Labor Day Names: Names that really work!

August 30, 2012 Linda Rosenkrantz

For the Labor Day weekend, we’re celebrating hard-working occupation names–which just happen to be among the coolest name categories around, with their (mostly) trendy ‘er’ endings.  Many of them originated in medieval England and refer back to trades that no longer exist–when did you last need a roof thatcher or a charioteer?–and so part of their attraction lies in that throwback reference to basic concepts of honest labor, thus adding some historic heft to their appeal. So, here are the Nameberry picks for best occupational baby names.


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Maybe it’s all that arrow-slinging in The Hunger Games, or the TV series Archer, but whatever the influences, Archer is definitely trending up. It came into the Top 1000 in 2009, and has climbed 234 places since then, one of the fastest moving boys’ names.


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