By definition, "boho" is the short form of Bohemian, which is "a person who is socially unconventional, in a way regarded as a characteristic of artists or writers." Bohemia began as a place in the Czech Islands, today's Czech Republic. For over 200 years, Bohemia has been a place for free thinkers, exotic fashions and creatives to flock.
The Bohemian culture is famous for its artists, writers, and intellectuals, all of which influenced the "hippie" and "boho" lifestyle. The boho community stands out in a crowd as those who are indifferent to social structures and institutions, representing poverty, creativity, and a vagabond lifestyle.
Parents of today love the idea of this lifestyle and everything it represents. They're looking for a name that is creative, down to earth and influenced by a hippie culture. Before today, parents may have thought boho names would be outlandish, but they don't have to be. Though some may be unconventional, they are familiar.
We've put together some of the best boho names for parents seeking a Bohemian influenced name representing a colorful counterculture that they may have lived, are living, or dream of living in.
Here are 25 Boho names that are super cool, but still super cute.
This botanical name had never seen a single day on the American Social Security Administration's list of top 1000 baby names until last year. Clover came from nowhere to reach #363 on the charts and it looks as though it will continue to rise.
Clover is among some of the more rare flower names in the new trend. Others like Rose and Lily are becoming overused, but despite Clover's recent success, it's still unique and distinct. Clover may have gotten some of its recent popularity from all of the high profile stars that have chosen it.
Celebrities like Tony Hawk, Neal McDonough, and Barry Watson and Natasha Gregson Wagner all chose Clover for their daughters. Natalie would played Daisy Clover in the progressive and iconic 1966 film, Inside Daisy Clover. Angelina Jolie also played a character named Clover in The Good Shepherd.
The Clover is a traditional Irish symbol of luck and is often one of the most familiar associations with the country of Ireland. The song Crimson and Clover is an iconic song by Tommy James and the Shondells from the 60s that definitely gives the name some hippie and boho vibes. Clover is a great flower name choice!
Sage has definitely been revived as a vintage boho name that parents are loving. It actually only entered the American list in 1993 and entered the top 500 just 6 years later. It has basically maintained a spot in between the top 300 and 500 baby names. Last year it came in at #309.
Sage is actually a gender neutral name that entered the list at the same time for both boys and girls, but it's safe to say that it is way more commonly used for girls today. Several celebrities have chosen Sage for their daughters including Sylvester Stallone, Tracy Gold, Pink, Sanjay Gupta, and Toni Collette.
Sage has a significant history, known for its medicinal uses in ancient Roman and Greek times. It was burned in public places because the smoke was said to create wisdom. Among Arab physicians, sage was said to immortality.
The herb, Sage, is formally called Salvia, is a member of the mint family and a native to the Mediterranean region. It's used in cooking and as an essential oil, and is said to perhaps help brain function. Sage is one of the most prominent herbs of Thanksgiving dinner and the smell of it will make you wish it were the holidays!
Maya is an international sensation who's several meanings and origins make it an ultimate boho name. This moniker entered the American list in 1970, but struggled to enter the top 500 until twenty years later. However, Maya's luck began to change in 2002, when it first entered the top 100 and has been ever since.
Maya hasn't left the top 100 in 16 years, and probably won't for a while.
Today, it's ranked #61 and it's also a top 100 name in New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, Ireland and England. It's even #40 for dogs, whether that's a pro or a con.
Maya has several different origins. In Greek mythology, Maya was the mother of Hermes, whom she had by Zeus. In Hindu mythology, Maya means "an illusion." It is another name for the Hindu goddess Durga. Queen Maya of Sakya was said to be the name of the mother of Budha.
In Hebrew Maya is a short form of "ma'ayan" which means "spring, or water." The Mayan people were an ancient people in Southern Mexico and northern Central America and Mount Maya is a mountain in Japan. Basically, Maya is one of the most diverse and cultural names out there!
Seasonal names scream "boho" to me. Maybe it's because of the old hippie song by Pete Seeger in the 50s, To Everytime There is a Season. The season of Autumn with all of its colors and beauty, make it a perfect boho baby name.
Autumn is also a seasonal name that really came to live in the 60s and 70s, when it jumped onto the American list. It didn't take this one long to enter the top 200 and by 1997 it was firmly in the top 100. It has been there ever since. Autumn came in as the 75th most popular baby name last year.
Autumn is another celebrity favorite that has been chosen by a ton of high profile stars. Jennifer Love Hewitt, Michael Chiklis, Patrick Monohan, and Keisha Nash all chose Autumn for their daughters. Autumn's literal meaning is "to fall from height," which is wear we get the short form "Fall" from. It incorporates the months of September, October, and November.
Autumn is one of the most successful seasonal names, and one of the few that are left in the top 500. This crisp and whimsical moniker encompasses a hippie boho name that parents have loved for years.
India has had a rough road on the American list since it made its first appearance in 1880. In 1911, after several ups and downs, it was completely bumped off the list. It reappeared in 1970, but had little success breaking into the top 500 until 1985. It actually was almost kicked off the list again, but not until it made it to #295 in 2016. Today, India is ranked #890.
India is a place name that represents the country, and means "from the River Indus." India's use in England began in the 19th century when the British ruled the country. There have even been some British royals whose ancestors lived during the British rule of the country that were given the name in honor of them.
Super model and royal blooded, India Hicks, is one of those British royals. India has also been used in literature and film, like the character, India Wilkes, sister of the beloved Ashley Wilkes, in the classic novel, Gone With the Wind.
India has long been a favorite of celebrities. It was chosen by several stars like Sarah McLachlan, Heather Thomas, Harvey Weinstein and wife Georgina Chapman, and Chris Hemsworth for all of their daughters.
Waverly is full of history and wonder and has long been a favorite of authors and film and television writers, but for some reason never made an appearance on the American list until just last year. This moniker came in pretty strong however, making it to #649 after not having been on the charts ever before.
Waverly is English for "meadow of quivering aspens." That's a pretty beautiful and dramatic picture for an equally beautiful name.
One of the first uses of the name was via Sir Walter Scott in his 1833 novel, Waverley, which is also where New York City's "Waverly Place" in Greenwhich Village gets its name.
This setting is also where the Disney series starring Selena Gomez, Wizards of Waverly Place, was set and where the stylish home of Mad Men's, Don Drapper was located. My favorite fun fact about Waverly is that 34 of our 50 United States have a town or township bearing the name.
Friday Night Light's had a recurring character in Season one named Waverly. it was also used as the name of the daughter of Wesley and Buttercup in the novel, The Princess Bride, though she never appeared in the movie version.
Piper has been hugely popular basically since its beginning on the charts, which happened in 1999. By 2001, Piper was in the top 500 and 11 years later it entered the top 100. It's been pretty snug as a bug in the top 100 since then, and doesn't appear to be headed anywhere any time soon. Last year Piper was the 78th most popular baby girl's name.
Piper is an old English occupational name given to a pipe or flute player taken from the pre-7th century word "pipere." Piper as a surname was first used in the late 12th century. Piper's first appearance as a top given name in the U.S. could probably be created to its use for a character on the hit tv show, Charmed. Piper is also the main character on Orange is the New Black.
Piper Perabo, named for actress, Piper Laurie is another famous name bearer. Piper has been chosen by celebrities like Gillian Anderson, Samantha Bee, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Sarah Palin for their daughters. Piper's whimsical, musical vibes give it a calming Bohemian feel that parents have adopted since the 90s. We will most likely keep seeing it in the top 100 for years to come.
It's definitely difficult not to sing The Lumineer's song when I see and hear this name, but I still absolutely love it. Ophelia had a pretty decent success story in its early years on the American list. After it entered the charts in 1880 it basically stayed within the top 200 and 400 baby names.
However, by 1956 it dropped completely off the charts. Ophelia is back and better than ever though, and landed itself a spot as the 14th most popular baby girl's name last year. It's also a top name in England and Germany.
This moniker is a favorite in literature. Ophelia is a Shakespearean invention that was used for his tragic heroine in his play Hamlet. Harriet Beecher Stowe adopted the name for a character in her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. Celebrities like Patrick Neal and Roald Dahl and David Grohl chose Ophelia for their daughter.
Ophelia is Greek for "help." Though its origin is Greek, it actually stems from the Dutch "Ofelia" which is used in Jacopo Sannazaro's 1504 poem Arcadia. Shakespeare's Ophelia was also Dutch and a noblewoman of Denmark. Ophelia's rich and interesting history and hippie feel makes it one to add to the name list!
This unisex name might just be the ultimate boho name and it has actually been on quite a trend. River made its first appearance on the American list in 2009. Since then, it has been on a pretty slow and steady ride to the top. It landed at #274 last year. River is also a popular middle name choice.
River for boys is actually slightly more popular. It entered the list in 1994 and was in the top 500 by 2008. It is ranked a little bit higher today, coming in at #202, compared to #274 for girls. It is also a top 200 name in England. It's popularity for boys is most likely because of the male name bearers like River Phoenix.
Several celebrities have chosen River for their sons including Keri Russell, Taylor Hanson, Sean Murray, Thomas Nicholas and David Olsen.
While Kelly Clarkson, Jason Schwartzman and musician, Joe Nichols, chose River for their daughters.
River is a calm and peaceful name with a boho hippie appeal that nature loving parents are loving.Though, at this point in time, most notable Rivers have been boys, the girl's side is definitely catching up. For parents looking for a solid boho nature and place name, this is it.
Cosima, pronounced KO-see-mah, just like the babe in the picture, screams boho baby. Cosima was never seen on the popularity list until just last year when it went from unranked to #464, with a ton of potential to keep climbing.
Cosima is Italian for "order, beauty." It is the Italian feminine variation of the Greek name Cosimo. Cosima Wagner was the wife of the famous composer Richard Wagner and also the daughter of the famous Hungarian composer and pianist, Franz Liszt. Liszt and the Countess Marie d'Agoult had Cosima together, as well as two other children who were deemed illegitimate.
Cosima has been chosen by Sofia Coppola and Thomas Mars, supermodel Claudio Schiffer and Matthew Vaughn, Nigella Lawson and Sofia Coppolla all have daughters named Cosima. Musician, Beck, chose Cosimo for his son as well. Cosima was one of the clones on The Orphan Black and Cosima Littlewood is an actress that starred in the 2006 Jane Eyre mini series.
This moniker encompasses all things boho and beauty. Cosima is still rare in the U.S., though its very popular in Greece, Italy and even Germany. We expect that will its recent entry into the top 500, it will continue to gain momentum.
There may not be a season that suits the wild and free bohemian lifestyle better than the dog days of summer. Summer has historically been one of the top seasonal names, not just domestically, but internationally. It has only recently been replaced by Autumn.
Summer entered the popularity list back in 1971 at the bottom of the chart, but just 6 years later it hit #119. Though it dropped slightly to the top 300 in the 90s, it was back up i nthe top 200 by 1994. It has been there ever since. Today, Summer is ranked #219 in the U.S., but it is also a top 100 name in England, Scotland and New Zealand and a top 500 name in Germany.
Summer is a favorite of sitcom writers. There have been countless fictional Summers. It was used for characters in The O.C., The Mentalist, and Baywatch. It was also used in movies like Napoleon Dynamite, School of Rock, Definitely Maybe, and 500 Days of Summer.
Summer was also referenced as a great "hippie" baby name in Nameberry.com's book, Beyond Ava and Aiden, a book about more unique and rare baby names than the two in the title that are overused.
Can you say this name without singing, "hey there Delilah?" I definitely struggle not to, yet I still love this name. Delilah is an old fashioned name that has been on a crazy ride to finally make it back into parent's favor today. Delilah started its journey on the American list in 1880 and has been on a roller coaster ride up and down the charts since.
In 2007, for just the second time in Delilah's history, it made it into the top 500.
It's even made a better comeback than that over the last couple of years. In 2008 it reached the top 200 and hit #102 last year. It's a top 200 name in England as well.
Delilah is an Old Testament name of Hebrew origin and means "delight, or to flirt." In the Old Testament, Delilah was someone of a temptress. In the book of Judges, Delilah was Samson's, future judge of Israel and man of great strength, love interest. She ended up taking advantage of him and betraying him to his enemies.
Singer and songwriter, Tom Jones, has been a huge fan of the name Delilah as well as the previously mentioned, Plain White T's. Chuck Berry and the band Queen also used Delilah in their music.
Sweet and simple Faye with an "e" has been getting lots of love from modern parents, despite its long hiatus on the charts. Faye had a great amount of success on the American charts beginning in 1880. From then until 1963 it held a firm spot in the top 500, but then began to fall out of favor.
Faye completely dropped off the American list in 1978 and didn't reappear until 2016 when it reentered at #710. After just one year in the 700s, Faye moved to the 133rd most popular baby girl name. It's also a top 200 name in England and ranked #51 in Ireland.
Faye derives from the Middle English word "faie" which means "fairy." In France, Faye is a popular last name. Alternate spelling, Fay, had the same successful beginning that Faye did, but it dropped off the charts around the same time, and never reentered.
One of the first name bearers was Morgan le Faye, who was, according to Arthurian legend, a powerful sorceress and enchantress. Other famous Fayes include Faye Miler from Mad Men and Faye Dolan from That Thing You Do. Fay Wray was the actress who sat in King Kong's hand in the 1933 film.
Indigo is an up and coming color name that has all of a sudden decided to join the color, Greek and even flower name trend. It hasn't been around for long though, at least not in the U.S. Despite its lack of use in previous years, it appeared at the #857th spot last year and is also at #632 in England.
Indigo is a bright rich blue that is found visible in the color spectrum and in the rainbow. Indigo gets its name from the indigo die made with a plant found in India called indigofera tinctoria. The name is actually Greek for "indian dye."
The use of Indigo as a given name has actually been common for both girls and boys. In recent years, there have been several significant uses of the name Indigo. The Indigo Girls is a indie folk band that has actually been around since 1985, and has been making music to the present day.
Jazz musician, Duke Ellington, had a hit song called Mood Indigo. Lou Diamond Phillips chose Indigo for his daughter. "Indigo Children," according to a new age philosophy popular in the 1970s, are children that are said to possess special supernatural and unusual abilities.
Willow with its whimsical wheeping vibes has become an international sensation. It has, surprisingly, only been on the American popularity list since 1998, and took several years to begin its ascent to the top. However, today, Willow is ranked #81 in the U.S. It's also a top 50 name in England, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and Scotland.
Willow derives from the "willow tree" which has, in ancient times, been believed to have magical and mystical powers.
According to the Romans, the willow tree had the ability to heal and reverse the signs of age. Hippocrates even wrote about the willow tree's bark and leaves and their healing power.
Willow has been used in literary works by Shakespeare and J.K. Rowlings. It was used for a character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Willow is a favorite of celebrities. It has been chosen by several high profile stars like Will Smith, Pink, A.J. Buckley, Carey Hart, Alicia Minshew, Mark Owen, Sarah Palin, Michelle Monohan and David Grohl.
Willow actually began with a hippie mood and ambience that boho parents have always loved, but now it has also a become a revived classy nature name. Parents around the world are loving this one!
If Sage and Clover can successfully cross over to the given name category, then Lavender definitely can too. This nature, flower and color name had never appeared on the American list until, finally, last year with the nature name trend, it entered as the 530th most popular baby girl's name.
Lavender has actually been used as a name since the 18th century, but it was actually used as a surname first. Dating back to the 13th century, Lavender and Lavendar were used as surnames for people who worked with wool. They worked washed raw wool and rinsed it after fulling. Cecilia La Lavender was one of the first recordings of the name found in the Hundred Roll of Cambridgeshire in 1273.
Lavender was used in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series featured the character, Lavender Brown, which may have helped boost the name into greater popularity. It was also used in the children's novel Matilda, written by Roald Dahls.
The lavender plant is used for culinary purposes, healing purposes and cultivated purely for its beauty. Lavender oil is one of the most commonly used oils to aid in healing, calming and sleep. Lavenders uses, aroma and imagery makes it a perfect boho choice!
Unlike Violet and Lily, Lilac hasn't quite joined its friends at the top of the flower name trend, but it just might start to take their places. The previously mentioned have become overused over the last few years, but Lilac has only recently entered the popularity list. Not only did it just make an appearance, but it was as the 840th most popular baby girl name, making it more distinct.
Lilac is a flower that is native to the Balkan Peninsula, where it grows on rocky hills. The lilac is considered one of the most ornamental flowers across the globe.It appears in early summer and is cultivated for its sweet smell. In Victorian times, it was traditionally given to someone as a reminder of their first love.
The English word Lilac was actually stolen from the Spanish and French. Persian and arab countries also use a similar word, lilak. In 2002, actor Stephen Moyer chose Lilac for his daughter, which would be the name's first celebrity use.
Though Lilac doesn't have much of a graph just yet, it wouldn't be much of a surprise if we see it move from the 800s closer to the top 500 by next year.
We have Autumn and Summer, we couldn't leave out Winter. Though this one hasn't had nearly as much success on the popularity list, though it did make its first appearance in 1978. It was on there for a couple of years, but then was kicked off the list until 2012. However, this time around it has been a completely different story and reached #449. It's also a top 1000 name in England.
Winter's icy new appeal is probably because of some recent celebrity love it has received. Nicole Richie and Joel Madden chose Winter for their daughter's middle name, while Gretchen Mol and Sean Parker chose it for their daughters first name.
The Winter solstice occurs when the sun's elevation is at its most negative value, some scientists say this marks the beginning of winter.
Some names for Winter around the globe are Aeneva, which is from the Cheyenne, Hima, which is Sanskrit, Zaya, which is Old Persian, and Zima, which is Russian and Bulgarian.
For those who want something more obvious in the American English speaking culture, Winter is just that. This name is so chilling, but seemingly a new and fresh moniker because it has been one of the more rare seasonal names.
This sweet moniker's life on the American popularity list hasn't been a long one, but it's proving to be a special one, especially considering how quickly it's beginning to rise. Ayla found itself on the charts in 1987, and stayed at the very bottom until almost 20 years later.
It wasn't until 2006 that it broke into the top 500 at #265. Today, Ayla is ranked #193, it's highest ranking yet. It is also a top 100 name in England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia and a top 200 name in Germany. We fully expect this one to keep rising to the top 100.
Ayla is Hebrew for "oak tree," and Turkish for "halo and moonlight, or halo of light around the moon." Ayla became popular around the time of Jean Auel's book, Clan of the Bear Cave and the Earth's Children" came out in 1980. The film rendition came out in 1987, when the name was first seen on the popularity list.
There are also several famous Turkish people with the name, but also a few Americans like Ayla Brown, an American painter, and Ayla Kell, and American actress. Ayla is an up and coming boho names that parents around the world are loving.
There are several flower names that have made our list, and that's not just because flower names are a huge trend today, but because they are perfectly inspired boho names. Marigold is no different from the rest. It's another one that hasn't ever made it onto the popularity charts, but then all of a sudden last year along with its flower sisters, it entered at #418.
Marigolds are bright and cheery and reliable. They are easy to grow in many climates and difficult to kill as well. They are one of the jolliest and easiest flowers to take care of. Not a bad image for a little baby girl. The marigold is used as a symbol of the Virgin Mary because of its name, "mari" and "gold."
Marigold has been a favorite of literature, particularly children's books, as well as music. It was used for characters in Magic for Marigold, Once Upon a Marigold, and Marigold in Godmother's House. It was also used by musicians like Dave Grohl, John Ireland, Relient K, Sugarplum Fairy and The Hollies.
Marigold has also been used for characters in the 1938 British film, Marigold, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Downton Abbey, and In Sickness and in Health.
I have a difficult time not picturing Mayim Bailik's character in the 1990s sitcom, Blossom, but this floral name is the one of its class. Could there be a more all encompassing flower name? Blossom provides a colorful and cheerful appeal that describes more than just a singular flower.
Blossom did have a short stint on the American popularity charts beginning in 1882, but it only lasted until 1931.
It has however, recently jumped back on the charts as the 797th most popular baby girl's name. It is also ranked #528 in England. With the floral name craze and the dated 90s sitcom imagery, Blossom will most likely continue to rise with other flower names.
Blossom the English word for "to bloom." Blossoms are the flowers of trees that appear in the Spring. There are several kinds of Blossoms, like peach blossoms, which are on orange colored flowers, cherry blossoms, apple blossoms and plum blossoms. They tend to loose their flowers petals with the wind, which also offers beautiful imagery to the name.
Blossom Dearie is a famous jazz singer and pianist, while Blossom was also a character on the Powder Puff Girls, along with Bubbles and Buttercup, as well as Dawson's Creek.
Unlike all of the flower names on our list, Fern has a different, more serious appeal to boho parents. Though it took a hiatus from the success of its glory days, it's making somewhat of a comeback these days. Fern appeared on the list in 1880 and was quickly in the top 200. It stayed there for several years until it completely dropped off in 1961. Today, it's back on the chart as #632.
Fern is a nature name representing the plant itself. A fern is a green plant that has neither seeds nor flowers. It's commonly used as a house plant, but also found throughout the wild as well.
Fern was the name of the darling little girl in the book and film renditions of Charlotte's Web. Fern Michaels was an American romance novelist and Fern Andra is an American Actress and Director. Fern Gully was a Disney movie in the 90s, one of my childhood favorites. Where the Red Fern Grows was on most required reading lists in school too.
Fern has ditched the granny image and is being revived by re-inspired by boho and nature loving parents. We expect this one to keep rising, so be on the lookout!
Shea and the phonetic spelling "Shay" are two names that were kicked off the popularity list ten years ago, but are most likely going to make an appearance again soon. Shea entered the American chart in 1971 at #985 and, though it moved up slightly, it basically stayed in between the top 700 and 800 baby names until it was completely kicked off in 2008.
Shea is Irish for "the stately, dauntless one." That's a pretty strong meaning for such a short sweet name. Shea actually derived from the Anglo Saxon surname that predates the 7th century, "Shaw" or "Sceaga", which was given to someone who lived by woods or a thicket. Since then there have been several variations of the name, with Shea and Shay included.
Shea is considered a unisex name, and, especially in Ireland, has been used commonly for both genders. Both Shea Webber and Shea Theodore were Canadian hockey players. Shea Ralph as a player in the WNBA. Kevin James is one celebrity who chose the name Shea for his daughter.
Shea is a short and sweet name that boho name seeking parents are sure to love. Jot this one down before it hits the top of the list!
Luna is another one that had a brief history on the charts then fell out of favor, but is being completely reconsidered today, not just in the States, but around the world. Luna entered the popularity list in 1880, had a few decent runs toward the top 500, but fell completely out of the top 1000 by 1921.
It came back on the charts in 2003, where it only came in at #890. However, it didn't stay down for very long and reached the 100 in 2016. It continued to rise slightly last year as well, coming in as the 18th most popular girl's name, compared to #33 the previous year. Luna is also a top 100 name in England, Scotland, Wales, Portugal, The Netherlands, Germany and Spain.
Luna is Latin for "moon." The Luna goddess in Roman times was the ancient divine personification of the moon.
In the myth, she was the complete embodiment of the moon, and the female compliment of the sun, or "Sol."
Luna has been chosen by several celebrities like Constance Marie, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend. Penelope Cruz and Javier Barden. Luna Lovegood was a character in the Harry Potter series and a character on True Blood as well.
This old Norse moniker has a ton of ancient mythological history, and now a ton of modern appeal as well. Freya entered the American list in 2013, but with little success that year. It did break into the top 500 two years later and made it to the #77th spot last year! Freya is also a top 100 name in England, Scotland, Ireland and New Zealand.
Freya, pronounced FRAY-ah, is Norse for "noblewoman." In old Norse mythology, Freya was the goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility, gold, war and death. She was basically the goddess of many things, but even cooler than that is that she rode a chariot that was pulled by two cats.
She ruled over the field of Folkvangr, and receives have of the men who fell in battle, while the other half go to the god, Odin. Freya was considered the Scandinavian counterpart to the Roman goddess, Venus.
Freya in the Seven Isles was the name of a novel by Joseph Conrad and Freya Stark was a famous explorer and writer. Freya has yet to be chosen by any celebrities, however, that hasn't stopped it from climbing the charts. It's a great alternative to the outdated, Frieda.