Forever Geeky Names

Some baby names just seem irredeemably geeky, on a permanent no list for the modern child. The baby names here qualify for now on the boys' side -- though we've learned in the world of baby naming, to paraphrase Heidi Klum, one day you're out, and the next day you may be very very in.

  • Bertram

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Old Norman name last current in the 1930s, and firmly in our 'so far out it will always be out' category--despite its appearance as a Hogwarts student in Harry Potter. Read More 

  • Clarence

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    The name of the guardian angel in It's a Wonderful Life is rarely heard the rest of the year because of its studious, near-nerdy image, but this could change in the current naming... Read More 

  • Durwood

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    As wooden as its second syllable.Read More 

  • Egbert

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Egbert still suffers somewhat from being used as a stereotypical name for nerds and aristocrats. It would be a surprising choice, but with its edgy meaning and dusty charm, possibly it's so beyond... Read More 

  • Elmer

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Thanks to Elmer Fudd, Elmer the Cow, and even Elmer's glue, this name has become a bit of a joke -- the quintessential so-far-out-it-will-always-be-out name. But with its trendy El-beginning and... Read More 

  • Gomer

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Biblical it may be, but the "aw-shucks" hayseed Gomer Pyle image still clings to it. Read More 

  • Herman

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    It's hard to believe now that Herman was once, at the turn of the last century, a Top 50 name, remaining in the Top 100 until 1935, and even harder to imagine it making a comeback. But then again,... Read More 

  • Hubert

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    A name that sounds so old-fashioned some parents out there might conceivably find it quirky enough for a comeback, along with other one-time fuddie-duddies like Oscar and Homer.

    Along... Read More 

  • Irwin

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Son of Irving. Read More 

  • Maynard

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Sometimes pronounced MAY-nerd, which is death to a name. Read More 

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