100 Nerdy and Geeky Baby Names

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Nerdy baby names your inner geek will love.

There was a time when the words nerd or geek were an insult. Although a few people may still see it that way, many of us wear those labels with pride. Since more people are happily embracing their dorky sides, there is increased interest in nerdy and geeky baby names.

We’ve compiled a list of geeky baby names from the limitless worlds of science, gaming, and science fiction. You might find the right fit on this list for the little one in your life.


Nerdy And Geeky Names For Boys

If you’re busy decorating the nursery for a boy, you can opt for one of the names from this list.

1. Aldous

Aldous comes from the Old English nickname for longer names that began with eald meaning old.

Inspired by the novels of H.G. Wells, in 1932, Aldous Huxley wrote the dystopian book Brave New World, 11 years before George Orwell wrote 1984.

2. Alfred

Alfred comes from the Old English name Ælfræd, which means elf counsel.

This is an excellent choice for both the old man chic trend in baby names and as a nod to Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite and the founder of the Nobel Prize organization. It also can be a name to honor Alfred Werner of coordination chemistry fame. If you’re into comics, you might know it as the name of Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth.

3. Alistair

This is an anglicized version of the Scottish name, Alasdair, which came from the Greek, Alexandros, meaning defending man.

If you are looking for a nerd baby name that applies to many fandoms, Alistair has references in Dr. Who, Dragon Age, Harry Potter, Spider-Man, and Supernatural.

4. Arthur

Arthur could be from the Celtic elements of bear and king, or from the Roman family name, Artorius, which is of unknown meaning.

Arthur C. Clarke is not only one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time, but he was also a futurist, science writer, and received multiple awards for his work popularizing science.

5. Aston

This is either from the Old English name Æðelstan meaning noble stone, or from the surname meaning east town.

Although many may think Aston is a name for car nerds, British scientist Francis Aston discovered 212 naturally occurring isotopes and developed the mass spectrograph, making this an ideal option for chemistry geeks.

6. Blaise

Blaise is derived from the Roman name Blasius, meaning lisping.

For math lovers, how about Blaise, after Blaise Pascal, the French mathematician of Pascal’s Theorem, Pascal’s Law, Pascal’s Wager, and Pascal’s Triangle fame?

7. Calem

An evolution of the later Latin name Columba, meaning dove.

In Pokemon X and Y, Calem is both the player character and the rival if you choose to play as his female rival Serena. So, if you are looking for a boy-girl name combo for twins, these might be the ones to choose.

8. Cassian

This name is derived from the Roman family name Cassianus, which means empty and vain.

Cassian Andor, intelligence officer and pilot from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will soon be getting his own series on Disney+. So, swoop in and lay claim to this nerdy baby name before it becomes popular.

9. Cecil

Cecil comes from the Welsh name, Seisyll, which came from the Roman name Sextus, meaning sixth in Latin.

One of those nerdy sounding names, even without any nerd-pedigree context, Cecil is a viable option if you’re a gamer who plays Final Fantasy.

10. Chadwick

This name is an Old English surname meaning settlement belonging to Chad.

Even if you are a massive fan of Black Panther, T’Challa may be too much of a diversion from the ordinary for you. However, the actor who played T’Challa, Chadwick Boseman, is the source of a more than suitable alternative.

11. Deckard

This is an Old German name that could mean roofer.

For fans of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and the movie adaptation, Blade Runner, the name Deckard not only has some serious geek chic, but it also adds a little enigmatic twist.

12. Desmond

Desmond is an anglicized form of the Gaelic word Deasmhumhain, meaning South Munster, and is used for people from that area of Ireland.

Desmond Morris is a zoologist and ethologist famous for his book The Naked Ape, in which he looks at humans as a species. Also, Desmond is the player character in the Assassin’s Creed series.

13. Dexter

Dexter is from the Old English occupational surname meaning one who dyes. It’s also a Latin word meaning right-handed and skilled.

Perhaps because it forms the end of poindexter, Dexter feels inherently nerdy. It also happens to be the name of a boy genius and the fictional serial killer, who only kills murderers, so it’s cute and sinister.

14. Dmitriy

This is the Russian, masculine evolution of the Greek name, Demeter. Demeter was the goddess of agriculture, whose name meant “mother earth.”

Dmitriy Mendeleev was the Russian chemist who formulated the Periodic Law and laid out the periodic table, predicting elements that were yet to be discovered.

15. Ender

Ender means very rare in Turkish.

Although many people today may hear this name and think of Endermen, it gains a place on this list because of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game.

16. Erasmus

This is from the late Greek name “Erasmios”, which means beloved.

The grandfather of Charles Darwin, Erasmus Darwin, was a physician who wrote much about natural history, including mentions of evolution, and was an advocate of girls being sent to school to learn about sciences and finance.

17. Erwin

This is an evolution of the Ancient Germanic name, Hariwini, meaning army, friend.

Erwin Schrödinger may have won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his Schrödinger equation, but his thought experiment, Schrödinger’s cat, may be his most enduring, mainstream legacy.

18. Euler

Euler is an occupational surname from Middle High German, meaning potter.

Considered one of the greatest mathematicians of all time, Leonhard Euler is the only one to have two numbers named after him. His other contributions, and namesakes, would require too much space to list.

19. Finnick

This is a name created for The Hunger Games.

Fans of The Hunger Games who are looking for an unusual nerdy boy’s name can consider the winner of the 65th Hunger Games, Finnick Odair, as suitable inspiration.

20. Galen

This is a modern version of the Greek name Galenos, meaning calm.

Star Wars has many heroes, but one underrated man of the hour is Galen Erso, the man who included an exhaust port to the reactor core of the Death Star.

21. Genji

In Chinese, Genji means gold, and in Japanese, it means two beginnings.

Overwatch players will recognize this as the name of the shuriken wielding cyborg ninja, almost killed by his brother, Hanzo. Genji also appears in Heroes of the Storm, where he has the additional heroic ability “X-strike.”

22. Hogarth

Hogarth is an evolution of Hoggard, the Old English surname for a pig herder.

Hogarth is the energetic, highly intelligent boy who befriends the title character in Ted

Hughes’s classic The Iron Man: A Children’s Story in Five Nights. Retitled The Iron Giant

in North America, the book was adapted for the animated movie.

23. Idris

This Arabic name means interpreter, and it’s also a Welsh name meaning enthusiastic lord.

Idris may bring to mind Idris Elba for most people, but computer nerds may recognize it as the name of a Unix-like real-time operating system from the 1980s.

24. Issac

Issac comes from the Hebrew name Yitzchaq, which means he will rejoice.

A strong, traditional name, Issac has serious, covert nerd kudos through its associations with both Issac Newton and Issac Asminoff.

25. Jareth

The name Jareth was created specifically for the movie Labyrinth.

Jareth is the powerful king of the goblins in the Jim Henson and George Lucas movie, Labyrinth. This name gets bonus points because the character was played by the fabulous David Bowie.

26. Jean-Luc

This name is a contraction of the French forms of John and Luke, which means God is gracious and from Lucania, respectively.

If you have French heritage, you can claim that it was your inspiration for this name. However, we all know you’ll choose it because Jean-Luc Piccard was the best Captain of the Starship Enterprise.

27. Jesse

Jesse is from the Hebrew name, Yishai, meaning gift.

Jesse Custer was never an ordinary man of God, but after absorbing Genesis, he was no longer a preacher with a lowercase p; he became Preacher, a DC Comics character. If you want to inspire some fire and brimstone, look no further for your name inspiration.

28. Jorah

Jorah is an evolution of the Ancient Hebrew name, Yorah, which means either rain or he teaches.

At the center of ancient naming traditions is the belief that the name you give bestows characteristics upon your child. If this is the case, Jorah, the loyal, moral, and fierce defender in Game of Thrones, is a sterling choice.

29. Joss

Joss is short for Jocelyn, which is from the Germanic Gauzlin, meaning of the Goths.

Joss Whedon is responsible for television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Serenity. He’s co-written movies from Toy Story to The Cabin in the Woods. Then there’s Marvel comics, Sugarshock! And Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog.

30. Kaidan

Kaidan is a modern English name developed during the “names ending in a den or dan sound” craze of recent years.

A somewhat divisive figure in the Mass Effect video game franchise, but whether or not you choose to save the character through your “Virmire Decision,” Kaidan is still a super cool nerd name.

31. Leonard

Leonard is a Germanic name that means brave lion.

A Star Trek and gamer double bill, Leonard is for fans of either Leonard Nemoy or Leonard Boyarsky. Trekkies who play Fallout and Diablo III would be remiss not to use this name.

32. Logan

The name Logan comes from a Scottish Gaelic surname meaning little hollow.

Wolverine’s alias may be the most obvious source of this name, but some of you will also know it from Warhammer 40K and the headstrong chapter master Logan Grimar.

33. Magnus

Magnus is a late Latin name that means great.

Magnus is the name of the centaur who escorts Bethany Harrison from the forest in Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World. While the game is no longer available, Magnus remains a cool nerd name. It’s also the name of the main character in the Magnus Chase series by Percy Jackson creator, Rick Riordan.

34. Maurits

Maurits is a name that evolved from the Latin name, Maurus, which means dark-skinned, Moorish.

Maurits Cornelis Escher may have been under-appreciated in his lifetime, but today his artwork featuring tessellation, geometries, and differing levels of reality has become a cultural mainstay.

35. Miles

This name comes from the Germanic name Milo, meaning gracious.

Despite what was done to him in the recent movie adaptation, Sonic the Hedgehog is still adored by many. And while Sonic may not be the best name for a baby, Miles is a suitable alternative.

36. Oberon

Oberon is Shakespeare’s variation of Auberon, from the Ancient Germanic Alberich, meaning elf ruler.

Oberon features in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, and with an alternative spelling in Game of Thrones. It also lends itself to the nickname Obi, so if you’re a Star Wars fan too, you’re all set.

37. Oliver

Evolved from the Old Norse name Áleifr, Oliver means ancestor’s descendant.

If Bruce Wayne is not your all-time favorite billionaire and undercover vigilante, then how about the Green Arrow, Oliver Queen, as your baby name inspiration?

38. Peregrine

This name comes from the Late Latin name Peregrinus, which means traveler.

In The Lord of the Rings, hobbit Peregrin Took joined the fellowship. Peregrine was also the name of the first child known to be born to the Pilgrims after reaching what is now the U.S.

39. Quill

Quill is from the ancient Roman Aquila, meaning eagle.

Quinn has seen a rise in popularity, so why not go it alone and opt for Quill instead? The last name of Peter Quill, better known to many as Starlord, of Guardians of the Galaxy fame, is also short for Aquilla.

40. Raiden

Raiden is a regional variation of Raijin, the Japanese god of thunder and storms.

A ninja from the Metal Gear Solid series, or the thunder god who is also the protector of Earth in Mortal Kombat, Raiden makes a strong statement, whichever is your inspiration.

41. Rhodes

Rhodes is from the Old English surname meaning from the cleared lands in the woods.

In the Marvel cinematic universe, Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes of the U.S. Air Force starts out as a liaison with Stark industries and ends up as War Machine. If James doesn’t appeal, then Rhodes is undoubtedly a more unique alternative.

42. Steve

Steve is an evolution of the Greek name, Stephanos, which means wreath and crown.

For Wonder Woman fans in need of a boy’s name, Steve Trevor may provide a suitable handle. He may not have superpowers, but that doesn’t prevent him from being a valuable ally for the amazing Amazon.

43. Tobias

Tobias is a Greek form of the Hebrew name, Toviyyah, meaning God is good.

Fans of Harry Potter will know the father of Severus Snape is the muggle, Tobias Snape. Meanwhile, if Star Wars is more your thing, then Tobias Beckett can serve as your inspiration. Or if you’re more of a nerdy comedy type of parent, Tobias on Arrested Development served up plenty of dorky laughs as he tried to join the Blue Man Group.

44. Theo

This name can be short for either the Greek name Theodore, which means gift of god, or Theobald from the ancient Germanic meaning bold people.

In The Lord of the Rings, Théoden is King and Lord of the Mark of Rohan. This fictional king has been compared to Theodoric I, King of the Visigoths, who was famous for defeating Attila the Hun.

45. Tormund

Tormund is a modern form of the Ancient Scandinavian name, Þórmundr, meaning thunder and protection.

Tormund Giantsbane is the red-bearded Wildling who openly displays his adoration of Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones. A raucous and lovable warrior, he’s righteous in his advocacy for the Wildlings and loyal to those he loves and respects.

46. Wade

With unclear origins, Wade is Old English from either wada, which means to go, or wæd, meaning a ford.

Wade Winston Wilson may be better known to many people as Deadpool, but his alias isn’t a name with which to burden your child. Therefore, if the fourth wall breaking antihero is your name inspiration, perhaps Wade’s a better bet.

47. Victor

Victor is a Roman name meaning victor, conqueror.

For horror aficionados, Victor is an excellent covert geek baby name. Classical and dignified, not everyone will know this is the name of Mary Shelly’s infamous doctor.

48. Westley

Westley is from the Old English for a place that was of the west meadow.

A play on Wesley, which by the way is a good choice for the Star Trek TNG brigade, Westley is the name of Buttercup’s one true love in The Princess Bride.

49. Winston

Winston is an Anglo-Saxon name from the words for joy and stone.

The protagonist of 1984, Winston Smith, may not be the first Winston that springs to mind when you hear the name. However, literary geeks and George Orwell fans may appreciate the connection, while Winston also works for Overwatch players.

50. Xavier

Xavier is taken from the Basque place name Etxeberria, which means the new house.

The surname of the X-Men’s Professor X, this forename was rarely seen in the U.S. before the 1940s. No longer the oddity it once was, Xavier is still uncommon enough to ensure yours is the only Xavier in the schoolyard.

Nerdy And Geeky Names For Girls

Do you have a baby girl on the way? If so, this list may have the nerdy name you’re dreaming of for her.

1. Alice

This is from the Germanic name Adalheidis, meaning noble type.

As well as the literary associations with Alice in Wonderland, Alice Abernathy is the main protagonist in Resident Evil, Alice Angel is the first female character in Bendy and the Ink Machine, and Alice is also a programming language.

2. Allana

Allana means precious or awakening.

For Star Wars fans, Allana is a mainstream girl’s name that also references the Jedi in-training and daughter of Han and Leia. It’s one of those nerdy baby names that isn’t quite as obviously geeky.

3. Arwen

Arwen means noble maiden in Sindarin, the fictional language created by JRR Tolkien.

In The Lord of the Rings, Arwen is a half-elven princess who, out of love for the human Aragorn, chooses to give up her immortality and become a mortal being.

4. Ashildr

This name is a variation of the Old Norse name Áshildr, which means battle god.

In the ninth series of Dr.Who, Ashildr is a Viking who dies while battling an invading alien race. The Doctor implants Ashildr with alien tech, which makes her effectively immortal.

5. Barbara

A late Roman name from the Greek word “Barbaros”, Barbara means foreign.

This may not leap out as a geeky girl’s name, but Barbara McClintock was the geneticist who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for her work on the fluidity of genetic material. And Barbara Eden was everybody’s favorite television genie in the 1960s.

6. Bethesda

Bethesda is a Hebrew name meaning house of kindness or house of mercy (1).

Named after the town in Maryland where it is located, Bethesda is a gaming company whose, arguably most famous games series is Fallout. They also publish, among others, The Elder Scrolls, The Evil Within, and Wolfenstein. That makes Bethesda a great choice for gamer baby names.

7. Blanche

Blanche is a medieval French nickname meaning white or fair.

This one is for the Pokemon Go fans. Blanche is the leader of Team Mystic whose trainers believe they can’t lose if they stay calm and analyze a situation before taking action.

8. Brienne

This is Brianne’s variant spelling, the female form of Brian. The exact meaning of Brienne is unknown. It may be from the Celtic bre, meaning hill.

This name with a beautiful, feminine feel has serious ass-kicking status, thanks to Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones. Fans of the TV adaptation may also experience significant emotional responses to this name.

9. Carol

Carol is an English name derived from the Germanic Karl, which means army and warrior.

The roots of the name are fitting when applied to Carol Danvers, who made her first Marvel appearance in March 1968. Carol went on to become Captain Marvel.

10. Cecelia

This comes from the Latin family name Caecilius, meaning blind.

In the 75th Hunger Games, in the book series of the same name, Cecelia is the first female tribute from District 8.

Also, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin is the astrophysicist who first proposed that stars were primarily composed of hydrogen and helium.

11. Cordelia

This is a bad translation of the Welsh name Creudylad or Creurdilad, meaning either heart, create, or sacred object.

Cordelia was the name of the heroine in Shakespeare’s King Lear, and a star in the constellation Sagittarius. There are also four different anime, Romeo x Juliet, Gosick, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, and Diabloik Lovers, with a character named Cordelia. Fans of the television shows Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer will recognize the name from the character of Cordelia Chase.

12. Deanna

Deanna is an English name from either Diana, meaning divine, or Dean, meaning valley.

Hoping to raise an empathic young woman who wishes to do what she can for others? Then how about invoking Deanna Troy, the half-Human, half-Betazoid empath from this series of Star Trek: The Next Generation?

13. Doris

This is an ancient Greek name meaning Dorian woman.

Doris Lessing is the novelist who wrote the Canopus in Argos: Archives science fiction series. Critics were not complimentary about the series, but in 2007, Lessing was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

14. Éowyn

In Old English, Éowyn means horse joy.

Éowyn is a character in The Lord Of The Rings who is forced to stay behind and look after her uncle while everyone else rides into battle. She disguises herself as a man, joins the fight, and beheads the Witch King.

15. Evelyn

This name is from the Ancient Germanic, Avi, which may mean desired.

Evelyn Boyd Granville was only the second African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics from an American University. She worked on celestial mechanics and trajectory computation for the Apollo space mission.

16. Evey

This name is an evolution of Eve, which comes from the Hebrew name, Chawwah, meaning to breathe.

Evey Hammond is the protagonist of the graphic novel series V for Vendetta, published by DC Comics. An important point that my daughter Evey frequently has to make is that this name is not to be confused with the Pokemon species Eevee.

17. Felicity

Derived from the Latin Felicitas, this name means good luck or intense happiness.

Felicity Smoak is a DC Comics character who is central to the Arrow universe. She is an IT genius who was a hacker-for-hire, making this an excellent choice for your Overwatch in waiting.

18. Florence

Florence is from the Latin Florens, meaning flourishing or prosperous.

Florence Nightingale is most famous for her nursing career, but did you know that she was also a skilled statistician who developed a type of proportional pie chart that is still in use today?

19. Guinevere

This name is from the Welsh name Gwenhwyfar, which means white phantom.

The wife and Queen of King Arthur, Guinevere, with a spelling change to Guenhwyvar, is also a giant black panther in Dungeons and Dragons.

20. Hattie

Hattie is a short form of Harriet, meaning army, ruler, leader, or power.

Hattie Scott Peterson was the first African American woman to earn a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. She went on to work for the USGS as a survey and cartographic engineer.

21. Hu

This is an archaic Chinese male name, meaning wattle.

Hu Qiheng is a computer scientist in China who led the National Computing and Networking Facility of China from 1987 to 1996. She was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for her work connecting China to the internet. Hu is her family name but makes a great first name.

22. Hypatia

Hypatia is an ancient Greek name that means highest or supreme.

Hypatia is the first well documented female mathematician. Also, an astronomer and philosopher, she was born in the late 4th century AD, in what was then Roman Egypt.

23. Inara

Inara is a fictional name with unknown meaning.

Fans of the Whedon television shows Firefly and Serenity will recognize this as the name of the graceful, elegant, and passionate Inara Serra.

24. Inez

Derived from the Greek word “Hagnos”, this name means chaste.

Anne Inez McCafferty was a science fiction author who, in 1968, was the first woman to receive a Hugo award, and, in 1969, became the first woman to receive a Nebula award.

25. Irene

This comes from the ancient Greek name, Eirene, meaning peace.

Irene Fischer was a geodesist who produced the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) 1960 World Geodetic System, now known as the Fischer Ellipsoids, which mapped the size and shape of the Earth. Also, it’s the first name of Irène Joliot-Curie, who, with her husband, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935 for the discovery of artificial radioactivity.

26. Irmgard

Irmgard is a shortened form of the German name, Irmingard, which means whole, universal, or enclosure.

Irmgard Flugge-Lotz was a German engineer and pioneer in automatic control theory. She was the first female professor at Stanford University, and the first woman engineer to be elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

27. Jessica

This name is possibly derived from the Hebrew name Yiskah, meaning to behold.

After being accidentally exposed to chemicals, the Marvel character Jessica Jones developed superhuman strength and the ability to block mind control. It’s an excellent choice for a low-profile nerd name.

28. Kara

This name is either from Italian and meaning beloved or from a Turkish Ottoman name meaning courageous.

Kara Zor-El was meant to protect her cousin Kal-El during and after his journey to Earth but was knocked off course. Twenty-four years later, she made it to Earth, where her cousin had become Superman, and she became Supergirl.

29. Keiko

This is a Japanese name meaning celebrated child.

Keiko Ishikawa will be familiar to Star Trek fans as the wife of Miles O’Brien, who gives birth to their daughter, Molly, on the bridge of Ten Forward with Worf as her unlikely emergency midwife.

30. Leeloo

This name comes from the French nickname, Lilou, which is short for names with the sound “lee.”

A cute and girly name that might appeal to The Sixth Element fans, Leeloo is a supreme being whose full name is the less friendly Leeloominaï Lekatariba Lamina-Tchaï Ekbat De Sebat.

31. Lei

Lei is both Hawaiian where it means flowers, lei, child, and Chinese, where it means, in the feminine form, bud.

Fans of Marvel may recognize Lei Ling as the identity of Aero, the architect superhero who has the power to control the air. Lei is a pretty and delicate name.

32. Leliana

Created for a video game, the origin could be from the Italian name, Lelia, which is of unknown meaning, or from Liliana, meaning Lily.

This is a two-for-one name that works for fans of Dragon Age, where she is the spirited spymaster, and players of Magic: The Gathering, where, with the alternate spelling Liliana, she is a dichotomous necromancer and healer.

33. Lyra

Lyra, as a name, possibly stems from the musical instrument the lyre.

As well as being the name of a constellation, Lyra is the heroine in His Dark Materials and the female protagonist of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. The anime, FullMetal Alchemist, also has a Lyra character.

34. Maya

Maya is a name that occurs in three cultures. In Sanskrit, it means illusion, in Greek and Roman mythology, it means good mother, and in Hebrew, it means water.

Maya is an award-winning 3D graphics application that has been used in films such as Ice Age and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, as well as every Best Visual Effects Academy Award-winning movie since 1997.

35. Maz

Maz is a name created for Star Wars.

In The Force Awakens, Maz Kanata is a smart, intelligent, and insightful source of information to the resistance, making this an exciting choice for your wise old lady in training.

36. Morrigan

This name is from the ancient Irish Mór Ríoghain, which means great queen.

The name of a powerful witch in Dragon Age, Morrigan, is raised in isolation and seeks comfort in nature. Her name is from the ancient Irish goddess associated with fate and destiny, as well as war and death.

37. Motoko

Depending on the kanji used when it is written, Motoko is a Japanese name, which means either unadorned child, origin child, fundamental child, or resource, child.

The badass Major Motoko Kusanagi is the commanding cyborg protagonist in Ghost in the Machine, making this an excellent moniker for your budding leader.

38. Nicola

Nicola is evolved from the ancient Greek name, Nikolaos, which means victory of the people.

This one may remind people of Nikola Tesla, but it’s also a natural fit for a girl who is destined to change the world.

39. Nyota

Nyota means star in Swahili.

Even those who are not Star Trek fans are likely to recognize the name Lieutenant Uhura. Only true Trekkies will know her name was eventually revealed to be Nyota.

40. Peggy

Originally “Meggy,” which is short for Margaret. Margaret is from the Greek margarites, meaning pearl.

If you have French heritage and are a Marvel fan, consider Peggy as a baby name. Agent Peggy Carter’s history says she was a member of the French Resistance.

41. Quinn

This is an anglicized form of the Irish surname, Ó Cuinn, meaning descendant of the chief.

If you’re a fan of Harley Quinn, but her first name doesn’t feel like a good fit, then Quinn is an alternative worth your consideration.

42. Ripley

Ripley is from the Old English words, ripel, meaning strip of land, and leah, which means clearing.

Another forename turned surname, this one is for Ellen Ripley, the heroic protagonist of the Alien film series, and possibly the greatest of all the tough science fiction women.

43. Rosalind

Rosalind is from the Germanic word elements meaning horse and flexible.

The work of English chemist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Elsie Franklin was central to our understanding of the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, and viruses.

44. Rose

This was originally a Norman form of the Germanic name Hrodohaidis, which means famous type. The name was later used to represent the flower.

Doctor Who fans looking for a suitable girl’s name can sometimes struggle. Rose Tyler had a profound impact on both the ninth and tenth Doctors and is a fitting namesake for all Time Lord fans.

45. Ruby

From the precious stone, the word for which comes from the Latin ruber, meaning red.

Yukihiro Matsumoto used the birthstone of a colleague as the inspiration for the name of his open-source, object-oriented scripting language.

46. Sarah

In Hebrew, the name Sarah means princess, noblewoman, or lady.

Another low-key choice, this can be for Sarah Connor of the Terminator movies or Sarah Lyons, the sentinel leader of Lyon’s Pride in Fallout 3.

47. Selina

Selina comes from the Ancient Greek word meaning moon.

Catwoman is also known as Selina Kyle. Batman and Catwoman have a complicated relationship, which is understandable when one of them is a dedicated superhero, and the other is an occasional hero motivated by the thrill of the chase.

48. Thalia

Thalia comes from the Greek name, Thaleia, which means to blossom.

This name is familiar to those who love Greek mythology. Thalia was the goddess of festivities. In Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the character of Thalia Grace had the ability to summon lightning.

49. Trillian

This is a contraction of Patricia McMillian. Patricia comes from the Latin name, Patricius, which means nobleman.

Well known to fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Trillian is the astrophysicist who abandons Arthur Dent at a party in favor of traveling the universe with Zaphod Beeblebrox.

50. Willamina

Willamina comes from the Germanic name Willahelm meaning desire, helmet.

A Scottish astronomer who helped develop a system for designating stars, Williamina “Mina” Paton Stevens Fleming also cataloged thousands of stars and was the first to discover the Horsehead Nebula. Mina Harker was also a central character in Bram Stoker’s literature classic, Dracula.


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Let Your Nerdiness Shine

Throughout history, parents have opted to name their children after people they admire or look up to.

Society has changed, and we have fewer people who serve as real-life inspiration. Don’t let the opinions of other people prevent you from plucking a name from the alternate universe where you enjoy spending time.

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