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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  • Porter

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    A quintessential yuppie name, one of the many P surnames to catch on in the early 1990s.  Read More 

  • Proctor

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    With the new fashion for occupational names, we may hear more of this one.  Read More 

  • Ranger

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    The list of occupational boys' names continues to expand, and this is one of the latest to ride onto the range. And, as trends collide, it also has the popular western, cowboyish feel. A much bette... Read More 

  • Reeve

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    Chosen by aviators Charles and Anne Lindbergh for their daughter, Reeve is another single-syllable surname waiting to be borrowed by the girls.  Read More 

  • Roper

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    Cowboyish occupational name sure to attract notice.  Read More 

  • Sailor

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    Supermodel Christie Brinkley launched an entire name genre when she picked this breezy occupational name for her daughter in 1998. Read More 

  • Sawyer

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    Sawyer is a surname with a more relaxed and friendly feel than many others, and is one of the hottest occupational names right now, with the Nameberry seal of approval. Sawyer is becoming increasin... Read More 

  • Sayer

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    One of the more subtle occupational surnames, Sayer is a pleasant, open, last-name-first name, particularly apt for a family of woodworkers -- or writers. Some parents are beginning to consider Say... Read More 

  • Shepherd

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    Shepherd is an occupational surname with a pleasant pastoral feel. It was chosen for their son by the Jerry Seinfelds, which might inspire others to follow their lead. There are other spelling ch... Read More 

  • Slater

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    Slater has a more genial, friendly feel than most trade names. Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance used it for one of their twins. On the nineties TV show Saved by the Bell , the character A.C.... Read More 

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