Surnames as First Name

On my last post, someone told me my naming style was all over the place, and trust me I AGREE! After going through some names and suggestions I (think) I really like surnames as first names.

Here are some (surname) names I love:

Girls- [name]Harlow[/name], [name]Tatum[/name], [name]Bristol[/name], [name]Leighton[/name], [name]Arden[/name], [name]Bellamy[/name], [name]Tallis[/name], [name]Piper[/name]
Boys- Braddock, [name]Sutton[/name], [name]Hudson[/name], [name]Lennon[/name], [name]Lachlan[/name], [name]Holden[/name], [name]Jagger[/name], [name]Rafferty[/name], [name]Rhys[/name]

I need some more suggestions! My last name is [name]Fox[/name] and it has been suggested I pick longer names, which for the most part I agree. However, there are few one syllable names I love, so don’t be afraid to suggest those!

I appreciate all of your suggestions and you can be honest, that is why I posted this! I am not pregnant yet but my hubby and me are going to start trying in [name]Jan[/name]. I know when the time comes, I will need to put together a detailed list for my hubby, he is so particular, but if I left it up to him our children would be named One, Two, and Three (because it’s easy) ha! He doesn’t have enough creativity and I have too much! But I do want names that are not overused or in the Top 100-200.

My list of interesting boys’ names has a lot of surname names on it, not because those are the only names I like, but because most other boys’ names I like aren’t rare enough to put on the list. So, some you may not have thought of:

[name]Carleton[/name], Townsend, [name]Burnett[/name], [name]Ballard[/name], [name]Langston[/name], [name]Baldwin[/name], [name]Donovan[/name]

My equivalent girls’ list also has some:

[name]Sheridan[/name], Copeland, [name]Berkeley[/name], Seabourne, Cairney, [name]Yeardley[/name], Carrington, Hennessey
and one I thought of myself: [name]Penrose[/name]

I left out those I thought only worked well as middles or didn’t work at all with your last name.

What do you think of [name]Bryony[/name] (or [name]Briony[/name]) for a girl? It has a surname-y feel but is actually a first name. It’s definitely distinct and unusual, but possibly recognizable to people because of the book/film Atonement - the main character was named [name]Briony[/name]. It’s also a nature name as a bryony is a type of plant.

I love emmalou’s suggestion of [name]Briony[/name]. It reminds me of [name]Bethany[/name], has the feel of a surname but is feminine and distinctive. Some more suggestions:


There’s also the one syllable names; [name]Blaise[/name], [name]Blaine[/name], [name]Blair[/name] and [name]Greer[/name]



[name]Rafferty[/name] [name]Jagger[/name] [name]Fox[/name]. Now that would be one cool kid.

I noticed that all of your favorites have sort of a woodsy vibe about them. Here are some other suggestions I think have the same feel.



Loving the suggestions, I think I finally found my name style!

triplicate- love [name]Langston[/name], [name]Sheridan[/name], Copeland, Carrington, and Hennessey

emmalou- how do you pronounce [name]Briony[/name]? I have saw this on a few other discussions, but not entirely sure how to pronounce!

minkajoy- loving [name]Calloway[/name], [name]Monroe[/name], [name]Ashby[/name], [name]Tierney[/name], [name]Ellery[/name], [name]Hollis[/name], [name]Murphy[/name], [name]Bradshaw[/name], and [name]Lawson[/name]

agirlinred- loving [name]Rafferty[/name] [name]Jagger[/name] [name]Fox[/name] (not sure what my husband’s reaction will be, he’ll either love it or hate it) otherwise loving [name]Brogan[/name], [name]Lawson[/name], [name]Rowan[/name], [name]Langston[/name], [name]Harper[/name], [name]Whitley[/name], [name]Hollis[/name], [name]Chandler[/name] and [name]Auden[/name]