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Top 26 Hipster Baby Names 1 of 26
Brooklyn 2 of 26
Origin: English; Meaning: New York City borough, from the Dutch Breukelen
This name might be a too-obvious pick for baby boys in the tri-state area, but how much ironic street cred would Brooklyn have on the West Coast — or across the pond? Just ask Brooklyn Beckham, whose name has been climbing the popularity charts since he was born in 1999.
Ray 3 of 26
Origin: Old German; Meaning: protecting hands
This name oozes cool, evoking both iconic soul musician Ray Charles and the ubiquitously hip Ray-Ban sunglasses. When your son's playmates ask what his name is short for, he can pull down his Wayfarers and say, Nah. Its just Ray.
Holden 4 of 26
Origin: English; Meaning: deep valley
Will little Holden be resentful or just pickled when he reads about his namesake in high-school English class and finds out hes a prep-school dropout who ran around New York City and called everything lousy?
Iver 5 of 26
Origin: Old Norse; Meaning: yew, bow army
Although the popularity of indie band Bon Iver (pronounced EEV-air) is rising, the Nordic name Iver (pronounced AYV-er) is an unusual moniker that's classic-sounding but original — the right match for parents who are concerned about running into another little Iver at their organic brunch spot.
Allen 6 of 26
Origin: Celtic; Meaning: handsome
Get ready for your baby to Howl with this name, inspired by leading beat generation poet Allen Ginsberg. If your kid doesn't seem to punctuate or finish complete sentences much, just tell his teacher hes flexing his poetic muscles. Try the French Alain if Allen is too typical; think of it as the macaron to Allens cupcake.
Lennon 7 of 26
Origin: Irish; Meaning: dear one
Maybe hardcore Beatles fans once named their son John to commemorate this iconic musician, but that's as mainstream as a first name gets. Lennon hops on the last-names-as-first-names craze while still sounding artsy-cool.
Orson 8 of 26
Origin: Latin and English; Meaning: bearlike
With a baby named in honor of memorable American film director, screenwriter, and actor Orson Welles, maybe you'll be spared the cartoons and just watch stark, black-and-white films with baby like Citizen Kane, which Welles co-wrote, produced, and acted in.
Atticus 9 of 26
Origin: Greek; Meaning: from Athens
For bird-loving parents who prefer their naming references to be on the obscure side, why not the unforgettable Atticus Finch, fatherly hero and lawyer in the classic To Kill a Mockingbird?
Thelonious 10 of 26
Origin: German; Meaning: ruler of the people
If you look up cool in the dictionary, you might find this name cemented in hipsterdom by jazz musician Thelonious Monk —because while that indie band you love will blow up and inevitably sell out, jazz will always be a little off the mainstream and always awesome. Plus, have you seen his glasses?
Jasper 11 of 26
Origin: Persian; Meaning: bringer of treasure
Grab some inspiration from modern artist Jasper Johns, whose work hangs in the MoMA. Now when your kid paints your friend's apartment walls with tomato sauce, you can just explain he's going through his experimental phase. Another artsy name idea? Jackson, for splatter-paint legend Jackson Pollock.
Franklin 12 of 26
Origin: Latin; Meaning: Free man
Who cares about playing with an iPad when you can be named after the guy who discovered electricity? Go for a vague historical reference with this nod to Benjamin Franklin. Plus, if your baby ever needs Warby Parkers down the road, he can tell everyone on the playground his namesake created bifocals way before eyewear was cool.
Leonardo 13 of 26
Origin: Italian; Meaning: Bold lion
We're not talking about the renaissance man Da Vinci (though that's what you can tell the grandparents) but one of the Ninja Turtles. Nostalgia for â€˜90s is so lame it's cool again — we can't be the only ones wishing we hadn't thrown out our action figures for the next generation to play with. If Leo doesn't suit, try one of his masked, anthropomorphic brothers' names: Michaelangelo, Donatello, or Raphael.
girls 14 of 26
London 15 of 26
Origin: English; Meaning: place-name for the capital of England
For a name with overseas allure that has somewhat more cred than Paris (thank the Hilton family for that), try this one —just don't be surprised when baby London starts calling her home country the States and keeps asking for some spare quid.
Wren 16 of 26
Origin: Meaning: animal name, a bird
To quote Portlandia (an indie comedy series), you can put a bird on anything and call it art. Why not apply it to your baby, too?
Matilda 17 of 26
Origin: German; Meaning: battle-mighty
If you want to appear literary but actually havent finished a book since grade school, no worries: this Roald Dahl heroine will fit in perfectly with her playmates Holden and Atticus. Just pretend you werent actually inspired by Michelle Williams' daughter, who has the same name.
Tallulah 18 of 26
Origin: Native American; Meaning: leaping waters
This Native American name evokes images of wide-open prairies and simple living —a heavy dose of ironic cool for the always-plugged-in family who hasn't been out of range of a Starbucks in years.
Margot 19 of 26
Origin: French; Meaning: pearl
Baby Margot has two ultra-hip namesakes to live up to: Wes Anderson's effortlessly cool Margot Tenenbaum and Margaux Hemingway, who changed the spelling of her name to match the wine made in the French town where she was conceived. Now that's indie.
Clementine 20 of 26
Origin: Latin; Meaning: mercy
This is a stylish name that celebs like Claudia Schiffer and Ethan Hawke have chosen for their daughters —but if your friends arent up on celebrity babies, you can claim this as your own idea. Plus, the built-in lullaby is a big bonus: Oh my darlin', oh my darlin'.
Zooey 21 of 26
Origin: American; Meaning: literary, from Franny & Zooey
This name isn't quite so original now that cute, quirky actress Zooey Deschanel has made her mark, but you can maintain your hipster status by swearing up and down you thought of it first when you read J.D. Salingers Franny & Zooey (no mind that protagonist Zooey Glass was a dude).
Seraphina 22 of 26
Origin: Hebrew; Meaning: fiery one
This name was totally off the charts when Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner named their daughter this in 2009, but you're safe from being called a poser if your family and friends don't subscribe to US Weekly.
Florence 23 of 26
Origin: Latin; Meaning: flourishing, prosperous
The dog days are over, indeed! This name could serve as a souvenir from a soul-searching trip to the Italian city or a nod to singer Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine —now when your daughter is screaming her lungs out, you can just say she's getting her vocal cords ready for a lifetime of music festivals.
Alice 24 of 26
Origin: German; Meaning: noble
Although Alice may seem a little too popular for hipster parents, consider this: Tina Fey just picked this for her daughter (granted, shes not a hipster, but who doesn't love Tina Fey?), and there are some solid Alices out there she can join: Canadian writer Alice Munro and the classic character in Alice in Wonderland, for starters.
Lena 25 of 26
Origin: Greek; Meaning: Light
Love her or hate her, you can't deny Lena Dunham is the indie TV darling of her generation — or maybe just a generation. If that's too obvious an homage, she's surrounded by cool options in her work: Hannah and Shoshanna are two names we love from Girls, while Aura is an option from her 2010 feature Tiny Furniture. If you prefer Ms. Dunham's name, change the spelling to "Lina" or "Leena" and make up an uber-original story of how it just came to you.
Louise 26 of 26
Origin: German; Meaning: Famous warrior
Louise is the perfect, slightly askew name for your cardigan-wearing, Tolstoy book-board-reading baby. It hasn't cracked the top 20 baby names in America since 1920 , and hasn't even made it past #900 nearly thirty years, so you know this unique pick is rock-solid. She can also hop on the gender-neutral train with the funky nickname Lou, a la unspeakably hip French model (and daughter of Jane Birkin) Lou Doillon.