Top 10: Nerdy Namesakes

Top 10: Nerdy Namesakes
19 Feb 2013

When my hubs and I found out that we were with child for the first time, the only thing we didn’t sweat was the name.  We had already had the baby name conversation before we even had the “Let’s have a baby!” conversation—if we had a boy his name would be Dean. We’re Supernatural fans to the core and Dean Winchester’s monster hunting, impala driving, classic rock loving, quick-witted, man’s man character had us at “Pilot.” Added bonus? Our son’s name does double-duty representing our family, too; “Dean” is also my dad’s middle name.

At NWK, we’re all for topping off that geeky DNA with a well-picked nerdy name honoring your fandom. So let your geek flag fly high and proud—or, in this case, run around the playroom—with one of these top 10 nerdy namesake picks.

10. Clark (Clark Kent aka Superman)


Predictable? Maybe, but there’s something to be said for a good, strong, classic superhero name and Clark is just about as traditional as it gets.  With an old-fashioned flair, you might just get away with not having to explain it as a nerdy homage. But would you ever really want to deny being a nerd? We didn’t think so.

If you like Clark, may we also suggest: Peter, Diana or Logan

9. Thor (The Mighty Thor of Asgard)


Not the timid type? Then why not pick a name that professes your nerdom to this world and others? Plus, the thought of a mini-me Nordic god running around is terrifyingly hilarious.

If you like Thor, may we also suggest: Rogue, Storm or Odin

8. Zelda (Princess Zelda of The Legend of Zelda series by Nintendo)


In a world filled with Disney princesses, we give an epic 80s nod to the most beloved 8-bit princess, Zelda. Nintendo helped birth our geek generation and we’d like to pay it forward. What better way than with a baby name that invokes a touch of gamer nostalgia?

If you like Zelda, may we also suggest: Link, Mario or Daisy

7. Felicia (Felicia Day; actress, gamer, all-around awesome)


Speaking of royalty, our list wouldn’t be complete without the Queen of Geek, Felicia Day. A Jill-of-all-nerd-trades, we wouldn’t mind if our daughter developed a similar sense of intelligent wit and down-to-earth charm.

If you like Felicia, may we also suggest: Wil, Nathan or Joss

6. Daryl (Daryl Dixon of AMC’s The Walking Dead)


Yes, we know he is not an original character from the comic book series, but admit it: He’s your favorite on the show. We’ve watched this cross-bow wielding zombie killer transform from a sketchy thug into a, dare we say, sensitive hero.  Daryl, we want to give you a big ol’ hug, brain splatter and all.

If you like Daryl, may we also suggest: Maggie, Glenn or Hershel

5. Luna (Luna Lovegood of the Harry Potter series)


She’s dreamy, artsy and a little odd, but loyal and all-accepting with yoda-like words of wisdom when you least expect it. We love Luna and her understated yet key role in the Harry Potter world.

If you like Luna, may we also suggest: Neville, Ginny or Albus

4. Jareth (Jareth the Goblin King from Labyrinth)


Usually, we’re not huge fans of naming children after villainous characters. But when that villain is portrayed by one David Bowie—in an 80s cult classic complete with musical numbers and muppetry—we’ll let this villain name slide.

If you like Jareth, may we also suggest: Sarah, Toby or Ludo

3. Michelangelo (Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)


A perfect mix of art history references and early 90s defining catchphrases, Mikey will always hold a special place in our mutant reptile loving hearts. You can only hope your child will one day create his own rad version of “Cowabunga, Dude!”

If you like Michelangelo, may we also suggest: Leonardo, April or Casey

2. Egon (Egon Spengler, from Ghostbusters)


The brainy-brains of our favorite proton pack wearing crew, we always enjoy and respect a straightforward kind of nerd. Egon has it all: glasses, social awkwardness, Janine’s heart and a Ph.D.

If you like Egon, may we also suggest: Ray, Winston or Dana

1. Jean-Luc (Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Star Trek: TNG)


Are we declaring which side we’re on when it comes to the Kirk v. Picard debate? We plead the fifth. But we think there’s no denying that Captain Jean-Luc Picard is the most distinguished Starfleet captain. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also one of our favorite memes.

If you like Jean-Luc may we also suggest: Kirk, Sulu or Scotty

What would you add to the list? Do any of your tiny tots sport nerdy names?


Rachel Vaughn

is a part-time library assistant, a loving wife to her nerdier half, personal assistant to a corgi diva and full time mama and cuddler to the next great superhero. She is a certified book nerd—she’s even got the glasses to prove it—and a lover of all things 80s. When she’s not busy slinging diapers or burp cloths, you can find Rachel enjoying a good old-fashioned scare, jamming out to car karaoke or catching up with her old friend, DVR.