Surname Baby Names

Surname baby names have been growing in popularity for boys and girls too over the past few decades. Now, anything goes, so look for a long-lost surname in your family or even search the phone book for something you love. Or look through this list for more unusual surname baby names.
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  • Chan

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    Common Asian surname also works as a first, as with the singer Chan Marshall, also known as Cat Power (and born Charlyn).  Read More 

  • Channing

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    Channing is a sophisticated surname name that landed in the Top 1000 last year at Number 559, probably under the influence of rising hunky model-turned-actor Channing Tatum, who was named People's ... Read More 

  • Charlton

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    An upper-crust, out-of-style surname name associated with actor Heston.  Read More 

  • Cohen

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    Cohen is a common last name among Jews and a royal name in the Jewish religion, standing for someone who is the priest in a temple. Cohen is now gaining an unlikely following as a first name among... Read More 

  • Connelly

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    Connelly is a rollicking and rare example of the popular surname genre that may work even better for girls. A huge update on Colleen. Read More 

  • Cullen

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    Cullen is an appealing Irish surname name that upped its cool factor considerably when it became the Twilight family name of Edward et al. It's also among the fastest rising boys' names, jumping a ... Read More 

  • Curran

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    Curran is a common surname in Ireland, but unusual even there as a first. With its savory feel, calling to mind curry and currants, Curran can make for an attractive update on Colin or Connor.  Read More 

  • Darby

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    Once a common boys' name in Ireland (e. g. , Darby O'Gill and the Little People), the dynamic Darby now has a definite unisex feel. Actor Paul Rudd has a young daughter named Darby. Read More 

  • Davis

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    Davis is a fresh way to say David. Some sources define it as "son of David," but we see it as a surname spin on the original. While David is an everyman name, Davis has some creative edge -- and ... Read More 

  • Dawson

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    Dawson was scarcely heard as a first name before the debut of Dawson's Creek in 1998, at which point it leaped up more than 550 places in one year. The character Dawson Leery, played by James Van D... Read More 

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