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Hipster Baby Names

The hipster baby names most often heard around Brooklyn, Austin and Madison these days (though we can't resist pointing out that the names Brooklyn, Austin and Madison are nowhere among them).

  • Olive

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Though greatly overshadowed by the trendy Olivia, Olive has a quiet, subtle appeal of its own -- and is now enjoying a remarkable comeback. Olive is one of only four Read More 

  • Orson

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Orson has had in the past a rotund teddy-bear image, a la Orson Welles, who early on dropped his common given name of George in favor of his more distinctive middle one, and who seemed to own it... Read More 

  • Oscar

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Oscar, a round and jovial choice, is a grandpa name that's fast taking over from such urban trendies as Max and Sam. Actors Hugh Jackman and Gillian Anderson chose Oscar for their sons. ... Read More 

  • Otis

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Otis has a double image: it's cool and bluesy a la Otis Redding, but also an upscale, high-society name of the past. Otis has real appeal for parents attracted to its catchy O initial and... Read More 

  • Ottilie

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Ottilie and its diminutive Ottiline are a pair of names heard among the British upper crust, but have rarely been seen here since the 1880's. Though it has German roots via Otto, Ottilie has a... Read More 

  • Otto

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Cutting-edge parents have revived this German name a la Oscar.

    Like most German names, Otto fell out of favor during and... Read More 

  • Oz

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    This may be a legitimate Hebrew name denoting power, but to any American kid, it will evoke ruby slippers and a yellow brick road. The full Hebrew name is Ozni, who was a grandson of Jacob in the... Read More 

  • Pandora

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Pandora has occasionally been used by the British gentry (for girls with brothers who might be called Peregrine) but is rarely heard here, probably because Pandora was the mythological first woman... Read More 

  • Pearl

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Pearl, like Ruby, has begun to be polished up for a new generation of fashionable children after a century of jewelry box storage. The birthstone for the month of June, Pearl could also make a... Read More 

  • Piper

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Piper is a bright, musical name that entered the list in 1999, one year after the debut of the TV series Charmed, which featured a Piper, and it's been a consistent riser since. Piper... Read More 

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