Awesome Nerdy Baby Names: Discover 127 Geeky Ideas & Meanings



Looking for awesome nerdy baby names? 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.

Note: Names in pink are typically girl names, blue are boys, and orange are either.




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Top 10 Geeky & Nerdy Girl Names

  1. Ariadne
  2. Chandra
  3. Hypatia
  4. Keiko
  5. Linnea
  6. Rosalind
  7. Ruby
  8. Sabine
  9. Tamriel
  10. Vera


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.”


Agnes

Agnes Robertson, who went by the pen name Arber, was the first woman botanist to become a Fellow in the Royal Society. Meaning: chaste

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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.”


Aviendha

Aviendha is an Aiel Maiden of the Spear who travels with Rand al’Thor in The Wheel of Time series.



Cadsuane

Another Wheel of Time name, Aes Sedai Cadsuane Meliahdrin is a Green Ajah who advises Rand.

Related Post: Discover over 2,300 names from Wheel of Time here.


Calidore

Sir Calidore, the Knight of Courtesy, tames the Blatant Beast in The Faerie Queen. It means beautiful gift. In The Faerie Queen, of course, it’s a male name, but I could see it as a unisex option!


Casmilla

Casmilla is a character in the epic Roman poem The Aeneid.


Cecilia

In the Hunger Games, Cecelia is the female tribute from District 8 in the 75th Hunger Games. And Cecilia Payne- Gaposchkin was a famous astronomer. The name Cecelia means blind.


Chandra

A good name if you play Magic the Gathering. Chandra is 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.

Related post: over 300 Magic: The Gathering Baby Names!


Clementia

Clementia is a goddess of forgiveness and mercy in Roman mythology. I love this name- it’s a twist on virtue names like Patience or Constance. And as you might expect, the name means merciful, gentle.


Drasna

Drasna is a dragon-type Pokemon trainer and member of the Kalos Elite Four.




Egeria

Egeria is a nymph in Greek mythology. This name may refer to the black poplar tree


Epione

Epione is one of the Amazons in Wonder Woman in the DC universe. This Greek name means soothing. 


Evangeline

Evangeline is an epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This name means good news. This is my favorite nerdy girl name!


Henrietta

Henrietta Swann Leavitt was an American astronomer. She made important advances in understanding how the brightness of a distant galaxy could be used to calculate its distance from Earth. And this name is a form of Henry, meaning home ruler.

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Hera

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.”

Related post: 268 more Star Wars Baby Names!


Herminia

Herminia Cinna is a scholar and author in Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. This name probably comes from the Greek god Hermes, messenger of the gods and patron of travellers, writers and athletes. 


Hildegard

Hildegard of Bingen was Germine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, mystic, visionary, and polymath. She is often considered to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany. This name means battle enclosure. 


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

Irene 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.” Related post: 135 Chemistry-Themed Baby Names


Jocelyn

Jocelyn: Astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered the first radio pulsars in 1967. Meaning: “lord.”


Keiko

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.”


Kestia

Kestia the Cultivator is a nymph who is responsible for crop growth and irrigation in Magic: The Gathering.



Larrin

Larrin is a leader among the Travellers in Stargate Atlantis 


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.”


Liara

Liara T’Soni is an asari squad mate in Mass Effect. It might mean light for me in Hebrew.


Linnea

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

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.”

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Meredith

Meredith Rodney McKay is the Head of the Science and Research Division of the Atlantis Expedition in Stargate Atlantis. Did you know Meredith can be a masculine name, especially in Wales? It means sea lord.


Metis

Metis is the Greek titaness of good counsel, advice, planning, cunning, craftiness, and wisdom. And Metis is Athena Cykes mother in Ace Attorney. It means wisdom and skill.


Michonne

Michonne is a great name from The Walking Dead comics and TV show.


Mina

WilliaminaMina” Paton Stevens Fleming was a Scottish astronomer who helped develop a common system for designating stars, cataloguing thousands of stars, and discovering the Horsehead Nebula. Meaning: will helmet


Nakia

Nakia is T’Challa’s love interest in the Marvel cinematic universe.


Ororo

Ororo Munroe, also known as Storm in X-Men, claims her name means beauty. However, in Swahili, her name means soft, sensitive, delicate. 

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Quinn

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.”


Remy

Remy LeBeau is also known as Gambit in the X-Men. It could be short for Remington. But on its own, it means oarsman or rower.



Rosalind

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.”


Rosentia

Rosentia Gallenus is a collector of arcane artifacts in Elder Scrolls: Oblivion


Rowena

Rowena: It is the name of the heroine in Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott’s novel. Plus, 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.” It’s a great choice if you’re looking for subtly nerdy baby names!


Sabine

Sabine: The gorgeous name Sabine comes from Star Wars Rebels. It is derived from Sabines, an ancient people who lived in Italy.


Sagan

Sagan. Carl Sagan was an American astronomer who assembled the first physical messages sent into space and popularized science and astronomy. 

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Tallissan

Tallissan “Tallie” Lintra is a Rebel pilot in The Force Awakens. And in Welsh legend, Taliesin was a companion of King Arthur. Meaning: shining brow.


Tamriel

Tamriel is the name of the continent in  Skyrim. But it makes a beautiful girl’s name too!


Tanis

Tanis is the leader of the group of heroes in the Dragonlance Chronicles novels. This unisex Greek name means serpent


Teyla

The name Teyla is from Stargate: Atlantis. Its origin is unknown but it may be a variant of Taylor, which as you may have guessed, means “tailor.”



Thalia

Thalia is the Greek goddess of festive celebrations. She is also a muse of poetry and comedy, and appears in the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. It means to blossom.


Thetia

Thetia is a kingdom in Magic: The Gathering. While it isn’t traditionally used as a name, I think it’s quite beautiful and unique!


Thrace

Thrace is a heroine and sorceress in Greek mythology 


Tona

Tona. In the Warhammer 40k universe, Captain Tona Criid of the Imperial Guard rose to prominence after her hive was destroyed by the forces of chaos.


Trillian

Trillian: The name of the astrophysicist in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It’s actually a contraction of the name Tricia McMillian.


Vera

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.”

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Top 10 Geeky & Nerdy Boy Names

These names for boys are uncommon but aren’t overly nerdy! Our top ten baby boy names:

  1. Bexar
  2. Desmond
  3. Erwin
  4. Hayden
  5. Idris
  6. Jules
  7. Marius
  8. Oberon
  9. Rigel
  10. Rossby


Nerdy Boy Names

Alistair

Alistair: Different spellings of this name appear in Dragon Age, Game of Thrones, Charmed, Supernatural, Dr Who, and Spiderman. Alistair is an anglicized version of Alexander which means “to defend.”

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Alyx

Alyx: Any Half Life 2 fan will recognize this variant of Alexander. Of course, Alyx in Half Life 2 is a female, but has so many variations for both boys and girls!

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Ayo

Ayo is one of the Black Panther’s bodyguards in the Marvel cinematic universe. And his name means joy in Yoruba.


Bexar

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.


Blaise

Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician known for Pascal’s Wager, Pascal’s Triangle, Pascal’s Law, and Pascal’s Theorem.


Braith

Braith is a Redguard child in Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. This name may mean speckled.


Calder

Calder: Continuing the Skyrim theme, Calder is the Housecarl of the Hjerim Estate in Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.

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Calem

Calem is the male protagonist of Pokemon X and Y. His name means dove


Carl

Carl: Many famous scientists bore this name: Carl Sagan, Carl Linneaus, Carl Gauss. This German name is a variant of Charles.


Corim

Corim Ashlen is the Loremaster of the Mages Guild in Lillandril in Elder Scrolls: Arena. It may mean spear. I love this nerdy boy name since it’s unique yet might slip under the radar.


Corsen

Corsen Mon Duur is a dwarf in Magic: The Gathering, and his name is Romansh (Swiss).



Daltus

Daltus. King Daltus is one of the Kings of Hyrule during the The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap.


Dashiell

Dashiell: With a nickname like Dash, how could you not love this name from The Incredibles?


Deckard

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.”


Derrial

Derrial: In Firefly, Derrial Book is a “shepherd.” Derrial may be a variation of Daryl, referring to a person who came from Airelle in France


Desmond

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.


Devis

Devis is the iconic half- elf bard in Dungeons & Dragons. This name may mean beloved.



Devon

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).


Dillon

Dillon. Col. Dillon Everett is a character in Stargate Atlantis. This name is often spelled Dylan. Meaning: “great tide” in Welsh.


Dolim

Dolim is a Xindi Council member in Star Trek: Enterprise. It could be related to Donald, which means ruler of the world. 


Dryden

Dryden Vos is a member of the Crimson Dawn Syndicate in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Meaning: dry valley


Eldin

Eldin is a light spirit and a dragon in The Legend of Zelda. Meaning: old friend

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Emmett

Emmett: From our favorite time-traveling mad scientist, of course. It means “universal.”


Enabran

Enabran Tain is the leader of the Obsidian Order in Star Trek: Deep Space 9. Meaning: unknown 


Enoch

Enoch Coltrane is a character in the Agents of SHIELD  in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Meaning: dedicated 


Ernest

Ernest: There’s American author Ernest Hemingway, and it was used by Oscar Wilde in his comedy The Importance of Being Earnest. And don’t forget Ernie Macmillan from Harry Potter. This German name means serious. 


Erwin

Erwin: Pay homage to Schrodinger with this German name.



Fandral

Fandral is an Asgardian warrior who is a charter member of The Warriors Three, and a  friend of Thor in Marvel Comics.


Felix

Felix Klein was a German mathematician known for his work on group theory and non-Euclidean geometry. Felix means lucky, successful. 


Finnick

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.”


Galahad

Galahad is the son of Sir Lancelot and Elaine in Arthurian legend.


Garrick

Garrick: Did you know Garrick Ollivander owns the magic wand shop in Diagon Alley in Harry Potter? Plus, there’s Gareth, a Knight of the Round Table, and Garrus Vakarian, the Turian squadmate from Mass Effect. Meaning: oak tree grove


Geordi

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.”

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Gideon

Gideon Lightwood is a character in The Infernal Devices. Meaning: feller, hewer



Harlow

Harlow Shapley was an American astronomer known for determining the position of the sun in the Milky Way. His name means rocky hill.


Hayden

Hayden: Did you know Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden surveyed the area that is now Yellowstone? Another famous Hayden: actor Hayden Christensen.


Idris

Idris: A Unix-like OS and Idris Elba, who played the captain in Prometheus. Meaning: “ardent lord.”


Isaac

Isaac: You can’t go wrong naming your kid after two of the most noteworthy Isaacs: Newton or Asimov-known for his works of science fiction. It means “he will rejoice.”

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Jace

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.”


Jareth

Jareth: Are you a fan of David Bowie or Labyrinth? This name is a combination of Jared and Gareth.


Jaskier

Jaskier is a bard in The Witcher video game series and TV series. This name is Polish for dandelion


Jules

Jules: What’s nerdier than naming a child after Jules Verne, one of the fathers of science fiction? Jules is a variant of Julian, which means “devoted to Jupiter.”


Kelvin

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

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

Logan: As in Wolverine from the X-Men, of course. Originally derived from a Scottish place name meaning “little hollow” in Gaelic.


Magnus

Magnus:  Albertus Magnus was a German mathematician in the 12th century. And Magnus Bane is a warlock in The Mortal Instruments. Meaning: great. This nerdy baby name definitely sounds geeky yet grand!


Maurits

Maurits Escher (you may know him as MC Escher) was a Dutch mathematician known for his drawing and printing works. This Dutch name means moorish.


Marius

Marius: This name comes from the book and musical Les Miserables. It means “Mars'” as in the Roman god of war.


Max

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!


Meliodas

Meliodas, also known as Rivalen, is Tristan’s father in Arthurian legend.  


Nebin

Nebin is the iconic wizard in Dungeons & Dragons.  


Nestor

Nestor is a king of Pylos who sailed with the Argonauts in Greek mythology. It means returner or homecomer.


Oberon

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.


Ophion

Ophion is a Greek titan who ruled Olympus. Meaning: serpent



Rhodes

Rhodes: Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes is the superhero known as War Machine in the Marvel cinematic universe. It means cleared land.


Rigel

Rigel: Not only is Rigel the name of a star, it’s also a reference to Farscape, Elder Scrolls and Fire Emblem.


Rory

Rory: Rory is one of my favorite names from Doctor Who. Meaning: “red-haired king.” Related post: find 51 more Doctor Who baby names here!

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Rossby

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.


Sidon

Sidon Ithano is a pirate in Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Syrio

Syrio Forel is a swordsman who trains Arya in Game of Thrones. The name comes from Sirius, meaning burning.



Thales

Thales was a Greek mathematician and philosopher known for Thales Theorem.  Meaning: to blossom


Tobias

Tobias is Han Solo’s mentor in Solo: A Star Wars Story. And any Animorphs readers will recognize this name. This biblical name means Yahweh is good.


Wade

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 (click for my post on simple nerdy pregnancy announcements!)


FAQ

What is the rarest name on this list?

The rarest names on this list were given to fewer than five babies in the US last year: Ashildr, Braith, Cadsuane, Calidore, Casmilla, Clementia, Corim, Derrial, Drasna, Egeria, Enabran, Fandral, Hermenia, Rivalen, Syrio, Tallissan, Taliesin, Tamriel

What are some badass names?

Some badass names from this list are: Bexar, Calder, Calidore, Daltus, Deckard, Hildegard, Magnus, Quinn, Rigel, Thalia, and Vera

What are some pretty names?

Some pretty names from this list are: Ariadne, Corsen, Devon, Emmett, Idris, Jules, Liara, Linnea, Rosentia, and Sabine

Conclusions

So, what are your favorite nerd-inspired or geeky baby names? I’d love to add them to the list here- tell me all about them in the comments!


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