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:
  • Ryder

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    Ryder, one of the current favorite er-ending boys' names, has been in the spotlight since Kate Hudson and her rocker husband Chris Robinson chose it for their son in 2004; it has jumped nearly... Read More 

  • Sinclair

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    The most famous Sinclair was the (male) writer Lewis, but these days the name works at least as well for a girl. Read More 

  • Stewart

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    This ancient royal Scottish name and its equally-correct spelling French variation Stuart had a brief vogue in midcentury America--it was Number 286 in 1955--dropped off the list completely in the... Read More 

  • Temple

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    The old word name Temple has gained some recent notice as a girls' name via admired autistic writer and inventor Dr. Temple Grandin (born Mary Temple), subject of an acclaimed biopic, in which she... Read More 

  • Theron

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    Theron is best known these days as the surname of actress Charlize, but it does have a long history as a first name, ranking in the Top 500 in the early part of the 20th century and only dropping... Read More 

  • Turner

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    Turner is a name that's both preppy and painterly, recalling the exquisite watercolor seascapes of British painter J. M. W. An occupational name in the Taylor-Carter mold, Turner is a more... Read More 

  • Tyson

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    As parents were finding too many Tylers at the neighborhood playground, they began looking to Tyson as an alternative, no longer concerned with possible connections to Mike Tyson or Tyson chicken. Read More 

  • Urban

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    Urban was not an uncommon name through the 1930s (rising as high as Number 435), having been attached to several saints and early popes, but it has completely disappeared from the landscape--both... Read More 

  • Wayne

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    When Marion Michael Morrison became John Wayne around 1930, his last name took on an air of cowboy cool that lasted about thirty years, but by now it's strictly a dad or even granddad name. Read More 

  • West

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    West is the most fashionable of what you might call the direction names, with North and East (or Easton and Easter) coming up behind, and South not yet on the map.

    Country singer Randy... Read More 

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