Prep your future Ivy leaguer with one of these fitting baby names.

By Rose Truesdale

Hoping your baby-to-be one day gets into Harvard or Yale? Prep him or her with a preppy name. Baby boat shoes optional, but we would suggest an Oxford button down onesie and anything in a whale print.

Girls

Ansley

Meaning “from the pasture land of the noble”, Ansley sounds like she has the kind of connections to get accepted into any school… and maybe get a wing named after her!

Blair

Derived from a Scottish surname meaning “field”, we envision baby Blair one day earning a Lacrosse scholarship. Leave badminton to the Mitzies out there, right?

Blake

This name belongs to Blake Lively, the actress who played the ultimate prep school bad girl -- Serena van der Woodsen of Gossip Girl. Oddly, it also means “pale”, so keep your Blake out of the sun.

Hadley

Hadley means “heather field” in Old English. A decidedly unisex name with a feminine origin… intrigue!

Kensington

Preppy people just love turning last names into first names!

Merritt

This name means “boundary gate”. So, like the ivy covered walls of Princeton, baby Merritt will understand exclusivity.

Tinsley

Largely introduced by New York socialite Tinsley Mortimer, this name has been rising in popularity even after Mortimer’s fall from social grace. Everyone deserves a comeback!

Boys

Barrett

This name means “bear-like”... sounds cuddly, no?

Brooks

Meaning “near a stream or brook” with ties to the Hebrew “boruch” meaning “blessed”, this name is irresistibly cool. You know, like a brook.

Mather

Another tale of a last name turned first name, Mather is a medieval English surname that derives from “moethere”, meaning “one who mowed” or who possibly operated a primitive mowing machine. So bonus: your teenage Mather can mow your lawn.

Pierce

You can’t get much preppier than an English actor who played James Bond, Pierce Brosnan. We can’t find a single picture of him not in a suit (or swimsuit, which works, too).

Prescott

This old English name is combination of root words meaning “priest” and “cottage”. So pastoral!

Thatcher

Derived from the profession of the same name -- roof thatcher -- this name most famously belongs to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and it’s generally a brilliant idea to name your son after a great woman.

Winthrop

Winthrop means “from the friendly village”, which practically makes him a shoe-in for class president in a few years.

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