Hipster Cowboy Names

By Pamela Redmond Satran

Total props to Auggy for creating the list of Hipster Cowboy Names that inspired this post.  I love the whole idea, which seems completely right for our times.  Yes, there are cowboys – babies whose car seats are buckled into the backs of pickups for a day of roaming the range.  And then there are the hipster babies more accustomed to riding the L train, the little dudes who may wear jeans and boots but who’ve never seen a real live cow.

The Hipster Cowboys are a blend of the two types; urban cowboys, if you will.  These names combine the image of rugged masculinity with a more modern definition of gender and of cool. Some names we might expect to hear on young hipster cowboys today:

Home on the range

Yep, I’m from the slope.  Park Slope.

Bookish cowboys

As comfortable on a saddle as on an Ivy League campus.

Badass cowboys

Are you lookin’ at me?

Funky cowboys

For the dude who’s decidedly NOT the shy and quiet type.


What are some other boys’ names you think would qualify for the  Hipster Cowboy lists?

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augusta_lee Says:

October 28th, 2013 at 11:11 pm

As a tattooed New Yorker I’m definitely more hipster than cowboy, but I do love Roscoe — a name with vintage swagger if there ever was one. I also like Hale, Jude, Reeve, Malcolm, Abram, Romer, Gideon, Walker, Baxter, Simon, Merritt, Hawk, Remy, Luther, and Zane, all of which seem to fit the Hipster Cowboy category. Atticus, Leroy, Fletcher, Harmon, Jabez, Anders, Eamon, Cedar, Linus, Arlo, Eliam, Orson, Boaz, Deacon, Ephraim, Guthrie, Zeke, Ozias, and Burl deserve to make the cut as well. From your list, I adore August, and I’m a fan of Jem as an offbeat short form for Benjamin.

Now I’m looking forward to the Hipster CowGIRLS list. Lola, anyone? 🙂

ricalini Says:

October 28th, 2013 at 11:35 pm

I love Chandler!

Ariel_Michal Says:

October 28th, 2013 at 11:43 pm

A couple weekends ago my mom and I were shopping at the food co-op the next town over from mine, and we met a lady with two little boys named Maverick and McCoy. My mom commented after we left about how those were total cowboy names 🙂

shujayra Says:

October 28th, 2013 at 11:44 pm

I would love a hipster cowgirls list!!!

I’ll throw in Wayne, Silas, Zeke, Auden and Hawthorn and Boone.

morgantaylore Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 1:17 am

I love Bowen and Brooks for little cowboy brothers. Too cute! What a great list.

indiefendi Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 2:27 am

Huckleberry is too hipster. TOO hipster.

tomaura226 Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 3:40 am

For some reason, I think of Amos as a hipster cowboy name.

BettyDoGooder Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 4:00 am

Walker would be interesting- i kinda like the reference to the tv show…

evergreen Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 4:55 am

Some of my fave boys names are on this list – River, West, August, Brooks, Phineas.
Also love a lot of the others suggested above.
And yes bring on the hipster cowgirls!

dindlee Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 5:15 am

Oh how I love Jem. Sweet on a boy, but handsome on a man.

calypsotheoneandonly Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 6:50 am


Pam Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 7:06 am

You nailed it, Augusta Lee, and love lots of other suggestions as well! I’m not going to be able to resist adding some of these.

AmityGranger Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 7:38 am

I would have to add Eli, Chisum, Gunnar, Zane, Korbin, and Jayton.

JessicaT11 Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 7:49 am

No Adam, Hoss, or Little Joe?

Missmolly Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 7:57 am

I’ll second Wyatt and Deacon, and add Quentin, Virgil and Micah.

gb Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 8:06 am

I love this list! I agree, a hipster cowgirl list would be neat. Wyatt should be added here, for sure! I would also add Ford, Rhett, Carter, Cash, Lane and Marshall. This list made my morning ha! 🙂

RainbowBright908 Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 8:51 am

I’ve met a few guys named Dylan, Wade, and Walker. None was at all bookish.

Naming your kid Blaze is asking for a pothead. Sorry, but I feel like Blaze is up there with Marley with the pot jokes/ teasing. Every kid I’ve ever met named Blaze or Marley ends up becoming a stoner, probably because many people associate both names with cannabis and assume the kid was named by parents who were blazing while listening to Bob Marley when they decided on their child’s name.

“For the dude who’s decidedly NOT the shy and quiet type.” Please, please, please, can there be a nameberry blog explaining the science behind a name making someone outgoing? smart? creative? I see this kind of label on nameberry lists all the time, and I’m incredibly confused. I certainly see a cowboy vibe going on with many of these names, but the idea that a name defines one’s personality is bizarre to me. (I’m not contradicting myself with the aforementioned Blaze/ Marley thing). Some of the most boring and awkward people I’ve ever met have outlandish names, while some of the most exciting people I’ve met have a Top 10 name. Granted, the opposite is true, too- I’ve met plenty of exciting people with outlandish names and boring people with trendy names.

Huckleberry is just too over-the-top funky. I feel like the little guy would be asked all his life if he likes Mark Twain.

Pam Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 8:56 am

RainbowBright, I think you’re taking the labels in the blog a bit too seriously — I’m referring to the image the names might suggest, not saying that naming your kid Bronco is going to make him a loudmouth or a roustabout!

Just as I don’t think naming your child Blaze or Marley will make him a pothead. As much as the names might suggest the stoner life.

Can’t have it both ways, you see.

Mischa Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 10:14 am

That baby in the photo is one cute bouncing baby boy!

I like many names on this blog and I’m the opposite of “rugged” myself. Personally, there is a fine line between “cowboy” and “macho swagger”. Most of the names in the “Badass” and “Funky” categories would fall into the latter description and I’m not a fan (sorry but Maverick and Bronco are too full of themselves to take seriously).

Remy – I wouldn’t classify this name as “cowboyish”
Rufus – this is more Ancient Roman and English quirky than “cowboyish”
August – I don’t know what makes this name “cowboyish”

aster Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 10:18 am

Please make a Hipster Cowgirls Blog! Love the names here, but I would add Beau, Cash, Heath, and Jethro.

Trillium Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 10:49 am

As someone who is more cowgirl than hipster, I can honestly say an authentic “cowgirls” list would include such winners as Taylor, Britney, Amanda, and Courtnee 😉 The barrel racers I knew growing up had pretty run of the mill southern names. I’d still love to see a romanticized cowgirl list though. Kinda loving Destry!

GrecianErn Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 10:50 am

I really like this list too, and think a Cowgirls list would be fun.

When I named my son 5+ years ago, I was surprised to find out that he was classified as a “Cowboy” name. I definitely think Weston fits onto this list though.

I knew a family (after having my Weston) that would also fit on this whole list: Weston, Wyatt, Walker and Warner

My faves from this list:
August, Wilder, Decker, Dexter, and Sawyer

Madelyn Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 11:16 am

Love this! Total hivemind moment too- I made a cowboy list last week! http://nameberry.com/userlist/view/53072

KateMP91 Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Wade, Brooks, Colt, Wilder, Huckleberry, River, Sawyer, and McCoy have been in my Top 10 at some point or another (some currently are)! Apparently, my naming style is hipster cowboy haha =P I know a toddler named Wade. He comes from a family of team ropers! Perfection…

withinreason Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Oh please make a girls list version of this! Hipster Cowboy definitely fits my style!! My little guy is Atticus Nathaniel and we are thinking Wilder Lucas for a future brother name, but I cannot for the life of me come up with the perfect girl name!

labelo Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Apparently I love bookish cowboys names! Guess it makes sense as I’m from Austin, TX – a hipster haven in the middle of cowboy country.
Thanks for another great list!

Michell Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Chance, Roscoe, and Wyatt are standouts to me. These may be a little more hipster than cowboy, but how about Alder and Royal (I saw Loyal and it reminded me of Royal Tennenbaum)?

mysoutherncomfortzone Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I love Chance!

katie8765 Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 5:04 pm













my faves

gipro2003 Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

I guess my parents have the cowboy hipster thing going on, my oldest brother is Wade and my youngest is Wyatt Marshall

Names4real Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

I’ve always wondered what my style is and apparently it is Hipster Cowboy!

I love so many of these. 🙂

KateMP91 Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I already posted, but I so agree about the “hipster cowgirl list”. Make one, please! lol
It would definitely have to be romanticized, but it would be fun!

jpruitt76 Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Great lists – the only ones I can think to add (and I don’t think all solely give off the cowboy vibe) –

Laramie (hipster cowboy or cowgirl)
Coy (know a little boy with this name)
Colbie (cowgirl IMO)
Brody (or Broderick, nn Brody)
Montgomery (Monty)
Bellamy (prefer for cowgirl)

Saracita00 Says:

October 29th, 2013 at 10:35 pm

This blog made me smile today! Really fun.

CynthiaJane Says:

October 30th, 2013 at 7:34 am

Great blog and great list! Love a lot of these names, although a few, like Remy and Huckleberry, don’t seem very cow-boyish to me. What about adding Jesse, Yancy, Butch and Sundance for Jesse James, Yancy Derringer, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid?

mamadrama Says:

October 30th, 2013 at 10:29 am

I’d love to see cowgirl names!

MaryKathryn Says:

October 30th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I’m such a fan of this blog! When I choose boy names I go for hardcore masculine names and that’s exactly what these names are! I love the different categories as well.

mallowd Says:

October 31st, 2013 at 2:16 pm

LOVE that everyone else loved this list as me! I think it’s just a really fun topic, especially for boys (though I too would love to a see girls version). I def like this style on boys more, giving them that rugged, dangerous, but also sweet, and charming feel. (That’s how I would describe it). Although, a lot of these I wouldn’t use or only use as middle names, I love Jem, Judson, Bowen, River, Wilder, Hawk, Rhett, and maybe even Rufus and Otis! I def agree with the name others added, Atticus, Jethro, Nash, Cash, etc. Thanks!

Vulpesera Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Eight years ago, I made a huge list of names that would fall into this category. I just love the style.


Pam Says:

November 6th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Hilarious, Vulpesera You have enough to populate a whole Western village! Great collection.

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