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Geek Chic Names for Girls

By Emma Waterhouse

Cool names for girls come in all shapes, sizes and styles. There are some evergreen classic girls' names which — like the little black dress — never go out of style: think traditional mainstays of the US (and UK, NZ, and Austalian) Top 200 girl names, like Elizabeth, Katherine, and Hannah. Other cool girls' names — like thick black-rimmed spectacles and heavy oxfords — are so out they're in. These are the clunky, old-school vintage girls' names that are starting to feel fresh, funky and a little bit daring, but still rooted in tradition.

A few of these geek chic names for girls are now heading into the mainstream, like Vivian, Olive and Matilda, which all rank in the US Top 500 baby names for girls. Others, like Elsie, Imogen and Florence, have already caught on in a big way across the pond in England & Wales, where they rank in the top 50 girl names. But most of these cool, uncommon vintage baby girl names are still waiting to be revived, and would make a great choice for parents who want a unique baby name with a rich history.

Browse our list of unusual vintage and retro baby names for girls here, or see our pick of the best Geek Chic Names for Boys for even more inspiration.

  • Ada

    Ada is derived from the German name Adelaide, which came from the ancient name Adalheidis. The root, adal, is a Germanic word meaning “noble.” Ada can also be considered a variation of... Read More 

  • Agatha

    Agatha until recently summoned up visions of martyred saints, mauve silk dresses, and high lace collars, but now that some dauntless excavators have begun to resurrect it, we're sure more will... Read More 

  • Agnes

    Agnes, though it was the third most common English girls' name for four hundred years, has long been stuck in the attic. But now it looks like Agnes was so far out it's just about ready to come... Read More 

  • Albertine

    Albertine and Alberta are old-fashioned feminizations ala Geraldine and Roberta. This is the kind of name that sounds very dowdy until a hip celebrity chooses it, at which point we don't know how... Read More 

  • Aphra

    Aphra would make an interesting choice-- especially since it's the name of the first professional female writer in English, the seventeenth century's Aphra Behn. Born in 1640, she was a prolific... Read More 

  • Audrey

    Audrey is derived from the Anglo-Saxon Aethelthryth, the name that later evolved into Ethelred. St. Audrey was a seventh century saint who was particularly revered in the Middle Ages. Her name led... Read More 

  • Augusta

    Augusta is a dignified name reminiscent of wealthy great-aunts, but with the fashion for both August and Gus for boys, Augusta could get some fresh energy.

    Augusta was the title of... Read More 

  • Barbara

    If you can get the lively young Barbara Bush to replace her grandmother's white-haired image, you might discover a rhythmic classic with an interesting history. Barbara is undoubtedly among the... Read More 

  • Beatrice

    Beatrice is back. Stored in the attic for almost a century, the lovely Beatrice with its long literary (Shakespeare, Dante) and royal history is being looked at with fresh eyes by parents (such as... Read More 

  • Betty

    Combine the popularity of Betty White and Mad Men's glamorous Betty Draper Francis, with the residual sweetness of Ugly Betty's Betty Suarez, and the result is an impending... Read More 

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