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Occupational Surnames: Far from a fad

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occupational surnames

By Nick Turner

Back in 2012, I heard about parents naming their babies Draper in honor of Mad Men. I remember thinking the idea was daring but a little silly. These people were taking the last-name-as-first-name trend to an absurd conclusion, I griped.

It had been a few years since occupational surnames like Cooper and Mason had become popular, and I worried that pretty soon every kid would be a Fletcher, Tanner or Jagger. Traditional names were a dying species.

Then I made a startling discovery.

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celebrity baby names

From the silent days when Jackie Coogan was palling up with Charlie Chaplin in The Kid and The Little Rascals were playing their pranks, cute kids have taken up a lot of screen time—some, like Shirley Temple becoming huge superstars—and also, in her case, influencing baby naming.  Here are 14 of the most namesake-worthy examples, from then till now—the ones with the most notable names.

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two aggies

By Linda Rosenkrantz

For what seems like forever, this pair of sainted sister names, Agnes and Agatha, have seemed like the quintessential starched, buttoned-up, high-lace-collared, mauve-dressed Great-Great-Grandmother appellations.

I’d like to propose that we let the unbuttoning commence.

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Susan Sarandon is a grandmother, and Mick Jagger?  He’s already dandling his first great-grandchild on his knee.

Time marches on, and some of those actors and rock stars whose baby name choices made headlines back in the 1970s and 80s are now welcoming another generation of creatively-named children.

Many of the original starbabies have names that were obscure, even surprising, back in the day.  Oliver and Miles, Stella and Liv are all quite stylish in 2014, even if they were unusual three decades or so back.

Will it be the same for the stargrandbabies?  Some of these names seem likely to catch on.

Read on for some of the most interesting – and possibly influential – grandchildren names.

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Name Your “Similar Names” Family

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A little while back our question of the week asked berries to name their own Name Ticker family, choosing only from names in the name ticker at any given moment. It was a big success and a lot of fun with some truly fascinating results.

So continuing on that theme, today we’re asking you to name a family using only the names found on the Similar Names page of any name you choose.

I was inspired to ask this question by the Similar Names page for Eulalia, here.   So many great choices!  I might create a family of two girls and two boys named Eulalia and Corisande, Booker and Cyrus.  Or I might go a bit more exotic and choose Aviva and Kamala, Dmitri and Vladimir.

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