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Celebrity Surnames as Firsts

Inspired by a fascinating discussion thread started by our own creative berries, here are some celebrity surnames that work well as firsts:
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  • Montgomery

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    This image of this distinguished Anglo-Scottish surname, drawn from the French place name of the ancient castle of Saint Foi de Montgomery, is rapidly shifting from fusty and formal to cool. And ... Read More 

  • Murphy

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    This jaunty Celtic surname -- the most common family name in Ireland -- is totally viable as a first. Although there was a possibility of its being feminized via the old TV sitcom "Murphy Brown," ... Read More 

  • Palin

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    Palin has suddenly become a hot new surname-name given usually to girls. The inspiration can only be former Alaska governor Sarah, though the name Palin is her husband's -- her original surname is... Read More 

  • Pfeiffer

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  • Presley

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    For those not ready to name their daughters Elvis; and used more often than you might think ever since Tanya Tucker chose it for her little girl.  Read More 

  • Quinn

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    One of the first Irish unisex surnames, a strong and attractive choice on the rise for both genders, though there are still more boy Quinns than girlsl. Quinn started taking off for girls in the ... Read More 

  • Reed

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    A slim, elegant, silvery surname, Reed could be a banker or a sculptor, and therein lies the appeal of this simple yet distinctive name. The versatile Reed can be seen as a grass-like nature name... Read More 

  • Reese

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    The sassy, steel magnolia appeal of Oscar-winning Reese (born Laura Jeanne--Reese is her mother's maiden name) Witherspoon has single-handedly propelled this formerly male name into mass girls' pop... Read More 

  • Ross

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    Like Friends , Ross is off the air and into syndication Ross originated as the surname of a famous Scottish clan, and is a place name in that country as well. It's a quiet, understated Celtic name... Read More 

  • Russell

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    One of many names that started as a nickname for a redhead; this has lost its color, except for one dynamic bearer, Russell Crowe.  Read More 

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