(Closed) Using last names as first names?

posted 8 years ago in TTC
  • poll: Have you/would you use a 'last' name as a first name for your child?

    Yes, I'd use a family surname

    Yes, I'd use a name that is thought of as a surname because I like it

    No, I don't like using surnames as first names

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  • Post # 17
    1578 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

    That’s a southern tradditon. My dad’s middle name is Diggs because it was a family name on my grandmother’s side.. and I love it! I would so use Avery as a girl’s name if that wasn’t going to be my new last name.



    Also, McKenzie used to be a last name. So did Morgan, Jackson, Lee, etc.

    Post # 18
    373 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    This is very common in the South, actually.  My fiance’s first name is a last name, as is his brother’s.  Ironically enough, my fiance’s last name is a SUPER common first name 🙂

    Post # 19
    1278 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    My last name is Wyatt. I LOVE the name Wyatt for a boys name and Fiance actually does too. My family is the one who thinks it’s weird can you believe that? (Not my dad of course). LOL

    Post # 20
    1659 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I like it if it’s a legit family name.

    I cannot stand how “Cohen” somehow became a valid option for boys, for example. 

    Post # 21
    8469 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I love Makenzie for a girl and I think that’s a last name. 

    Post # 22
    2554 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    This had never accured to me before that I could/should do this! I think it’d be really need it you could use a family last name as a first name, as long as it worked (because I’m sure there are last names that just won’t work as first names). My maiden name is Curtis and that is definitely also a first name. Hmmm!

    Post # 23
    2066 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

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    @Ellegee:  I’ve heard this before and I’m curious why! I think it’s such a nice boys name… Am Imissing something? Enlighten me : )


    My middle name is Mitchell – my moms maiden name and I LOVE it. We will use it as a middle name if we have more than one boy. My last name is Thomas and I would use it as a first name if my fiance would let me. He doesn’t love it though so it’ll be relegated to our first sons middle name. 

    My good friend is due on Christmas day and if it’s a boy they’ll name it her maiden name – Hunter. Super cute. 


    I think it’s an amazing traditional! 


    P.s. I do know the proper use of apostrophes but my iPad sucks so I’m being lazy 

    Post # 26
    4953 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    My mom’s maiden name is Henry, so I’ve thought pretty seriously about using that for my first son. My current last name/maiden name isn’t something I would ever consider using for a future child’s name. 

    Post # 27
    9479 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I think that’d be awesome if my maiden name wasn’t so Italian.  Hahaha.

    Post # 28
    504 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    One of my students is named Luke, short for Luken, his mother’s maiden name. I love that tie in. 🙂

    Post # 29
    4044 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I actually really dislike the idea of using family names, at all, so I would definitely not use a surname as a first name.

    I don’t mind if other people do, for more common first names (Carter, Lee, Harper, Harrison) but sometimes it kind of sounds like a law firm (Smith Carter, Jameson Dempsey, etc).

    Post # 30
    1659 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

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    @mu_t:  I’m of Jewish descent, from a big Jewish family, in a community with a pretty big Jewish population. To me, Cohen is a surname rich with heritage and cultural significance…not something cute to name your kid or your dog. 

    Post # 31
    1524 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    If LO turns out to be a boy, we plan on naming him Brady.  I guess that is technically a surname, but it is a pretty common first name, too.

    My maiden name is Russell, so it also works as a first name, but neither of us like it enough to use it.  

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