Hippies were free-spirited individuals who rejected the mores of established society and lived unconventional lives. For instance, the flower child hippies advocated nonviolence, freedom, and creativity. If you are looking for hippie baby names, we have got you covered. These names are refreshing, meaningful, and unique. Check out our collection and pick the best one for your little one.
What Are Hippie Names?
The beliefs of the hippies extended to everything – from their living situations to their notion of marriage, such as having a love child and so forth. This bohemian trend continues when it comes to their choice of baby names. Instead of choosing conventional names, they chose ones that celebrated nature and free spirit. These names are beginning to make a comeback, especially in the tinsel town. So why not you have one for your little one? Don’t fret because MomJunction lays down a cozy list to choose from.
Hippie Boy Names With Meanings
Arlo Guthrie, the shaggy-haired singer, best known for protesting social injustice through music in the 60s, was and still is the famous bearer of this name. Arlo sounds laid-back and cool even to this day.
Dusk, the time between day and night, would make a great name for your son. This nature name entered the top 200 list in the 1960s and was there for a long time.
Bob Marley, with his spiritual music and no-worries attitude, was one of the most iconic figures of the 1960s. You can go for Bob too, but it does not have the same charm.
Do you remember when Joaquin Phoenix was called Leaf? It’s because he had hippie parents. His siblings were named Liberty, Rain, River, and Summer.
Buzz does not just recall the second man to walk on the moon. It also refers to the common pastime in the 1960s.
The name Ocean is inspired by Greek name Okeanos, which is the name of the God in Greek mythology. Doesn’t this name remind of serene waves?
This name did not appear in the mainstream until the mid-1960s but post that it topped charts.
Skye is a derivation of the nature name ‘sky’, which gained popularity in 1987. It’s also used as a short form of Skyler and Skylar. Music fans would recognize this name via Canadian singer Skye Sweetnam, who was named after the Isle of Skye.
Phoenix is a mythical, Egyptian bird with bright gold and red plumage that perishes and takes rebirth from the ashes every 500 years. This bird is also a symbol of immortality in Egypt. Joaquin Phoenix, famous U.S. actor, is a great namesake.
This name refers to Jackson Browne, the singer, and songwriter who organized rock concerts to benefit the anti-nuclear movement. He also wrote songs for the Nitty Gritty Dirty Band and The Eagles.
Jerry Garcia was the founding member of the Grateful Dead. We think it would make a cool hippie name, especially if you combine it with a nature-inspired middle name or surname.
Jack Kerouac inspired a generation of hitchhikers and people who like going on road trips with his novel “On the Road”. He is also credited with coining the terms ‘Beat Generation’.
Frank Zappa is a musician well known for his anti-establishment style. While Frank definitely sounds cool, Zappa is more hippie-ish. He named his son Dweezil and daughter Moon Unit, the ultimate hippie names.
Dr. Benjamin Spock taught an entire generation of hippie mothers the importance of attachment parenting. He even helped the draft evaders and marched in peace rallies.
Rowan is a tree in the Celtic lore with healing, protecting, clarity-enhancing, and vision granting properties. It’s a Gaelic word for the bright red berries that cover the tree in autumn.
Orion, the Hunter, is the brightest constellation in the night sky. It got its name from Orion, the powerful hunter who was banished from the sky in the Greek mythology.
Sage is the evergreen plant used for healing and cooking. This Latin name would go with any surname. The meaning of Sage is ‘wise’.
Rain is a clean, and simple nature-inspired baby name. It is often considered a gender-neutral name, but we think it would suit guys more than girls. Canadian singer Corey Hart chose this moniker for his son.
In Buddhist and Hindu cultures, Dharma is the right way of doing things. The television series “Dharma & Greg” boosted the popularity of this name. Since Sanskrit is outside the mainstream, your child will be the only Dharma in his class.
Karma, the fundamental principle that states “what goes around comes around” would make a groovy name for your son. This inclusive and peaceful moniker inspired by Buddhism was very popular with the hippies in the 60s.
This moniker derives directly from the vocabulary word and means ‘the state of being free.’ It is often associated with the Statue of Liberty in New York. As a name, Liberty has been used intermittently in the past. It was one of the top names in 1918.
This musical, Sanskrit name is evocative of flowers and beads. In the Hindu tradition, Krishna is the human incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He represents joyful nature and love. The meaning of Krishna is ‘black’.
The moniker Nirvana falls in the same category as Peaceful, Heaven, and Liberty. The name is indeed an excellent concept representing zen and bliss.
Alchemy is one of the most extreme word names. We’d recommend this name only to the mystical-minded parents. If you want it for your girl, spell it as Alchamy.
Quest would make a high-octane name for a boy who likes to live in his own sweet world. The moniker also sounds like a superhero of a comic book.
Rebel is an ultra-cool hippie name for your baby boys. Just picture how cool your son would look playing in the playground in his tiny leather jacket.
The name has the popular ‘o’ ending, bringing it further into the realm of possibility of a great name.
The name Wolf may sound like an animal inspired name, but it’s used widely in Germany and Israel as a short form of Wolfgang.
The name North got a lot of attention with Kim Kardashian used it for her daughter. But this name has been used for long, though quietly with a certain strength and purity.
Huckleberry, the 19th-century slang for ‘humble’, was a favorite with the hippies. Bear Grylls was so enamored with this name that he bestowed it on his son. Use Huck as the nickname.
Just like Pine, Oak, and Ebony, parents have also started considering Cedar as a potential baby name. The contemporary bearer of this name is Cedar Walton, the jazz pianist.
This evocative name came into the spotlight via Lake Bell.
This English diminutive of Robert has plenty of great namesakes like Robin Williams, Robin the Boy Wonder, and Christopher Robin. It’s the name of a bird too!
Indio, the name of the desert town in California, was used by Robert Downey Jr and Deborah Falconer to name their son. You can say it’s an improvisation on the name Indiana and India.
Solid and leafy, Elm is one of the newest leaf baby names that’s used mostly as a middle name.
This moniker brings to mind an image of tall, but graceful white-barked tree. The best-known bearer of this name is Birch Evans Bayh, the state sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment.
This name suddenly lumbered in the baby name list, probably because of Bear Grylls. The name may sound aggressive, but there is always an option to channelize in a positive way.
Rock is a macho hippie name for your child. Rock Hudson is the famous namesake.
The name Sparrow was quintessentially a female name. But it drifted into the male territory when Joel Madden and Nicole Richie used it for their son. The moniker is sure to attract attention and the positive ones for sure.
Hippie Girl Names With Meanings
This nature name is derived from the Old English word sumor. It is in vogue, along with Autumn and Spring. This name peaked the charts in 1977, because of Suzanne Somer’s performance as Chrissy Snow on “Three’s Company”.
Do you think a girl named Stella would be anything less than bright and beautiful? The other variations of this lovely name are Stella, Etoile, and Estrella. All the forms are just bold and sassy.
Sierra is one of the most used place inspired, hippie name for girls. It’s been a fashionable choice since the year 1993 when it entered the top 100 list. You can even credit its popularity to the PepsiCo’s release of their soft drink ‘Sierra Mist’.
The name Sequoia is a perfect modern-sounding nature name for a baby girl. Sequoia is the giant evergreen tree found abundantly in Northern California. This name would suit a girl who is freethinking, spirited, and outdoorsy types.
It cannot get cuter than this. This name nods to the Marley family as well. Ziggy is not the real name of Bob Marley’s son. His real name was David, but Marley nicknamed him Ziggy to refer a particular herb that he favored.
This moniker brings to the mind the pop duo Sonny and Cher. As a name, Sonny has a love and peaceful feel to it. The livelier spelling variation, Sonny is used for the girls. So there’s no stopping you from bestowing this name on your little son, too.
We love this poetic baby girl name. It also has the option of the nickname Odie.
With its soft sound and ethereal meaning, the name Celeste conjures images of curly-haired, doe-eyed, and peace sign flashing hippie freak. It sounds refreshing and crisp.
Raven is a beautiful, deep, and confident name that has resurfaced in the recent years, all thanks to the Disney show, “That’s So Raven”. This name is still a popular choice for the parents.
The name Juniper has an appealing freshness to it. It is inspired by the evergreen shrub renowned for its sharp, clear, and citrus flavored gin. This plant can grow and adapt to various climates, just as we humans do.
This celestial name would make a bold choice for anyone. The renowned musician, Frank Zappa named his daughter. Do you know what he named his other daughters? Ahmet, Dweezil, and Diva Thin Muffin. You can even opt for its alternative Luna.
Freedom, the power to speak, act, and think without any imposed restraints, reminiscences of the hippie times. This name debuted on the popularity list in the year 1975 and climbed several steps along with other vocabulary names.
Harmony, the word name meaning ‘understanding, agreement, and unity’ comes from the Greek word ‘Harmonia’, which means ‘a musical sound,’ In the Greek mythology, Harmonia, was the goddess of order and the daughter of Aphrodite. Hence, this title reflects cosmic energy radiating through melodious sounds.
A girl named Light is bound to have a carefree attitude and a sparkling personality. A girl with this name can also lead her revolutionary group in the college.
A girl with the name Gypsy is sure to have an eclectic and go-with-the-flow personality. This name signifies someone who wants to take her path through life.
Daisy started as a nickname for Margaret and soon went on to become a given name. It was one of the most popular names from the 1880s to the 20th century. It got a further kick when Harry Dacre released the song “Daisy Bell” in the year 1892.
In the ancient times, Willow was used in alternative medicine for thousands of years. This name recently gained popularity as a female baby name when Pink and Will Smith gave it to their daughters. And it was loved by hippies too!
Along with Sol, Soleil, and Sunny, Dawn is also one of the free-spirited sun inspired names for baby girls. This feminine name reminds the calm moments of the day when the sun rises. It’s not exactly a throwback to the hippie culture, but it’s still a happy and bright name.
The name of the world’s most expensive spice in the world may sound a bit uptight these days, but in the 60s, it was a favorite with the hippies. And it’s associated with British comedy “Absolutely Fabulous’.
This peaceful baby name evokes the tranquility of the spirit and the calmness of mind. It’s still a sought after name by the bohemian-loving parents. You can even go with Serene if you want.
If you can have Saffron, Clove, and Coco, then why not Cayenne. We think Cayenne is a fun and spunky name. Even Porche named one of its SUVs after the spice. But let us tell you beforehand, a girl named Cayenne will have a mind of her own.
This non-conformist nature name makes it impossible to think of anything negative. It reflects the spirit of a seasoned wanderer traveling across the sceneries of soft green fields and calm rivers.
If it were not for the Woodstock headliner and psychedelic rock icon Janis Joplin, this name would have sounded a bit uptight.
Ambrosia is the female version of the name Ambrose and means ‘food of the god.’ It featured in the Roman and Greek mythology. We think it would be a great pick if you want your daughter’s name to be over the top.
Crystal is the hippest name in our opinion. It comes from ‘krystallos’, the colorless glass that is cut into the shape of a gemstone. Remember Krystle Carrington, the character actress Linda Evans played in the soap opera “Dynasty.” The ‘y’ in the middle of this name makes Crystal sound even trendier.
We know that your child is the essence of your happiness, life, and love. So here’s a name inspired by the same. It represents a value that was the core of the beliefs of the hippies.
It’s believed that the name America derives from the Latin geographical name Americus, referring to the continent discovered by Amerigo Vespucci in 1507. This moniker has been used sporadically as a name since the 1800s until America Ferrera came into the scene.
Spirited would make a defiant choice for your child. This moniker has several meanings, ranging from sacred to breathe.
This sweet tasting and smelling flower, considered a symbol of wealth, comfort and long has for long been a favorite with the hippies. This earthy name is more frequently given to boys than girls and sounds even trendier when expressed with a long ‘lo’ sound.
Joan Beez is the name of the famous hippie and songwriter/singer. She was also called the “Queen of Folk.”
Jane Fonda was the outspoken critic of the Vietnam War and the ultimate hippie. She even made a controversial trip to Hanai. Both Jane and Fonda would make great names, but we like Fonda more.
Carly Simon is the singer and songwriter who once married James Taylor. She is still famous for her songs “Anticipation” and “You’re so Vain”. The name Carly is a fresh alternative to Carla.
Bluebell is an adorable nature-inspired baby name for your daughter. Geri Halliwell also chose this air-like name for her little princess. And, it’s certainly much more attention-grabbing than Lily.
Rainbow, one of the most colorful hippie names has now gone into obscurity, which can work to your advantage. At least there won’t be any Rainbows in your child’s school.
The name Breeze is ideal for a girl with a calm and gentle soul. It conjures images of a dreamer who likes to take long walks all by herself.
Blossom is one of the cutest and freshest hippie names in our opinion. And it’s definitely quirkier than Lily or Rose.
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Raya Sunshine is one of the best hippie combination names. It sounds like ‘ray of sunshine’, which is cute for the baby.
The name Topaz is as sultry and sophisticated as the golden gem. Since Topaz is the birthstone for November, it would make a great pick for girls born in that month.
With the rage of Biblical names, Genesis has also resurfaced. This cool name comes with the nickname Genny.
When Nevaeh can crack into the top 50 names, but can’t Heaven? We think it’s the most ethereal and angelic hippie baby name for girls.
Americans can consider this name as a variation of the ever-popular Hannah. It would definitely appeal to the yoga-loving girls.
This catchy word name would have all your little child’s quoting the line from the “Toy Story” –“To infinity and beyond!”
Journey is an alternative spelling of the name Jurnee. This word has traveled into the top 1000 baby girls’ names.
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When you have to choose a name for your baby, a few hundreds of names may not be just enough. Keep digging our mine of baby names until you find that one precious gem.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can hippie baby names be combined with more traditional names?
Yes, you may use traditional names to add a twist to a hippie name. However, ensure the name sounds appealing, has a good meaning, and is socially acceptable.
2. Are there any negative associations with hippie baby names?
Since hippie baby names are inspired by nature and freedom, the names necessarily don’t have negative associations, although parents should research before choosing a hippie baby name.
3. How do I choose the perfect hippie baby name for my child?
When choosing a perfect hippie baby name, you may consider names that evoke a sense of nature, peace, and spirituality. Look for names inspired by elements like the sun, moon, or flowers. Explore names associated with positive qualities like harmony, bliss, or serenity. Choose a name that aligns with your hippie values, resonates with you, and carries a sense of uniqueness and individuality.
4. What are some common themes or characteristics of hippie baby names?
Hippie baby names often embrace nature, peace, and spirituality as common themes. They may draw inspiration from elements such as flowers, celestial bodies, or natural phenomena like rivers or stars. Additionally, these names may reflect a free-spirited and bohemian lifestyle, embodying qualities like love, harmony, and peace. Ultimately, hippie baby names may have a sense of uniqueness, individuality, a connection to the natural world, and positive values.
5. What are some potential challenges or drawbacks of choosing a unique or unconventional hippie baby name?
Choosing a unique or unconventional hippie baby name can present a few challenges. Pronunciation and spelling may be frequently misunderstood, leading to frequent corrections and confusion. The child may face difficulties in formal settings where traditional names are the norm, potentially experiencing judgment or bias. Furthermore, unconventional names may carry the risk of being perceived as eccentric or not fitting societal expectations, which could impact the child’s experiences as they grow older.
6. How do I ensure that my child’s hippie baby name is not too difficult to spell or pronounce?
Firstly, consider opting for phonetic spellings that closely align with the pronunciation of the name, making it intuitive for others. Secondly, test the name with friends, family, or even strangers to gauge their initial reactions and see if they have trouble pronouncing or spelling it. Their feedback can provide valuable insights. Lastly, be mindful of common pronunciation patterns and avoid complex or uncommon letter combinations that might lead to confusion.
7. What are some alternative naming options for parents who want to embrace the hippie lifestyle without choosing a specific hippie baby name?
For parents who want to embrace the hippie lifestyle without choosing a specific hippie baby name, there are alternative naming options to consider. They may explore nature-inspired names like Meadow, River, or Sky as a subtle nod to their connection with the environment. Additionally, selecting names with positive meanings, such as Joy, Harmony, or Grace, may reflect the hippie values without being overtly tied to the movement. Finally, parents may also seek names from different cultures that embody peace, love, or spirituality, allowing them to express their values through diverse and meaningful names.
Infographic: Popular Hippie Names For Boys And Girls
Exuding freedom and freshness, hippie names can be your ideal choice if you want your little one to have an adventurous and carefree lifestyle. These names are not only unique but also have deep significance. So explore the list and pick a hippie name that best suits your baby.
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