Surnames for Boys Bring New Inspiration
Surname names have boomed in recent years, especially for boys. If you’re looking for new options beyond popular Mason and Jackson, we have lots of fresh ideas.
Long gone are the days when last names as first names had to be from your family tree, or from people you admire — although those can still be great places to look for a meaningful name.
But beyond personal connections, the last few decades have seen a boom in parents using surname names for their style. Or rather, styles, because there’s wide variety within this group of names. They can be friendly and down-to-earth (Cooper), cowboyish (Easton), grand (Montague), rock-and-roll (Cash). They can be classics (Wesley) or modern inventions that sound like they should be surnames (Daxton).
Surnames are a great way to update familiar names with a modern twist: Jack becomes Jackson, Jason gives way to Mason. They’re also one way to get what so many of us seek: a name that’s well-known, easy to spell and pronounce, but not shared (as a first name) with many people. Sure, there are more boys named Parker than Peter in schools today, but in the whole population and the whole of history, Peter is by far more common.
Celebrities love them as much as the rest of us. Recent stars who gave their sons last names as first names include Emma Roberts (Rhodes), Sasha Pieterse (Hendrix), Billie Lourd (Kingston), and Mindy Kaling (Spencer).
We know they’re not just for boys! Some are currently pretty gender-balanced, and others — Harper, Madison, Emery — lean firmly female. But if you’re looking for a surname name for a boy, all the names below are more male in usage right now.
Whatever vibe you’re going for, we’ve rounded up new and rising ideas to inspire you.
First, let’s recap. The surname-style boy names in the US Top 100 are:
Jackson (and Jaxon and Jaxson)
Love occupation names, but know too many Masons and Carters? Here are some with the same feel, but a little less popular.
Carson, Hudson, Jameson… we can’t get enough of those “son” names at the moment. Whether you love the sound or are using it as an actual patronymic (like Prince Harry’s son, Archie Harrison), here are some less-discovered options.
The newest trend in boy surnames is an -s ending, making for a fresh, streamlined sound. We predict it’s only a matter of time before one makes the Top 100 — probably Brooks. Some more possibilities:
Oh baby surnames
Names ending in an “O” sound are hot generally, and within this there are some fun surname options. For example:
The elephant in the room is that a lot of stylish family names are Anglo-centric. Beyond the British canon, there’s a world of other possibilities. To name but a few:
Modern hero surnames can be unmistakable, like Bowie, or subtle like Franklin. (Rosalind? Benjamin? Someone else, or no one specific?) Either way, these honor names have both substance and style. Some examples from reality and fiction:
Surnames with cool nicknames
If you love short, nickname-style names and want them to be short for something, there’s probably a surname that fits the bill. You can have lots of fun with this — here are some ideas:
Barrington > Bear
Beaumont > Beau
Chancellor > Chance
Dexter > Dex
Finnegan > Finn
Foxton > Fox
Grady > Gray
Hawkins > Hawk
Huxley > Hux
Kaiser > Kai
Larkin > Lark
Mackey > Mack
Montgomery > Monty
Nixon > Nix, Nico
Remington > Remy
Saunders > Sonny
Sullivan > Sully
Truett > Tru
Wellington > Wells