In this modern era of technology, the words nerd or geek are no longer considered an insult. More and more parents are considering naming their newborn boy or girl after their favorite character from Sci-fi flicks and novels, comic books (superheroes), television series, and gaming. Their quest is to search for unusual yet pleasant names for their newborn child.
These days, a Nerdy and geeky name is considered cool, and the only path in selecting a unique, relevant, and purposeful name.
In this article, we’ve come up with 50 nerdy names, for geek parents on the lookout for the perfect name for their brand new baby boy or girl.
Nerdy Baby Boy Names for Geek Parents
Alyx sounds just like Alex, but the last two letters have been replaced with y and x, giving it a nerdy twist. Alyx is a video game character, yet people won’t know that until they see the spellings.
This is a nerdy name list, henceforth, a few references to Star Wars go without saying. The name Anakin has been popularised by the Star Wars series, wherein he is referenced in both ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘The Last Jedi.’
Names starting with the letter ‘A’ are the most popular. Another nerdy name contender is the moniker ‘Arnold.’ It’s a German origin name best associated with one of the best action movie series, ‘Terminator,’ starring actor ‘Arnold Schwarzenegger.’ Even the nickname Arnie is nerdy and cute.
If you’ve heard the Scottish name, Alasdair, then this version — Alistair — is the anglicized version of that. Alistair is a nerdy name that evokes the goodness of the time gone by. This name has references in Dragon Age, Harry Potter, Dr. Who, Spider-Man, and Supernatural.
Arthur is a name of both Celtic and Roman (derived from Artorius) origins. This popular name means “bear” or “king,” yet it has many nerdy references. One of which is Arthur C. Clarke; one of the most renowned science fiction writers, who was also a futurist, science writer. He was the recipient of several awards for his work that made science popular.
In the movie ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,’ Arthur is the puzzled main character, who maintains his British civility by drinking tea in the most awkward of places.
The name Blaise evolved from Blasius (a name of Roman origin). Blasius means “lisping” or “stammering.” Geeky parents love maths, which is all the more reason for them to consider naming their son Blaise. Blaise Pascal is the French mathematician, philosopher, scientist, inventor, and theologian credited for Pascal’s Theorem, Pascal’s Wager, Pascal’s Triangle, and Pascal’s Law.
Calvin is a slightly old-fashioned name. It’s a comical (connotes humor) name. But again, geeks aren’t bothered with fashion or being laughed at. This nerdy name is inspired by the witty, humorous comic book, “Calvin and Hobbes,” wherein the protagonist Calvin’s character is that of an intelligent little boy, who’s used to getting in trouble and adventure.
Clark Kent is Superman’s alter-ego. Clark, though, has been around (17th century) since long before Superman was introduced. This short yet popular name is derived from a surname meaning “cleric” or “clerk.” Due to the character of Superman and actors like Clark Gable and Dick Clark, the name exudes strength, stability, glamour, and a retro feel.
The name Dexter is derived from an Old English occupational surname that means “one who dyes.” It’s a word of Latin origin, meaning “right-handed, fortunate, and skilled.” Parents primarily like the name for the “x,” that makes it look and sound cool. Moreover, Dexter is inherently nerdy because of the slang word poindexter which means “one who looks or acts like a nerd.”
The name Desmond is an anglicization of the Gaelic word Deas-Mhumhna, meaning “South Munster.” And, since it’s derived from the Irish place name Desmond, it’s used for people of that region of Ireland.
What’s so nerdy about Desmond? Desmond Morris is a famous zoologist and ethologist who authored the popular book “The Naked Ape.” In that famous book, humans are studied as a species — “human animals.”
Further contributing to the name Desmond’s nerdiness, is the popular “Assassin’s Creed” game series, built around the player character ‘Desmond Miles,’ who hails from a long lineage of assassins.
Ender (also considered a short form of Andrew) is a name of Turkish origin that means “very rare.” This name has deserved a spot on this list due to Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi novel ‘Ender’s Game.’ The referencing is attributed to the epic humans versus alien battles in the novel.
The name Erwin evolved from the name Hariwini, which is an Ancient Germanic name that means “army” or “friend.” Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger was an Austrian-Irish physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his “Schrödinger equation.” He’s most known for his thought experiment, “Schrödinger’s cat.”
If you are a fan of “The Hunger Games” and looking for an unusual nerdy boy’s name for your newborn son, why not consider the name Finnick? The winner of the 65th Hunger Games was then 14 years old ‘Finnick Odair.’ He’s been quite an inspiration to many. The name itself was invented for the Hunger Games, by the author, Suzanne Collins. Finnick is derived from the Gaelic name Finn, meaning “fair.”
In the “Legend of Zelda” series, Ganon is the name of the antagonist. The name Ganon is the shorter version of Ganondorf. In this age of technology, Ganon is a pretty unique name that is steadily gaining popularity.
Dr. Hank Pym (fictional character) was the original Ant-Man. His discovery of the Pym particles meant he could shrink to microscopic size, or grow as tall as a giant. Due to these references, Hank is a super cool, nerdy names’ list top contender. You may want to consider naming your little fella Hank for the superhero references or for simply sounding great.
The name Hogarth has evolved from the Old English surname, Hoggard. The latter meaning “pig herder.” You may know Hogarth from Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man. He’s the handsome young man that plays the character of a local boy because of whom the Iron Man gets buried alive.
The strong, traditional name Issac is derived from the Hebrew origin name Yitzchaq, meaning “he will rejoice.” Issac is one of the nerdiest (though super cool) names due to being associated with Issac Newton.
The Englishman, Issac Newton, was a multi-talented intellectual, known primarily for his laws of motion and universal gravitation. Issac is a great sounding name that has incredible meaning and amazing references.
The name Jorah means either “rain” or “he teaches.” This name evolved from a name with Ancient Hebrew origin, Yorah. The character of Jorah, in the Game of Thrones series, is that of a loyal, moral, and fierce defender. We all know how popular ‘A Game of Thrones’ series is with the nerds!
In Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi (a.k.a Ben Kenobi) is a legendary Jedi Master that also served on the Jedi council. The incredible thing about this name is you can conveniently shorten it to Ken to make it more mainstream. Kenobi also works incredibly as an awesome middle name.
The name Logan is either derived from a Scottish Gaelic surname that means “little hollow,” or it could be from the Irish surname O’Logan that means “descendant of the warrior.” Nevertheless, ask any nerd, this popular surname is now also a popular standalone given name.
The popularity of Logan as a first name stems from the fictional character, Wolverine, also known as Logan. The name garners a huge fan base because Logan was also the co-leader of the X-Men.
It wasn’t until he turned 70 that Maurits Cornelis Escher gained much-deserved respect in the field of Art. He was a Dutch graphic artist who created mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. A retrospective exhibition eventually made him famous. Today, his artwork has become a cultural mainstay. The name Maurits is derived from the Latin name, Maurus, meaning “dark-skinned or Moorish.”
The DC comics fictional superhero ‘Green Arrow’ is often a partner to ‘Batman.’ Here’s the neat bit, for some baby name inspiration: Batman’s real name is Bruce Wayne and Green Arrow’s real name is Oliver Jonas Queen. While you may not prefer naming your son Bruce, Oliver is worth considering. Oliver, means “ancestor’s descendant,” having evolved from the Old Norse name Áleifr.
Théoden, meaning “king,” has a trending shorter version, Theo. Théoden is a fictional character in the fantasy novel, The Lord of the Rings, wherein he’s the Lord of the Mark of Rohan.
Theo can also be a shorter version of both the Greek name ‘Theodore,’ meaning “gift of God or God-given” and the Ancient Germanic name ‘Theobald,’ meaning “bold people.”
Although the name ‘Wade’ has unclear origins, it’s often thought of as a surname of Anglo-Saxon English origin, meaning “to go” or “a ford.” So, what’s the nerd connection? Well, if you’re an inhabitant of Geekdom, you’d know better than others that ‘Wade Winston Wilson’ is the real name of the fictional superhuman character ‘Deadpool.’
Xavier is a well-known baby boys’ name. This name is of Arabic and Basque origin. It means “new house” or “bright.” It originated from the Basque place called ‘Etxeberria,’ and its widespread usage as a given name began after ‘Saint Francis Xavier.’
To spill out the nerdy, cool truth behind this name, let’s head back to the X-Men! Remember the X-Men’s ‘Professor X’? Well, his surname was Xavier! In the United States, if you’re on the hunt for a unique name, then, believe it or not, Xavier can still be that choice.
Nerdy Baby Girl Names for Geek Parents
Adria is a Latin name derived from the name ‘Adrienne,’ meaning ” from Hadria.” The name appears in the sci-fi franchise, Stargate, in which she was a half-human, half-Ori child born to Vala Mal Doran. It is also the name of a fairly large main-belt asteroid.
The name Alice is derived from a Germanic name — Adaheidis, meaning “noble natured.” Any seasoned nerd would know, the name Alice has literary linkage with the dark fantasy adventure ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ also that Alice is an educational programming language.
Aurora is a beautiful girl name that in Latin means “dawn.” Its Roman origin meaning is “Goddess of Sunrise.” Its fantasy world references include Aurora the famous Disney princess and Arora the X-Men character.
Medieval French nicknames anyone? Blanche is one such nickname; it means “white or fair,” and works just fine as a standalone given name these days. In the global gaming sensation ‘Pokémon GO,’ Blanche is the leader of the calm and analytical Team Mystic.
Carol is an English feminine name derived from the Germanic masculine name Karl, meaning “army and warrior.” Carol means “free man,” which fits the characteristics of the Marvel superhero character Carol Danvers, who later became Captain Marvel.
This elegant name is of Latin (and Celtic) origin, meaning “heart” and “daughter of the sea.” Its noteworthy Welsh meaning is “jewel of the sea.” Its vintage appeal is attributed to Cordelia — King Lear (Shakespearean play) heroine.
Cordelia is also a star in the constellation Sagittarius. The popularity of the name can further be credited to the fictional character Cordelia Chase in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and its spin-off series ‘Angel.’
The female given name Dorothy evolves from the Greek name Dorothea, meaning “Gift of God.” This name has been consistently gaining popularity, and what’s neat is, you may opt to spell it, Dorothea.
Parents’ seeking a quiet classic name go for this name, particularly. Ever since the Bucket List Family named their eldest daughter Dorothy, the name has garnered arousing interest levels of hipster parents around the world.
A variation of the name Eloria, Elora became a widely-recognized name owing to the character Elora Danan, who was the tritagonist of the 1988 fantasy film Willow. Elora evolved from the name Eliora. The latter being a name of Hebrew origin that means “the Lord is my light.” With such a beautiful meaning and cool association with the film Willow, this name hits the bull’s eye when it comes to the most awesome nerdy names for baby girls’.
This name Evelyn is derived from the Ancient Germanic name ‘Avi,’ meaning “desired.” Other likely meanings include “to live, to breathe, strength, power, and bird.”
Famous Evelyn’s includes Evelyn Boyd Granville. She became the second African American woman honored with a Ph.D. in mathematics from U.S. University. Her work on celestial mechanics and trajectory computation earned her great acclaim.
Felicity means “good luck” or “intense happiness.” It’s a Latin origin name that evolved from ‘Felicitas.’ In CW’s Arrowverse franchise, Felicity Smoak (a.k.a Overwatch) is an IT genius and hacker-for-hire. The nerd fanbase of DC comics character Felicity Smoak would vouch for this female name choice any day.
Guinevere means “white phantom,” and it evolved from a Welsh name. King Arthur’s wife was Queen Guinevere. The original Welsh version is Guenhwyvar, which is also the name of the giant black panther in Dungeons and Dragons. Such nerdy names wouldn’t be what they are if it weren’t for their strong references and uniqueness.
Gretchen is a name of German origin and a diminutive of the name Margarethe, meaning “pearl.” Earlier, this name wasn’t popular because parents felt the word “retch” within it sounded demeaning. Now, thanks to a growing number of hipster parents, Gretchen has become one of those timeless name choices that are ripe for picking.
Hypatia is a name of Ancient Greek origin, meaning “highest” or “supreme.” This unusual name has geeky, nerds galore references that will leave you amazed. Did you know that Hypatia (born in Alexandria, Egypt) was the name of a Hellenistic Neoplatonist philosopher, mathematician, and if that wasn’t enough, add to that an astronomer?
The name Irene is derived from the ancient Greek name, Eirene, which means “peace.” Noteworthy Irene’s include Irene Fischer, who was a geodesist who produced the Fischer Ellipsoids, which mapped the size and shape of the Earth. Furthermore, Irène Joliot-Curie and her husband, in 1935, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for discovering artificial radioactivity.
Looking for a low-profile nerd name? Consider Jessica, inspired by the mysterious Marvel character Jessica Jones, who possessed superhuman strength.
This name Jessica is of Hebrew origin, meaning “God beholds.” Perhaps, the referencing actress and businesswoman Jessica Alba, makes this first name further appealing as an intelligent hence nerdy pick.
To satisfy your naming “nerd-buds,” how about Superman’s cousin named Kara Zoe-ElA? Kara is the first name of DC Comics character Supergirl. It’s probable Italian origin meaning is “beloved,” while the probable Turkish origin meaning is “courageous.”
The Hawaiian name Lei means “child” or “string of flowers.” The Chinese version, spelled Lei as well, means “flower bud.” It’s a pretty name that is also “pretty smart” (a.k.a. nerdy).
In the Marvel world, Lei Ling is ‘Aero,’ the architect superhero who has the power to sense, generate, and control wind. Lei is a pretty name with delicate and intelligent references. Nerdy? For sure. Beautiful? Undoubtedly.
Natasha means “birthday of the Lord.” It’s a Russian origin name; commonly considered an appealing and exotic name for girls’. Marvel’s superhero character, Natasha, the ‘Black Widow,’ concealed her ninja skills with a ballerina cover. Sleek? Yes. Enticing? Yes, yet in a dangerous way!
From the Greek ‘margarites,’ to ‘Meggy’ to ‘Margaret,’ and now it’s ‘Peggy.’ The probable meaning of all the variants through its evolution is “pearl.”
The name Peggy is one of the most playful, nerdy names on this list. Take Peggy Carter as an example. She was first Captain America’s love interest, then garnered success in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”. To top it off, she features in Marvel’s “Agent Carter.”
The name Rose is a Norman form of the Germanic name Hrodohaidis, meaning “famous type.” Generally speaking, Rose represents a fragrant flower, typically red, yellow, or pink.
Movie nerds will recall, ‘Rose’ was the main protagonist in the film ‘Titanic.’ Furthermore, the ‘Doctor Who’ character, Rose Tyler, had a heartfelt impact on the ninth and tenth Doctors.
J.R.R. Tolkien created the name Tauriel for a female character in the movie “The Hobbit.” In Elvish, the name Tauriel, having Sindarin elements, means “forest maiden.” Tauriel is the elf captain of Thranduil’s guard, who falls in love with a dwarf in Thorin’s party.
The name Thalia is derived from the Greek name, Thaleia, meaning “blossom or flourishing.” In Greek mythology, Thalia was the muse of comedy, one of the Three Graces embodying grace and charm. Overall, Thalia just feels like a good-omen name that parents who appreciate laughter will dig into.
Veronica is the brunette lead girl in Archie comics. Her character is cute, fashionable, and kind-hearted. Thus, a perfect name choice for your child. Veronica Mars is another famous bearer of the name Veronica, which is a Latin origin name, meaning “she who brings victory, true image.”
The name Willow is derived from the Middle English word Willow, which is a type of tree. Willow means “graceful” or “slender.” Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s best friend was called Willow, and in 2012, singer/songwriter, Pink, named her daughter Willow. This name is trending globally, especially in the U.K., Scotland, Australia, and Canada.
From famous American novelist, Zelda Fitzgerald, to the video game Zelda, by Shigeru Miyamoto; Zelda is headed to becoming another timeless classic baby girl name. The late Robin Williams named his daughter Zelda, inspired by the princess from the “Legend of Zelda” series.
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As classic names and other names have started losing their uniqueness and relevance with changing times, nerdy names have started ruling the roost! Our list comprises of 50 such names that are in trend.