Category: geek chic baby names
By Pamela Satran
Geek is chic, at least when it comes to boys’ names. Looking at classic boys’ names that lie below the Top 1000, a lot of them are sweetly geeky. These are not the obvious Cool Guy names like Nico and Shane; instead, they’re the names of the computer nerds who go on to make a billion dollars and help save the world.
But there may be some names for boys here that seem to reach the perfect balance between geek and chic.
When Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany recently named their newborn daughter Agnes, I was very excited. For a baby name connoisseur, the choice of Agnes by two stylish and attractive stars heralded the arrival of a new kind of cool name: the slightly awkward, somewhat geeky name that’s so uncool it’s cool.
Of course, Geek Chic has been around for awhile now, in names as in other aspects of fashion. In our book Beyond Ava & Aiden, we featured a category – now on Nameberry – of Clunky but Cool Names for boys and for girls. (There are also more, similar choices on the lists of Old Lady Names and Old Man Names. The list of Old People Names, taking off from the twitter sensation, is full of names that are terminally geeky.)
Some of these choices, like Hugo and Oscar for boys, for instance, and Imogen and Matilda for girls, sound a lot more cool than clunky these days. As vintage names become more mainstream and our tastes broaden, names that seemed edgy just a few years ago now feel normal and pretty – pretty normal.