Labor Day Names: Occupational names for your little Pilot or Poet
By Linda Rosenkrantz
It’s become a Nameberry tradition, almost since the beginning to celebrate occupational names on Labor Day. This year we’re not only featuring those whose original occupations might no longer exist in the modern world, though they’re all good, wearable, sometimes trendy names, but also some of the more current occupational word-names which seem to be popping up with increasing frequency.
Right now, the usual, perhaps overworked, suspects populate the upper reaches of the popularity list, with Mason at #7. Followed by the er-ending faves Carter, Hunter, Cooper, Ryder, Tucker, Archer, Sawyer, Gunner, and Tanner, all of which are in the Top 300.
But how about some of the more unusual ones that haven’t been heard quite so often? Consider these:
BAIRD—Scottish version of bard—a poet, minstrel
BAXTER–communal baker, primarily female
BRENNER–charcoal burner and distiller of spirits
CARBRY–from the Gaelic for charioteer
CARRELL—maker of pillows
CASE—maker of boxes, now at #601
COLEMAN—charcoal burner, #873
CURRIER—preparer of leather
GARTH—person in charge of a garden
REEVE—sheriff, local official
SUMNER—a summoner of witnesses to court
Modern babynamers have given the category a bit of a twist—rather than choosing occupational names with an archaic meaning that might have much relevance, we’ve seen the emergence of more straightforward profession word-names, a group favored especially by celebs and which seems to be growing all the time. I won’t include the royal “professions”—Prince and Princess et al, though they may be fulltime occupations.
If you chose one of these names, would it have any relation to the actual occupation?
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on August 31st, 2018 at 12:02 am
Reeve is my favorite boy’s name (too bad it’s vetoed). Simple yet uncommon.
on August 31st, 2018 at 11:27 am
I’ve really liked Slater for a long time, and Deacon has been growing on me lately.
on August 31st, 2018 at 2:59 pm
While Clark is not a name used much these days, it’s an occupational name…clerk.
on August 31st, 2018 at 3:58 pm
I absolutely love Reeve. I also really like Spencer.
Sailor and Scout are names I love but can’t ever imagine using.
on August 31st, 2018 at 4:51 pm
Poet and Scout are really cute!
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on September 1st, 2018 at 1:31 pm
Surname names are fun. One of my kids is named Poet! I love Thatcher and Piper. Tolliver is interesting, and I like Deacon as well.
on September 1st, 2018 at 9:38 pm
Fantastic list! Of these, I like Baxter, Booker, and Reeve.
on September 4th, 2018 at 4:14 am
I only like occupational names as firsts when they have some figurative meaning or extra associations that make the choice more meaningful. Harper, for instance, has some very interesting connotations, from harp-playing angels to the harp as the national symbol of Wales. Baird (or Bard) is another one that would make a nod to Celtic history.
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