Lets discuss surnames as first names

I tend to like a surname sound for a first name, boy or girl. What do you think of this idea? [name]Do[/name] you have any suggestions, preferably ones that don’t end in the letter R?


Thought I’d just add [name]Harrison[/name] and [name]Tate[/name] to that list. That’s a very impressive list:)

  • [name]Charlie[/name]

Lol - I live in Chicago, the capital of the ‘Irish not in [name]Ireland[/name]’! There are LOTS of surnames to choose from here. lol I could have kept going too.


My maiden name is [name]Smith[/name]. I thought about it as a first name at one point. But [name]Smith[/name] [name]Stanford[/name] sounded more like a law firm than a kids name.

I only like it if there is a legitimate connection to the surname, in which case surname as first name is way cool.

I think I would be embarrassed to use a surname for fn under any other circumstances. In the event that I really liked a surname and wanted to use it as a fn then I would probably invent a story linking our family to the name to avoid embarrassment…I wouldn’t actually, but that would be the only way I could ever see myself using one!

Why would that be embarrassing? I mean, I guess it could be a bit odd if you met someone with that surname and they asked you why you picked the name for your child, but even that doesn’t personally get me…

A lot of the surnames I like are from literary connections. That’s where I go to hunt down great names! :wink:

I quite like surnames as first names. Especially the uncommon ones on boys. Surnames have been used as first names for hundreds of years so there is a long precident for it.

However, meaning is still important for me. Therefore I dislike [name]Mac[/name]/Mc and -son ([name]Emerson[/name], [name]Addison[/name] etc) surnames on girls as they mean “son of”. [name]Just[/name] seems odd to give them to a girl imo.

Here are some of my faves:

[name]Hayes[/name] – I want to use this as a mn for a second boy if I ever have one as it’s a family name.

Wow!! Thanks for all the suggestions. There are a lot I like. I will talk to the hubby and see what he thinks. I named my first son [name]Easton[/name], and there is no family tie, and I don’t mind it (obviously). It would be great if there was a family tie, but all the last names I have to choose from are [name]German[/name], and my child would never forgive me if I used them as a first name. I just like the sound of them. Thanks for all the advise. All other suggestions are welcome too. I’ll let you know what the hubby says.

Within reason I don’t have a big issue with surnames being used in the first name spot, except that I generally dislike those with a “son of” or other masculine meaning on girls (and usually prefer those that are also traditionally masculine first names on boys). One of my favorite surname-type names is [name]Sullivan[/name] for a boy (a lot of people seem to think that it’s too “surnamey” for use as a first name though).

I actually really like [name]Sullivan[/name], but I don’t like the nn [name]Sully[/name] and I think it would be unavoidable. [name]Do[/name] you have any ideas that are close to sullivan?

Another nickname for [name]Sullivan[/name] is “[name]Van[/name].” You may also like [name]Vaughn[/name]. :slight_smile:

You may also like:

[name]Cullen[/name] (Twilight name, though)

Good luck! :slight_smile: