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What’s up with the hipster baby names trend?

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Need a baby name? Jump on the hipster baby-naming bandwagon. Hipster baby names are one of the most popular searches for parents-to-be, but you can find everything you need right here. We've rounded up the best of the best – it's up to you to muster up the courage to actually put one of these trendy monikers on your baby's birth certificate.

What is a hipster?

Urban Dictionary defines hipster as "a subculture of men and women typically in their 20s and 30s that values independent thinking, counter culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie rock, creativity, intelligence and witty banter."

Hipsterism is more than a state of mind, however, as evidenced by the subculture's outward style: vintage fashions, old-school sneakers, thick-rimmed glasses and messy, asymmetric shag haircuts (for guys and gals alike).

The hipster is educated and intelligent but rejects cultural norms and the societal mainstream. Consequently, the hipster baby name is not your run-of-the-mill Noah or Sophia, as found on the nation's most-popular lists. Instead, you might find names like these:

Hipster baby names for girls

A hipster baby would be named Isadora instead of Isabella, or Morrigan instead of Morgan. Forget traditionally feminine names like Sophia and Emma and shoot for edgy, urban monikers instead:

Hipster names for boys

You'll find no Jacobs or Noahs among hipster babies. Instead, look for unique monikers that break all of the social norms.

  • Alastair
  • Atticus
  • Auden
  • Byron
  • Dexter
  • Duncan
  • Ellington
  • Enoch
  • Gulliver
  • Gus
  • Holden
  • Homer
  • Ignatius
  • Lennon
  • Leopold
  • Murray
  • Orson
  • Roman
  • Rufus
  • Salinger
  • Vaughn
  • Winston

Keep in mind, of course, that this is an ever-changing list and that none of the names will become commonplace. Hipsters don't do common.

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