Geek Chic: Names that wear glasses
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?
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on 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.
on May 21st, 2013 at 3:48 am
I miss Spencer.. Where’s Spencer in this list?? For the uber-cool Spencer Reid of course.
on May 21st, 2013 at 4:26 am
I’d add Harriet, Beatrice, Bernadette, Minerva, Myrtle, Ariadne, Philippa, and Cordelia/Cornelia.
on 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 .
on 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.
on May 21st, 2013 at 8:27 am
Must add Dewey!!
on 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
on 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!
on 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.
on 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.
on May 21st, 2013 at 11:26 am
Maxine is a must for this list!!
on May 21st, 2013 at 11:30 am
Stop trying to make Agatha happen, it’s not going to happen! lol
on 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…
on May 21st, 2013 at 4:39 pm
I love the name Zelda, I think it’s the only useable one on the whole list.
on 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.
on 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!
on 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).
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on 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.
on 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.
on May 22nd, 2013 at 6:12 am
Agatha is coming back even if I have to drag her back kicking and screaming!
on 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!
on 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
on 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!
on 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!
on May 22nd, 2013 at 8:31 pm
I know a Mildred, Chester, and Hector.
on 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.
on 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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