80 Hipster Baby Names for Boys & Girls That Sound Effortlessly Cool

Genny Glassman | Nov 10, 2019 Pregnancy
80 Hipster Baby Names for Boys & Girls That Sound Effortlessly Cool
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80 Hipster Baby Names for Boys & Girls That Sound Effortlessly Cool
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We all know that hipsters have the best insider knowledge. We can make fun all we want, but when it comes down to it, hipsters are tastemakers. They know the best music, clothes, books, movies, types of plant-based milks, all before everyone else does. And this is even true for baby names! That's right, we said it: Hipsters know good baby names. Because they have a thorough knowledge of all things unusual and interesting -- not to mention some incredibly large record collections -- hipsters are definitely the people we want to go to when it comes to coming up with an unusual, beautiful name for a business or to create a book title. And although we may not initially think it, that hipster knowledge also extends to baby names, where hipsters can let their freak flags fly. From this hipster boom has come a revival of classic and cool names, as well as dozens of new names that parents can grab before they're hot on the charts.


Folks may not want to cement their hipster status by declaring themselves as official members of this organic granola-munching tribe, but the truth is, hipsters are pretty mainstream now. In fact, in a study done in 2013, 50 percent of millennials identified as hipsters, and that number has only grown! Why delay the inevitable and miss out on some ultra cool and totally one-of-a-kind baby names in the process? Want to be in with the cool crowd? Or maybe pick baby names worthy of starting a family band? With the help of BabyNameWizard.com, we found 80 of the coolest boy and girl baby names for all those future baby hipsters. So grab a baby blue bicycle, a handlebar mustache, and possibly an underground polka band that others have "probably never heard of," and scroll through to check out these adorably obscure and oh-so-hip baby names. And if these don't seem quite hip enough, take a peek at modern baby names for parents who want to stay ahead of the trends and old-fashioned nicknames for girls that make charming first names, which are unusual enough to be very cool.


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  • ELVIS

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    This name is 100 percent American, baby! Elvis is an American creation, made popular by -- as most would guess it -- the king himself. Surprisingly, the name has stayed popular throughout the decades. It was the 600th most popular baby name in the US in 2007 but it fell off the charts in 2012. Much like the musician of the same name, this is one title that will never go out of style.

  • BEATRIX

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    This little one is made to be happy! Beatrix, from the Latin beatus, means "happy" or "she who brings happiness." The name has never ranked in the top 1,000 US baby names, making it truly hipster. Some famous Beatrixes were Beatrix Potter, who wrote the Peter Rabbit books, and Uma Thurman's character in Kill Bill, Beatrix Kiddo.

  • ARLO

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    A name for the folk lovers out there! Arlo had a small blip of popularity from the 1900s–1930s, though it never topped any US baby name lists. The most popular Arlo is Arlo Guthrie, son of folk legend Woody Guthrie, who was known for making protest music. Far out, man!

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  • MAGNOLIA

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    What's old is new again! Originally popular in the late 1800s, Magnolia is due for a comeback. Like the flower from which it gets its name, Magnolia is a floral and pretty name that nature lovers are sure to covet.

  • EDISON

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    Possibly one of the most recognizable names in science. Edison, meaning "Edie's son" in Old English, was the last name of Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, the telegraph, and the phonograph (among many other inventions). As a name, Edison was wildly popular in the 1800s, fell off the charts in the early 1900s, and roared back to life in the 2010s. In 2018, it was the 536th most popular name in the US. Electric!

  • TALLULAH

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    A quirky name with a Native American heritage, Tallulah is a Choctaw name meaning "jumping water." It's also the name of Demi Moore's and Bruce Willis' youngest daughter, as well as the name of actress Tallulah Bankhead. The name has never ranked in the top 1,000 US baby names, but with all these celeb sightings, it seems that's about to change.

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  • OTIS

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    A sweet little name for a little ragamuffin! Otis, meaning "wealth" or "fortune" in German, is a popular name among celebrities. Take, for instance, singer Otis Redding, Otis the dog from Milo & Otis, and even the son of Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde. Oh, baby! 

  • CALLIE

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    Callie (pronounced "KAH-lee," not "KAY-lee") has had a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Parents might associate the name with Callie Shaw from the Hardy Boys novels, the character Callie on Grey's Anatomy, or Calliope (the Greek goddess of epic poetry). Callie was also the name of the protagonist in the Jeffrey Eugenides' novel Middlesex. So many cool associations.

  • CALVIN

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    This is a name perfect for baby boys! Calvin is a derivative of the name calvinus meaning "little bald one." The name has always been on the radar in the US, but it's not nearly as popular now as it used to be in the early 1900s, when it peaked as the 80th most popular name in the US in 1920. Possible nicknames for Calvin are Cal, Vinny, or Calvie.

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  • FALLON

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    No, this isn't a trend started by Jimmy Fallon. Fallon, which is mostly used as a girl's name but sounds totally gender neutral to us, was actually an Irish surname that came from the Gaelic follamhnus, meaning supremacy. It was also the name of one of the lead characters on the soapy '70s drama Dynasty, so it's got "vintage" cred.

  • ROSCOE

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    Here's a name that's truly old-fashioned. Roscoe was once a popular last name in England, but has since transitioned to first name status. It is a composition of the Norse words  (meaning "a roe deer") and skógr (meaning "a wood"). How's that for a rustic baby name?

  • EDIE

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    Edie -- like Sedgwick, the infamous muse of Andy Warhol -- can be used as a standalone or as a nickname for Edith meaning "prosperous in war." We think both are fashionable choices, but although Edith has enjoyed long-term popularity, Edie peaked in the '60s and has since become more obscure. That makes it ripe for the hipster picking.

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  • MILLER

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    Miller, a common last name, means "one who works in a mill," in German. It also has become a popular first name, spiking in popularity in 2014. The name works for a boy or a girl, though it is more often used for boys. There are also plenty of famous Millers to look to: writer Arthur Miller, Stella McCartney's son Miller Willis, and David Duchovny and Tea Leoni have a Miller of their own. (Their son's name is Kyd Miller.)

  • MAE

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    A pet name of Mary and Margaret, Mae has become a popular name in its own right. Loosely meaning "pearl," Mae is often used as a middle name, but actress Mae West made it popular as a first name. Another famous Mae, with some cool hipster leanings, is the actress Mae Whitman.

  • HOLDEN

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    The ultimate hipster novel is almost certainly Catcher in the Rye. Holden Caulfeld, the narrator, is a teenage boy who is both disenchanted and disillusioned with the outside world. Interestingly, Holden has remained steadily popular throughout several decades. It's been trending upwards since the 1800s!

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  • PIPER

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    Piper has only recently become a popular name in the US, perhaps thanks to a little show called Orange Is the New Black. Originally an English and Scandinavian name, Piper means "one who plays the pipe." Cute nicknames for Piper are Pipes, Pippa, or Pepper. Sweet!

  • DUKE

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    This name has a little bit of a royal flair. Duke, from the title granted to an English noblemen who ranks just below a prince, is a strong name for a special little guy! Think jazz musician Duke Ellington and John "the Duke" Wayne. It really doesn't get any cooler than that.

  • FRANKIE

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    A derivative of the name Frank, Frankie is a cute gender neutral name that is particularly charming on a little girl. The name refers to both the French Franc and the German Frank, derived from the word for a type of spear, franco. It's perfect for a sharp-witted little tomboy!

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  • MATTEO

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    If mom and dad are tired of the name Matthew, they should turn to this version. Matteo is a derivative of the Latin Matthaeus and the Ecclesiastic Greek Matthaios. It is also derived from the Hebrew Mattiyah meaning "gift of God." Although Matthew has been wildly popular throughout history, Matteo just entered the top 1,000 US baby names in 2012. Get it while it's hot!

  • NOLA

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    Nola is a name with an interesting history. Both a city in Italy and a nickname for New Orleans, Nola is actually a nickname for Eleanor, which comes from the Greek word Helene, meaning "light." The name was hugely popular throughout the late 1800s and early to mid 1900s, before falling off the radar. But as of the early 2000s, the name is back and on the rise.

  • RYDER

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    We think this name is totally cool. Ryder, from the Old English Ridere, means "knight" or "mounted warrior." It also has only been getting more popular since the '90s! Famous Ryders include Ryder Robinson (son of Kate Hudson) and '90s heartthrob Rider Strong.

  • RHIANNON

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    Hipsters love Stevie Nicks -- that's just a fact. That means our readers might like the name Rhiannon, after the popular song by Fleetwood Mac. In Celtic mythology, Rhiannon is the goddess of fertility, though some believe it is actually derived from the word Rigantona, meaning "great queen." This name is still fairly rare but it won't be for long.

  • VAN

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    Beep, beep! Here comes little Van! No, not like the automobile; Van like the English surname that has quickly become a popular first name. Van comes from the Middle English Vanne and the French Van, meaning a "winnowing machine." Our readers probably have seen Van as an element of some last names, but clearly this cool moniker is ready to take center stage.

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  • JUNIPER

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    What a sweet little name! Juniper is the name of an evergreen shrub that grows berries that are used to make gin. It's also the name of the beloved children's book character Juniper "Junie" B. Jones. Another cool nickname for Juniper is Juno, much like the indie hit film of the same name.

  • CORMAC

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    One might be most familiar with this name because of Cormac McCarthy, the famous novelist and author of The Road and No Country for Old Men. Cormac is actually a popular Irish name, though its meaning is a little uncertain. Some claim it means "charioteer" whereas others believe it means "son of defilement." So mysterious!

  • PRUE

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    Short for Prudence, Prue is sweet and charming in its own way. Prudence means "cautious" and "intelligent," just like the most well-known Prue, one of the Halliwell sisters from Charmed.

  • ACE

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    A classic newspaper reporter or photographer nickname, Ace is a breath of fresh air. It's also a word associated with being first, the best, ranking the highest ... well, one can get the picture. Like a lot of names on this list, Ace was popular in the 1800s and went dormant until the 2010s, where it came back in force. What can we say? Hipsters have excellent taste in classic names.

  • LIVI

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    A derivative of Olivia, meaning "olive tree," Livi is a cool, hip, fresh-sounding name. We can just imagine her future career in a graphic design. Stay cool, Livi!

  • JUDD

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    Originally a pet name for Jordan, Judd means "descending" or "flowing down." Judd had a quick spike of popularity in the '70s, but for the most part has stayed under the radar. Sounds like just the type of obscure baby name that hipsters love!

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  • SIMONE

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    Sophisticated and a little French-sounding, Simone is actually a Hebrew name meaning "heard." Famous Simones include feminist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, and iconic singer Nina Simone. A chic name for a chic little girl!

  • WATSON

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    It's elementary, my dear Watson! Watson is a cool and understated last name that is bound to make the transition to first name status. The name enjoyed a long period of popularity decades ago but it hasn't yet cracked the top 1,000 baby names in the 2000s or 2010s. It's classic yet fresh, familiar yet distinctive -- it's got everything it takes to become pure hipster gold.

  • LUNA

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    Derived from the Latin word for "moon," Luna is a mystical name. If parents are interested in astrology, Luna is also an alternative name for Cancer, whose sign is ruled by the moon. There are many famous Lunas, including Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter and Luna the cat from Sailor Moon; even John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have a little Luna of their own!

  • JONES

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    Another last name being used as a cool first name! Jones is most certainly a popular American last name, but many folks may not know that it had a run of popularity for being a first name from the 1880s to 1910. Guess one could say this name is vintage. 

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  • STELLA

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    Stella is the Latin word for star, which is fitting because this name is fabulous! There is a theory that the name Stella has been used in England since the year 1374, but the name really became popularized in the poem by Sir Philip Sidney called Astrophel and Stella. Shine bright, little Stella!

  • COLTON

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    This name is blowing up, fast! Colton was virtually unheard of before 1970 but has since exploded in popularity. Perhaps it's because Colton is a sturdy, solid name that doesn't sound too old-fashioned; perhaps it's because of celebrities such as Colton Haynes. We can't be too sure -- all we know is, Colton is awesome!

  • CLEMENTINE

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    In the words of the song, Oh, my darling Clementine! The ultimate in hipster baby girl names, Clementine is twee and precious. Clementine is actually the feminine form of Clement -- the boys' name -- and the Latin clemens meaning "mild, gentle." 

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  • HUCK

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    A shortened form of Huckleberry, Huck is truly for those who want some literary credentials. Huckleberry Finn, protagonist of the Mark Twain novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is one of the most classic characters in US literature. And anyone who shares this moniker is sure to be adventurous, whip smart, and full of spirit. Sweet little Huck!

  • SIA

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    Possibly the coolest pop star on the planet right now is the Australian singer Sia. Sia (pronounced "SEE-uh") is a Swedish name, derived from the word for "victory." The name has never ranked in the top 1,000 US baby names, but we have a feeling it's about to climb the charts just like the pop superstar of the same name. Victory, indeed.

  • BYRON

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    If a mama is a fan of romantic poetry, Byron -- like Lord Byron -- is a classic name. It comes from the Old English phrase aet byrum, meaning "at the cowsheds." Hmm, well that's not very romantic, is it?

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  • CECILY

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    This is such a pretty name. Derived from the Latin word caecus, meaning "blind" or "dim-sighted," Cecily was also the name of a third-century Christian who founded a church in the Trastevere section of Rome. The Catholic church considered her a martyr, and she is known as the patron saint of musicians. 

  • BECKETT

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    Avant-garde writer Samuel Beckett may be responsible for this hipster reference point. As a name, Beckett means "dweller near the brook." Good options for nicknames include Bex, Becks, or Kit. Too cute!

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  • WREN

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    Hey, little Wren! An Old English name, Wren (pronounced "REHN") comes from the word wroenna. Wrens are also pretty cute little songbirds. Adorable!

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  • SANFORD

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    A cute name that we can't get enough of, Sanford is another last name that has become popular for first names. In fact, in the early 1900s it was an incredibly popular first name, though it has since dipped in popularity. This name is a total diamond in the rough!

  • BLAIRE

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    Blaire was originally a Scottish last name from the Gaelic word blar, meaning "dweller on the plain." Admittedly the most popular Blaire seems to be Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl, but we think that just adds to its sophisticated charm. 

  • LUCA

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    This baby name is popular the world over! Making the top baby lists in Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Belgium (to name just a few), Luca clearly is a winner. The root of Luca is the Latin word lux, meaning "light," though some believe the name comes from the Greek Loukas, meaning "man who comes from Lucania." Either way, Luca rocks!

  • ISLA

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    Pronounced "EYE-la," Isla has been steadily gaining in popularity since the 1990s, but only recently become well-known due to actress Isla Fisher. Globally, Isla is a popular name in Scotland, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia. Now that's a name with international appeal!

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  • BEAR

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    Bear is, of course, a name taken from the animal, but we really like how trendy it has become. And it perfectly fits a cuddly little fellow. Of course, the most famous Bear is Running Wild's Bear Grylls, but it just so happens that One Direction member Liam Payne named his baby Bear Payne. Give it a try -- we think Bear is just too cute!

  • MABEL

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    A sweet, Southern-inspired name, Mabel is as cute as it gets! This is one of those classic names that fell out of fashion in the '90s and is now back to dominate in a new generation. Mabel has many nicknames, including May, Maisie, Mabie, and Mabs. It also is the name of Bruce Willis and Emma Heming's oldest daughter, Mabel Willis.

  • JACK

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    Yes, we hear ya, this name could be a little basic. But don't rule it out just yet. Jack, a pet name of John, is also one of the most popular names internationally, meaning that no matter where one goes, people will know how to pronounce this baby's name. Think about it: Jack Nicholson, Jack Kennedy, Jack Sparrow -- those are some freakin' cool Jacks! 

  • ALDEN

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    Such an interesting name for a little girl! Alden, from the Old English Aldwine, means "old friend." That, plus the cool gender-neutral vibes, makes this an excellent choice to add to a baby-name list.

  • TATE

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    This short and stylish name is English and origin and means "cheerful." And the fact that Tate is a cute choice for a boy or a girl is definitely something to feel cheerful about.

  • CLEO

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    Cleo is derived from the ancient Greek word kleos, meaning "glory or fame." And although it might remind parents of Cleopatra, it's actually more closely associated with Clio, the Greek muse of history.

  • LENNON

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    This musical last name might be the perfect first name for a little boy (or girl!). Lennon has a cool vibe, probably because it's related to trendy Irish names like Aidan.

  • RAMONA

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    Ramona, meaning "wise protector," has an old school sound that fits in perfectly with the current trend of reviving classic names.

  • NICO

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    Despite its short, punchy sound, Nico is actually derived from the Greek Nikodemos and means "victory of the people." It's a perfect moniker for a future leader.

  • SADIE

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    Sadie is actually a pet name for Sarah, but it's become a go-to first name in the new millennium. It has a soft feminine sound that works for all ages.

  • OSCAR

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    Parents looking for a truly unique name might turn to Oscar, a little used title that actually means "golden city."

  • MATILDA

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    Matilda may sound like a sweet name, but it actually means "powerful in battle" and is perfect for a little warrior.

  • FITZ

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    Short for Fitzgerald, Fitz is one nickname that can definitely stand on its own. It's smart and quirky, but still stylish.

  • LEONORA

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    Give Eleanor a modern update with the similar sounding Leonora. The name sounds classic but is still unique enough to turn heads.

  • ZEPHYR

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    Zephyr literally means "west wind," but in the past few years, it's become increasingly popular among the hipster set as a name for baby boys. However, it's not so common yet that a kid would have to share their name with anyone else in the class.

  • WINTER

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    A little hipster, a little goth, and totally cool-sounding, Winter is a wonderful baby name which can absolutely be gender neutral, but we think it's especially fitting for a baby girl. For those of us who love the beauty of winter's starkness, this is a perfect fit.

  • YORKE

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    Thom Yorke of Radiohead is an absolute indie rock god, and naming a baby boy Yorke -- or Thom, for that matter -- in his honor would be a pretty serious hipster move. We like the name on its own, too, though, and Thom is a classic. 

  • WILDE

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    A reference to literary legend Oscar Wilde, the baby name Wilde could be good for either a girl or a boy, but we think it's especially cool on a baby girl. This name has been very definitely popping up at several Brooklyn preschools lately. 

  • SEBASTIAN

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    A reference to the popular indie band Belle and Sebastian, this name feels incredibly hipster to us, even though it's a classic. Sebastian actually means venerable or revered, and it originally comes from Latin.

  • STARLING

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    A starling is a kind of small bird in the family Sturnidae with incredibly pretty, iridescent plumage. It's also a charming and hip baby name for a baby girl. Another variation on this is Sterling, which we also love for a girl's name. 

  • ZANE

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    Zane was originally a last name, but we love it as a first name for a baby of either gender, but especially for a boy. It's been popularized in recent years among the hipster set, maybe as a reference to cool American writer Zane Grey.

  • ORION

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    Orion is the name of the first constellation every kid learns. In Greek mythology, he may be the huntsman, but we think this name is actually even cooler on a baby girl. And there's nothing more fun and hipster than flipping the script on gendered names.

  • LUCIEN

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    Originally from the Latin -- where it is Lucianus -- Lucien is a French boy's name meaning "light." Much more common in France than it is in America, Lucien is a character in the indie film Amelie, and we think that it's a very beautiful name.

  • POLLY JEAN

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    Just like indie icon, multi-instrumentalist, and amazing songwriter Polly Jean Harvey -- more commonly known as P.J. -- the name Polly Jean is effortlessly cool. And what an amazing namesake for a kid to enjoy!

  • FRANZ

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    Archduke Franz Ferdinand was a historical figure whose assassination was one of the causes of World War I, and the inspiration for the name of Franz Ferdinand, a Scottish rock band that is about as hipster as hipster gets. We love the name Franz, which means "free man."

  • ZELDA

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    Although we love F. Scott Fitzgerald, we are even more enamored with his wife and muse, Zelda. She was an icon of her time, the most iconic -- and possibly the first -- flapper of the 1920s, and a woman with an incredible wit.

  • DAMIEN

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    Damien is a coming-of-age story written by Hermann Hesse, and we think the name Damien, which derives from the Greek -- where it is originally Damiano and means "to tame" -- is a very cool name for a baby boy.

  • MARGOT

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    In beloved indie movie The Royal Tenenbaums, Margot Tenenbaum was famously portrayed by a raccoon-eyed and remarkably deadpan Gwyneth Paltrow. We love the name, which comes from the Greek and means" pearl."

  • BOWIE

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    Bowie is a cool name for a boy or a girl, but we think it's an especially cool name for a baby boy. It's an homage to rock god and hipster legend David Bowie, who believed wholly in being brave enough to be oneself. 

  • TEIGEN

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    Tegan and Sarah are a cool Canadian pop band beloved by the hipster crowd, and for good reason -- the identical twin sister are deeply cool girls. We love the name spelled either Teigen or Tegan. It is a Welsh name meaning "beautiful or fair."

  • DANTE

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    Dante is an Italian baby name, and the Italian form of the English Durand. The poet Dante Alighieri is perhaps best known for writing The Divine Comedy, and is a wonderful namesake for a baby boy who may grow up to be a writer himself.

  • FLANNERY

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    Mary Flannery O'Connor, better known as Flannery O'Connor, was an American novelist known for her work in the Southern Gothic genre. Originally of Irish origin, the name means "descendant of Flannabhra," but we think it's a fit for a baby girl of any background.  

  • OLIVER

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    We love the easily recognizable -- but still very hipster-feeling -- boy's name Oliver. The name is fairly simple in its origin: It comes from the olive tree. We especially enjoy that extending olive branch is a symbol of peace, which is a good wish for a child.

  • JAGGER

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    Jagger is such a deeply cool name for a baby girl. An English name meaning "peddler," it's inextricably associated with the swagger and cool of Mick Jagger -- now Sir Michael Philip Jagger -- the frontman of rock legends The Rolling Stones. 

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