Professional Names: Names that really work

A few months ago, we asked you wonderful berries how you would choose to reflect your professional backgrounds in the names you give your children.  Your answers were so fresh and inspiring, we decided to transform them into a slideshow.  Including a range of occupation from architects to urban planners, dentists to artists, here are your most creative ideas plus a few of our own —from Miro to Gable, Tesla to Deemer and beyond — by Hannah Tenison


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Who hasn't seen an amazing structure and admired the talent that went into its construction? Architecture is a form of art, but beyond the beautful buildings, an untapped niche of architecturally inspired baby names is ready to be excavated. Beyond Frank or Lloyd or Wright, the names of features of buildings themselves make for fantastic names--- try Gable, Temple, Story, or Pier. All these names are so unusual that they would work for either gender.

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10 Responses to “Professional Names: Names that really work”

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starophie Says:

July 19th, 2012 at 11:32 pm

I noticed that Florence was listed under “Doctor,” as in Nightingale, but could also work for “Dentist” with the nn Flossie 😉

Love these! I think it’s a sweet idea to pull inspiration from oft-uninspiring things :3

grackym Says:

July 20th, 2012 at 3:51 am

I love the sound of Baker, Eden and Edith: I wish hubby would go for Edith, it’s gorgeous!
I just had a thought, if I had a name reflecting my work, it would have to be Patience: I work with preschoolers!! Lol

originofnames Says:

July 20th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I really like Aria, ever since the “Game of Thrones” series came out I seem to see it everywhere even is old books, where I would have missed it previously.

“Aria” is lovely and light sounding name.

namesage Says:

July 20th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

My maiden name is Baker, which I never wanted to use really, but it would be fun to use something related. I’ve always considered Baxter (which means Baker).

roe121 Says:

July 20th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

You forgot Penn for a writer’s name!

melissaintlouis Says:

July 20th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

My boyfriend is a chef, and he’s said with much vehemence — no food names!

That doesn’t mean that I’m not going to sneak Benedict onto the list, however. I’m sure I’ll never hear the end of it!

shinysarah11 Says:

July 21st, 2012 at 7:29 am

Nice to see Artemisia on the list of artist names!!

UniqueNameLover Says:

July 21st, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Quill was a name of a character in the Twilight series, lol.

I’m an aspiring writer, in Nursing school, who loves music and art. I am all over the place!

stephiekat Says:

July 22nd, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Also, “Clara” as in “Clara Barton,” an American nurse who founded the American Red Cross (birth name: Clarissa Harlowe). All good choices, in my opinion.

Saracita00 Says:

July 23rd, 2012 at 8:25 am

The computer names are kind of hilarious…Radia might be a consideration, but no programmer would use the other names unless they were making an inflammatory statement about which technology platform they prefer.

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