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When the mother of all hipster mommy bloggers, Heather Armstrong aka Dooce, named her second daughter Marlo, all I could think was…..Marlo? Really?  You’d have to work hard to find a less hipsterish name, and Dooce herself has said she was inspired to choose the name by its original bearer, That Girl actress and Free to Be You and Me author Marlo Thomas, not exactly a hipster icon.

So I was thinking about how true hipsters would by definition search for names that were not pegged as hipster, when I came across a nameberry forum launched by the ever-brilliant Susan Chesney, called Outhip the Hipsters.

“What names are even more edgy and nerdy-cool than the Hipster List?,” Susan writes in the introduction to her thread.  Rule #1, says Susan: The names on the Outhip the Hipsters list cannot be on the Hipsters list or be enthusiastically endorsed on Nameberry.

Over the next 50 posts, dozens of the nameberry resident geniuses added their own entries to the Outhip the Hipsters list.  I’ve reclassified many of the name suggestions below, plus added some of my own.

Here, names that may Outhip the Hipsters:

RISING HIPSTER NAMES

The choices below are rising quickly through the hipster ranks and may soon be so hip they’re not hip anymore.

girls

Agatha

Dorothy

Freya

Fuchsia

Gwen

Louise

Magdalene

Mildred

Muriel

Pauline

Ramona

Roxanne

Ruth

Sally

Wilhelmina

Zelda

boys

Albert

Alfred

Bernard

Boaz

Chester

Claude

Clement

Conrad

Cyrus

Earl

Edgar

Hector

Ira

Leon

Leroy

Linus

Luther

Oswald

Otto

Ralph

Roscoe

Roy

Stanley

Vance

Vaughan

Victor

Waldo

Wilfred

GEEKIER CHIC

Geek chic names like Mabel and Oscar are established hipster choices.  These take the concept further.

girls

Bernice

Beulah

Beverly

Claudine

Doris

Elva

Ernestine

Fern

Garnet

Gladys

Gloria

Hilda

Hildegarde

Irma

Leona

Luella

Lucille

Maxine

Maybelle

Opal

Peggy

Thomasina

Yolanda

boys

Clarence

Egbert

Enoch

Floyd

Godfrey

Herman

Irving

Leonard

Lester

Lloyd

Murray

Roger

EXOTIC HIPSTERS

Some international choices qualify as hipster, as long as they’re not too elaborately Eurotrashy.

girls

Calliope

Columba

Cressida

Flavia

Inez

Junia

Ludovica

Suzette

boys

Andre

Anton

Baptiste

Dmitri

Ferdinand

Hans

Ilario

Manuel

Nico

Olaf

Severin

HIPSTER HEROES

Hip heroes, real and fictional, provide worthy inspiration for hipster baby names.

Baldwin

Billie

Byron

Dewey

Etta

Farrah

Gatsby

Guthrie

Hale

Hawthorne

Hero

Icarus

Ichabod

Lana

Laszlo

Lazarus

Lolita

Ludwig

Lyle

Maynard

Merlin

Narcissa

Odetta

Rhett

Thor

Ulysses

Whistler

Zora

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