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Gender: Female Origin of Sailor: Occupational name

The name Sailor is a girl's name . Sailor and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven / Hell / Purgatory Girls".

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Supermodel Christie Brinkley launched an entire name genre when she picked this breezy occupational name for her daughter in 1998, and it has become more prevalent in recent decades. The Saylor version, which you might consider a spelling spin or a surname-name, is now among the Top 500 names for girls, given to three times as many baby girls as the Sailor spelling. Counted together, Saylor and Sailor were used for about 1000 baby girls in one recent year in the US, versus about 100 boys.

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Famous People Named Sailor

Sailor Lee Brinkley Cook, daughter of supermodel Christie Brinkley
Sailor Grace Meyer (b. 2015), daughter of TV personality Bristol Palin and Dakota Meyer
Sailor Stevie Swisher (b. 2016), daughter of JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Nick Swisher

Pop Culture References for the name Sailor

Sailor Moon, Japanese fictional manga character
"Oh Sailor," Fiona Apple song
"Lost Sailor," Grateful Dead song
Sailor, Protagonist from the comic "Wytches"

Sayler, Saylor


GenEric Says:


This would actually be quite cool if you had a planetary last name. I know of a family with the last name Mars, their daughter could be Sailor Mars!

Daiseymae Says:


Totally agree with you. 😀

hermioneameliastyles Says:


I love this name. My boyfriend loves this name too. We are such big anime fans that we thought it would be cute to use this name. We are thinking of Sailor Grace Amelia for our baby girl.

JossieChris Says:


Drunkin sailor. I like Saylor unisex

FantasyandPrayer Says:


So cute <3

snowsbeloved Says:


I do not understand the appeal of this name and its variants! For both genders, all I can think of is "curse like a sailor" ugh

MaryKathryn Says:


I love this name for a boy, but I do NOT see the appeal for a girl. I can't believe Bristol Palin and Kristin Cavallari have selected this name for their daughters.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Normally I dislike creatively spelled word names, but I prefer Saylor to this.

Zelliew Says:


I'm just old fashioned & I don't like it - on a boy or girl

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


Sailor Moon!

clairels Says:


You know, I wonder what the "stereotypical sailor" would look like in most people's opinions. I myself have done a lot of sailing and have known some pretty damn good looking sailors, male and female. Not to mention, even if the girl isn't gorgeous and perfect, maybe her name will be a reminder to dream big and always try her best, and that's saying something, isn't it?

lesliemarion Says:


It might work fine for supermodel Christie Brinkley's daughter, but what if the girl looked like the stereotypical sailor? I think when people give their daughters such names they always picture them turning out gorgeous and perfect and the names being a merry jest.

alikat03 Says:


I actually love this name, but when I mentioned it to family, they hated it and said that it reminded them of Sailor Moon. Did anyone else think of that? I feel like that cartoon is so old that people wouldn't immediately think of that. Thoughts?

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


this name has actually lgrown on me a bit. My comment was pretty much a huge overreaction.

Guest Says:


I don't hate it but I think there are better occupational/ocean-related names out there.

jordalini Says:


I think this is super cute, it's like Taylor, but fresher

jan11th Says:


I like Saylor more

Larkspur Says:


I have always loved this since I first heard it with Sailor Cook

strawberrydino Says:


Ugh, I knew a girl named "Sailor" and she was just such a god awful person, no respect for anyone or herself!

jan11th Says:


perfect if you want a twist on Taylor!

eveyalecia Says:


I went to school with a girl named Sayler, which, although the spelling is a bit weird, I actually really liked on her. Probably wouldn't choose it myself, but it's not all that different than other occupation names, many of which I really like.

Theodora_Phoenix Says: