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.
  • Brenner

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    Brenner is an occupational surname for both a charcoal burner and a distiller of spirits. One of the least used of occupational surnames, it has that 'er' ending that definitely adds to its... Read More 

  • Carbry

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Male name from Irish mythology makes stylish-sounding choice for girls. Read More 

  • Carter

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    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 

  • Carver

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    Carver is an occupational name with an artistic bent, as is the newly arrived Painter, which has a fresher feel than the 1990's Carter. It also has eminent last-name links to botanist and educator... Read More 

  • Chandler

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    With TV's Friends having vanished into rerun land, this prime-time hot name of one of its characters has begun to cool. Read More 

  • Chaucer

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    One of the most distinguished names in literature could become a hero name in a family of poetry-lovers -- or be seen as a trendy new occupational name. 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 

  • Currier

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    Has a fresh occupational name feel, combined with old-fashioned Currier & Ives charm. Read More 

  • Dancer

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    A word name that's appealing when applied to a person boogying or doing ballet; a different story in the context of Santa's reindeer. Read More 

  • Deacon

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    This name was transposed from the word for a church officer to a baby name when Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe chose it for their son, after a baseball player ancestor, and Don Johnson... Read More 

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