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Last names that are now girls first names?

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jessie000 Mon 18-Sep-17 23:39:13

not naming a baby any time soon, just weirdly curious, i was reading online and it appears naming girls (and boys) surnames is quite trendy now. I can think of Riley, Quinn, what else?

NearLifeExperience Tue 19-Sep-17 00:13:42

Mackenzie

Spartak Tue 19-Sep-17 00:15:03

Maddison.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Tue 19-Sep-17 00:22:39

Harper. Addison. Blair. Classidy
Kavanagh. Torrance. Merryn.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Tue 19-Sep-17 00:26:42

Piper. Marlow. Wallis. Sloane.

DiegoMadonna Tue 19-Sep-17 01:11:38

Taylor, Cooper, Parker...

It seems like a very American trend to me, and not just for girls. I was watching a US documentary a few days ago and it seemed like the majority of names in the school class featured were surnames. There were more surname names than forename names.

SuperBeagle Tue 19-Sep-17 01:13:51

Meredith
Hillary
Harley
Hadley
Presley
Sawyer

Sophronia Tue 19-Sep-17 01:29:35

Avery
Ellery
Blake
Blair
Cameron
Cassidy
Ellis
Elliot
Kennedy
Kendall
Hadley
Harlow
Addison
Sawyer
Bellamy
Delaney
Everly
Madigan
McKenna
Peyton
Parker
Casey
Drew
Dylan
Emerson
Marley
Ashton
Greer
Harper
Piper
Rowan
Taylor

CoCoCoconut Tue 19-Sep-17 01:29:54

Kavanagh?!

ChocolateCrunch Tue 19-Sep-17 07:09:39

Bailey

UrsulaPandress Tue 19-Sep-17 07:11:25

Many uk first names were originally surnames.

Percy
Russell
Howard

jessie000 Tue 19-Sep-17 09:38:11

there's quite a lot! James too?

Mrsknackered Tue 19-Sep-17 09:41:14

Carter
Courtney

WaxOnFeckOff Tue 19-Sep-17 13:35:47

using first names as surnames is defintely more a thing used for boys than girls but with some exceptions mostly listed above, like Meredith, Maddison, Avery, Ainslie, courtney, Greer Haarper and more. The increases in girls having surname type names is due to people using traditionally boys names for girls such as Baily, Finley, Blair, Elliot etc.

Surnames as noys names is particularly prevalent in Scotland traditionally (it was common for a boy to be given his Mum's maiden name) and now also in the US. But having said that most names would have one point have been a "surname".

MY DH has his mums maiden name as a first name, my brother has my mums as a midle name, I have many friends with similar including uncommon ones such as Walker, Magregor, Whitson, Moir, Lyall and loads of Campbells, Grahams, Duncans etc

Backhometothenorth Tue 19-Sep-17 19:15:33

Darcey

Kellyturnbull Tue 19-Sep-17 21:28:50

My daughters name is Finley, it was my granny's middle name and her mums (my great grandmas) maiden name.
We named our son Shay with a link from my partners side, his Grandfathers surname is O'Shea smile

Mamadramalama Wed 20-Sep-17 19:40:29

My niece is Finley too, love it for a girl Kelly smile

NinonDeLenclos Wed 20-Sep-17 19:49:42

Curtis, Mason, Page

NinonDeLenclos Wed 20-Sep-17 19:51:03

Meredith and Hilary have always been first names.

WaxOnFeckOff Wed 20-Sep-17 20:17:27

Meredith and Hilary have always been first names.

Except when they were surnames...

Sir Edmund Hilary ring a bell at all? Loads of Merediths but none that I would say are household names.

SlaveToDisney Wed 20-Sep-17 20:20:05

Brooke is the only one I can think of right now.

Carouselfish Thu 21-Sep-17 01:03:23

Don't mind it as they have the potential to sound more grown-up than all the cutesy doggy/little girly names that you hear around a lot. But I do find it quite weird when they end in 'son' as it means son of. For example, Emerson, Maddison etc. Agree that it's a very American thing to do.

NinonDeLenclos Thu 21-Sep-17 09:38:06

Is it necessary to point out some names are both?

Those names are not surnames that became first names as per the thread title, they were always used as first names.

Dustbunny1900 Thu 21-Sep-17 16:31:21

My niece is a McKenna and I keep fucking it up calling her McKenzie or mckayla , McKinley ..variations on the "Mc's" are quite trendy trendy here in the us.

SuperBeagle Fri 22-Sep-17 01:07:20

Meredith and Hilary have always been first names.

Nope. They haven't been.

I'm sure 100 years from now, someone will say the same about Madison. Doesn't make it true, though.

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