Labor Day Names: Names that really work!
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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on August 31st, 2012 at 1:05 am
I hate to admit it, since they seem so anticlassic, but I really really love occupational names! Carbry is one I had not heard before, but it could be darling on a girl. My other guilty pleasures and faves: Baxter, Miller(f), Chaucer, & Tolliver.
Hebrew word & occupation fave: Sofer, means Torah writer…. Sounds like a mix between Sofie & Topher. I think it’s cute for a girl.
on August 31st, 2012 at 5:28 am
I love Kiefer and Archer- the rest I despise.
on August 31st, 2012 at 8:24 am
I LOVE occupational names for boys (and occasionally girls)! My favorites from this list are — Archer, Booker, Mercer (I think this would be cute on a girl nn Mercy), Sawyer. I like Sawyer on both genders, though I’d never name a girl Sawyer; I don’t like unisex names enough to give them to my kids but I think they work great in the middle paired with a girlier/classic first name.
One of my all time favorite occupational names that’s not on the list is Fletcher, which means “arrow-maker”.
on August 31st, 2012 at 12:21 pm
Occupational names are some of my favorites, but my last name is two syllables and ends in -er, so most are automatically eliminated from the list! No Archer or Booker for me. Some that I hadn’t heard before that are on here — Carbry and Reeve — are interesting possibilities, though! My new guilty pleasure is Bard (rather than Baird), a fabulous tribute for us Shakespeare fans. The only thing I worry about with a lot of these is that some are common surnames, and I imagine what a bummer it would be for a child to someday fall in love with, and want to take the name of, someone whose last name is the same as their first name. “Hi, I’m Sawyer Sawyer!” “Nice to meet you, I’m Miller Nelson-Miller.” Awkward.
on August 31st, 2012 at 2:01 pm
I LOVE your comment on Booker. As a child-free, name-obsessed writer and editor with a similarly-minded husband, we are seriously considering it as a name for a cat! And I’ll use it as a character name, for sure. I know an Archer who has spent his 40-odd years being mistaken for an Archie. Shame, but in the UK, not uncommon. In the UK Kiefer would be too obvious, but Cooper, the English name for a barrel-maker, is rather appropriate. I also like Fletcher, and have used it as a character name before, shortened to Fletch. Yes, I think you can count me a fan of occupational names.
on August 31st, 2012 at 3:56 pm
I agree with MerMaiden6. A lot of these names are surnames of close friends that I have met over the years and it would feel weird meeting a little child with them. Especially Reeve, since that is a family surname of mine.
I do see the appeal for occupational names. They have a strong sound and nice history. I don’t think I would ever use them though.
on August 31st, 2012 at 4:47 pm
Occupational names are one trend I actually like. As it was pointed out, occupational names generally have an interesting sound and rich histories. I see them as a way of reviving old occupations that might be long forgotten otherwise and keeping certain memories and heritages alive.
Reeve has been intriguing me more and more lately. Reeves is a family surname, although a bit far back; nevertheless I feel that gives me more grounds to use Reeve.
I know a Painter (b) and a Mercer (g), both named for family surnames. I do hear occupational-type names very often here in Alabama, where surnames as first names are generally popular anyway.
on August 31st, 2012 at 5:31 pm
I love these for boys, they feel way too masculine for girls. I especially hate seeing Sawyer on a girl, it’s like naming your daughter “lumber jack” or “logger”……
I really like Reeve and Archer and Thatcher is handsome, too.
on August 31st, 2012 at 10:45 pm
Love Archer, Thatcher, Booker and Wheeler. Reeve is interesting.
on August 31st, 2012 at 10:46 pm
Oh and Turner, my favorite occupation name.
on August 31st, 2012 at 10:51 pm
My maiden name is Baker, so I have considered using Baxter (which means Baker). Archer nn Archie, Mercer, Reeve, and Thatcher are all on my list. I always think of Mercer and Reeve as “my little secrets” because they’re very uncommon in my area.
on September 1st, 2012 at 4:52 am
Love Thatcher, Sawyer, Porter, Collier, and Harper- all boys.
on September 1st, 2012 at 11:28 am
I think the nn Archie is part of Archer’s popularity and appeal – it’s a far fresher alternative than the stuffy Archibald.
on September 1st, 2012 at 1:14 pm
Love Archer and Carbry!
on September 1st, 2012 at 8:30 pm
Yes: Archer, Reeve, Sawyer, Thatcher
No: Baird, Baker, Booker, Carby, Gardener, Kiefer, Mercer, Wheeler
I appreciate the idea behind this blog post, but most of these names don’t “work” in my opinion. 🙁 I cannot imagine a boy named Baird, Carby, Kiefer, or Mercer. Wheeler, Baker, Booker, and Gardener don’t sound like names to me; I think they have teasing potential, too.
on September 2nd, 2012 at 10:28 am
Usually I’m not a fan of occupational names but Archer, Thatcher and Reeves strike a cord I like. That said I don’t think I’d ever name my children any of these – occupational names don’t necessarily translate to other languages well.
on September 3rd, 2012 at 7:19 am
Are you kidding me? Sofer? How about bed and chair? Maybe table will take your fancy?
on September 3rd, 2012 at 1:09 pm
SophieRose, I think you’re not understanding the pronunciation or significance …which is fine, I don’t expect that much from people. Table, in Hebrew, is Shulchan – the name of my dad’s cat. So yes, it does strike my fancy. I’d be fine with (some variation of) Mesa, too. I’m so happy opinions can be shared here without dejection.
on September 3rd, 2012 at 3:09 pm
I really dislike Baird. When spoken aloud it sounds like something the Ermahgerd girl would say. Archer is a very nice name, and the nickname Archie is adorable.
on September 3rd, 2012 at 4:14 pm
I like Fencer and Fiddler.
on September 3rd, 2012 at 4:16 pm
I’ve been a fan of Carbry for a while now, and Reeve also, but I just discovered Booker, and it’s starting to grow on me I think :3
on September 3rd, 2012 at 5:42 pm
I like Archer and Sawyer.
on September 3rd, 2012 at 8:59 pm
Carbry is actually new to me and it’s dreamy for a boy! Hubby is Irish so this one will go on my list of considerations.
I tend to like occupation names if I find the jobs intriguing. From this list Archer and Booker are the only others I like though I think the latter is unwearable. I can’t really comprehend the appeal of naming your kid barrel-maker or groundskeeper or cook, but I suppose if I had a connection by heritage I might find some of these others more interesting. I’m sorry to say, however, that the last entry makes me think wheeler-dealer crook or swindler…not so pretty an image, and perhaps not one to commemorate if you have family connection to it!
on September 3rd, 2012 at 9:22 pm
My favourite is Cooper
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