Surname Favorites

Surname names have been on the rise as baby names for a couple of decades now. Here are some of the most popular, for girls as well as boys.
  • Addison

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Addison, a TV-generated name (Dr. Addison Shephard, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice) took off in hot pursuit of predecessor Madison, sounding sharper and more modern--at... Read More 

  • Bailey

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Bailey -- a jaunty surname -- was first used for a female TV character in 1978 in the show WKRP in Cincinnaati, then caught on big time. Bailey's still an appealing choice, though, and a... Read More 

  • Blair

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    In the USA, Blair is gaining momentum -- it has climbed over 220 places since 2012. In England and Wales, Blair is incredibly unpopular for girls, sitting well outside the Top 2000.Read More 

  • Blake

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    The unisex Blake, which indeed has two conflicting meanings, has a briskly efficient image when used for a girl.

    Though in the eighties it was seen very much as a male name, epitomized... Read More 

  • Brady

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    The name given to Miranda Hobbes's son on the dearly departed Sex and the City is a friendly and energetic choice. You well might want to make your son part of the Brady bunch. ... Read More 

  • Carson

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Carson is an androgynous executive-type name, with a dash of the Wild West via the legendary Missouri frontiersman Kit Carson. Dating back to when it was the name of Nancy Drew's Dad, Carson is... Read More 

  • Carter

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Carter has been popular for almost two decades, but only in the past year has it broken into the Top 30, leaving the other upscale occupational surname names behind. Having hot characters named... Read More 

  • Cooper

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    The genial yet upscale and preppy Cooper was one of the first occupational last names to catch on -- and Cooper remains a pleasing option.

    Cooper began his rapid climb in 1982 and has... Read More 

  • Dylan

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Dylan still feels poetic and romantic after years of popularity. A Welsh name tied to the sea, Dylan was a legendary sea god who prompted all the waters of Britain and Ireland to weep when he... Read More 

  • Finley

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    This was a 100 percent male name until celebs Jason Sehorn and Angie Harmon bestowed it on their daughter, recently followed by Lisa Marie Presley, who used it for one of her (female) twins. Now... Read More 

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