Design-Inspired Baby Names: Alvar, Elsie, Nelson...and More

Design-Inspired Baby Names: Alvar, Elsie, Nelson...and More

Carrie McBride
Feb 4, 2015
(Image credit: Breanne Johnsen)

"Hipster" baby names have become simultaneously popular and ridiculed and often draw from literature, pop culture and history. But there's one well that parents haven't fully dipped into yet for naming: design. Have no fear, I've compiled a list of possibly terrific, possibly terrible baby names drawn from iconic designs and designers.

I'm not dividing these into boys' or girls' names because if you are looking at this list in the genuine hope of finding the baby name of your dreams, I'm going to assume you are open minded enough to consider these names for either gender.

I've highlighted the name, sometimes the first, sometimes the surname, sometimes both, that I think is most ripe for a cool design-inspired name.

Designers and Architects:

  • Alexander Girard
  • Alvar Aalto
  • Arne Jacobsen
  • Charles & Ray Eames
  • Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, aka Le Corbusier (Corby anyone?)
  • Dieter Rams
  • Eero Aarnio
  • Eero Saarinen
  • Eileen Gray
  • Elsie de Wolf
  • Eva Zeisel
  • Finn Juhl
  • Florence Broadhurst
  • Florence Knoll
  • Frank Gehry ("Gary?" "No - G-E-H-R-Y")
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • George Nelson
  • Hans Wegner
  • Harry Bertoia (c'mon Bert is a cute nickname)
  • Isamu Noguchi (guchi, guchi, goo)
  • Jens Risom
  • Kay Bojesen
  • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  • Marcel Breuer
  • Marianne Brandt
  • Michael Thonet
  • Milo Baughmann
  • Milton Glaser
  • Norman Cherner
  • Orla Kiely
  • Paul McCobb
  • Paul Rand
  • Philippe Starck
  • Rem Koolhaas
  • Richard Neutra
  • Tammis Keefe
  • Terence Conran
  • Tom Dixon
  • Tord Boontje
  • Verner Panton

Designs, Brands and Materials:

  • Aeron
  • Heath
  • Herman Miller
  • Heywood-Wakefield
  • IKEA
  • Jennylind (I dare you)
  • Marimekko
  • Teak
  • Vitra
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