Gone are the days when nerds were considered as part of the unpopular group of people whether in school, office or anywhere. These days, nerds are considered popular, hot, and sexy, and I do not see any reason why not! Intelligence is sexy! Their popularity has grown so much that a lot of parents choose nerdy names for their kids. Whether it is because they sound cute or if they are hoping their kid grows into a nerd someday, I am totally voting a big yes.
If you are thinking of giving your son a geeky name, here are 100 cute and popular nerdy boy names that you can choose from. In alphabetical order and with origins and meanings. Let me know if you found the perfect one for your little Sheldon from the list!
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with A
Albus – from the famous Albus Dumbledore, Hogwarts headteacher. This name means “white” and is of Latin origin.
Aldous – Of Old English origin and means “old.” This is also name of the writer of the dystopian book Brave New World.
Alfred – Of Old English origin and means “elf counsel.” Also name of the Nobel Prize organization Alfred Nobel.
Alistair – A name of Scottish and Greek origins which means “defending man.” The name also has references in the movies Harry Potter, Spider-Man, and Supernatural.
Alyx – A variation of the name Alex and is of Greek origin which means “defender.” Alyx is also a name of a video game character in Half-Life 2.
Amos – A Hebrew name which means “carried by God.”
Anakin – Any nerd knows who Anakin is. A popular character in Star Wars. This name means “warrior” and is of American origin.
Angus – This is of Gaelic origin which means “one strength.” This name could have been derived from the name Aonghus who was the god of love and youth.
Arthur – A name that is of English origin and means “noble.” One popular man named Arthur is Arthur C. Clarke. One of the best science fiction and science writers of all time.
Ash – If you love playing Pokémon, then you know who Ash is. This is of English origin and means “ash tree.”
Aston – This is of Old English origin which means “noble stone.” A popular geeky Aston is British scientist Francis Aston who discovered 212 naturally occurring isotopes. He also developed the mass spectrograph. I don’t anything geekier than that.
Atticus – This is of Latin origin and means “from Attica.” Atticus is a popular Canadian poet.
Augustus – This is of Latin origin meaning “great” or “magnificent.” Who doesn’t the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus? If you love Roman or world history then this name is perfect.
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with B
Bijou – This name means “jewel” and is of French origin. It is also a song title by Hendricks, Lambert, and R.O.S.S
Blaise – A name of Roman origin and means “lisping.” Perfect for Math lovers because one popular nerd is named Blaise Pascal who is the French mathematician of Pascal’s Theorem, Pascal’s Law, Pascal’s Wager, and Pascal’s Triangle fame.
Boaz – This name means “swiftness” and is of Hebrew origin. A biblical figure in the Book of Hebrews and the Book of Ruth.
Buran – A Russian name meaning “snowstorm.” It also happens to be a name of a Russian space shuttle and program.
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with C
Calem – This is of Latin origin meaning “dove.” Also, a name of a character in Pokemon X and Y.
Calvin – Of Latin origin and means “hairless.” If you love reading comic books or comics in general, then you know Calvin and Hobbes.
Cassian – This is of Roman origin which means “empty and vain”. If you love Star Wars, then you know Cassian Andor, the pilot in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Cecil – A Welsh name which means “sixth.” Cecil is perfect for anyone who plays Final Fantasy.
Chadwick – Of Old English origin and means “settlement belonging to Chad.” For the geeks, this means Black Panther’s T’Challa played by Chadwick Boseman.
Cosmo – Of Greek origin meaning “order” or “beauty.” Heard of Seinfeld? This was said to be his neighbor Kramer’s first name.
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with D
Dash/Dashiell – Of Old English and means “someone who lives near an ash tree.” Also, a popular character in Pixar’s The Incredibles.
Dax – This is of French origin and means “leader”. Also, an alien in Star Trek who lived inside humanoid hosts.
Deckard – An old German origin which means “roofer.” Deckard is a character in the movie Blade Runner.
Desmond – This is of Irish origin which means South Munster. A popular Desmond is Desmond Morris who is a zoologist and ethologist. Also famous for his book The Naked Ape.
Dewey – Of Welsh origin meaning “beloved.” A popular person of this name is John Dewey who was a popular public intellectual and supported progressive education.
Dexter – Of Old English origin which means “one who dyes.” It also the name of a fictional genius and serial killer who kills murderers.
Dmitriy – This is of Greek origin and means “mother earth.” A popular namesake is Dmitriy Mendeleev who was a Russian chemist who formulated the Periodic Law.
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with E
Elliot – This is of English origin which means “The Lord Is My God.” Who can forget Elliot of E.T.?
Ender – A Turkish name that means “very rare.” Ender’s Game was a popular Sci-Fi movie based on Orson Scott Card’s popular book.
Erasmus – A Greek name meaning “beloved.” Also, the name of Charles Darwin’s grandfather who was a physician.
Erwin – A name of Germanic origin meaning “army” or “friend.” A popular Erwin was Erwin Schrödinger, a Nobel Prize awardee in Physics for his Schrödinger equation.
Euler – Of German origin meaning “potter.” One of the greatest mathematicians is Leonhard Euler.
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with F
Finnick – A name created for The Hunger Games. Finnick Odair was the winner of the 65th Hunger Games.
Frederick – Of German origin meaning “peaceful ruler.” A popular namesake is Frederick G. Banting a Canadian doctor who co-discovered insulin in 1921.
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with G
Galen – This is of Greek orgin and means “calm.” Also, the name of a Star Wars hero, Galen Erso.
Ganon – This is of Irish and Gaelic origins and was the bad guy in the “Legend of Zelda” series.
Genji – A name of Chinese origin meaning “gold.” Name of shuriken wielding cyborg ninja.
Geordi – This is of Greek origin and means “farmer.” One of the well-loved characters in Star Trek is Geordi La Forge.
Grimm – This means “fierce” and is of Anglo-Saxon origin. Of course, referencing the Brothers Grimm and their ghastly fairytales.
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with H
Hank – This is of Old German origin and means “home-ruler.” Any Ant-Man fans in here? Then this is the perfect nerdy name.
Harvey – A French origin meaning “battle worthy.” A famous namesake is Harvey Cushing, the father of neurosurgery.
Hedwig – This is the name of Harry Potter’s owl in the Harry Potter series. It is of German origin and means “refuge in war or struggle.”
Hermes – The God of transitions and boundaries in Greek mythology. Also, the name of the spaceship in The Martian movie.
Hogarth – This is of Old English origin which means “pig herder.” A famous namesake is Burne Hogarth, a popular author, illustrator, and cartoonist.
Hudson – This is of English origin which means “Hugh’s son” or “son of Hud.” A popular person name Hudson is Thomas Hudson who was an English Portrait Painter in the eighteenth century.
Hugh – Of Old German origin meaning “soul, mind, intellect.” We are of course referencing the children’s classic The Iron Man by Ted Hughes.
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with I
Idris – This is of Arabic origin which means “interpreter.” Idris Elba comes to mind for the computer geeks, it will remind them of the computer operating system in the 80s.
Isaac – Of Hebrew origin and means “he will rejoice.” Popular among nerds because of Isaac Newton.
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with J
Jack – In reference to Jack Harkness of Doctor Who. This is of English origin meaning “God is gracious.”
Jareth – The name of a powerful goblins king in the movie, Labyrinth. This is of English origin and means “created name.”
Jean-Luc – A name of French origin and means “God is gracious.” Remember Jean-Luc Piccard? Only the best Captain of the Starship Enterprise.
Jesse – A Hebrew name meaning “gift.” Name of a hero in DC Comics.
Jon – This is of Hebrew origin which means “God is gracious.” And we are thinking of Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.
Jorah – A Hebrew name which means “first rain” or “autumn rain.” Also, a character in Game of Thrones.
Joss – This is of Germanic origin and means “a member of the Germanic tribe, the Gauts.”
Jules – A name of French origin and means “youthful, soft, downy.” Also, the name of the author of Around the World in 80 days, Jules Verne.
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with K
Kaida – Of Celtic origin and means “warrior.” A character in BioWare’s Mass Effect.
Kenobi – This is of German origin meaning “to lose one’s heart to know ones heart.” A name in Star Wars taken by Obi after he became a Jedi Knight.
Kent – A Scandinavian origin meaning “edge.” Also, the name of our favorite nerdy superhero Clark Kent a.k.a. Superman.
Kylo – Of American origin and means “sky.” A fictional character and our favorite antagonist in Star Wars.
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with L
Lawrence – This name means “from Laurentium” and is of Latin origin. One famous Lawrence was Lawrence Welk who was an American musician and TV Host.
Liam – Of Germanic origin and means helmet of will.: A character in Star Wars.
Linus – In Greek, this name means “flax.” Linus van Pelt is aa fictional comic strip character by Charles M. Schulz.
Logan – This name means hollow and is of Scottish origin. Of course, we associate it right away with Wolverine from the X-Men.
Luke – Of Latin origin and means “the bright one.” Does Luke Skywalker ring a bell?
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with M
Marius – Of Roman origin which means “sea.” Also, a character in Le Miserables.
Mars – This means “god of war” and is of Greek origin. If you are obsessed about finding life on Mars, this is the perfect name.
Milton – This means “settlement with a mill” and is of English origin. Also the name of an English poet and intellectual who wrote Paradise Lost.
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with N
Napolean – This is of Greek origin which means “lion of the new city.” We can’t miss the reference to the great leader and conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte.
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with O
Oliver – This is of Latin origin and means “olive tree planter.” Fan of the Green Arrow? Then you can name your child after Oliver Queen.
Otis – A German name meaning “wealthy.” Remember Lex Luther’s associate in Superman?
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with P
Phineas – This is of English and Egyptian origin which means “the Nubian.” We know love Phineas and Ferb, the smart duo in the fictional cartoon show.
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with R
Ralph – This is of German origin and means “wolf-counsel.” Who didn’t love the Character in Wreck it Ralph?
Reed – We are talking about Reed Richards a. k. a Mister Fantastic in Marvel comics and movies. This is of English origin and means “ref-haired.”
Ripley – And English name meaning “strip of clearing in the woods.” We know Ripley’s Believe it or Not came to mind when you read the name.
River – This name means “stream of water” and is of English origin. If you are a nature geek then this is a perfect name.
Ron – A name of Hebrew and origin and means “mountain of strength or ruler’s counselor.” One popular character named Ron is of course Ron Weasley. The English pure-blood wizard friend of Harry Potter.
Rory – Of Goidelic origin and means “red-haired king.” A notable namesake is Rory Barnes, a popular Australian writer.
Rufus – This is of Latin origin and means “red-head.” Also name of American anthologist, editor, poet, and critic Rufus Wilmot Griswold.
Rupert – Of German origin and means “bright fame.” A popular person named Rupert is Rupert Murdoch, a media mogul and founder of News Corp.
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with S
Sheldon – This is of English origin and means “steep sided valley.” Big Bang Theory came to mind right away?
Simon – A Hebrew name that means “listener.” Popular in world history is Simon Bolivar who is known as The Liberator of Latin America.
Solomon – This name means “peace” and is of Hebrew origin. There are many popular person named Solomon but a notable one is Solomon Cutner who was a British Pianist who went by his first name only.
Spike – This is an American name that means “long, heavy nail.” A notable namesake is Spike Jonze, film director of Being John Malkovich.
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with T
Thaddeus – This name is of Aramaic origin and means “gift of God.” A popular namesake is Thaddeus Betts who was a US senator.
Theo – a name of Greek origin and means “divine gift.” Remember Theodon from Lord of the Rings? This is a shorter version but you can always choose the longer one.
Trillion – This is of African origin and means “superior.” We can always associate this with superior intelligence because that’s what nerds have.
Tyr – This is of Scandinavian origin and means “battle.” We are referencing to the splinter species on the Artificial Intelligence ship of Andromeda.
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with V
Victor – Of Latin origin meaning “conqueror.” Who does not know Victor-Marie Hugo the French poet and novelist?
Vincent – This is of Latin origin meaning “conquering” and our favorite Vincent is the Dutch post-impressionist painter.
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with W
Wade – Of Anglo-Saxon origin meaning “to go.” A popular namesake is a character in the novel and movie Ready Player One.
Walter – Of German origin and means “army ruler.” Of you are a fan of Breaking Bad then you know Walter White.
Wesley – A name of English origin and means “western meadow.” Also, a character in Princess Bride and in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Winston – English origin meaning “wine’s town.” Popular namesake is Winston Churchill.
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with X
Xander – Of Greek origin and means “defending men.”
Cute and Popular Nerdy Boy Names That Start with Z
Zack – A Hebrew name meaning “the Lord recalled.” Reference is Zack Fair from Final Fantasy VII.