Looking for an awesome nerdy baby name? Then search no further. Anakin or Hermione may be too obvious or over the top for you, so I’ve found many more subtly nerdy and geeky baby names. Taken from fantasy, sci-fi, books, movies, comics, video games, mythology, science and history, these names are great as first names or middle names, no matter whether you are naming a baby or even a pet.
Nerdy Girl Names
Ada: Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace worked with Charles Babbage on the Analytical Engine, an early mechanical computer. Ada means “noble.”
Alayne: Looking for a subtle Game of Thrones name? Alayne is a minor character in A Song of Ice and Fire. It’s is a variant spelling of Elaine, Lancelot’s lover, and Galahad’s mother in the legend of King Arthur. Meaning: “sun ray” or “shining light.”
Althea: In Greek mythology, Althaea was queen of Calydon. Althaea means “healer.”
Ariadne: Ariadne was a princess in Greek mythology, associated with mazes and labyrinths because of her involvement in the myths of the Minotaur and Theseus. And she’s a main character in the movie Inception. Meaning: “most holy.”
Ashildr: In “Doctor Who”, Ashildr is a young woman living in a Viking village, renowned for her vivid imagination. The name Ashildr is a variant of the Norse name Ashild, meaning “battle god.”
Chandra: A good name if you play Magic the Gathering. Also a reference to Dr. R. Chandra, a character in Arthur C. Clarke’s Space Odyssey series, and a character in the TV series Heroes. Chandra means “moon” or “shining” in Sanskrit.
Hera: This name has more than a mythological connotation. Hera is also the name of a character from Battlestar Galactica, Pepper Potts’ superhero code name, and a character in Star Wars Rebels. Meaning: “hero,” or “chosen.”
Hypatia: Hypatia was a 5th century Roman philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician, renowned as a great teacher and a wise counselor. Hypatia means “highest” or “supreme.”
Irene: Irène Joliot-Curie and her husband were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935 for their discovery of artificial radioactivity. Plus, in the Byzantine Empire, Empress Irene of Athens was the first woman to lead the empire. Meaning: “peace.”
Jocelyn: Astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered the first radio pulsars in 1967. Meaning: “lord.”
Keiko: This Japanese name is borne by a character in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. The meaning of this name is “happy child.”
Leela: Leela was the captain of the Planet Express spaceship in Futurama. And there’s another Leela from Doctor Who, the companion of the Fourth Doctor. The name is a variant of Leila, which means “night beauty.”
Linnea: This sciencey girl name comes from the name of a flower, also known as the twinflower. The Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus named it after himself, it being his favorite flower.
Lise: Another girl’s name from science history – Lise Meitner was an Austrian-Swedish physicist who worked on radioactivity and nuclear physics. She led the small group of scientists who first discovered nuclear fission. A variant of Elizabeth, meaning “oath.”
Michonne: Michonne is a great name from The Walking Dead comics and TV show.
Quinn: If you like Harley Quinn, but Harley is just too popular, Quinn is a good alternative. It is derived from the Irish word for “chief.”
Rosalind: Rosalind Elsie Franklin was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer whose work was central to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite. This name is also from Shakespeare’s play As You Like It. Rosalind means “beautiful rose.”
Rowena: It is the name of the heroine in Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott’s novel. And, it has “Harry Potter” reference. Finally, Rowena was a figure from British mythology. Meaning: “joy, bliss.”
Ruby: Ruby is a popular object-oriented scripting language. It means “ruby,” as in the gemstone, or “red.”
Sabine: The gorgeous name Sabine comes from Star Wars Rebels. It is derived from Sabines, an ancient people who lived in Italy.
Tamriel: Tamriel is the name of the continent in Skyrim. But it makes a beautiful girl’s name too!
Teyla: From Stargate: Atlantis. Its origin is unknown but it may be a variant of Taylor, which as you may have guessed, means “tailor.”
Trillian: The name of the astrophysicist in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Vera: Female scientist Vera Rubin was an American astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates. It means “faith” in Russian, though it is sometimes associated with the Latin word verus, or “true.”
Nerdy Boy Names
Alistair: Different spellings of this name appear in Dragon Age, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Charmed, Supernatural, Dr Who, and Spiderman. Alistair is an anglicized version of Alexander which means “to defend.”
Alyx: Any Half Life 2 fan will recognize this variant of Alexander.
Bexar: Here’s a name for the history nerds. The Siege of Béxar was an early campaign during the Texas Revolution at what is now San Antonio, Texas. Bexar comes from the town of the same name in Spain.
Carl: Many famous scientists bore this name: Carl Sagan, Carl Linneaus, Carl Gauss. This German name is a variant of Charles.
Dashiell: With a nickname like Dash, how could you not love this name from The Incredibles?
Deckard: An awesome name used in Blade Runner (and the book it’s based on, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), and Diablo. Derived from Richard, it means “brave power.”
Desmond: The famous game “Assassin’s Creed is built around Desmond Miles. And Desmond Belmont is the protagonist of Castlevania: Order of Shadows. It originated from Kingdom of Desmond, a medieval Irish kingdom.
Devon: Is a name derived from the Devonian geological period nerdy enough for you? Did you know Devon Grandahl is a distant relative of Gandalf? This ancient name might mean “fawn” (Irish), “poet” (Old French), or “divine” (Latin).
Emmett: From our favorite time-traveling mad scientist, of course. It means “universal.”
Erwin: Pay homage to Schrodinger with this German name.
Finnick: Author Suzanne Collins may have invented the name Finnick for her Hunger Games novels, but it’s definitely awesome! It is derived from the Gaelic name Finn, which means “fair.”
Geordi: Who can’t love LeVar Burton’s character Geordi La Forge from “Star Trek: The Next Generation?” Geordie is a diminutive of George, which means “farmer.”
Hayden: Did you know Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden surveyed the area that is now Yellowstone? Another famous Hayden: actor Hayden Christensen.
Idris: A Unix-like OS and Idris Elba, who played the captain in Prometheus. Meaning: “ardent lord.”
Isaac: You can’t go wrong naming your kid after two of the most noteworthy Isaacs: Newton or Asimov. It means “he will rejoice.”
Jace: There’s Jace Bellaren from Magic: the Gathering. And he’s one of Space Ghost’s sidekicks, and a character in The Mortal Instruments series. Jace is a short form of Jason, meaning “healer.”
Jules: What’s nerdier than naming a boy after Jules Verne, one of the fathers of science fiction? Jules is a variant of Julian, which means “devoted to Jupiter.”
Kelvin: Lord Kelvin was a Scots Irish physicist and engineer who performed important work on the first and second laws of thermodynamics. The Kelvin unit of temperature is named after him. The name comes from the River Kelvin in Scotland.
Kent: Kal-el would be a difficult name for anyone, and Clark is pretty popular these days. So how about using Superman’s last name? Kent comes from the name of a county in England.
Logan: As in Wolverine from the X-Men, of course. Originally derived from a Scottish place name meaning “little hollow” in Gaelic.
Marius: This name comes from the book and musical Les Miserables. It means “Mars'” as in the Roman god of war.
Max: A name by itself, or a nickname for Maxwell or Maximilian, there’s physicist Max Planck, Max Rockatansky from Mad Max, and finally, the main character from Where the Wild Things Are. It means “greatest.”Let the wild rumpus start!
Oberon: From Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream to Warframe, and an alternate spelling of Oberyn from Game of Thrones, there are several reasons this name is conclusively nerdy.
Rigel: Not only is Rigel the name of a star, it’s also a reference to Farscape, Elder Scrolls and Fire Emblem.
Rory: Rory is one of my favorite names from Doctor Who. Meaning: “red-haired king.”
Rossby: Carl-Gustaf Arvid Rossby was a Swedish-born American meteorologist who identified and characterized both the jet stream and the long waves in the westerlies that were later named Rossby waves.
Wade: You definitely can’t go wrong with Deadpool and Ready Player One references. Wade means “a ford” or “to go” in Old English. “Ready, Player 3?” also makes a great pregnancy announcement
So, what are your favorite nerd-inspired names? I’d love to add them to the list here- tell me all about them in the comments!