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Occupational Baby Names

Occupational baby names, most of them originally surnames to describe the person's job, have taken on significant style value over the past years and are destined to rise even further. Think of them as the surname-names or place-names of the future. Most of these baby names work best for boys, but can cross over to the girls' side.
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  • Abbott

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    This traditionally male surname name could find new life for girls thanks to its similarity to the popular Abby and Abigail.  Read More 

  • Archer

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    Archer is an Anglo-Saxon surname that feels more modern than most because of its on-target occupational and Hunger Games associations. And it's a nice way to bypass the clunky Archibald to get to t... 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 

  • Baird

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    Meaning bard, this is an original choice with poetic and melodic undertones. Bard itself has also come into consideration, both names bringing to mind Shakespeare and other literary lights. The S... Read More 

  • Baker

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    One of the most appealing of the newly hip occupational names, evoking sweet smells emanating from the oven. Much fresher sounding than than others that have been around for awhile, like Cooper, an... Read More 

  • Bandit

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    We hesitate to call Bandit an occupational name, any more than Rogue or Vandal are occupational names, yet its use by one of the bandmembers of My Chemical Romance (for his daughter: we're not even... Read More 

  • Banner

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    Tanner with a B, but a choice with enough charm and heft to transcend its trendy roots.  Read More 

  • Baxter

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    An x makes any name cooler, so that Baxter has a bit more pizzazz than the original Baker. Baxter had some currency as a first name a century ago--it was on the popularity lists sporadically from 1... Read More 

  • Bishop

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    Reese Witherspoon's Deacon has opened this churchy direction for occupational names.  Read More 

  • Booker

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    Booker would make for a very cool name, for writers, reformers, R & B fans and those wanting to pay tribute to Booker T. Washington. Booker T. Washington, born in slavery, became a dominant figure... Read More 

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