10 Ways to Avoid Hipster Baby Names

10 Ways to Avoid Hipster Baby Names

Tammy Everts
Oct 17, 2008

Babynaming is one of those can't-please-everybody propositions. Whether you choose to go traditional or creative, sentimental or futuristic, you can't avoid other people's (generally unsolicited) opinions.

We've developed pretty thick skin in this area, which is why we were able to snicker at this list of rules over at The Daily Beast, despite the fact that we are in clear violation of at least one rule ourselves...

Apparently, it was a bad idea to name our firstborn after a "high-falutin' literary character", even if said character is from one of our all-time favorite books. Oh, well.

Other no-nos from "baby naming guru" Pamela Redmond Satran:

  • No names you might use for a dog.

  • If a supermodel would choose this name for her baby, stay away.

  • Don't pick any name that starts with "I" or "Z" or ends with "X" or "O".

Now, the piece doesn't actually come out and recommend any good names (though it does give a specified list of names to steer clear of), so we're all still on our own, with this dire warning should we somehow choose a name that's even worse than a hipster name:

But as important as it may seem to avoid names that threaten to turn you into a hipster cliché, it's even more essential to stay away from those that might make your teenager try to kill you while you sleep.

Read the full piece: 10 Ways to Avoid Hipster Baby Names

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