Geek Chic: Names that wear glasses

By Pamela Redmond Satran

Have you heard of Warby Parker?  They’re the cool vintage=inspired online eyeglass company that launched a huge trend.  And now they’re joined by a host of other geek chic eyewear purveyors, including one for kids called Very French Gangsters, where we found our adorable glasses-wearing model.

But the real point here, as it always is on Nameberry, is names.

I was perusing the wares on Warby Parker the other day when I was distracted by the names of the frames.  Some embody a lot of geek but not much chic: Fillmore, Digby, and Duckworth. And then there are those like Sloan and Sawyer, Reynold and Larkin, which are chic without the geek.

So what are the Geek Chic names that suggest a kid wearing glasses, in the cutest, coolest possible way?  Warby Parker includes some boys’ names that qualify: Boyd, Clyde, Ellsworth, Marshall, Percy, Wilkie, along with one girls’ name that does by a stretch, Mabel.

We have a lot more nominations for Geek Chic names though.  Warby Parker, are you listening?





































For more ideas, see our Clunky but Cool lists for girls and boys.

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27 Responses to “Geek Chic: Names that wear glasses”

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makeupbyjanine Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 12:07 am

Okay, this is hilarious because when on the Warby Parker website I totally thought the names were like, so hipster we haven’t heard them yet, and thought of Nameberry.

Noetje Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 3:48 am

I miss Spencer.. Where’s Spencer in this list?? For the uber-cool Spencer Reid of course.

Gretel Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 4:26 am

I’d add Harriet, Beatrice, Bernadette, Minerva, Myrtle, Ariadne, Philippa, and Cordelia/Cornelia.

Mclevine Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 6:21 am

Oh, that’s interesting. Thanks for the blog, so many lovely names! I am thrilled to see Agnes, Bernice Edgar and Marshall on here – I happen to love them but looks like nobody else does(or did:)).
@Gretel: Actually, my daughter’s name is Cornelia but I haven’t thought of geek chic while choosing her name, ha ha. I just thought it was a vintage gem.
I agree Spencer and Myrtle can be added to the list .

ejs82 Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 6:57 am

My July baby will be named Ruth if she’s a girl. I never thought of it as a geeky name, just an underused old fashioned name. But looking at this list those seem to be the same thing.

andreachristine Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 8:27 am

Must add Dewey!!

nat108 Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 9:00 am

I love Eudora but everyone I tell is totally against it. I consider it whimsical, probably because I loved Bewitched when I was little

Mischa Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 9:15 am

I like many of the vintage names on this blog as well as the ones below I am going to nominate.

Girl names to add: Bertha, Hilda, Gertrude, Enid, Martha, Esther, Eunice, Ethel, Norma, Hazel, Olive, Maude, Geraldine, Bernadette, Melba, Thelma, Winifred, Glynis, Claudette/Claudine, Beverly, Estelle, Marjorie, Dolores, Wilhelmina, Eloise, Edith, Chloris, Phyllis, Doris, Dorcas

Boy names to add: Arthur, Basil, Calvin, Claude, Cecil, Cuthbert, Donald, Dunstan, Harold, Horace, Walter, Lester, Herman, Archibald, Bernard, Bertram, Wilbur, Ronald, Abner, Theobald, Clarence, Cedric, Eugene, Ernest, Amos, Sidney, Oscar, Cornelius, Otis

I better stop here!

ClaireElise Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 9:43 am

I don’t think I’d be brave enough to use most of these (with the exceptions maybe being Conrad and Agatha). Although, I DID just name my kitten Edgar.

EmilyVA Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 10:19 am

Ruth is definitely a nerd name. I picture Ruth as an older woman stick thin with a tight bun in the back who never smiles.
But then I also know a cute kid with glasses named Ruth. I think the thing is to own the geeky or nerdy image. After all I think being a nerd is a great thing. Maybe the real question is what do people have against nerds?

Ps Edgar is adorable name on a kitten.

claudia_kishi Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 11:26 am

Maxine is a must for this list!!

sweets12 Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 11:30 am

Stop trying to make Agatha happen, it’s not going to happen! lol

Gretel Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Agatha WILL happen, even if I have to single-handedly make it happen! 😀

I do agree that a lot of these “nerd” names seem synonymous with old-fashioned and/or clunky names…but that style is totally my cup of tea, so…

KylaJay Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 4:39 pm

I love the name Zelda, I think it’s the only useable one on the whole list.

auroradawn Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Yes, I’m perceiving some of these as clunky-cool. Not Mildred and Dudley, though, sorry. Those are two of the ugliest names I know.

cricket1971 Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 7:33 pm

My dad’s MN was Clyde and my maiden name is Murray. I would love to name a little boy Clyde Murray!

jpruitt76 Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 8:22 pm

I know a little Boyd and a Mary Agnes (double name) – darling! Also loving Zelda, Ruth, Henrietta, Eugenia (Eugenie), Eudora, Muriel (Hettie), AND Wallace, Otto, Murray, Conrad.

I think Edna is still a stretch. And Chester will always bring to mind the horrible “Chester the Molestor” nickname (although I do think Chet is cute).

author in writing Says:

May 21st, 2013 at 8:29 pm

With the exceptions of Linus and Olive, these are all more frumpy retro, not even the slightest bit Geek Chic – think more Oswin, Gillian, Phoebe and Felix.

Lup Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 6:11 am

I agree with the comment above, these are more retro than geeky to me 🙂 Both are not opposed of course, and some can be both retro and geeky, but to be geeky a name would have to refer to a particular universe, be it Lord of the Rings, Halo, Doctor Who, Kingdom Hearts, whatever.

OSWIN my god that’d be a cool name. Maybe as a middle name though.
What about River, Melody, Malone, Idris, Reinette, Amelia, Rose ? For the Whovians out there. Rory, Oswin, Oswald & Storm for boys.

Of the list I particularly like Conrad, Fergus, Oswald, Otto, Ralph. And Prudence.
Prudence is on my baby name list and I could give it if it were not for the man I live with, who has even stranger tastes in name than I do, which I didn’t think possible. He likes mayan and aztec stuff. Dear god.

NameNerdShack Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 6:12 am

Agatha is coming back even if I have to drag her back kicking and screaming!

roseclear Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 10:51 am

I’m obviously geek chic in naming style as I love so many on this list. If I have a girl next I’m leaning towards Agatha or Mildred (who wouldn’t want a little Millie), or Bertram (Bertie Wooster anyone) and Oswald for boys? Please don’t let Agatha go the way of Penelope and become too mainstream!

Ekaterinas_Mom Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 11:11 am

The whole point of Geek Chic is the CHIC part. You can’t just take any old clunky out dated heavy harsh sounding name and call it Geek Chic. I think a lot on your list are anything but the title. 🙁

I had 2 great grandmas that were Mildreds but how is anything with the sound “dread” in it pretty?

I do LOVE Magdalene though. <3

liviajoan Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Bernadette, Otis, and Felix fit in this category well. Also I think the picture of that little girl you used is too cute!

Lucretia Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 7:53 pm

I know a hip Agatha and a party girl Ruth, so those friends have given me a new appreciation for how people make names their own. They aren’t geeky but chic!

nowsintechnicolor Says:

May 22nd, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I know a Mildred, Chester, and Hector.

tori101 Says:

May 23rd, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Firstly that little girl is adorable!

Onto the names, from the list I love Henrietta, Ida, Magdalene, Olive, Ruth, and Zelda for girls. From the boys I love Conrad, Linus, Lloyd, Murray, Oswald, and Otto.

Mutant11 Says:

May 25th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Warby Parker? HA!! Those glasses will always be Woody Allen to me. Hey, Woody? There’s another name that will always wear glasses.

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