Last names as first names.

(54 Posts)
Cardboxed Wed 20-Jan-16 18:13:39

I'm not currently expecting so this is more of a discussion than anything specific.

I've always like liked the name 'Jackson' as a first name but most people see it as a last name. I can't think of any other last names that would suit first names. I know that any name is potentially a last name but I'd be interested to know what you reckon of names that would suit?

originalmavis Wed 20-Jan-16 18:15:00

I've met a couple of MacKenzie's.

TheCatsMeow Wed 20-Jan-16 18:15:07

I like a couple of surname names but most I'm not a fan of. Don't particularly like Jackson but it's inoffensive!

BikeRunSki Wed 20-Jan-16 18:21:52

Spencer
Cooper
Daley
Scott
Darren
Harvey
Innes
George
Ambrose
Amos

IoraRua Wed 20-Jan-16 18:24:15

Oh I know a Jackson.
Flynn and Rafferty seem popular enough round here - they scream surname to me but I am Irish.

IAmPissedOffWithAHeadmaster Wed 20-Jan-16 18:29:38

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MyNameIsSuz Wed 20-Jan-16 18:33:10

Well, it's hated on mumsnet, but I don't mind it. I have a son called Franklin, which could definitely fall into the surname category but is actually a very old first name. And of the three American presidents called Franklin, two had it as a first name and only one as a surname!

Lizziedripping1 Wed 20-Jan-16 19:05:19

Duffy and Hayden

Strokethefurrywall Wed 20-Jan-16 19:16:40

I'm surrounded by surnames for first names but I don't live in the UK and it's far more popular here.

I also have a Carter and a Sullivan - husband has a very Scottish surname for a firstname, and my brother was Spencer.

DS1 school friends are, amongst others, Huxley, Fletcher, Flynn, Lachlan, Lincoln, Cooper, Hudson, Jackson (and on and on and on).

I like surnames for first names clearly, they interest me more than the Victorian or old man names.

FuzzyOwl Wed 20-Jan-16 19:22:43

Thomas, James, Edward, Alexander... All perfectly acceptable first or surnames.

iciclewinter Wed 20-Jan-16 19:34:58

Cole
Harrison
Archer
Wallace
Carson
Connor
Bailey
Morgan
Fraser
Riley
Ashley
Mason
Cameron
Taylor
Tyler
Ellis
Blake

GetifuYaBassa Wed 20-Jan-16 19:44:46

Billy Connolly had a stand-up routine where he referred to 'the Surname Clan', (mainly) males who worked for BBC Scotland haha! Guys who wore tartan shirts with names such as Campbell, Murray, Cameron, Fraser etc.

I've taught a Blair, Finlay and Finn, all girls!

fruitlovingmonkey Wed 20-Jan-16 19:50:33

I like them in theory, but it depends what they are paired with. Unfortunately a surname- sounding first name plus my surname always sounds like a firm of surburban solicitors.

pingoose Wed 20-Jan-16 19:56:24

Surnames as first names are really popular in the country I live in - I think it's only the UK that has issues with it.
These are some of the ones that are in the top 100 here:
Mason
Hunter
Cooper
Carter
Jackson
Blake
Braxton
Harrison
Lincoln
Connor
Flynn
Ryder
Ashton
Archer
Fletcher
Grayson
Hudson
Nixon
Quinn
Harvey

omri Wed 20-Jan-16 20:38:10

I toyed with Clarke for a while for ds1

omri Wed 20-Jan-16 20:38:55

And I know of a little girl called Quinn (mothers maiden name)

dustarr73 Wed 20-Jan-16 20:46:13

I just realised a while back that 3 out of my 5 boys have Surnames as First names.

chuckieegg2008 Wed 20-Jan-16 21:16:05

Bailey
Morgan
Heath
Taylor
Cole
Clarke
Cooper
Carter
Ellis
Mason
Landon

StylishDuck Wed 20-Jan-16 21:44:12

I would've loved to use the name Jackson for a boy as its my DM's maiden name. However it didn't go with our surname (also ends in "son") so it was a no go. I think it's lovely.

mrsschu Wed 20-Jan-16 21:51:58

I absolutely detest surnames as first names. They make my blood boil (sorry, getting slightly carried away on the topic!). In particular I can't understand the trend for using very common Irish surnames as first names. Why are bog standard, totally boring names like Flynn, Fallon, Quinn etc now "trendy" if they're used as first names?!

Sorry, OP I haven't even answered your question. I'll stop now...

SugarDiabetes Wed 20-Jan-16 21:54:19

I know a family with a Jackson and a McCarthy.

tellmemore1982 Wed 20-Jan-16 21:58:47

Overall I really like last names as first names for boys. They're typically quite strong, masculine names. Out of them, there are some which I really like (Harrison, Harvey, Dawson) and some which I really don't like (Cole, Cooper) but these are based on name preferences within the group rather rhan a blanket generalisation. There are many boys names in wide use as noted above which are common surnames... Stuart, James, Alexander so it's very difficult to have a strong view on not using last names in their entirety.

DontKillMyVibe Wed 20-Jan-16 22:32:00

Elliot screams surname to me though it seems v popular on MN at the mo.

Sophronia Wed 20-Jan-16 22:38:34

Elliot seems very surnamey to me too.

KaraokeQueenOfTheNorth Wed 20-Jan-16 22:48:59

there are loads of "normal" first names that are also surnames, a name is a name! Jackson is nice, I know two kids called this, both under 2.

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