Make love not war – this was the mantra of freewheeling hippies. Originating in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, the hippies were associated with creativity, non-violence, and freedom. They wanted to leave behind the long-standing values and strived to embrace spontaneity.
What Are Hippie Names?
The beliefs of the hippies extended to everything – right from the living situations 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 the social injustice through music in the 60s, was and still is the famous bearer of this name. Arlo sounds laid-back and cool even this day.
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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.
You just cannot get more free-spirited than it. If this name isn’t as appealing, you can go with Pax, which also means ‘peace. Even Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie chose this name their son.
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.
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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 the musician well known for his anti-establishment. 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.
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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 joy 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.
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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.
Prairie, the evocative nature name is a part of the third generation of western influenced names. It’s picking up exactly from where Dakota and Jesse left.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Autumn is one of the most famous season names for girls. It would suit an October baby perfectly. Jennifer Love Hewitt named her beautiful daughter Autumn James.
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.
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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 anything negative. It can only bring soft green fields and calm river in mind.
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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 nature 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.
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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 a girl with a calm and gentle soul. It conjures images of a dream 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 travelled into the top 1000 baby girls’ names.
Aren’t they unique to make your child stand out from the crowd? Who is your most favorite hippie? And which of these names would you select for your child? Tell us in the comment section below!
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