100 Hipster Baby Names That Are Effortlessly Cool

Updated: June 4, 2021
This list is the ultimate collection of hipster baby names, including hipster baby names for boys, girls, and gender-neutral options.
The ultimate list of effortlessly cool hipster baby names

Flannel- and beanie-wearing folks who sip craft beer and eat artisanal cheeses. Whether you’re all for it, or they grind your gears, there is one thing that hipsters are actually quite good at - naming their babies. It sounds absolutely nutty, but it actually makes a lot of sense. Hipsters get it right when it comes to choosing innovative baby names.

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Hipsters are responsible for bringing back a lot of names that had kind of been lost. If you’re wondering why names that were popular when your grandparents were born are suddenly cool again, you know who to thank. But it’s not just old-fashioned names that hipsters have brought back and made cool. Its names of obscure or mainstream literary figures, too. Names that are a little off the beaten path but sound effortlessly chic are definitely credited to hipsters, as well. (We've also got a complete lift of hippie names here if that's more your speed.)

There is no shortage of hipster baby name lists out there, the names are quite popular in their own way. But if you’re looking for a varied list of hipster baby names, this list is the ultimate collection of hipster baby names.

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Hipster Baby Names for Girls

  • Anais - Likely because of writer Anais Nin, this is certainly a hipster name.
  • Bea - A shortened version of Beatrice, this nickname stands alone just as well.
  • Beatrix - Similar to Bea and Beatrice, this is also the name of popular children’s book author Beatrix Potter.
  • Calliope - You may know it from ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, but this Greek name is quite hipster.
  • Clementine - This super hipster name reminds us of the song, “oh my darling Clementine!”
  • Daisy - This popular flower is definitely a hipster baby name.
  • Edie - Sounds a bit like a Nana, but it’s also the name of 1960’s model Edie Sedgwick.
  • Flora - This nature name also sounds like someone’s grandma.
  • Hazel - A little old fashioned, but Emily Blunt and John Krasinski have a daughter named Hazel.
  • Ione - Pronounced eye-own-ee, it’s the name of 80s actress Ione Skye from ‘Say Anything’.
  • Isla - This name, pronounced eye-la, is the name of actress Isla Fisher.
  • Ivy - If you’re looking for something hipster, plant names are always a good choice.
  • June - This monthly name is hipster due to its popularity a long time ago.
  • Juniper - This plant name is cute and fun, and totally hipster.
  • Leonora - This diminutive of Eleanor is prime for hipster name recognition.
  • Lux - This lavish sounding name is growing among hipsters.
  • Mabel - Another one of those names for your grandma but also your baby hipster names.
  • Mamie - Meryl Streep’s daughter, Mamie Gummer, can be credited with an interest in the name.
  • Millie - Looking for something a little different than Amelia? Go with Millie instead.
  • Minerva - Taken from the Roman goddess of wisdom, this name is great for a comeback.
  • Ophelia - A tragic Shakespearean heroine, Ophelia is quite literary.
  • Pearl - This birthstone name has rockstar vibes, it was the name of Janis Joplin’s final album.
  • Poppy - This floral name is a little sweet and a little spunky.
  • Prudence - Taken from the popular Beatles song, you can shorten this to Pru or Prue.
  • Ramona - Meaning "wise protector," this is another old name that’s now cool.
  • Rhiannon - Hipsters love Stevie Nicks, and this is one of the most popular Fleetwood Mac songs.
  • Ruby - This gem name is full of sass and cool.
  • Sadie - This name is a super hip nickname for Sarah that’s become popular in its own right.
  • Stella - Meaning "star," this name always shines bright.
  • Tallulah - Like actress Tallulah Bankhead, this hipster name is a little dramatic but very cool.
  • Violet - Floral names are very hipster, as Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck know.
  • Zelda - Gamers aren’t the only ones who love this name.
  • Zola- This African name may be familiar from ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.

Gender-Neutral Hipster Baby Names

  • Arlo - This name hasn’t been popular in 100 years, but it’s time for a comeback.
  • Auden - Taken from poet W.H. Auden, this gender-neutral name has been growing in popularity steadily.
  • Bear - This one has slowly been gaining popularity, celebrities like Alicia Silverstone, Kate Winslet and Liam Payne have given the name to their kiddos!
  • Beckett - This name is super popular with hipsters.
  • Blair - Like Blair Waldorf or Blair Underwood, this name is clearly chic and gender-neutral.
  • Dexter - Names with an “x” are apparently hipster, and this one is a popular TV and movie character name.
  • Duke - While it’s largely considered a name for boys, Duke can totally be gender-neutral!
  • Edison - Though it was popular in the 1800s, it’s come back in the last 10 years.
  • Elliot - This name is popular with boys, but growing in popularity with girls.
  • Fallon - Commonly a girl’s name, this name is actually pretty gender-neutral.
  • Frances - A variant of the name Francis, this name is truly gender-neutral.
  • Holden - The name became popular thanks to ‘The Catcher in the Rye’.
  • Hopper - This gender-neutral name is more commonly a last name that’s not being used as a first name.
  • Hudson - This name has been growing in popularity over time.
  • Jagger - Last name of popular musician Mick Jagger, Ashlee Simpson named her daughter Jagger.
  • James - This common boys name was used by Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds for their daughter.
  • Jude - Like the popular Beatles song, this name is very common among hipsters.
  • Kai - This name has Japanese and Hawaiian roots and a steady growth.
  • Kingston - This is a common hipster name, Gwen Stefani named her son Kingston.
  • Lennon - Last name of singer John Lennon, it’s becoming a popular gender-neutral name option.
  • Lincoln - Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard named their daughter Lincoln .
  • Luca - Hilary Duff named her son this Italian name.
  • Miller - Hipsters like to make last names first names, and this one is a great one.
  • Nico - A common Italian nickname, this is a truly hip gender-neutral name.
  • Orion - This starry first name is certainly climbing up the name charts.
  • Piper - Some credit the popularity of this name to the show ‘Charmed’.
  • Poe - Taken from poet Edgar Allan Poe, this name is a little spooky and a lot cool.
  • Remy - Not just the character from ‘Ratatouille’, Remy is one of those effortlessly cool nickname names.
  • Ryder - This name means “knight,” how hip!
  • Sullivan - Commonly a last name, this gender-neutral name is ready for its spotlight.
  • Tate - Happy hipster babies are cheerful, which is what this name means.
  • Walden - Another poetic name, and the famous pond in New England, very hipster.
  • Wren - These sweet little songbirds make for perfect hipster names.
  • Zephyr - Meaning "west wind," this is popular with hipster boys, but it’s a great gender-neutral option.

Hipster Baby Names for Boys

  • Alden - This name means old friend.
  • Atticus - This Greek name has become synonymous with the character from ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ .
  • August - This name is quite popular with celebrities and regular folks alike!
  • Byron - Last name of poet Lord Byron, it’s really transformed into a popular first name.
  • Calvin - Meaning “bald one,” this name peaked in popularity in 1920.
  • Cormac - First name of popular author Cormac McCarthy, this name is growing in popularity.
  • Dashiell - This fancy sounding Scottish name can also be shortened to Dash.
  • Elvis - Looking for something cool, this is pretty effortlessly cool.
  • Fitzgerald - think of ‘Great Gatsby’ author F. Scott Fitzgerald, or JFK, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
  • Gus - This grandpa name can be a nickname, but it stands well on its own.
  • Huck - A shortened form of Huckleberry, from the titular Mark Twain novel.
  • Ike - This nickname has emerged as a great first name option.
  • Jack - A classic, timeless name that hasn’t gone out of style, but definitely evolved.
  • Leopold - We have Queen Victoria to thank for the popularity of this Germanic hipster name.
  • Lionel - This name hasn’t been popular since the 1920s, unless you count Lionel Ritchie.
  • Magnus - This name means “greatest,” as in greatest hipster boy baby name.
  • Matteo - Try this instead of the name Matthew, it’s a lot cooler.
  • Milo - This boy’s name is quite popular with hipster parents.
  • Monty - Looking for something with a vintage feel? Monty sounds like a grandpa’s nickname.
  • Orson - Like actor Orson Welles, there’s a certain Old Hollywood vintage to this name.
  • Oscar - With Norse and Gaelic origins, this old man name is quite hipster.
  • Otis - Much like singer Otis Redding, this name is effortlessly chill and cool.
  • Roman - Popular among celebrities like Cate Blanchett and Debra Messing, this name is so hip.
  • Roscoe - Another one of those cool grandpa names.
  • Rufus - This name is super hip, like singer Rufus Wainwright.
  • Sanford - This last name was actually a popular first name in the early 1900s.
  • Sebastian - Because of indie band Belle and Sebastian, this feels more hipster.
  • Stellan - Scandinavian names are very cool, and this one is no exception.
  • Thor - Like the hottest Avenger, this name is strong, aka the god of thunder.
  • Van - You don’t have to be a brown eyed girl to name your baby Van.
  • Waldo - You don’t need to look hard for this hipster name.
  • Watson - This name hasn’t been popular in the last 20 years, but it’s so sophisticated.
  • Zeke - A little bit country, a lot of hipster, this nickname is strong on its own.

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