Inspirational surnames!

I tend to think that famous surnames make for more interesting, unconventional and overt references to inspirational people, real or fictional.

I especially enjoy them in the middle spot, and being surnames they generally work for any gender!

Some I like include…

(Maya) [name_f]Angelou[/name_f]
(Cab) [name_u]Calloway[/name_u]
(Elinor) Dashwood
(Amelia) [name_f]Earhart[/name_f] – also a nice nod to a pilot in the family
(Michael) [name_u]Faraday[/name_u]
(Ella) [name_m]Fitzgerald[/name_m]
(Federico García) [name_u]Lorca[/name_u]
(Ada) [name_u]Lovelace[/name_u]
(Florence) [name_u]Nightingale[/name_u]
(Mary) Seacole
(Virginia) [name_m]Woolf[/name_m]

What are some of your favourites?


You have a great list! I especially like [name_f]Angelou[/name_f], [name_m]Fitzgerald[/name_m], and [name_u]Lovelace[/name_u].

[name_u]Jemison[/name_u] is another one I really like, which is definitely an inspirational surname.

[name_u]Alcott[/name_u] and [name_u]Presley[/name_u] also come to mind.


Ooh yes! Loving this one lately :woman_astronaut:

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poets often spring to mind for me when i think of these names! like:

(christopher) Marlowe
(emily) Brontë
(wystan hugh) Auden
(edna st vincent) Millay

i also like Wilding / Wilde as a nod to emily wilding davison the suffragette and Garland after judy garland.


[name_f]Brontë[/name_f] (Charlotte, [name_u]Anne[/name_u], Emily)
[name_u]Keats[/name_u] (John)
[name_u]Collins[/name_u] (Wilkie)
Snowe (Lucy)
[name_u]Marlowe[/name_u] (Christopher/Kit)
[name_u]Finch[/name_u] (Leonard - but also obviously [name_m]Atticus[/name_m], [name_u]Scout[/name_u] and Jem)
Midwinter (Ozias)


I’ve yet to see (Claude) [name_f]Monet[/name_f], and (Frida) Khalo which I love!

others that come to mind…
(Jimi) [name_u]Hendrix[/name_u]
(David) [name_u]Bowie[/name_u]
(Bob) [name_u]Marley[/name_u]
(Freddie) [name_u]Mercury[/name_u]
(Edgar Allan) [name_u]Poe[/name_u]
(Oscar) [name_u]Wilde[/name_u]
(Robert) [name_u]Frost[/name_u]
(Rosa) [name_u]Parks[/name_u]
(Nelson) [name_m]Mandela[/name_m]
(Billie) [name_f]Holiday[/name_f]
(Alfred) Nobel
(Marie) Curie
(Duke) [name_u]Ellington[/name_u]
(Avril) Lavigne
(Chuck) [name_u]Berry[/name_u]
(Billy) [name_m]Joel[/name_m]
(Christian) [name_u]Dior[/name_u]
(Fats) [name_u]Domino[/name_u]




Gosh, I love all of these, but especially [name_u]Nightingale[/name_u] and Lovelace!! :heart_eyes:

(Louisa May) [name_u]Alcott[/name_u]
(John) [name_u]Legend[/name_u]
(Olivia) [name_u]Wilde[/name_u]
(Charlotte, [name_f]Emily[/name_f], Anne) [name_f]Brontë[/name_f]
(Emma) [name_u]Watson[/name_u]
(Lana) Condor
(Emma) [name_m]Stone[/name_m]

And for honorable mentions of some fictional characters—

(Lucy, [name_f]Susan[/name_f], [name_m]Peter[/name_m], Edmund) [name_u]Pevensie[/name_u]
(Meg, [name_u]Jo[/name_u], [name_f]Beth[/name_f], Amy) [name_u]March[/name_u]
(Tom) [name_u]Sawyer[/name_u]
(Wendy, [name_u]John[/name_u], Michael) [name_f]Darling[/name_f]


[name_u]Austen[/name_u] ([name_f]Jane[/name_f])
[name_m]Riordan[/name_m] ([name_m]Rick[/name_m])
[name_m]Twain[/name_m] ([name_m]Mark[/name_m])
Dickens ([name_u]Charles[/name_u])
[name_m]Tolkien[/name_m] (J.R.R)
Ingalls / [name_u]Wilder[/name_u] ([name_f]Laura[/name_f])
[name_m]Lewis[/name_m] (C.S.)
[name_u]Christie[/name_u] ([name_f]Agatha[/name_f])
[name_u]Alcott[/name_u] ([name_f]Louisa[/name_f] [name_f]May[/name_f])
Rowling (J.K.)
Somerset (W. … Maugham)

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Such great suggestions, thank you all!

Some of my faves…

[name_u]Marlowe[/name_u] (our [name_u]Kit[/name_u] is partly named for him!)
Wilding or [name_u]Wilde[/name_u]
Midwinter (!)
[name_u]Austen[/name_u] (the only spelling I like!)


Your list is just stunning! Two of my favorites are (Louisa May) [name_u]Alcott[/name_u] and (Jane) [name_u]Austen[/name_u].

I also quite enjoy…
(Nathaniel) [name_m]Hawthorne[/name_m]
(Ernest) [name_m]Hemingway[/name_m]
(Harper) [name_u]Lee[/name_u]
(Emily) [name_m]Dickinson[/name_m]
(Edgar Allen) [name_u]Poe[/name_u]
(J.D.) [name_m]Salinger[/name_m]
(Sylvia) Plath
(Lewis) [name_u]Carroll[/name_u]
(Franz) [name_m]Boas[/name_m]
(Elizabeth) [name_u]Chase[/name_u]
(Mary) [name_u]Shelley[/name_u]
(Anne) [name_u]Shirley[/name_u] and [name_m]Cuthbert[/name_m]
(Marie) Curie
(Hazel) [name_u]Wiley[/name_u] and Byfield (I adore [name_f]Buffy[/name_f] as a nickname for Byfield!)
(A. A.) Milne (How cute would nn [name_f]Millie[/name_f] be? :heart_eyes:)
(Margaret) [name_u]Mead[/name_u]
(Alice) Pleasance (middle name) and Liddell
(Gilbert) [name_f]Blythe[/name_f]
(Josephine and co.) [name_u]March[/name_u]
(Theodore) [name_u]Laurence[/name_u]
(Rose and co.) [name_u]Campbell[/name_u]
(Wendy and co.) [name_f]Darling[/name_f]
(Emma) [name_u]Watson[/name_u]

More I like that aren’t really after anyone specific (but I’m sure there are some great folks with these surnames anyway)…


Some fabulous ones here! [name_m]Hawthorne[/name_m], [name_m]Hemingway[/name_m], [name_m]Salinger[/name_m], Pleasance and [name_u]Campbell[/name_u] are :heart_eyes:

I don’t think anybody’s mentioned (Langston) [name_m]Hughes[/name_m] so far! Probably my favourite :slightly_smiling_face:

Aside from what others have already mentioned, I like:

(James) [name_u]Baldwin[/name_u]
(Edith) Cavell
(Ida B.) [name_m]Wells[/name_m]

I also really like [name_u]Nightingale[/name_u]



[name_m]Can[/name_m] be inspired by [name_u]Teddy[/name_u], [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f], or [name_f]Alice[/name_f] depending on one’s preference :laughing:


Looking through the list I feel that [name_u]Parks[/name_u] has been missed. [name_u]Parks[/name_u] inspired by [name_f]Rosa[/name_f] [name_u]Parks[/name_u] would be a great option for either gender something like [name_f]Francesca[/name_f] [name_u]Parks[/name_u] or [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] [name_u]Parks[/name_u]. [name_f]Rosa[/name_f] [name_u]Parks[/name_u] is such an inspirational surname choice!


[name_u]Parks[/name_u] is fantastic! :deciduous_tree:

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(Maddalena) Casulana
(David) [name_m]Hilbert[/name_m]
(Johannes) [name_m]Kepler[/name_m]
(Isaac) [name_m]Newton[/name_m]
(Rembrandt van) Rijn

This is a lovely one :heart_eyes: :violin:

Hi! I know this thread hasn’t been active for a few days now but I just wanted to come on here and talk a little about A.G. Bell, since we are talking about inspirational names here.

First of all, I just want to say that my intention is in no way to call @Remington out or preach anything in this comment, but simply to shine some light on why Bell is a very controversial historical figure. Since Deaf people are so under-represented in our media, it is no surprise how stories like this and other controversies fly under the radar, especially when it comes to a famous person (e.g. Mother Theresa and Gandhi).

As some of you might know, Bell actually had both a deaf mother and a deaf wife. Bell was of the belief that being deaf was a threat to society and opposed marriage between two d/Deaf people, believing that it would lead to “contamination” of the human race, although it is now known that most deaf people (90-95%) have hearing parents. Him and his father were supporters of a method called oralism, which focuses on teaching deaf children how to speak and lip-read, instead of teaching them sign language. Here is a link for those who might be interested in how he played a role in oralism being the dominant way of teaching deaf children: disability history museum--Education: Essay: Disability History Museum.

If you really like Bell, I think it’s still usable, and could be a nice nod to the Brontë sisters, who used Acton, Currer and Ellis Bell as their pen names. However, if you are using it because of A.G. Bell, I would advise everyone to rethink that choice.