for inventing the Diesel engine. This name comes from Germanic words meaning fame and wolf.

Vannevar. American engineer and inventor Vannevar Bush founded Raytheon, served as vice president of MIT, and constructed several early computers, and proposed the creation of the National Science Foundation. Meaning: unknown.

Engineering Baby Names for Girls

Beatrice. American engineer Beatrice Hicks was the first woman hired as an engineer by Western Electric, where she worked on technology for telephone and aircraft communication. Beatrice means “voyager” or “traveler”

Cleone. British automotive engineer Cleone Benest was the first woman to pass the examinations for the Royal Automobile Club. She also established an engineering form staffed by women. In addition, she fenced and competed in motorsports! Cleone comes from the name of the Greek town Cleonae.

Edith. Edith Clarke was the first woman to earn an electrical engineering degree at MIT. She used electrical engineering concepts in dam building in the United States and developed a specialized calculator. This name comes from Old English words meaning fortune, and war.

Elmina. American structural engineer Elmina Wilson designed skyscrapers, such as the Flatiron Building in Manhattan. This name means “will helmet.”

Emily. Emily Roebling was a civil engineer who played a large role in construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Meaning:  universal

Gertrude. M. Gertrude Rand was an American engineer and psychologist who developed the lighting design for the Holland Tunnel and vision standards for airplane pilots during World War II. This name means spear of strength.

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Hattie. Hattie Scott Peterson was the first African-American woman to earn a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Meaning: home ruler.

Hedy. Inventor and movie star Hedy Lamarr developed a remote-controlled communications system during World War II.  This name is a short form of Hedwig, which means “battle” 

Hertha. British engineer and inventor Hertha Ayrton solved problems with electric arc lighting used in the late 1800s. She also studied ripples in sand caused by waves. This German name means strong.

Irene. Irene Fischer was an Austrian engineer who pioneered the field of geodesy, applying math and science to the developing space and satellite program in the 1950s. Meaning: peace

Irmgard. Irmgard Flugge-Lotz was a German engineer who worked in automatic control theory and developed theories for discontinuous control systems. This German name means complete protection..

Kay. Computer programmer Kathleen ” Kay” Antonelli programmed the ENIAC, the first digital computer. She worked with programmers Betty Holberton, Ruth Teitelbaum, Frances Spence, Marlyn Meltzer, and Jean Bartik. And Kate Gleason was the first female member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and played a pivotal role in expanding Gleason Works, her family’s machine tool company. Kay, Kate, and Kathleen are forms of the name Katherine, which could refer to the Greek goddess Hecate, or it may mean pure.

Lillian. Lillian Gilbreth was an American industrial engineer credited with being the first industrial psychologist and the mother of modern management for her contributions to motion study and human factors in scientific management. This name could come from Lily, referring to the flower, or Elizabeth, meaning my God is an oath.

Mae. Mae Jemison was the first African American woman to reach space onboard the Endeavour space shuttle. This name comes from the Roman goddess Maia. 

Martha. Martha Coston was an engineer who developed signalling flares and pyrotechnics in the late 1800s. This Aramaic name means the lady

Mary. Mary Anderson was credited as the inventor of the windshield wiper. Meaning: beloved

Mathilde. Danish telegraph operator Mathilde Fibiger was one of the first women to hold a job as a technologist during the Industrial Revolution. Mathilde means strength in battle.

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Nora. Nora Blatch was a American civil engineer who worked for the American Bridge Company and the New York City Board of Water Supply. The meaning of this name is unknown.

Olive. Olive Dennis was the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s first service engineer, responsible for engineering improvements to passenger service and comfort. This name comes from the olive tree.

Radia. Radia Perlman is an American computer programmer and network engineer who invented STP and wireless network bridges, and is known for her work in network security. Meaning: unknown.

Sarah. English engineer Sarah Guppy was the first woman to patent a bridge. In addition, she designed a teapot that also cooked eggs, and a candlestick that would burn longer. This name means lady or princess.

Tabitha. Sarah “Tabitha” Babbitt invented the circular saw, the spinning wheel head, and false teeth. Meaning: gazelle

Thelma. Computer engineer Thelma Estrin was one of the first people to apply computer technology to medical research, meaning she was one of the pioneers of biomedical engineering. The meaning of this name is unknown.

What are some names that mean engineer?

Some names that mean engineer are: Daedalus, Ferrer, Jenner, Machanidis, and Wright.

Daedalus. You may know of the famous inventor from Greek mythology, but did you know it actually means to work cunningly? I can’t think of a better phrase to describe an engineer! 

Ferrer. This name is perfect for a mechanical engineer or someone who works with metal. It means blacksmith.

Jenner. Like many popular names, the name Jenner used to be a surname and is now often used as a first name. Did you know that historically, it was an occupational name for someone who was an engineer? This name works for both boys and girls. Other names that sound similar: Gennaro, Gennarino (Italian), Jenaro (Spanish)

Machanidas. This name comes from the Greek word meaning machine or device.

Wright. This occupational name means craftsman. Plus there’s the Wright brothers and architect Frank Lloyd Wright! 

What about names that start with “Eng”?

Engel. Engel is a German name that means angel.

Engelbert. This name means bright angel. It definitely sounds like the name of an engineer to me! 

Engilram and Enguerrand are German and French names, respectively, referring to the German tribe of Angles and the word for raven.

And the names Engelicka, Engelina, Engelrada, and Engelsina remind me of names like Angelica and Angelina. They are all also likely based on the German word angel.


Are you considering engineering baby names for your little one? Have ideas I should add to this list? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add them in!

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