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Geeks Forever

Some baby names just seem irredeemably geeky, on a permanent no list for the modern child. The baby names here qualify for now on the boys' side -- though we've learned in the world of baby naming, to paraphrase Heidi Klum, one day you're out, and the next day you may be very very in.
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  • Bertram

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    Old Norman name last current in the 1930s, and firmly in our 'so far out it will always be out' category--despite its appearance as a Hogwarts student in Harry Potter.  Read More 

  • Clarence

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    The name of the guardian angel in It's a Wonderful Life is rarely heard the rest of the year because of its studious, near-nerdy image, but this could change in the current naming climate.  Read More 

  • Durwood

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    As wooden as its second syllable. Read More 

  • Egbert

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    The ultimate nerd name.  Read More 

  • Elmer

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    Thanks to Elmer Fudd, Elmer the Cow, and even Elmer's glue, this name has become a bit of a joke -- the quintessential so-far-out-it-will-always-be-out name.  Read More 

  • Gomer

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    Biblical it may be, but the "aw-shucks" hayseed Gomer Pyle image still clings to it.  Read More 

  • Herman

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    It's hard to believe that Herman was once popular, and even harder to imagine it making a comeback. But then again, our parents thought the same thing about Max and Jake. Consider the French Armand... Read More 

  • Hubert

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    A name that sounds so old-fashioned some parents out there might conceivably find it quirky enough for a comeback, along with other fuddie-duddies like Oscar and Homer.  Read More 

  • Irwin

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    Son of Irving.  Read More 

  • Maynard

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    Sometimes pronounced MAY-nerd, which is death to a name.  Read More 

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