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.

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