9 Great Surname Names for Boys

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By Abby Sandel

Surname names for boys blend the best of traditional and modern. They’re fresh and unexpected, but also familiar and usually easy to spell. Whether they’re found on your family tree or not, there’s a good chance that surname names appear on your boys’ list.

After all, the current US Top 100 is packed with picks like chart-topping Mason, as well as Carter, Carson, Cooper, Logan, Landon, Lincoln, Parker, Jackson, Grayson, Hudson, Tyler, and Sawyer.

If you’re looking for similar names that are still under-the-radar, jump to the end of the alphabet. There are plenty of undiscovered W surname names for boys with all the appeal of current favorites.

These make great substitutes for current Top 1000 names Walker, Weston, and Wilder – or really, for any of the popular last-names-first choices.

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Names to Steal from Holiday Movies

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Somewhere between roasting the turkey and trimming the tree, millions of us will also find time to go to the movies. After all, there’s a new Marvel superhero, a Disney heroine, more than one outer space adventure, plenty of promising indie hits, plus installments in the Star Wars and Harry Potter universes. Who could stay away?

The blockbuster season features a bounty of baby name possibilities, from the old-fashioned to the brand new. Could one of these movies launch the next big baby name trend? Pass the popcorn, and let’s take a look at the contenders. By Abby Sandel

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Virtue Names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

As we sit down to our Thanksgiving feasts in this divisive year, it might be a good idea to take another look at the traditional virtues embedded in these names.

In the seventeenth century, for some of the most puritanical of the Puritans, even biblical and saints’ names were not pure enough to bestow on their children, and so they turned instead to words that embodied the Christian virtues.  These ranged from extreme phrases like Sorry-for-sin and Search-the-Scriptures (which, understandably, never came into general use) to simpler virtue names like Silence and Salvation.

The virtue names that have survived in this country were for the most part the unfussy, one-syllable girls’ names with positive meanings, such as Joy, Hope, Grace and Faith.  But then, in the late 1990s, a door was opened to more elaborate examples by the popularity of the TV show Felicity, and its appealing heroine.  Felicity (also the name of an American Girl Colonial doll) reached a high point on the girls’ list in 1999, a year after the show debuted, leading parents to consider others long forgotten relics.

Here are the Nameberry picks of the twelve best virtue names:

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To C or Not to C?

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To C or not to C?

To C or not to C, that is the question! She loves the idea of choosing a C first name to go with their C last name. He’s not sold, but will consider it if they can find the perfect name.

Mintie writes:

In January, my husband and I are expecting our first baby, a sweet little girl! Unfortunately, we’re kind of at an impasse when it comes to names … and time is ticking!

Our last name starts with a hard C sound, and I really want to give our baby a first name that also starts with a C. I grew up with my first and last name starting with the same letter and it was just so much fun. Double initials come with a built-in nickname of Cece (CC), which is adorable.

My husband is not opposed to this idea if we find the perfect one, but he doesn’t want to do it just for the sake of having a C name.

My top names are Clover, Calluna, Colette, Cosette, Cleo, Cecily, and Cerelia. For non-C names, I like Isla, Tuesday, Harper, and Piper.

His list consists of Dawn, Evelyn, Hazel, Alice, Eden, Lucy, Violet, and Juliet.

Her middle name will be Harlow as it is a family name.

Hoping for some help to find the perfect combination that we both love, or some good non-C alternatives!

The Name Sage replies:

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Cool Eurostyle Names for Boys

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

Nameberry has visitors from all over the world, which goes some way toward accounting for the fact that many of the names on our popularity list are more common in other countries than they are in the US. Of course, some American parents also search for international names to reflect their own ethnic heritage or to celebrate a culture or country they love or to find a more dashing way to honor Grandpa Frank.

Most of the names here, drawn from the names right below the most popular Top 1000, are European in origin and so evidence that sophisticated French or Italian or Scandinavian style. Or at least they do to the American ear, which relishes an accent.

There are also European-inflected names for boys higher up in the Nameberry popularity list: Callum and Enzo and Stellan, for instance. And in Europe itself, baby names originating in one country may be stylish in another, so that the Dutch like Italian names, the Italians favor Russian names, the Russians prefer French names, and the French are in love with British names. The boys’ names here are more distinctive than their popular brothers, but just as nimble at crossing international borders.

If you’re looking for an international name for your baby boy, these are the perfect blend of familiar yet exotic.

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