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50 Hippie Baby Names

27 September, 2016

There is absolutely no critical thinking or social analysis here in this post. It is just hippie baby names I love. That’s it. Sometimes I am just a completely one dimensional person and that is okay. ALRIGHT?

(I suspect for Debate-weary folk this may be a bit of a relief… but just for the record: my dear American readers VOTE HILARY.)

How I came up with my hippie baby names

Well, I definitely didn’t say “hmmm, I’m a bit of a hippie so what shall by hippie babies be called?” Honestly, I didn’t. HONESTLY. I just found myself drawn to certain names.
In fact, my children’s names, Ramona and Juno, are quite classic, they are just not mainstream these days.  Ramona was popular at the end of the 1800’s and the beginning of the 1900s and when older people hear her name they often break into song, one popular back in the day. The name Ramona sprung out at me from an artist’s exhibition poster when I was outside Kings Cross Station one day when I was 5 months pregnant and I just knew that was my baby’s name. I looked it up and found it meant “nurturing hands” which struck me as being perfect.

Juno is an ancient name, the name of a Roman Goddess who was the protector of women and community and I loved the sentiment and the sound of it. There was also a not-so famous suffragette called Juno in the US. Everyone asks if our Juno was named for the movie Juno, she isn’t, although it is an awesome redemptive story of love, freedom, respect, friendship, so she may well have been in a deeply subconcious way.

I was looking for names that were:

  • Strong and fairly non-prescriptive in terms of gender
  • Not very common
  • Held meaning for me

Whilst Ramona’s name came like divine inspiration, Juno’s name was an intense quest! But in that quest I came up with what I think are flipping AWESOME names!

To save me from emailing this list of names to any more of my pregnant friends (sorry friends) I thought I would  put them out there.Hippie baby Names

What makes a name get on my list of hippie baby names? 

No real reason apart from that I like it and I am a hippy, I guess.  They are underused. Creative. Not on the list of 1000 top baby names etc. Often based on nature or social change rebels.

To me, the word “hippy” means: loving the earth and loving humankind even if acting on that love questions the status quo. To some people the word “hippy” means “tree hugger” and do you know what? I love that term too! The term tree hugger originates from the 1700’s when a community of peasant women in Northeast India refused to let the king cut down an ancient forest to build a palace. They embraced the trees with their bodies and stood strong while the foresters cut down the trees. Many of them died in this peaceful protest but it began a movement that culminated in forestry reform.

Am I a proud hippy and tree hugger? Heck, yep!

Here’s a video of the names in the back of my notebook when I was pregnant with Juno. I also discuss people trolling me online for calling my children Ramona and Juno AND a little interview with my kids about what they would call their babies… Thanks for that, Ramona, you comic:

A lot of them could be either boys or girls names I think but for ease I will start with those that are more commonly used for boys and then girls:

Hippie Baby Names for Boys

Zebedee
Obadiah
Van
Foy
Caspian
Sebastian
Jasper
Rufus
Pippin
Huckleberry

Hippie Baby Names for Girls

Blossom
Octavia
Meredith
Arietty (the Borrowers! Remember that?)
Eta
Odetta
Beatrice (this doesn’t sound too hippy but the truth is I wanted to call her Beet)
Pippi
Eartha (incredible 20th century performer and activist but I also love the reference to the earth)
Vita 

<h2My favourite hippie baby names that friend’s have used:

Fern
Hazel
Brook
River
Aniren (commonly Aneurin in Wales)
Robin
Emmi
Rafael
Jude
Meshach
Arla

Hippie Baby Names based on the Suffragettes (I was absolutely certain both  my girls would be named after suffragettes but only Juno was)

Ida
Alva
Matilda
Inez
Izetta
Lena
Maud
Sojourner
Mabel
Edith
Vera
Flora (flo! omg!)
Cicely
Nellie
Adela
Eva
Meri

Ahhh, they are all so brilliant. It makes me want to have fifty babies.

Okay, let’s go: your favourite hippie baby names?? Weirdly keen to hear them….

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41 Comments

  • Reply jesd 27 September, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Ooh love a few of those! Our boy is Pippen… Hope it doesn’t get too popular after your list!

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 27 September, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      Pippen – totes gorgeous 😀

  • Reply Toni 27 September, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Harlo♥️

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 27 September, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      Ooh I like it!

  • Reply Lala 27 September, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Haha I love this video! 🙂 oh, I dreamed of having a child called Willowby or Willoughby…….. sadly it was not to be, Daddy said ‘I’m really sorry but I will never have a child called that’!

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 28 September, 2016 at 10:30 am

      Are you serious? It is the BEST!

  • Reply Fiona Lynne 27 September, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Ah I so wanted River for our son but my husband is Danish and river is the verb “to rake” in Danish so he vetoed it. I’m still sad…
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    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 28 September, 2016 at 10:30 am

      but what?! raking is a good thing!!!

  • Reply Hannah 27 September, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    I had these on my list. It’s *almost* enough to have another baby!!

    Girls names:
    Anouk
    Primrose
    Blossom
    Petal
    Cherry
    Laurel
    Fleur
    Honey
    Juniper
    Lula
    Ivy
    Coral

    Boys names:
    Felix
    Kit
    Jude
    Zeak
    Abraham
    Joel
    Otis
    Tobias

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 28 September, 2016 at 10:29 am

      GREAT LIST!

  • Reply Jo T 27 September, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    I’m not a hippy. At all. But my nearly names, those that I still pine for a little –
    Boy – Beau, Sonny, Huckleberry, Blaise.
    Girl – Honour, Bonnie, Ada.

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 28 September, 2016 at 10:31 am

      Beau and Sonny – yes! Actually Juno was nearly one of these.. must be on another lid somewhere…

  • Reply Miriam 27 September, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    We’re big time tree lovers so it only seemed right to mane our two boys after trees; Bodhi and Matai

    • Reply Miriam 27 September, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      *name.
      And our girl name we had ready was Ada-Bloom 🙂

      • Lucy
        Reply Lucy 28 September, 2016 at 10:32 am

        looooove!

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 28 September, 2016 at 10:32 am

      I love a good tree name! They are lovely.

  • Reply Megan Mackney 27 September, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    I hate to be picky…but Meredith is not a girls name!
    I’m Welsh, and the name…in Welsh it’s spelt Maredudd…is a male name meaning great chief. My eldest is Meredyth…my compromise on Welsh and English spelling…and even here in the UK people tell him he has a girls name! He now goes by the diminutive Med.
    It’s also pronounced differently ..MeREdyth not MERedith.
    Sorry but I had to point this out…

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 28 September, 2016 at 10:29 am

      I am glad you did! Thank you 😀

  • Reply Susie - secondhandsusie.blogspot.co.uk 27 September, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I LOVE hippy baby names, we have loads lined up if we’re lucky enough to become parents. I really love the name Luna, but it’s becoming quite popular 🙁
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  • Reply ThaliaKR 27 September, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    What a lovely post!

    Yes, HAZEL! This was the conversation with our Hazie’s big brother when she was born: ‘Her name’s Hazel! Like Hazelnut!’
    ‘But I can’t say Hazel. I can only say Hazelnut.’

    Can’t go public on any other preferences, just in case, but this is a fabulous list 🙂
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  • Reply Ilaria 28 September, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I love the name Juno! I named my daughter Zoe, it means life in Greek (not just human life though but alla forms of life).

  • Reply Ilaria 28 September, 2016 at 1:38 am

    I named my daughter Zoe – which means universal life in ancient Greek. Ps, I love the name Juno!

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 28 September, 2016 at 10:28 am

      I love the name Zoe! love love love love! In fact, don’t be offended, but we called our dog Zoe in leiu of having another baby girl!

      • Reply Ilaria 29 September, 2016 at 8:15 am

        None taken, in fact I see many pets named this way, and that is exaclty what ‘zoe’ means: life, no matter whether animal or human! 🙂

  • Reply Aimee 28 September, 2016 at 2:39 am

    Love these! My girls are Coco Wren and Indigo Autumn. ❤️❤️

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 28 September, 2016 at 10:27 am

      OH MY! They are AMAZING names!

  • Reply Becca 28 September, 2016 at 9:41 am

    baby nameeessssss. keep thinking if i can discover my boy-to-be’s name somehow “out there” in advance i could convince dh to have another (a boy?).
    Sage?
    Basil?
    Oak? (a friend dreampt we had boy twins called Oak and Ash which i looovvveeee but the Ash would maybe should like ashes of a fire? rather than a tree?)
    Apollo (always liked but can’t use as stupidly told an important family member who clearly hated it!)
    Coriander (Cory for short?)
    Cosmo

    this is LITERALLY my favourite subject EVER. i think.

    • Lucy
      Reply Lucy 28 September, 2016 at 10:27 am

      ahahahaha SAME!!!! I loooooove coming up with names! I love all your boy names – you are amazing at names!

  • Reply Lilybett 28 September, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    I was super keen on science-y names for our boy – Galileo, Orion, Faraday – but we ended up at Augie because it kept following me around while I was pregnant (in a book, on a TV show, on a poster, a band on the radio). He’s officially an Augustus and the story we tell about his name is that we promised an emergency room Registrar that we’d name our first born after him when he gave my husband a shot of morphine large enough to fell a horse when he was writhing in pain from kidney stones. His name was Titus but we decided sticking to a classic Greek name was close enough.

    For girls I was keen on Wren, Willow, Rhiannon, Iris, but we would have ended up with Claudia or Claudiana.

  • Reply Madeleine 28 September, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Omg my favorite subject. I love baby names but only got one kid Ossian. Boys name I love is Agathon, Lindelou and Gillis (swedish version of Giles). Girls names are too many but the top three is Helios, Tekla and Hillevi.

  • Reply Fiona 28 September, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    When I was much younger I was certain my future kids would be called caspian and odessa. As I’ve got older I have leant more towards Irish names. Lists like these make me want to have 10 kids!

  • Reply Emily Swinerd 29 September, 2016 at 2:03 am

    I had two boys and there names are pretty normal. (Fred and thomas) but I would have banned a little girl something along the lines of Maud, Mildred, Enid, Ethel, Esther. Basically old lady names. They are the best!

  • Reply K Ho 30 September, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Our girl is octavia ada meixi- octavias on your list lol, ada after ada lovelace- a woman in science well before her time, and origional computer programmer (guess what husband is!!??) And meixi is cantonese for beautiful morning. My mum is Dawn, my middle name is Dawn, and she is too, with a twist. 🙂

  • Reply Haidee 30 September, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Guess who had hippy parents!

  • Reply Donna Guzik 1 October, 2016 at 1:23 am

    my little boy is Laike Ryder. Pronounced Lake but I played with the spelling n happy with it. As it looks more masculine. Middle name Ryder. ..a little cheesy! ₩ but so hard to get a band to follow that doesn’t sound like naming a lake! ! I love his name n wen others call him..it has ery strong sound to it. Never met another yet!..only known if lake as girls name

  • Reply Laura 1 October, 2016 at 1:34 am

    LOVE this list!! Proud hippy here! ❤️
    We named our little girl Lucy

  • Reply Jamie 1 October, 2016 at 3:56 am

    We named our daughter Aurelia and our other two names are Brando (boy) and Celestine (girl)

  • Reply emily 2 October, 2016 at 5:37 am

    We went well hippy with our kids names, particularly their middle names which are all Earth based/nature names. We have Eva Sky, Chloe Rosa and Soren River xx

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