Groovy, baby! Hippie baby names for earthy, peace-loving families

Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK
Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK 

The original hippie movement that began in the mid-1960s is now more than 50years behind us, but there are many people who still strongly identify with the peace and earth-loving ideologies that hippies back then - and now - try to live by.

It makes sense that such a significant, world-changing movement also inspired a plethora of associated cultural identifiers. The obvious one was the hippie image - tie dye, dreadlocks, sandals and daisy chains - then there are others, like baby names.

Hippies turned their backs on conventional baby naming, inventing a whole new approach, drawing from nature, and looking to other previously untapped resources.

It's a topic that has been raised on the active Mumsnet baby names forums, and the responses make for a great list of groovy names from the hippie era.

The thread is started by  a parent-to-be looking for something a little different for their baby.

"We don't know what the sex is yet, but we would really like a different, quirky name for our first born! Maybe earthy, a bit hippy-ish. I have been through so many lists and posts and none are jumping out at me. Help!"

Here are the suggestions given - they're on point for someone looking for a hippie baby name. We have deliberately not divided them into girl and boy lists, as many of them can be used for either.

Ash

Aurora

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Autumn

Bede

Blessing

Blossom

Bodhi

Bracken

Breeze

Briar

Cedar

Clementine

Clover

Cosmo

Daisy

Django

Eartha

Ember

Fawn

Ferne

​Flame

Forest

​Gaia 

Harmony

Hazel

Heath

Heather

Jasper

Jethro

Juniper

Keziah

Leif

Lark

Lavender

Liberty 

Lilac

Luna

Meadow

Moon

Oak

Ode

Peridot

Rainbow

Raven

River

Rowan

Saffron

Sage

Saturn

Sequoia

Seren

Skye

Solstice

Sonnet

Soraya

Sorrel

Sparrow

Star

Storm

Summer

Tulip

Vashti

Willow

Whimsy

Wren

Zappa

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