Geek Chic Names for Boys
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.
What do you think? Too geeky? Too self-consciously hip? And which are just right?
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on December 8th, 2016 at 1:26 am
Hyman? No. The “name info” description points out why this is a bad idea.
on December 8th, 2016 at 2:57 am
Here in the UK: Arnold, Barney, Douglas, Edmund (not the Edmond spelling), Herbert, Hubert, Ira, Ivor, Laurence, Leland, Lionel, Lyle, Neil, Noel, Percy, Rudy, Sidney, Stanley and Stuart are all in the top 1000 for boys. So I don’t think they really qualify as geeky over here, or perhaps they did at one point and that’s why they’re popular now – because people are starting to see the charm of nerdy classics? I dunno.
Having said that, I like most of the names on the list, and don’t consider them to be geeky, with the exception of Herman, Melvin and Milton. And even then, I’d be thrilled to see a few around – especially Merlin, Roderick and Rudyard, which I think are gorgeous, and would consider using myself. The only one I wouldn’t want to see is Hyman. I know it’s got an ‘a’ instead of an ‘e’, but doesn’t make a difference in the grand scheme of things and so the fact remains that using it would, in my personal opinion, be nothing short of child abuse. So if there happen to be any Hyman-lovers about (*snicker*), I would implore you to use Norman instead!
on December 8th, 2016 at 8:25 am
Edmond is my best. Would you like to check out some of the baby names here http://www.suggestbabynames.com/meaning_of_african_boyname_lumumba.html
on December 8th, 2016 at 8:54 am
I have a friend whose last name is Hyman.
on December 8th, 2016 at 9:40 am
From this list my favorite is Horace, I’ve always had a major crush on this name! Other names I love that are in and out of the top 100 but I think could fall into the ‘geeky but usable’ category are: Bruno, Fergus, Orson, and Caspar.
on December 8th, 2016 at 5:00 pm
Maybe this has to do with the fact that I’m in America, but almost all of these (with perhaps the exception of Edmond) sound extremely old man-ish to me.
on December 8th, 2016 at 7:43 pm
I also submit Simon and Dexter, unless there was a “top-something” parameter that I missed.
on December 9th, 2016 at 1:04 am
Oh my but I love these names. I am so sick of the boy names I meet and would love to meet some of these in my lifetime!
on December 9th, 2016 at 10:12 am
Few of these seem to be the gawky, geeky sorts to me except for the -berts–Hubert, Herbert, and Philbert–and maybe Irvin and Melvin. Many of the others are pretty darn cool–Elmo, Leroy, Rudyard, and Kermit–or even burly–Gerard, Ivor, and Roderick. I think it’s hard to estimate what names the geeks of tomorrow will have. For “geek chic”, I would probably look for the names that were traditionally geeky that have made it INTO the Top 500, like Leonardo, Bryson, Warren, and Royce.
on December 11th, 2016 at 5:58 am
Sidney is quite a good one. The name is unique with wonderful meaning. I would like to recommend the baby name site http://www.suggestbabynames.com/meaning_of_english_boyname_breunor.html
on December 11th, 2016 at 11:37 pm
I love Newel and Lowell – the names of two of my great-uncles.
on December 13th, 2016 at 3:45 am
Arnold for this time round. You can as well check out more names starting with A http://www.suggestbabynames.com/meaning_of_african_girlname_abeba.html
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