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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.
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  • Addison

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    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 least until its own ra... Read More 

  • Bailey

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

  • Blair

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    One of the first upwardly mobile unisex names to hit the charts, Blair retains its air of slightly snobby sophistication. For girls, Blair is gaining momentum -- it was one of the 2013's fastest-ri... Read More 

  • Blake

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    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 by the cha... Read More 

  • Brady

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    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. Brady has been a... Read More 

  • Carson

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    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 sti... Read More 

  • Carter

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    Carter has been popular for almost two decades, but only in the past two years has it broken into the Top 40, leaving the other upscale occupational surname names behind. Having hot characters nam... Read More 

  • Cooper

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    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 been in the ... Read More 

  • Dylan

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    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 died.... Read More 

  • Finley

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    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 t... Read More 

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