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Hipster British Boy Names

  1. PtolemyHeart
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "aggressive, warlike"
    • Description:

      Pronounced "TAHL-a-mee," this was the name of one of Alexander the Great's generals and several Greco-Egyptian rulers, as well as the name of a famous Greek astronomer. Actress Gretchen Mol brought it into modern times when she chose it for her baby.
  2. BaxterHeart
    • Origin:

      English occupational name
    • Meaning:

      "baker"
    • Description:

      An x makes any name cooler, so that Baxter has a bit more pizzazz than the original Baker. Baxter had some currency as a first name a century ago--it was on the popularity lists sporadically from 1880 till the 1920s, peaking at Number 515 in 1886-- which means it's just about due for a comeback. And we can see Bax as a worthy follow-up to Max and Jax.
  3. SachaHeart
    • Origin:

      French variation of Sasha
    • Meaning:

      "defending warrior"
    • Description:

      Sasha in all its forms -- which include Sacha and Sascha -- is rising in popularity for both boys and girls. Its most prominent current bearer is Sacha Baron Cohen.
  4. DigbyHeart
    • Origin:

      Norse
    • Meaning:

      "town by the ditch"
    • Description:

      Digby is a place-name in Lincolnshire turned surname turned quirky first name that is starting to get some attention.
  5. BertieHeart
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Albert, Bertram etc
    • Description:

      Long a royal nickname in England, it's coming back there along with Archie and Alfie. British singer Kate Bush calls her little boy Bertie.
  6. GeneHeart
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Eugene, Greek
    • Meaning:

      "wellborn, noble"
    • Description:

      Like Ray, a formerly funky nickname name that is newly cool; used for comedian Amy Schumer's son.
  7. WilloughbyHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "farm near the willows"
    • Description:

      Willoughby is an energetic last-name-first route to the popular short form Will, livelier than any of the two-syllable options. It could be picked up by parents attracted to the Willow sound for girls.
  8. BertramHeart
    • Origin:

      German
    • Meaning:

      "bright raven"
    • Description:

      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. This is the full first name of P.G. Wodehouse's inimitable Bertie Wooster.
  9. FinbarHeart
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "fair-haired"
    • Description:

      This is an ancient saints' name well used in Ireland but a rarity here and unlikely to ever reach the popularity of other Finn-ish names. St. Finbarr (the more common spelling) is the patron saint of Cork and in Irish folklore, Finbarr was king of the fairies.
  10. HarlowHeart
    • Origin:

      English surname
    • Meaning:

      "rock hill or army hill"
    • Description:

      A glamorous surname name most famously borne by 1930s icon Jean Harlow (born Harlean Carpenter), Harlow is also the name of a town in the English county of Essex. Outside of the UK, Harlow would fit right in with contemporaries Arlo and Marlow(e).
  11. ObieHeart
    • WilfHeart
      • Origin:

        Diminutive of Wilfred
      • Description:

        A fairly common nickname in England that has never caught on in America. The rise of acronyms like MILF and DILF probably won't help its prospects going forward.
    • MarmadukeHeart
      • Origin:

        Irish
      • Meaning:

        "devotee of Maedoc"
      • Description:

        One of the ultimate teasable names, an Irish saint's name now associated with the oversized comic-strip dog. Scottish adventurer Bear (born Edward) Grylls took up the challenge when he used it for his son.
    • AlbanHeart
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "white, or, man from Alba"
      • Description:

        An ancient and highly unusual name; St. Alban -- sometimes also called Albinus or Aubin -- was an early martyr in Roman Britain. Using an alternate spelling, Alben Barkley was the 35th U.S. Vice-President, serving under Harry Truman. And Albin is popular in modern Sweden. But only the form Alban has the alternate meaning "from Alba".
    • SidHeart
      • Origin:

        Short form of Sidney, French
      • Meaning:

        "Saint-Denis"
      • Description:

        Sid originated as a nickname for Sidney, but we like it on its own, a la Sara Quin's and Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen's sons. Sid Vicious, member of the band the Sex Pistols, gives this name a punk rock vibe.
    • KesterHeart
      • Origin:

        Scottish form of Christopher
      • Meaning:

        "one who carries Christ"
      • Description:

        Nearly unknown outside the British Isles, this old Scottish variation has a sleek surname feel that can make an excellent update of the flagging Christopher.
    • TudorHeart
      • Origin:

        Welsh variation of Theodore
      • Description:

        Known as a British royal family line as well as a style of architecture, this name has a forbidding solemnity; schoolmates might also confuse it with tutor.
    • BernieHeart
      • Origin:

        Diminutive of Bernard, English
      • Meaning:

        "strong; brave as a bear"
      • Description:

        It's been shown that notable political figures often impact the use of their names, and the same can — sort of — be said about Bernie Sanders. His name increased in use by 47% between 2015 and 2016 (albeit, to a peak of only 21 baby boys given the name). By 2017, Bernie has decreased in usage by almost 60%.
    • ArnieHeart
      • StanislawHeart
        • Origin:

          Slavic
        • Meaning:

          "glory, fame, praise"