This article by Michele Zipp from The Stir seems like it might be fun. (I’m always looking for fun, funny or charming articles about baby names to share with my readers.) Unfortunately, she forgot to mention what hipster names are. After staring at the list for a while I could see they were names associated with books, comics, entertainers, ballplayers and a variety of famous people (fictional or real) from the 40s and 50s. And in the process of identifying the people associated with each name, while writing this article, I realized how entertaining it might be if I identified some of the names and let you identify some, too.
On the girls’ list I found: Lana (Turner), Edie (Gorme), Stella (Kowalski, from “A Streetcar Named Desire) and Everly (an homage to the group I used to call The Everly Sisters because the brothers had such high-pitched voices) and (Little) Lulu. Here are some other girls’ names without any identifying last name or reference: Daisy, Pearl, Violet, Juniper, Wren, Evie, Piper, and Clementine. Did you figure out who they refer to?
On the boys’ list I found: Holden (Caulfield, from The Catcher in the Rye) Milo (Minderbinder from Catch 22), Atticus (Finch, from To Kill a Mockingbird) Otis (Redding) and Roscoe (one of the great all-time New York R ‘n R DeeJays). Here are some other names without any identifying last names or references: Jasper, Duke, Miller, Sanford, Elvis, Arlo, Calvin and Hudson. Did you figure those out, too?
Now that I realize how much fun Michelle Zipps’ like, “100 Totally Amazing Hipster Baby Names” really are, I’ve provided a link so you can find the whole list and I challenge you to figure out why Michelle put each of those names on her list.