Photo of Dalton from Heather_FThe news that Mark McGrath and his fiancee named their twins Lydon and Hartley, the origin being Irish surnames that they "just really liked," reminded me how much I like the classic feel of last names used as first names.
While I find it odd to use real ones, I understand that you can't always plunder your family tree for great options -- if I did that, I'd be the proud mom of Teverasky and Artinian. Really. Not catchy.
Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to last-first-names. (Speaking of catchy ... but what else can I call them?)
My friend Brady, a woman, notes that it's easy to tell when a telemarketer is calling, because they'll ask for "Mr. Brady." Last names are often versatile enough to use for either gender if you like unisex names -- but that can be a liability if you feel sensitive about people getting confused by it. (Again, I think unisex names are great, so no problem here.)
According to the Social Security Administration, these surnames are in the top 1,000 baby names for this decade -- most are in the top 200, in fact, with some of the cutest ones hovering around 300 to 400:
Reagan or Regan
Southern author Flannery O'Connor, actress Parker Posey, actor Griffin Dunne, and actress Reese Witherspoon are all first-namers.
Do you know more? What's your favorite last-first-name? Tell us in comments!