Hipster Baby Names

The newest, coolest choices

hipster baby names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Hipster baby names are an ever-moving class. Once a name gets widely-used enough to be widely pegged a hipster baby names, like many of the choices on this list, it may be too popular to make any true hipster’s baby name list.

And yet when is a baby name hip and when is it just unusual or clunky or antiquated? Let’s look at some specific groups of hipster baby names and specific names that qualify now:

Vintage Hipster baby names

Vintage Hipster Names

Vintage baby names and hipster baby names often meet in the middle….but not always. Here are some vintage names that qualify in the hipster group.




Exotic Hipster baby names

Exotic Hipster Names

International names can qualify as hipster if they’re not trying too hard to be pretty and especially if they’re from an underserved baby name culture like, say, Basque or Welsh or Sanskrit.




Hipster Nature baby names

Hipster Nature Names

Nature names are a delicate thing when it comes to hipsters. You can’t use the obvious nature names like Lily and Fox and Sky. So you have to look further afield. These qualify.




Geek Chic Hipster baby names

Geek Chic Names

Moving beyond Millie and Oscar are these geekier chic hipster baby names.



Hipster Hero Names

Hipster Hero baby names

Real and fictional hip heroes may inspire hipster baby names and namers. A selection of hero names first and last, male and female.

What names would you add, delete, use for your own baby?

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thorn144 Says:

January 20th, 2017 at 2:03 am

Very nice article I like the categories

AldabellaxWulfe Says:

January 20th, 2017 at 3:06 am

I did actually really enjoy the article, but admit that I’m a bit confused as to how names such as Gertrude, Myrtle, Doris etc. could be considered ‘Hipster’, when at the present time absolutely no one is using them or even seeing them as viable options, with the exception of myself (not a hipster) and perhaps one or two others.

BluebirdBlossom Says:

January 20th, 2017 at 10:01 am

I love a lot of these names. I am having a seriously love for Maple lately. I can’t get enough of it.

southern.maple Says:

January 20th, 2017 at 3:05 pm

Is hipster even still a thing?

southern.maple Says:

January 20th, 2017 at 3:09 pm

To clarify: I’ve been operating under the impression that the clothing, music, interior design, food, etc choices formerly associated with hipsters had gone mainstream. But maybe I’m wrong, LOL.

indiefendi2 Says:

January 20th, 2017 at 4:07 pm

I think the Welsh name Newlyn should be on this list.

mill1020 Says:

January 20th, 2017 at 7:52 pm

I have a huge name crush on Barbara “Barbie” lately. My husband would never approve, though.

Anaira04 Says:

January 20th, 2017 at 8:57 pm

I’ve never considered myself a hipster, but notice a few favorites on here: Maple, Matilda, Minerva, and Frost.

oftenoverseas Says:

January 21st, 2017 at 4:50 am

I keep trying to deny that I’m a hipster but some of my favorites are on here: Virgil, Bernard (my 6-month-old son’s middle name!), Io, Ines, Soren, Anders (my husband’s name), Vega, Bear (my son’s nickname, from Bernard), Billie, and Etta. Does that make me a hipster?! I’m not sure Isla and Esme should be on this list, however, because they are so wildly popular right now.

Pam Says:

January 22nd, 2017 at 10:26 pm

@oftenoverseas I think you’re probably right about Isla and Esme. On hipster being a thing, I know it’s not, and yet there is a kind of taste and style for which I haven’t yet found another word — let me know if you have a better one!

GPU Says:

January 23rd, 2017 at 12:46 am

My favourites are Nancy, Pearl, Wilhelmina, Opal, Isla, Matilda, Percy and Zelda.

ElsaAnne Says:

January 25th, 2017 at 3:29 am

I like a lot of the names of this list; especially the Vintage and Geek Chic. However, as a Brit, some of these names I wouldn’t even bat an eyelid at if I heard them. I believe these hipster definitions wouldn’t apply here in the UK.

jrocky Says:

January 25th, 2017 at 11:24 pm

The international names are definitely not “Hipster” to me, especially as a Slav. Vladimir, Dimitri, Boris, and Victor (Viktor) are all traditional sounding in my family. I’d think of hipster as having more of an ironic style, like giving a baby an older name or something not generally given as a name, like Boomer Phelps–that sounds like hipster parents in my opinion.

ottertails Says:

January 26th, 2017 at 4:55 am

I guess going by those categories, I’d fit into exotic hipster. I’m probably pretty far from a hipster, so I think part of it is that with a more global society we are becoming aware of names outside our country’s bubble.

laurelrobyn Says:

February 19th, 2017 at 3:54 pm

To me, Hipster just means Trendy and trying to be unique. These are all spot on…and my favorite names are one these lists! I try hard not to fall into the trendy category…but perhaps I failed. Maybe I should stop being so concerned and just embrace the names I love.

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