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HandbagsAndTheGladrags Sun 06-Mar-16 08:53:08

Hello all,

I'm trying to decide on boys names and really like the idea of using last names as first names.

So far i have shortlisted:


What do you think? Any other suggestions?

BYOSnowman Sun 06-Mar-16 08:55:47

I work for a few people who have first names as surnames iyswim. They are constantly irritated by people who call them by the wrong one!!

Some of these could make your kid sound like a law firm tbh.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 06-Mar-16 08:56:33


I wouldn't use Smith, it's such a common name anyway.

TooAswellAlso Sun 06-Mar-16 09:03:24

Kyle (!)

I quite like surnames as first names, they're always quite strong and solid and timeless

SellFridges Sun 06-Mar-16 09:03:51


CraftySewNSew Sun 06-Mar-16 09:04:20

Ooh, I love Avery!

squaretoes Sun 06-Mar-16 09:11:39

I know a baby 'Cameron' I love it

HandbagsAndTheGladrags Sun 06-Mar-16 09:13:29

LOL at the law firm comment...i never thought of it sounding like that grin

I also really like Taylor but it is the surname of an ex so unfortunately its out but i REALLY love Hudson!

Not too keen on Archer but kind of agree with Smith being too common.

Makes my top 2 so far Avery and Hudson!

davidcameroon Sun 06-Mar-16 09:13:32

I have a Harrison.
Avery is fabulous and I believe a girl's name too?
I believe Frankie (from the Saturdays) has a Carter and Parker since I caught a glimpse on OK sort of magazine. I guess she's have to go for another -er name if she has z third.

HandbagsAndTheGladrags Sun 06-Mar-16 09:13:57

Cameron is lovely!

Eeeek686 Sun 06-Mar-16 09:14:48

Met a Baxter once which I thought was a cool name smile

davidcameroon Sun 06-Mar-16 09:15:19

My least favourite is Smith. Makes me think of the Sex and the City character.

Blu Sun 06-Mar-16 09:16:59


HandbagsAndTheGladrags Sun 06-Mar-16 09:17:57

Avery is on my girls name shortlist too along with (funnily enough) Frankie and James grin As well as last name first names for boys i also LOVE boys names for girls grin

I really like Harrison but it is the name of a friends son so might be a no no.

villainousbroodmare Sun 06-Mar-16 09:18:03

I like Hunter, Miller, Harrison and best of all Avery.
Be warned that MN in general frowns greatly upon this "surnames as first names" thing and would prefer that you called your baby Arlo or Sebastian. grin
Cameron means "crooked nose" if that makes a difference to you. ("Cam shrón")

HandbagsAndTheGladrags Sun 06-Mar-16 09:21:53

urgh...completely forgot about Smith in SATC!

Really don't like Blake, but I'm not sure why??

Baxter is the name of my dog grin so i definitely agree on it being a cool name but might raise some eyebrows if i chose to name my kid the same LOL

DarkBlueEyes Sun 06-Mar-16 09:23:15

Love surnames as first names. Also

AuntieStella Sun 06-Mar-16 09:23:40

Disclaimer: I don't really like surname names (no reason, just me) so won't be coming up with further suggestions. But thought you might be interested in what a disliker has to say in your list

Jackson - OK
Hunter - I wouldn't in UK as association and political baggage of the vocabulary word are too high.
Carter - don't like
Avery - deatheater! it will be seen as a HP name
Baker - no, just doesn't work at all
Smith - don't like, but will be obvious that it's a transferred surname
Paxton - isn't this a brand name of stuffing and ready sauces?
Harrison - OK
Mason - Ok-ish

HandbagsAndTheGladrags Sun 06-Mar-16 09:24:50

''crooked nose'' ?? Maybe not the best choice then LOL

Sebastian is the name of my other dog so thats also a definite no no - and Arlo, seriously?? Wow.

Hunter is lovely, isn't it...i really like it but keep getting confused looks when i tell people!

ZenNudist Sun 06-Mar-16 09:26:39

I usually hate them sorry but out if your list I love Avery and carter

HandbagsAndTheGladrags Sun 06-Mar-16 09:27:46

Auntie thanks for that - must say i missed the deatheater connection, but still really love Avery. And yes, maybe Paxton isn't the best choice LOL

Also, Dexter is super cute!

So many great suggestions, thank you!

treaclesoda Sun 06-Mar-16 09:28:16

Surnames as first names is very traditional though, isn't it? I'm always surprised at the mumsnet dislike of it. I know loads of elderly men with names like Thompson, Barkley, Jackson etc. Although those would all be eldest sons named after their mother or grandmother's surname. Maybe that's considered more acceptable?

UnmentionedElephantDildo Sun 06-Mar-16 09:28:16

"I really like it but keep getting confused looks when i tell people!"

It's probably because they didn't realise you were in to bloodsports to that extent. And even those who are very anti will try to keep it buttoned in reference to a new baby.

AuntieStella Sun 06-Mar-16 09:29:45

I rather like Dexter.

BYOSnowman Sun 06-Mar-16 09:30:44

Hunter is a pet name

Have met one adult hunter and he lived up to his name as he was extremely predatory with women.

The fact I dislike him obviously colours my view of the name though!

I like Avery best from the list. I know a Hudson and it's a nice name - although I don't think surname but river

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