Baby Name of the Day: Surnames As First Names

Amy Keyishian
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Dalton
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The 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:

BOYS:
Griffin
Sawyer
Bailey
Davis
Dawson
Bennett
Reilly
Jackson
Kelly
Cassidy
Dalton
Mason
Connor
Cole
Hayden
Carter
Garrett
Parker
Tanner
Preston
Dylan
Taylor

GIRLS:
Brooke
Madison
Taylor
Reese
Morgan
Kennedy
Peyton
McKenzie
Makenzie
Mckenna
Kendall
Reagan or Regan
Finley
Kinsley
Keeley

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!

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