So You Want A Name That’s Hipper Than Hipster?

Click here for the full list of hipster names.

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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27 Responses to “So You Want A Name That’s Hipper Than Hipster?”

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susan Says:

August 20th, 2009 at 1:05 am

Yeah, Outhip the Hipsters! How exciting to see this blog that I helped to inspire. And how cool that so many Nameberry posters added more and more names to the list. Of course I love a bunch of the names, especially Herman, Bernard, Bernice, and Lucille. Fun, fun, fun!

Charlotte Vera Says:

August 20th, 2009 at 1:09 am

Ooooh, I do like some of those boys’ names — Alfred, Clement, and Clarence are already on my top ten.

Jill Says:

August 20th, 2009 at 7:09 am

Great blog! (And I agree that Susan is completely brilliant!) 🙂 I love a lot of these names, such as:

Dorothy
Louise
Sally
Albert
Alfred
Conrad (LOVE Conrad!)
Opal
Calliope
Byron
Gatsby
Hawthorne

I can’t wait to see your next great idea, Susan! 🙂

Emmeline Says:

August 20th, 2009 at 7:25 am

It’s nice to know that if I name my kids after my grandfathers, I will be hip. I’m still not touching those names with a ten-foot pole. I do like Freya, Ramona, Ruth, Vance, Vaughan, Garnet, Lloyd (reminds me of Lloyd Dobler and his boom box from Say Anything), Roger (reminds me of the character from Rent), Nico (reminds me of the Velvet Underground, although the Nico that they worked with was a woman), Hale, and Zora.

olivegreen Says:

August 20th, 2009 at 10:31 am

So many of these names are a part of my family tree: Dorothy, Magdalene, Alfred, Earl, Claude–I even had an Aunt Claudie! I do think that many names that get labeled hipster are really just names of older family members. It makes sense that these names would come back around when younger generations want to honor their older relatives. I don’t think that every parent that might use one of these names (or names from the hipster list for that matter) is *trying* to be hip per se.

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

August 20th, 2009 at 11:04 am

These names “feel” hipster to me:

Agatha
Calliope
Etta
Fern
Freya
Lucille
Opal
Ramona
Roxanne
Zora

Conrad
Cyrus
Enoch
Guthrie
Hector
Leon
Linus
Murray
Nico
Otto
Severin
Thor

Yet I really don’t feel that any on the list “are rising quickly through the hipster ranks and may soon be so hip they’re not hip anymore.”

In order to outhip the hipsters at this point, I think we need to predict whole new categories. Old-fogie-chic will only do it for so long.

n Says:

August 20th, 2009 at 11:21 am

I have to say, I’ve already met a few of these names in my neighborhood which means they are already on the rise. Here are the ones from her list that I’ve met:

Zelda
Mildred
Cyrus (more than one)
Claudine
Thor
Oswald

I predict these are all official hipster names soon. It’s hard to outhip the hipsters!

twinkle Says:

August 20th, 2009 at 11:28 am

I think Agnes could be counted too … Aggie is so cute!

I really love :
Agatha
Dorothy (and Dorothea even more)
Lolita (but not the connection)
Maxine (I saw a film with an adorable little girl Max [and she managed to survive to the end – it was a horror film …])
Roxanne is very spunky!
Wilhelmina for the nn Willa.

Otto
Ulysses.

teabee Says:

August 20th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

That thread was so much fun–great to see it in the spotlight!

redriding Says:

August 20th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Great post, but just a warning that Freya is VERY VERY popular in the UK at the moment, and so I imagine it will become so in the US very soon. Ditto Albert and Alfred.

Peony Says:

August 20th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

This is sort of random, but it seems like Nancy should be in there somewhere! I don’t see people talking about it here, but it does seem to me that it would appeal to the hipster set.

Salome Says:

August 21st, 2009 at 8:46 am

I’m horrified to see my favorite name of about ten years, Magdalene, on the rising list.

I also love:
Dorothy
Agatha
Etta
Lucille
Enoch
Lazarus… A great name!

Lisa Says:

August 23rd, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Freya doesn’t have a hipster vibe at all to me but I guess being a top 30 name in England and Scotland doesn’t help at all. It feels so out of place there!

I would add Albie, Betty, Bertie, Polly and Bonny. Peony is right with Nancy too.

Tamara Says:

August 26th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

I’m kind of surprised to see my moms name on this list! (Jolanda, pronounced Yolanda) where we are from it’s considered “old”, a “mom name”.

MutantAnemone Says:

March 17th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

ALFRED! <3 OSWALD! <3 VICTOR! <3

No Otis? D:

offmylawn Says:

March 28th, 2010 at 2:06 am

Almost all of the names that I have had on my list are on this one. Does that mean I’m already hipper than hip?

Sunshinetina Says:

May 21st, 2010 at 12:00 am

If my mom had her way, I would have been called Wilhelmina. All I can say is, that name is so not my style. I’m glad they went the way they did.

Tori Says:

August 10th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Fantastic blog!
I love these names, I’m into unusual vintage classics and I just discovered this is apparently ‘hip’ a lot of my favourites are on that list especially Leonard and Dorothy.

Tori Says:

August 10th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Thinking about this, I’m now a little annoyed. How come Leonard and Dorothy are hip? There just gorgeous names can’t they just be vintage why are they hip? After reading another blog based on how having ‘hip’ names isn’t cool I’m now thoroughly disappointed! I’m now whining but still….

Alexette Says:

August 12th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

OH. MY. WORD. When I was but a wee chitlin, I was given a mythology book by dear old dad. There, I relished in the (not-taught-in-schools) Norse mythology section, and absolutely FELL for Freja (here, Freya). TOP 30 IN THE UK????? YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!! WHY???? What’s the UK got to do with…ugh. It’s an unheard of name here in the states (speaking for the midwest and west coast). Unbelievable. But, it’s a pretty name with a great history so go figure. Self, stop being so possessive!

Baby Name of the Day: Beulah « Appellation Mountain Says:

January 26th, 2011 at 7:02 am

[…] and some of them are daring to resuscitate names long lost.  Sure enough, there’s Beulah on Nameberry’s Hipper Than Hipster list.  If Opal, Peggy, Fern, and Luella can make a comeback, surely Beulah can, […]

Olive Says:

May 7th, 2011 at 7:49 am

Oh goodness! This is just about my whole list! Agatha and Ramona are my all time faves 😀

estelluxx Says:

September 11th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

You all should re-do/update this list soon! It’s been 2 years and I know some hipster kids with a few of these names. An update would be interesting and fun!

ninkynonk Says:

October 25th, 2011 at 8:29 am

I’m thinking Blythe should be on this list!

Poppy528 Says:

December 21st, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I need more names! LOVE THIS! ♡

Mamael Says:

February 12th, 2012 at 11:22 pm

I have an Arlo and a Zelda, ages 11 and 6 🙂

emmie113 Says:

April 20th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Oh, I love this!

Some of my favorites, all of which are on my name list already:
Ramona
Louise
Ruth
Alfred
Conrad
Opal
Etta
Hawthorne
Lyle
Rhett

Great blog!

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