Of all the responsibilities of being a new mom, selecting a suitable name is probably the biggest decision. While most parents opt for traditional names, others prefer unique monikers. And, if you are tired of the ordinary and run-of-the-mill names, why not opt for a nerdy or geeky name for your little one?
Nerdy and geeky is the new cool. So, if you have a baby on the way or are planning ahead, here are some fabulously geeky and brilliantly nerdy baby names for you. We have taken references from comic books, science fiction, and ancient mythology to please the geeks and nerds far and wide.
Geeky And Nerdy Girl Names:
Ada is the name of Lord Byron’s daughter, the first computer programmer who worked on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine. This name was a favorite with the English people at the end of the 19th century. You can also consider it as an alternative to the popular name Ava.
If you are looking for an ‘o’ ending name for your daughter to let her stand out in a crowd, Echo will make a good pick. The name Echo first featured in the “Daredevil” comics. She was a woman of several talents- a pianist, a ballerina, an athlete, a college professor and ,of course, an Avenger.
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This name is inspired by Fleur Delacour from “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”. Fleur is one of the participants of the Triwizard Tournament. But, she proves her bravery much later, in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Here’s another geeky girl name from the “Futurama” series. Leela was the captain of the Planet Express spaceship, who grew up believing herself to be the sole survivor of the alien race. And in “Doctor Who”, Leela was the companion of the Fourth Doctor. The name is a variant of Leila, which means ‘night beauty.’
Ruby is a popular object-oriented scripting language. The name was taken from the birthstone of the colleague of its creator Yukihiro Matsumoto. And we have to say; Ruby is one of the sassiest gemstone baby names.
The name Rowena has a vaguely Celtic and retro sound it. It was the name of the heroine of the novel “Ivanhoe”, Sir Walter Scott’s novel. And, it has “Harry Potter” reference too, which probably only die-hard fans will understand.
Natasha is the real name of the Black Widow, who hid her ninja skills with a ballerina cover story. The name is also sleek and deadly, just like Natasha. And it’s one of those names that your child can grow it. Even nicknames for Natasha are really cute.
Pay your tribute to Lieutenant Uhura by naming your baby girl after the actress who popularized the character. The courage and talent of Nichelle paved the way for the greater diversity on the screen. And, as far as the “Star Trek” reference goes, Nichelle is particularly significant.
This name, will probably forever be associated with one of the lead girls from Archie Comics. And, it’s a pretty good name to bestow on your child. After all, Veronica is cute, smart and snarky, all the desirable qualities in a child. Veronica Mars is another notable bearer of this name.
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The gorgeous name Sabine comes from the “Star Wars” series. It’s the name of the Mandalorian human weapons expert during the reign of the Galactic Empire. This name has a lyrical ring, and will appeal to everyone who hears it.
Trillian is the queen of the nerdy girls. The name sounds like ‘trillion’, and has become rather popular recently. Plus, it’s the name of the astrophysicists in the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. And, who does not love a lovely HGTTGG reference.
Our nerdy girl names list would be incomplete without including Leia. The name might be obscure, but is definitely timeless. In fact, the name made a jump between the years 2013 and 2014. The meaning of this name is ‘delicate’, but our brave princess was anything but delicate.
If you are a mythology nerd, Persephone will make a lovely name for your little girl. It’s the name of Zeus’s daughter, the goddess of spring. This pleasant name with a lyrical aura also has associations with harvest and springtime.
Here’s the most playful nerdy name in the list. Peggy Carter started out as Captain America’s love interest, but proved her mettle in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”. She even has her show in the kitty, called “Agent Carter”.
Remember Sonya Blade, the Special Forces officer who kept her fighting spirit intact throughout the Mortal Kombat series.
Adept at martial arts and technology, Teyla Emmagan from “Stargate Atlantis” prepared for life on Atlantis Earth.
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How can a baby not turn legendary when she is named after Shigeru Miyamoto’s most famous video game? It has a historical connection as well. Zelda Fitzgerald was one of the most famous American novelists. So, you’d be paying tribute to both literary and gaming legend with this one. Even the late Robin Williams named his daughter Zelda after the title of the princess from the “Legend of Zelda” series.
Do you have a fondness for Tim Burton movies? Then you might want to use the name of its beloved lead character Coraline for your daughter. And, if you love Neil Gaiman, this name has you covered as well.
Whether you love the Disney princess of this name, or you are fond for astronomy, Aurora would make an excellent pick. It has a bit of nerdy niceness to it.
“Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?” Carmen is the protagonist from “Carmen Sandiego”, an American media franchise of educational computer games. The game follows the protagonist or the agent of the ACME Detective Agency and then thwarts the capture of the ringleader Carmen Sandiego.
Do you share a love for epic destinies? Then why not name your daughter Hera. Not only does the name has a mythological connection, but Hera is also the name of a famous character from the sci-fi series “Battlestar Galactica”.
This name is inspired by the whimsical character in one of the cult classic shows, “Firefly”. We have tweaked the spelling slightly to make it look unique.
Auri is one of the captivating characters from the book “The Wise Man’s Fear” by Patrick Rothfuss.
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This Japanese name is borne by one of the characters in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The meaning of this name is ‘happy child’.
The name Thalia is inspired from the “Olympians” and “Percy Jackson” series. It’s the name of one of the Three Graces in the Greek mythology.
In DC comics, Kara Zor-El is the Supergirl. She was Kal-El aka Superman’s cousin and an inhabitant of the Argo City. And, in ‘Battlestar Galactica”, Kara Thrace aka Starbuck, was a member of Galactica’s crew. The moniker is the variation of the Italian name Cara, meaning ‘beloved.’
In Stargate SG-1, Adria was the name of the half-Ori and half-human children that Vala Mal Doran was forced to bear. There’s also a main belt asteroid named 143 Adria. This name is a feminine form of Adrian, which means ‘From Hadria.’
Daisy is both feminine and nerdy. In “Agents of SHIELD”, the inhuman Jiaying is the daughter of Calvin Johnson. She was separated from her parents as an infant and went on to live with the Johnson’s family. In Pokémon, Daisy was the member of the Gym Leaders of Cerulean City and the older sister of Misty. And there’s a Daisy in the Super Mario Land as well. She was the Princess of Sarasaland.
In Marvel’s “Agents of Shield”, Jemma was the name of the biochemist and a member of Phil Coulson’s team. She worked together with Leo Fitz, who sacrificed his life to save her. The name Jemma is the variant of Italian name Gemma, which means ‘precious stone.’
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In the “Hunger Games”, Primrose is the sister of Katniss Everdeen. She was selected as a tribute for the 74th Hunger Games. Primrose is an English word, meaning ‘first rose.’ In the year 2014, 42 babies were named Primrose in the United States. Even “The Lord of the Rings” star, Samwise Gange named his daughter Primrose.
In the “Stargate Atlantis” series, Sora Tyrus belonged to the Genii homeworld and served under Acastus Kolya. In “Kingdom Hearts” Sora is the name of the main protagonist teenage boy. This unisex Japanese name Sora means ‘sky’, but we think it would suit girls more. In the year 2014, Sora was given to 67 girls and 25 boys.
In “Doctor Who”, Ashildr is the daughter of Einar, a young woman living in the Viking village. She is renowned for her vivid imagination, which is perfect for Mire hologram technology. The name Ashildr is a variant of the Norse name Ashild, which means ‘god battle.’
Dione is the name of one of the moons of Saturn. Giovanni Domenico Cassini discovered it in 1684. Dione is also one of the main belts of the asteroid. J.C. Watson found it in 1868. The name Dione is derived from the Greek mythology. She was a Titaness and the mother of Aphrodite. The meaning of Dione is ‘of Zeus’.
Tauriel was one of those “Hobbit” characters that did not appear in the book, but was added in the movie. Tauriel, the elf was the captain of Thranduil’s guard. She fell in love with one of the dwarves in the Thorin’s party. The name Turiel was created by J.R.R. Tolkien, which in the Elvish language means ‘forest maiden.’
Who would not want her daughter to name named after the True Queen of the Andals and the Mother of Dragons?
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Geeky And Nerdy Boy Names:
Arthur is the name of the perplexed protagonist of the movie “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. In the movie, he retains his British civility by drinking tea in the strangest of places.
Who cannot love LeVar Burton’s character Geordi La Forge from “Star Trek: The Next Generation’s”? At least, we are not aware of any geek who does not love this character.
Protons, electron, neutrons, we’re quite confident that the chemistry nerds out there will love the name, Jimmy.
We know that Kal-el is not one of the most usable names for a baby. But you can go with Kent; last name Superman inherited from his adopted parents, any given day.
The first name of Superman would also make a decent pick. This short name sounds strong and sharp, with a retro feeling. Think strong jaw line, think Clark.
Alyx, the name of the video game character is a nice spin of the traditional moniker Alex. The x and y in this name give the right amount of edge. And probably, no one can even guess that it’s named after a video game character.
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The name Alistair evokes the fanciness of the nobility and time gone by. If you’ve played the game “Dragon Age”, you’d be well aware who were are talking about. The name evokes the dweeb of a Templar with dialogue right out of the best of the Whedonverse.
Is there any guy more geeky or nerdy than Sheldon from the television series “Big Bang Theory”? No, there isn’t, and we’re saying this confidently to you.
The name comes from “Jace Bellarine of Magin: the Gathering”, the famous card name. It has telepathic abilities, a cool outfit and is brilliant. Jace is one of those names that has a sharp and commanding brevity.
Tyr was the member of a humanoid splinter species on the A.I. ship Andromeda played by Keith Hamilton. You can use Tyr as a short form for Tyrion or use the name, Keith.
It just wouldn’t be a geeky and nerd list without giving a “Star Wars” reference. The name Anakin has been increasing in popularity over the year. It jumped from the 1238th rank in 2013 to 957th in 2013. And, the latest “Star Wars” movie brought this name back into the public eye.
Ganon, the short form of Ganondorf is the bad man of “Legend of Zelda” series. We think it’s way better than naming your child Link in the age of technology. This name just 400 spots in popularity in the year 2014. Not super popular, but definitely a unique name.
Want to pay homage to the best action movie series of this generation? Then name him Arnold.
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Shinichiro Watanabe, the creator of “Cowboy Bebop”, started the set with just the image of Spike Spiegel in mind.
We know how many nerds love “Harry Potter”. So, why not name your child after the most powerful wizard of all time? The name Harry will forever be associated with all things magical.
Technically, Ender is a short form for Andrew, but here, we’re referencing the epic humans versus alien battles that happen in Ender’s Game.
The famous game “Assassin’s Creed is built around Desmond Miles. And it’s fair enough since he comes from a long line of assassins.
If you like funny comic actors more than the superheroes, go with Dax. Dax is the name of an alien from the “Star Trek” universe. This character lives inside the humanoid hosts.
Zack is inspired by Zack Fair, who became a sensation after his role in Final Fantasy VII.
Xander was the name of three stand-in for Joss Whedon on “Buffy”. He always remains a steady friend, no matter the circumstances.
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Ronan was the leader of the centaurs in the Battle of Hogwarts. The name would be a great pick for a Sagittarius.
Want to name your child after a billionaire vigilante, but do not want to call him Bruce, then you can opt for Oliver aka Green Arrow. But, Bruce Wayne will forever be our favorite vigilante.
Talking about superheroes, Hank, the real name for Ant-Man would also make a great name. Your child will have pretty big shoes to fill.
“Outlander,” the cult classic has one of our favorite leading guy, Jamie. So it makes absolute sense to select that geeky boy name.
Rory is one of our favorite names from “Doctor Who”. Guitarist Rory Gallagher was also a popular namesake.
The name might be a little old-fashioned, but geeks do not think about fashionable and unfashionable things. Calvin is the name of one of our most favorite comic book characters from “Calvin and Hobbes” series.
This name gives a quiet nod to the series “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. You can even add a ‘t’ to make it “Westley” after a character in “The Princess Bride”.
We got this name from the “Kingkiller Chronicle” by Patrick Rothfuss. Wil would make a nice short form of Willem.
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The name of the fourth planet in our solar system could also make a potent moniker for your son. The name is taken from the name of the Roman god of war, Mars.
In “The Martian”, Andy Weir’s science fiction novel, Hermes was the spaceship that transported humans between Mars and Earth. And in “Futurama”, Hermes Conrad was an accountant and bureaucrat at Planet Express. Hermes was the Greek god of boundaries and transitions. Hermes Birkin, the high-end bag brand is also another reference.
“Stars Wars” fanatic would be well acquainted with Kenobi. Obi adopted this name when he was a Jedi Knight. He went on to become a Jedi Master and served on the Jedi Council. You can shorten this name to Ken, making it a bit more wearable. Or use Kenobi as the middle name.
We all know that Galileo Galilee was a scientist during the Renaissance period. His astronomical observation changed the way we view the universe. But what many don’t know is that a spacecraft was also named Galileo. The spacecraft arrived at Jupiter in 1995 and remained there until 2003.
Buran is the name of Russia’s space shuttle and the shuttle program that began in 1974 and ended in 1993. The shuttle was destroyed in 2002 when the facility in it collapsed. The name Buran comes from the Russian word for a snowstorm. Quite an unpopular name as per the SSA’s name database, but could be considered if you go by our opinion.
Did you know that Kelvin is the unit of measurement for temperature? It was named after William Lord Kelvin, the Scottish physicist. He wrote about the need for an absolute thermometric scale. The name Kelvin is an English name, which means ‘friend of ships’. We think that just K would make a great nickname as the symbol of temperature unit.
In “Hunger Games” Finnick Odair paid tribute to District 4 in the 65th Hunger Games. He was the youngest winner of the “Hunger Games” at the age of 14 and later became a part of the 3rd Quarter Well. The name was invented by the author, Suzanne Collins. It is derived from the Gaelic name Finn, which means ‘fair’.
“Game of Thrones” is the current favorite series with the nerds. He was a knight from House Mormont in Westeros who fled the region to avoid execution and became a mercenary for the Targaryens. The name Jorah is a variant of the name Yarikh, a moon god in the Canaanite religion.
Here’s one of the most unique names for your baby boy. Peeta Mellark is one of the characters in “The Hunger Games” franchise. Being the owner of a bakery, Peeta is a talented cake decorator and baker. The name is probably derived from the name ‘pita’, as Peeta himself came from the family of bakers.
Did we miss any of your favorites? Or did you find the name that you are planning to use? Tell us in the comment section below! We’d love to hear from you.
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