The word 'nerd' was first popularized by Dr. Suess in the '50s when he used it in his book 'If I Ran The Zoo'.
The word 'nerd' first originated only as a slang word. It means "socially inept, but brainy", and like many other slang words, the origin of this word too is unknown.
In recent years, the word has been used to address people who are conventionally different, especially those who are geeky and socially awkward. Science fiction movies and video games have lots of nerdy characters. All the scientists and the most intelligent people in the world are said to be slightly socially awkward people, so by definition, all scientists are often considered to be nerds. People who are brainy but introverted also sometimes fit into the category of nerds. Being a nerd is not uncool, as is often thought by people, in fact it is high time we start normalizing nerds. Fun fact, a female nerd can also be called a geek girl!
If you want to give your baby girl a good nerd name, this list is the best place to start. This comprehensive list gives options of nerdy girl names from different categories. You can also check other Kidadl articles similar to this one, like STEM Names and Scientist Baby Names.
Science Names For Your Baby
Science has forever inspired a lot of nerdy girl names. Some of these names are cool, and they have a rich history. The names in this list are inspired by various branches of science like zoology, biology, paleontology, and so on. Here is a list of scientific names. Some of these can also be used as boy names!
1. Andromeda (Greek origin), the name of a spiral galaxy 2.5 million years away from Earth.
2. Archie (English origin), the name of the first-ever search engine in the world.
3. Ares (Greek origin), the name of multiple NASA spacecraft, and after the Greek God Ares.
4. Aspen (English origin), the name of a famous science center.
5. Aurora (Roman origin), also referred to as polar lights or northern lights, is a natural display of light in Earth's sky.
6. Chance (English origin), the word means the probability of an event occurring.
7. Chip (English origin), a paleontological term used commonly by scientists.
8. Daphne (Greek origin), a genus of shrubs native to Asia, Europe, and North Africa.
9. Flint (German origin), a paleontological term used commonly by scientists.
10. Iris (Greek origin), a flowering plant from the family of Iridaceae.
11. Jasmine (Persian origin), a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family.
12. Kestrel (French origin), the name is given to several members of the falcon genus, it relates to the branch of zoology in science.
13. Lisa (English origin), name of the first personal computer with a graphical interface, designed by Steve Jobs.
14. Maxwell (Scottish origin), after the famous physicist James Clerk Maxwell who formulated the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation.
15. Mungo (English origin), the name of a study site in Australia called Lake Mungo.
16. Ona (Slavic origin), the name means "ocean wave" in Catalan.
17. Orion, one of the most prominent constellations in the night sky, it is also in reference to Orion the hunter, from Greek mythology.
18. Rhodanthe (Greek origin), the plant belongs to the plant kingdom, it is also known as sunray or pink paper daisy.
19. Rigel (Arabic origin), a blue supergiant star in the constellation of Orion.
20. River (English origin), a natural flowing freshwater watercourse, used commonly by hydrologists.
21. Rose (Latin origin), a flowering plant from genus Rosa.
22. Ross (German origin), after the name of Ronald Ross who was the first to describe that mosquitoes were involved in the malaria transmission cycle.
23. Stella (Italian origin), the name based on a book by Amber Bennett.
24. Tana (Greek origin), after the longest river in Kenya.
25. Tycho (Latin origin), after Tycho Brahe, one of the last naked-eye astronomers.
Nerdy Girl Names From Books, Games And Movies
If you are looking for nerdy baby names to pay tribute to science lovers and geeks, this list is for you. These names are inspired by characters from books, video games, and movies. Here is a list of nerdy girl names that you will love.
26. Ada (German origin), the name of the first computer programmer who worked on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine.
27. Adria (Latin origin), the name of an asteroid belt.
28. Auri (Norse origin), a character from the book 'The Wise Man's Fear' by Patrick Rothfuss.
29. Aurora (Italian origin), a famous character from the 'X-Men'.
30. Cersei (Greek origin), a Queen from 'Game of Thrones', known for her anti-social character.
31. Clara (Latin origin), the name of the Doctor's companion from 'Doctor Who'.
32. Cora (Greek origin), the Siri of ‘Battlestar Galactica’.
33. Caroline (German origin), a common and unique scientific name used in Tim Burton movies.
34. Coraline (English origin), a famous name used in lots of science fiction films and books.
35. Cordellia (Welsh origin), the name means "heart and daughter of the sea".
36. Dione (English origin), one of the moons of Saturn, this name has a Greek origin and was the name of Mother of Zeus in mythology.
37. Dorothy (Greek origin), the English version of the Greek name, it means "the gift of God."
38. Echo (Greek origin), a character featured in Daredevil comics, she was a college professor and an Avenger.
39. Elora (Hebrew origin), the character from the fantasy film 'Willow'.
40. Felicity (English origin), the name of a member from the Arrow team, she was also a brilliant MIT graduate.
41. Fleur (French origin), a name inspired by the character of Fleur Delacour from 'The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'.
42. Gretchen (German origin), it means "pearl", it's a lovely and underused first name.
43. Hera (Greek origin), a character in the show 'Battlestar Galactica', also refers to the "Queen of Gods" in Greek mythology. Choosing a name from Greek mythology is a good choice.
44. Imogen (English origin), a geeky name from the Shakespearean era.
45. Jemma (English origin), a character from Marvel's 'Agents of Shield', she is a biochemist.
46. Kamala (Indian origin), the teenage shape-shifter from Marvel, also referred to as Ms. Marvel.
47. Kara (Welsh origin), the cousin of Superman, a character from DC Comics.
48. Katniss (English origin), the protagonist from the dystopian novel 'The Hunger Games'. A cool name if you are a fan of 'The Hunger Games'.
49. Kaylee (English origin), inspired by a role in the 'Firefly series'.
50. Leela (Indian origin), the head of the Planet Express spaceship from 'Futurama series'.
51. Leia (Hebrew origin), a female general from 'Star Trek'. The best choice if you are a fan of 'Star Trek'.
52. Natasha (Russian origin), a deadly assassin who also goes by the name of Black Widow from Marvel's 'The Avengers'.
53. Nichelle (Hebrew origin), a baby name inspired by a character in 'Star Trek'.
54. Peggy (English origin), a high-ranking female general from 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D'.
55. Pepper (English origin), inspired by the character of Pepper Potts from 'Ironman'.
56. Primrose (Latin origin), the sister of Katniss Everdeen from the dystopian sci-fi trilogy 'The Hunger Games'.
57. Rowena (Celtic origin), one of the founders of Hogwarts from 'Harry Potter', she was known for her wit. A lovely choice if you are a 'Harry Potter' fan.
58. Ruby (Latin origin), a baby name inspired by a programming language.
59. Sabine (Latin origin), a famous cool female character from 'Star Wars'.
60. Sonya (Russian origin), the special forces officer from 'Mortal Kombat'.
61. Tauriel (English origin), an elf from 'Hobbit', the name means "forest maiden".
62. Teyla (English origin), a unique and cool name inspired by the character from 'Stargate Atlantis'.
63. Thalia (Greek origin), a character from 'Percy Jackson and Olympian', the name also has a Greek reference.
64. Veronica (Latin origin), the girlfriend of Archie from 'Archie’ comics.
65. Zelda (German origin), a cool name inspired by Shigeru Miyamoto's video game.
Girl Names Inspired By Technology
Technology is slowly taking over the world. Parents these days are trying their best to name their kids in such a way that it never goes out of trend. Be it names that are inspired by the history of technology or by the latest social media trends, tech-inspired names are certainly becoming the new fad. Here is a list of girl names for your baby girl that is inspired by technology.
66. Alice (French origin), the programming language created by Programming Systems Laboratory.
67. Ananova (English origin), inspired by a virtual newsreader on the internet.
68. Apple (English origin), a name inspired by Steve Jobs' tech company, it is a very common name among tech geeks.
69. Dell (English origin), after the tech company with the same name.
70. Lara (Russian origin), the name of the protagonist from the famous video game 'Lara Croft Tomb Raider'.
71. Perl (English origin), the name comes from a term that is commonly used in programming languages.
72. Pixel (English origin), a term commonly used with reference to photographs and photo editing.
73. Ruby (English origin), a name inspired by a programming term.
74. Siri (Greek origin), inspired by the famous AI personal assistant designed by Apple.
75. Vista (Italian origin), termed by Microsoft Windows, the name is elaborated as "Visual Technology Age".
Cool Geeky Baby Names For Girls
Geeky names are becoming hipster all over the world. There was a time when geeky names were considered boring and snobbish, not anymore. Names that are catchy and that can grab the attention of people are the kind of names that parents want to give their babies. Parents also use the influences in their lives and other personal references while naming their kids. This influence can be technology, books, movies, etc. Here is a list of hipster names for your baby girl.
76. Agatha (Greek origin) one of the geeky baby names meaning "good woman". The name was popularized by P.G Woodhouse character by the same name.
77. Agnes (Greek origin) meaning "pure, virginal", the movie 'Despicable Me' had a character of the same name.
78. Aphra (Hebrew origin) one of the geeky baby names meaning "dust", inspired by Aphra Behn, a famous seventeenth-century writer.
79. Audrey (English origin) one of the geeky baby names meaning "noble strength", after the name of a Shakespear character.
80. Beatrice (Latin origin) the name means "she who brings happiness".
81. Bridget (Irish origin) one of the geeky baby names meaning "strength or exalted one".
82. Constance (Latin origin) the name means "steadfastness", from Shakespeare's 'King John'.
83. Dorothy (English origin) the name means "gift of God", from 'Land Of Oz'.
84. Dulcie (Latin origin) one of the geeky baby names meaning "sweet", from Agatha Christie's book 'Murder On The Links'.
85. Edith (English origin) one of the nerdy baby names meaning "prosperous in war", from Louisa May Alcott's novel 'The Inheritance'.
86. Ellen (English origin) meaning "bright, shining light", a character from 'Gone with the Wind'.
87. Enid (Welsh origin) meaning "life, spirit", inspired by the name of the famous writer Enid Blyton.
88. Esther (Persian origin) meaning "star", the protagonist from Sylvia Plath's novel 'The Bell Jar'.
89. Eugine (French origin) meaning "wellborn", from Balzac novel 'Eugenie Grandet.'
90. Florence (Latin origin) the name means "prosperous", a character from 'Dombey and Sons'.
91. Frances (English origin) one of the nerdy baby names meaning "free man", name of the heroine from 'Dirty Dancing'. It's often used as a last name but we think it's a great first name.
92. Greta (German origin) the name means "pearl", a character from the TV series 'Mad Men'.
93. Gwyneth (Welsh origin) one of the nerdy baby names meaning "blessed, happy".
94. Harriet (English origin) meaning "estate ruler", from Jane Austen's novel 'Emma'.
95. Hilda (German origin) meaning "battle women". One of the cool hipster girl names.
96. Ida (German origin) meaning "industrious one", a character from a Tennyson poem.
97. Ingrid (Norse origin) meaning "fair and beautiful", a name inspired by 'Spy Kids'.
98. Iris (Greek origin) meaning "rainbow", the narrator of the novel 'The Blind Assassin'.
99. Judith (Hebrew origin) meaning "woman from Judea", a character from the TV series 'The Walking Dead'.
100. Kathleen (Irish origin) meaning "pure". One of the favorite nerdy names for girls.
101. Lisel (English origin) a cute name, meaning "pledged to God".
102. Maggie (English origin) meaning "pearl", the name is popular in Scotland.
103. Margaret (English origin) meaning "pearl", the name is inspired by the famous sci-fi writer Margaret Atwood.
104. Martha (Aramaic origin) a lovely name, meaning "lady", subject of the Beatles song 'Martha My Dear'.
105. Mary (Hebrew origin) meaning "drop of the sea, bitter or beloved", inspired by references to the name from the Bible.
106. Matilda (German origin) meaning "battle-mighty", a character from the Dickens novel 'Nicholas Nickleby'.
107. Myrtle (Greek origin) a popular name meaning "flower", a ghost in Hogwarts from the fantasy fiction book 'Harry Potter'. A cool name if you love Harry Potter.
108. Nancy (Hebrew origin) meaning "grace", popularized by the detective fiction books 'Nancy Drew'.
109. Prudence (English origin) meaning "caution", one of the three witch sisters from 'Charmed'.
110. Rosamund (German origin) meaning "horse protection", a character from 'James Bond.'
111. Ruth (Hebrew origin) meaning "compassionate friend", popularized by the Supreme Court justice Ruth Ginsberg.
112. Sylvia (Latin origin) meaning "from the forest", name of the famous 20th-century poet Sylvia Plath.
113. Tess (Hebrew origin) a popular name meaning "to harvest", the title character of Thomas Hardy's novel 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles'.
114. Theda (English origin) meaning "gift of God".
115. Thomasina (English origin) meaning "naive", a character from Thomas Hardy's novel 'The Return of the Native'.
116. Valarie (French origin) meaning "strength, health", a character from the movie 'V for Vendetta'.
117. Veronica (Latin origin) meaning "she who brings victory", an AI from 'Ironman'.
118. Wendy (English origin) a character from 'Peter Pan'.
119. Wilhelmina (German origin) meaning "resolute protection", from the movie 'Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom'.
120. Winifred (Welsh origin) meaning "blessed peacemaking", a name inspired by characters from 'Jungle Book' and 'Hocus Pocus'.
Nerdy Girl Names Inspired By Comics And Anime
There are a lot of nerdy characters in comics and anime. Be it superhero characters from comics who are secretly nerds, or obsessed protagonists from anime who are technology geeks, the list is unending. This is a comprehensive list of all nerdy names from comics and anime.
121. Barbara Gordon (Greek origin), one of the most intelligent Marvel characters who had various interests, from 'Avengers’ comics.
122. Georgia Sivana (English origin), the geeky daughter of the mad scientist Dr. Sivana, from 'Avengers’ comics.
123. Jessica Jones (English origin), the nerdy high school classmate of Peter Parker, from 'Avengers’ comics.
124. Kae Serinuma (Japanese origin), a character obsessed about limited-release merchandise, from 'Kiss Him, Not Me'.
125. Kamala Khan (Indian origin), the most knowledgeable and geeky superhero of the Marvel mythos, from 'Avengers’ comics.
126. Mikoto Mikoshiba (Japanese origin), a shy character who is a master of dating-simulation games, from 'Monthly Girls' Nozaki-Kun'.
127. Renge Hoshakuji (French origin), a rich girl who indulges in costly obsession, from 'Ouran High School Host Club'.
128. Shiro (Japanese origin), a technology wizard and master gamer, from 'No Game No Life'.
129. Sora (Japanese origin), a master gamer, from 'No Game No Life'.
130. Umaru Doma (Arabic origin), a manga and video game nerd, from 'Himouto! Umaru-Chan'.
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