Making the classic cool again is one of our favourite baby name trends: using a surname as a first name. Quite popular in the US, using a surname first is fast gaining popularity here in Australia. There’s certainly something to be said for the way a common surname, such as Smith, can turn super cool when used as a first name.
Here are 20 of the best surnames that work perfectly when swung around to the front.
Anderson: American journo and television personality, Anderson Cooper, hit the surname jackpot with two of the most popular surnames in the one name.
Ashley: Until the 1960’s this unisex number was mostly used for boys, but girls have since claimed a sizeable stake.
Beckett: This moniker has been steadily rising in popularity, no doubt helped along by fashion designer Stella McCartney naming her poppet Beckett.
Blair: Queen of the Upper East Side, Blair Waldorf inspired her headband wearing followers and a rise in the use of the name Blair for girls.
Brady: This name is only going to get more popular thanks to supermodel Gisele Bündchen’s baby daddy, American football great, Tom Brady.
Darcy: Do you go weak at the knees thinking about Jane Austen’s aloof romantic hero, Mr. Darcy? Then consider using it as a name for your newest leading man.
Harlow: Whether it’s used for a baby boy or girl, we LOVE this name. It’s getting popular though, so you’ll want to lay claim to this one before a friend steals it.
Hendrix: Got a wannabe rockstar in the house? They’ll love this name.
Jagger: Another rock’n’roll inspired one, helped along by the popularity of Rolling Stone’s legend, Mick Jagger.
Laney: This surname is perfect for a little girl and originates from the word ‘path’.
Lennox: This Scottish surname can work as the first name for a boy or a girl. We think it is super cute when shortened to Leni for a girl.
Macy: This largely English surname has old French origins. A very feminine one that works well for girls.
Presley: What more can we say about this one except that it is perfect for the one you’re sure to ‘love tenderly’ (sorry, we had to).
Porter: The gatekeeper – a little ominous, but a lot better than ‘door bitch’.
Quinn: We can thank the good doctor (Dr Quinn, the medicine woman) for the popularity of this gorgeous name. One of our favourites.
Reid: We love that this strong name will suit your little mister right into adulthood.
Ryder: We first came across this surname as a Christian name when Kate Hudson named her firstborn, Ryder. See more celebrity baby names here.
Smith: Sex & The City fans will think fondly (and perhaps blush a little) at the thought of this name. It is one of the best transformations from a very common surname into a super cool first name.
Tate: A Scandinavian name meaning ‘cheerful’. Everybody loves a happy baby!
Taylor: There are so many modern variations of this very popular surname as a first name, including Tailor and Tayla. Swifties will no doubt make it even more popular in the years to come.
Wylie: This Scottish surname seems somehow suited to a cheeky poppet.
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