125 Nerdy, Geeky Baby Names For Girls and Boys

125 Nerdy, Geeky Baby Names For Girls and Boys

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Of all the responsibilities that new parents have, finding that perfect name is one of the most important.

While many parents opt for traditional names that are often considered a safe option, other parents like to think outside the box and go with something more unique.

If you are tired of the traditional then there is no better place to look than to the nerdy/geeky names, they are after all the new cool!

So if you have a baby on the way then why not check out our list of fabulously nerdy and gorgeously geeky baby names below!

Nerdy, Geeky Baby Boy Names

Alistair – Of Scottish origin and means defender of the people. From the game Dragon Age, it evokes the fanciness of a time gone by and nobility. 

Alyx – A spelling variation of the traditional Alex. English in origin and means defender of the people. A name of a video game character offers an edge to this traditional name. 

Anakin – Means warrior and is of American origin. No nerdy/geeky list would be complete without a few Star Wars references.

Arnold – Of German origin and means eagle power. One of the most famous action heroes is Arnold Schwarzeneggar.

Arthur – Welsh in origin and means bear. In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur is the name of the protagonist.

Ayo – The name means joy in Yoruba. It is the name of one of the Black Panther’s bodyguards in the Marvel movies.

Bexar – Bexar comes from a town in Spain of the same name. This one is for the history nerds. The Siege of Bexar was an early campaign during the Texas Revolution at what is now San Antonio, Texas.

Blaise – Of French origin and means lisps, speech impediment. Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician known for Pascal’s Wager, Pascal’s Triangle, Pascal’s Law, and Pascal’s Theorem.

Braith – Welsh in origin and means black and white. It is the name of a Redguard child in Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.

Buran – The name comes from the Russian word for a snowstorm. This 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 it was in collapsed.

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Calvin – Means bald and is of Latin origin. The name may be less than fashionable but it is the name of one of our favorite comic book characters from Calvin and Hobbes series.

Clark –  A name of English origin and means clerk. It is also the name of Superman’s alter-ego.

Daltus – From the Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, King Daltus is one of the Kings of Hyrule.

Dashiell – With an unknown meaning and of French origin. Dashiell is an anglicized form of the French surname ‘de Chiel’. The name lends itself to the great nickname Dash as it is in the Incredibles.

Dax – French in origin and means leader. Dax is the name of an alien from the Star Trek universe.

Desmond – Of Irish origin and means place name in Ireland. Assassin’s Creed is built around Desmond Miles.

Emmett – Means entire and is of English origin. The name is associated with the fictional character of Dr. Emmett Brown from the Back to the Future series. But its popularity hit a new high after the publishing of the Twilight Book Series, in which there is a character Emmett Cullen.

Ender – A name of Turkish origin and means extremely rare. We are referencing the epic humans versus alien battles that happen in Ender’s Game.

Enoch – Of Hebrew origin and means dedicated. Enoch Coltrane is a character in the Agents of SHIELD from Marvel.

Felix – Latin in origin and means happy and prosperous. Felix Klein was a German mathematician known for his work on group theory and non-Euclidean geometry.

Finnick – This is a name invented by author Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games. Finnick Odair paid tribute to District 4 in the 65th Hungar Games.

Galahad – Means pure, noble, and selfless and is of English origin. Galahad is the son of Sir Lancelot and Elaine in Arthurian legend.

Galileo – Latin in origin and means person from Galilee. Most people are aware of the famous scientist of the same name but what many people do not know is that there was also a spaceship named Galileo. The spacecraft arrived at Jupiter in 1995 and remained there until 2003.

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Ganon – A short form of Ganondorf, who is the bad guy in the Legend of Zelda series.

Garrick – Of English origin and means from a place covered by oaks. Garrick Ollivander owns the magic wand shop in Diagon Alley in Harry Potter.

Geordi – English in origin and means farmer. It was originally a diminutive or nickname for the name George. Star Trek: The Next Generations character Geordi La Forge played by LeVar Burton.

Hank – Means ruler of the home and is of American origin. An unusual superhero, Hank, the real name for Ant-Man.

Harlow – Originally a habitational surname for people who lived on or near a rocky hill. It is of English origin. Harlow Shapley was an American astronomer known for determining the position of the Milky Way.

Harry – Of English origin and means army ruler. It was originally a diminutive form of Harold or Henry. We all nerd over the Harry Potter series, so why not name your child a name that will forever be associated with magic!

Hermes – Greek in origin and means interpreter. Hermes was a Greek god associated with speed and luck. In The Martian, Andy Weir’s science fiction novel, Hermes was the spaceship that transported humans between Mars and Earth.

Jace – A name of American origin and means nickname. The name comes from Jace Bellarine of Magin: The Gathering, the famous card name.

Jamie – English in origin and means supplanter. One of our favorite leading guys is from the cult classic Outlander – Jamie.

Jimmy – Means supplanter and is of English origin. A diminutive form of James.

Jorah – The name was made famous by the Game of Throne series and the character Jorah Mormont. It is of Hebrew origin and means early rains.

Kelvin – Of Scottish origin and means a river of Scotland. Kelvin is the unit of measurement for temperature. It was named after William Thomson, who was later ennobled as Lord Kelvin, the Scottish physicist.

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Kenobi – A classic Star Wars name. Obi adopted the name when he was a Jedi Knight.

Kent – A name of English origin and means high or coastal land. Clark Kent, the alter-ego of comic character Superman.

Mars – Of Greek origin and means god of war. The fourth planet in our solar system could make a strong name for your little one.

Oliver – Means descendant of the ancestor and is of English origin. A less obvious billionaire vigilante such as Oliver aka Green Arrow.

Peeta – A variation of the name Peter and is of American origin. It means rock. Peeta Mellark is one of the characters in The Hunger Games.

Ronan – Irish in origin and means little seal. Ronan was the leader of the centaurs in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Rory –  Means red king and is of Irish origin. One of my favorite names from Doctor Who. 

Sheldon – A name of English origin and means town in the valley. The biggest geek that there ever has been Sheldon from the TV series Big Bang Theory.

Spike – Means long, heavy nail and is of American origin. Shinichiro Watanabe, the creator of Cowboy Bebop, started the set with the image of Spike Spiegal in mind.

Tyr – Of Scandanavian origin and means battle. Tyr was a member of the humanoid splinter species on the A.I. ship Andromeda played by Keith Hamilton.

Wade – English in origin and means traveler by the ford. Can you ever go wrong with a Deadpool reference, we think not!

Wesley – A name of English origin and means from the west field. A quick nod to Star Trek: The Next Generation series.

Willem – Of Dutch origin and means with a gilded helmet. The name comes from the Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss.

Xander – Means defender of the people and is of Greek origin. Xander was the name of the stand-in for Joss Whedon on Buffy.

Zack – Diminutive form of Zachary and is of Hebrew origin. Inspired by Zack Fair who shot to fame after his role in Final Fantasy.

Nerdy, Geeky Baby Girl Names

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Ada – A name of German origin and means noble, happy. Ada is also the name of Lord Byron’s daughter, the first computer programmer who worked on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine.

Adria – Of Greek origin and means a person from Hadria in Northern Italy. In Stargate SG-1, Adria was the name of the half-Ori and half-human children that Vala Mal Doran was forced to bear. 

Agnes – Means pure, chaste, and is of Greek origin. Agnes Robertson was the first woman botanist to become a Fellow in the Royal Society, she went by the pen name Arber.

Alayne – If you are a Game of Thrones fan but are looking for a name that is a little subtler than Khaleesi then this may be it. Alayne is a minor character in A Song of Ice and Fire. It is a variant spelling of Elaine, Lancelot’s lover and Galahads mother in the legend of King Arthur.

Althea – Greek in origin and means marsh flower. In Greek mythology, Althaea was the queen of Calydon.

Ashildr – In Doctor Who, Ashildr is the daughter of Elinar, a young woman living in the Viking village. She is renowned for her vivid imagination, perfect for Mire hologram technology.

Auri – One of the characters from the book The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.

Aurora – A name of Latin origin and means dawn. Aurora was also the name of the ancient Roman goddess of the dawn. A great name whether you love it because of the Disney princess connection or you are fond of astronomy. 

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

Carmen – Means poem and is of Latin origin. Carmen is the protagonist from ‘Carmen Sandiego’, an American media franchise of educational computer games. The game follows the agent of the ACME Detective Agency and then thwarts the capture of the ringleader Carmen Sandiego.

Clementia – A goddess of forgiveness and mercy in Roman mythology. The name is of Spanish origin and means gracious, merciful.

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Coraline – A name of American origin and means heart or maiden. It is also a diminutive form of Cora. If you love Tim Burton movies you will be instantly familiar with this name. It is the name of his beloved character – Coraline.

Daisy – Means daisy flower and is of American origin. In Agents of SHIELD, the inhuman Jiaying is the daughter of Calvin Johson. In Pokemon, Daisy was a member of the Gym Leaders of Cerulean City and the older sister of Misty.

Dione – The name is derived from Greek mythology. Dione was a Titaness and the mother of Aphrodite.

Drasna – A dragon type Pokemon trainer and a member of the Kalos Elite Four. The name is a fictional name and has no meaning.

Echo – Of Greek origin and means reverberating sound. The name Echo first featured in the Daredevil comics. She was a woman of many talents such as a pianist, a ballerina, an athlete, a college professor, and an Avenger.

Egeria – Greek in origin and is the name of a nymph in Greek mythology. The name may also refer to the black poplar tree.

Epione – Means soothing and is of Greek origin. Epione is the name of one of the Amazons in Wonder Woman in the DC universe.

Evangeline – Of English origin and means messenger of good news. Evangeline is a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Fleur – Means flower and is of French origin. The 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. 

Henrietta – English in origin and means ruler of the home. Henrietta Swann Leavitt was an American astronomer who made great advances in understanding how the brightness of a distant galaxy could be used to calculate its distance from Earth.

Hera – A name of Greek origin and means protectress. Hera not only has a mythological connection, but Hera is also the name of a famous character from the sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica.

Herminia – The origin of this name is unclear but it is thought to come from the Greek god Hermes, the messenger of the gods and patron of travelers, writers, and athletes.

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Irene – Of Greek origin and means peace. Irene Joliot-Curie and her husband were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935 for their discovery of artificial radioactivity.

Jemma – A name of English origin and means precious stone. In Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Jemma was the name of the biochemist and a member of Phil Coulson’s team.

Kara – Means dear and is of Italian origin. In DC comics, Kara Zor-El is Supergirl. She was Kal-El aka Superman’s cousin. In Battlestar Galactica, Kara Thrace aka Starbuck was a member of Galactica’s crew.

Kaylee – Of American origin and means who is like God? The name is inspired by the character in the classic cult show ‘Firefly’. 

Keiko – Japanese in origin and means blessed, child. The name is also borne by one of the characters in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Khaleesi – Who would not want their daughter to be named after the Mother of Dragons?  For anyone who may have been living under a rock the name was made famous by the Game of Thrones series.

Larrin – This is the name of the leader among the Travellers in Stargate Atlantis.

Leela – A name of Indian origin and means sport or play. Featured in the Futurama series. Leela was the captain of the Planet Express spaceship. And in Doctor Who, Leela was the companion of the fourth Doctor. 

Leia – Of Hebrew origin and means weary. No list would be complete without including this name, made famous by the feisty Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies.

Natasha – Means born on Christmas day and is of Russian origin. Natasha is the real name of the Black Widow. 

Nichelle – American in origin and is a combination of Nicole and Michelle. Star Trek character Lieutenant Uhura was played by Actress Nichelle Nicholas who paved the way for greater diversity on screen.

Peggy – A name of English origin and means pearl. It is also a diminutive form of Margaret. Peggy Carter started out as the love interest of Captain America, but proved she was far more in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Persephone – Means bringer of destruction and is of Greek origin. This name is a mythology nerd’s dream. It is the name of Zeus’s daughter, the goddess of spring.

Primrose – This name is after the primrose flower and is of English origin. In the Hunger Games, Primrose is the sister of Katniss Everdeen. She was selected as a tribute for the 74th Hunger Games.

Ruby – Of English origin and means red gemstone. The name was taken from the birthstone of the colleague of its creator Yukihiro Matsumoto.

Rowena – English in origin and means fame joy. Rowena was the name of the heroine in the novel ‘Ivanhoe’ by Sir Walter Scott. It also has a Harry Potter reference but only die-hard fans would understand it.

Sabine – A name of French origin and means sabine woman. This gorgeous name comes from the Star Wars series. It is the name of the Mandalorian human weapons expert during the reign of the Galactic Empire.

Sonya – Russian in origin and means wisdom. From the Mortal Kombat series, Special Forces officer Sonya Blade.

Sora – Of Japanese origin and means sky. In the Stargate Atlantis series, Sora Tyrus belonged to the Genii homeworld and served under Acastus Kolya.

Tauriel – The name was created by J.R.R. Tolkien, which in Elvish language means forest maiden. Tauriel was one of the Honnit characters but she did not appear in the books, but was added to the movie. Tauriel is the elf captain of Thranduil’s guard and she falls in love with one of the dwarves.

Teyla – Teyla Emmagan from Stargate Atlantis, adept in martial arts and technology.

Thalia – Means to blossom or flourish and is of Greek origin. The name is inspired by the Olympians and the Percy Jackson series. It is the name of one of the Three Graces in the Greek mythology.

Tona – In the Warhammer 40k universe, Captain Tona Criid of the Imperial Guard rose to prominence.

Trillian – This is the name of the astrophysicists in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

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Vera – Of Russian origin and means faith. Vera Rubin was a scientist and American astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates. 

Veronica – A name of Greek origin and means truth. The name will always be associated with one of the lead girls from Archie Comics. After all, Veronica was a cute, smart, and snarky, all great qualities parents want for their child. Another notable bearer of this name is Veronica Mars.

Zelda – Means gray battle or strong woman and is of German origin. The name was made famous by Shigeru Miyamoto’s most famous video game – Legend of Zelda. It also has a historical connection to the famous American novelist – Zelda Fitzgerald.

Nerdy, Geeky Unisex Baby Names

Austin – A name of English origin and means great. It is also a short form of the more formal name Augustine. John Austin was an English legal theorist who influenced both British and American law with an analytical approach to jurisprudence.

Avery – Of English origin and means elf king. The name comes from the Norman form of the name Alfred – Aelf meaning elf and read meaning counsel or ruler. Oswald Avery was one of the first molecular biologists and a pioneer in immunochemistry.

Beckett – English in origin and means dweller by the brook. It was originally an English surname. Carson Beckett was a fictional Scottish character in the Canadian-American science fiction series Stargate Atlantis.

Blair – Means battlefield or plain and is of Scottish origin. It is also a Scottish surname.

Callahan – A name of Irish origin and means little bright headed one. Sir Paul Callaghan was a world-leading, award-winning Kiwi physicist who specialized in nanotechnology and magnetic resonance.

Eli – Of Hebrew origin and means height.

Elliot – Means the lord is my god and is of English origin. George Elliot was the pen name of one of the leading writers of the Victorian era – Mary ann Evans.

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Emerson – English in origin and means son of Emery. 

Emery – A name of English origin and means work ruler.

Evan – Welsh in origin and means God is good. Evan James Williams was a welsh scientist who played a significant part in the battle against submarines in the war.

Jules – Of French origin and means youthful, downy. Jules Verne the father of science fiction.

Lennon – Means dear one and is of Irish origin.

Meredith – Welsh in origin and means lord. Meredith Rodney McKay is the head of the Science and Research Division of the Atlantis Expedition in Stargate Atlantis.

Morgan – A name of Welsh origin and means great circle.

Parker – Of English origin and means park keeper.

Peyton – English in origin and means from Pacca’s town. 

Quinn – Of Irish origin and means descendant of Conn. If Harley Quinn is a favorite character of yours, Quinn may be a less obvious choice.

Remy – A name of French origin and means oarsman or remedy. Remy LeBeau is also known as Gambit in X-Men.

Rigel – The name of a star. It is also a reference to Farscape, Elder Scrolls, and Fire Emblem.

Rory – Irish in origin and means red king. It is also a diminutive form of Roderick. One of the best Doctor Who names.

Rowan – Means from the rowan tree and is of English origin. 

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

Sawyer – English in origin and means woodcutter. 

Tallissan – In Welsh legend, Taliesin was a companion of King Arthur. The name means shining brow. Tallissan Lintra is a rebel pilot in The Force Awakens.

Tanis – Of Greek origin and means serpent. Tanis is the leader of a group of heroes in the Dragonlance Chronicles novels.

The Final Thought

So has our list given you some inspiration for an original nerdy baby name or are you going to stick to something a little bit more traditional?

If you have come to the end of this list and still not found your perfect baby name, do not worry there are plenty of names out there!

Hi, I'm Emma and I'm a mother to 5 beautiful children aged from 1 to 21 years old- life is hectic! I have learned so much along the way, not only from my own children but also through my professional life. In my positions as a Childminder and Teaching Assistant, I have studied Child Development and The Early Years Developing Practice. I wish to share all of this knowledge and help you with your own parenting journey!

Hi, I'm Emma and I'm a mother to 5 beautiful children aged from 1 to 21 years old- life is hectic! I have learned so much along the way, not only from my own children but also through my professional life. In my positions as a Childminder and Teaching Assistant, I have studied Child Development and The Early Years Developing Practice. I wish to share all of this knowledge and help you with your own parenting journey!