Post # 1
I’ve seen this happen more often as of late, and I’ve always wondered: if you’ve used a ‘last’ name as a first name, is it because you liked the way it sounded or because it was a family surname originally? (Such as Carter, Cruz, Harrison, etc.)
ETA: I would not use a ‘surname’ as a first name, unless I just happened to fall in love with it. I know for some, it’s a family thing, and my last name is one of those listed above, but I wouldn’t use it as a first name. However, some last names sound really good as first names [such as Harper, which someone posted below].
Post # 3
I don’t really like this trend. I don’t think lady names should be used as first names in general, but there are a few exceptions. I think they’re better suited for middle names.
Post # 4
My grandmothers maiden name is Harper, and that will be our baby girl’s first name.
Post # 5
I also LOVE the name Smith for a boy.
Post # 6
It depends on the last name. My name would not sound good as a first name. on the other hand,I have a friend who’s last name is Mallory and wants to name her daughter that which I think is cute.
Post # 7
I’d be all for giving my child a family/maiden name, however, I was not blessed with useable ones, lol… like, at all… Mo*dy, Wett*n, Blodg*tt., etc. Nope, not happening.
Post # 8
I would love to use a variation of my maiden name for a future son – i love the meaning behind it and it’s a neat name!
Post # 9
This naming trend is near and dear to my heart because my husband is named my mother-in-law’s maiden name. Of course, her maiden name was Alexander, so it’s a very normal first name. But I think it was a really cool thing to do. My mom’s maiden name is in the running as one of our favorite girl names. Her maiden name is Sommer (pronounced just like Summer). I’m not sure I could give my child a name that is essentially mispelled, though, even if there’s a reason for it. So we will probably use Sommer as a middle name. Anyway, I like the idea of using a surname for last name when there’s a family connection.
Post # 10
Only if I really liked the name on it’s own. In my ex-husband’s family, it was common to use family names for middle names regardless of whether they are considered “proper” given names or not. This lead to his nephew ending up with a hyphenated middle name. I definately don’t think I could do that to a kid.
Post # 11
Honestly, my maiden name really wouldn’t make a very attractive name to pass on. However, I really like the idea. There are several last names that would make super cute baby names. I love the names Kennedy and Reagan for little girls.
Post # 12
My maiden name is a very common boys first name. We plan to use it as a middle name if we have a boy.
Post # 13
I think it’s fine to do as lokng at the name comes off well as a first name. For me, maiden name is NOT a good first name, but some are…James, Jones, Patrick, Roger(s) etc.
Post # 14
My aunt used her maiden name (Harris) as a middle name for one of her boys. I like it.
Post # 15
If I had a maiden name or a last name in the family that would sound good as a first name I would do it, I really like the idea but unfortunately non in the family that would work. I think it is more popular to do that now. All the last names you listed I wouldnt even think to myself that they were last names because I’ve heard them all as first names so much.
Post # 16
I’d only use a surname as a first name if it was a family name… seems like it would mean more than using someone else’s surname for my kids name.