A Quick Guide To Hipster Names

Lucy Thackray, writing in The Daily Mail Australia, is bound to generate a lot of buzz with her article about hipster naming trends.

She starts by describing hipsters as bearded, kale-munching, green juice-drinking, cardigan-wearing, bike-pedaling, glasses-wearing non-conformists who shop in thrift stores and hope to raise non-conforming children (by giving them the same oddball names that other hipsters give their children). Then she describes hipster names and provides lots of examples.

Here’s how to recognize hipster names when you see them or hear them:

-vintage names like Edna, Mabel, Edie and Ramona for girls; Ray, Stanley, or Ignatius for boys

-plant and food names like Clover, Juniper, Magnolia and Olive for girls; Kale for boys

-nickname-names like Frankie and Lulu

-names from To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus, Scout; Catcher in the Rye: Holden, Salinger; or Gulliver’s Travels: Gulliver

-names from “The Simpsons,” like Homer, Mo, Maggie or Lennie

-names that start with the letters X, Q or Z which produce oddball names like Xena, Zola or Zeus

-names that honor musicians like Everly, Elvis, Jagger or Buddy (for children of either gender)

-masculine names for baby girls and vice versa

-place names to commemorate great trips to Arizona, Aspen, India or Brooklyn

-names descriptive of personality traits their children may display from Serenity to Rebel or Truant

I’m glad my parents weren’t hipsters. How about you?

P.S. Notice how different Thackray’s definition of “hipster names” is from the definition in my first post on the subject, which defined “hipster names” as a reflection of the culture (athletes, comic strips, authors, movie stars and music) of the ’40s and ’50s, when the term “hipster” referred to a “hip cat” rather than a contemporary, juice-guzzling thrift-store shopper who wants to name her son after Homer Simpson, Ignatius J. Reilly (protagonist of A Confederacy of Dunces) or call him Truant.

Consider the Alternate Meanings of These Nine Common Boy’s Names Before Choosing One

Dick is a short form of Richard (English) and Richart (German), names that mean “rich and powerful ruler.”
But dick is a slang term for penis. It also carries a dishonest implication because of the phrase “tricky dick” which refers to a dishonest individual (for example, a used-car salesman who changes the odometer before selling a car). Dick is also used in unflattering terms like “dickhead” to refer to stupid, hurtful, disrespectful people.

Hector is a Greek name that means “steadfast.” In Homer’s Illiad, Hector was the prince of Troy; a leading figure in the Trojan War.
But hector is also a term the refers to bullying, teasing, harassing or annoying behavior.

John is a Hebrew name that means “God is gracious.” The name honors John the Baptist in the New Testament.
But john is a common term used for the bathroom or a toilet. John is also the term used by police to describe the customer of a prostitute. Finally, john is also used as a generic term for a man, hence the term John Doe–perhaps because John was the most popular name fur boys during the 20th century.

Johnson is an English name that means “son of John.”
But johnson is yet another slang term for penis.

Josh is a Hebrew name that means “God is my salvation.” In the Old Testament, Joshua led the Israelites into the promised land.
But josh is also a word that means a joke or witticism that should not be taken seriously.

Peter is a Greek and Latin name that means “rock.” In the Bible, Simon (renamed Peter) was the leader of the 12 apostles and is often referred the “rock on whom the church was built.”
But Peter, like dick, is also a slang term for penis.

Randy is a short form of Randolph, an English and German name that means “shield wolf.”
But randy is also a word that means lascivious or lecherous. (The kind of man who can’t keep his peter in his pants.)

Romeo is an Italian name that means “pilgrim to Rome.” Romeo is the title character in Shakespeare’s famous play, Romeo and Juliet.
But a romeo has come to mean a “lady’s man” or “womanizer” who has trouble keeping his peter in his pants.

Stew and Stu are short forms of Stewart and Stuart, English names that mean “caretaker” or “steward.”
But stew refers to a dish prepared by boiling meat or fish and vegetables in broth. And stewing refers both to the boiling process and to a person who is brooding or worrying, for example, “What are you stewing about?”

5-Star Baby Name AdvisorReading this brief list of names with secondary meanings or associations is meant prompt you to brainstorm alternative meanings or associations for any name you like and think is worth serious consideration.  After “falling in like” with an name, the next step might be to look up the literal meaning as well as any secondary meaning or common impression that the name makes when you read it, hear it or think about it. Most baby name books don’t discuss this issue, which is why you might want to consult my book, 5 Star Baby Name Advisor, which discusses the literal meaning names as well as the impressions that names make.

Baby Center’s Hottest 2014 Naming Trends

Here’s a quick summary of Baby Center’s “Hottest Naming Trends of 2014.” In it I’ve included the hottest themes and the hottest names. (Click on the link if you want all the delightful details.)

The Netflix Effect
Orange is the New Black
a) for girls: Galina, Piper, Gloria, Dayanara, Nicky
b) for boys: Alex, Larry

House of Cards
a) for girls: Claire, Zoe, Remy, Robin;
b) for boys: Larry, Frank, Wright;

Southern Charm
a) for girls: Magnolia, Beulah, Virginia, Charlotte, Macon, Clementine
b) for boys: Rhett, Vernon, Deacon, Jefferson, Atticus, Lee, Tennessee

“Frozen” Names
a) for girls:Elsa, Kristen
b) for boys: Hans, Santino

The Influence of TV Producer Shonda Rhymes
Grey’s Anatomy names
a) for boys: Arizona, Mark, Owen, Jackson, Avery;
b) for girls: Callie, Miranda

Scandal Names
for boys: Fitzgerald, Huck, Cyrus, Bellamy, Scott, Jeff, Darby, Guillermo

How to Get Away with Murder name:
for girls: Viola

Exotic Destination Names
for boys: Everest, Rome, Milan, Cairo, Israel
for girls: Aspen, Geneva, Verona, Persia, Kenya

Great Grandma Names
for girls: Carol, Helen, Shirley, Judith, Frances, Ruth, Margaret, Betty

Newsmaker Names
-N.Y. Yankees’ great Derek (Jeter)
-Comedy great Joan (Rivers)
People’s “Most Beautiful” Lupita (Nyong’o)
-“Parks and Rec” star Aziz (Ansari)
-Aussi rapper Iggy (Azalea; real name: Azalea Amethyst Kelly)
for boys: Iggy
for girls: Amethyst, Kelly