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?

girls

Agatha

Agnes

Bernice

Edna

Eudora

Eugenia

Henrietta

Ida

Lucille

Magdalene

Mildred

Muriel

Olive

Prudence

Ruth

Zelda

boys

Albert

Chester

Conrad

Dudley

Edgar

Fergus

Floyd

Hector

Humphrey

Leroy

Linus

Lloyd

Murray

Oswald

Otto

Ralph

Stanley

Wallace

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

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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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