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Occupational Baby Names

Most occupational baby names were originally surnames that described a person’s job. Names related to jobs have taken on significant style value over the past years and are destined to rise even further. Think of them as the surname-names or place-names of the future. Most of these occupational baby names work best for boys but can cross over to the girls' side.

  • Abbott

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    This traditionally male surname name could find new life for girls thanks to its similarity to the popular Abby and Abigail. Read More 

  • Archer

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    Archer is an Anglo-Saxon surname that feels more modern than most because of its on-target occupational and Hunger Games associations. And it's a nice way to bypass the clunky Archibald... Read More 

  • Artist

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    About two dozen baby boys were named Artist -- not Picasso, not Art -- in the US in one recent year. But not so odd, when you consider all the occupational names, from Sawyer to Sergeant, in use... Read More 

  • Author

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    An occupation name that sounds odd to the modern ear but enjoyed some use a century ago. May make a comeback as a more genteel brother to the new union of boys (and girls) with worker names such... Read More 

  • Bader

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    This may be an interesting way to honor a loved one who is a doctor...or a hairdresser...or a fan of the Notorious RBG ie Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Read More 

  • Bailey

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    Bailey -- a jaunty surname -- was first used for a female TV character in 1978 in the show WKRP in Cincinnaati, then caught on big time. Bailey's still an appealing choice, though, and a... Read More 

  • Baird

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    Meaning bard, this is an original choice with poetic and melodic undertones. Bard itself has also come into consideration, both names bringing to mind Shakespeare and other literary lights. ... Read More 

  • Baker

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    One of the most appealing of the newly hip occupational names, evoking sweet smells emanating from the oven. Much fresher sounding than than others that have been around for awhile, like Cooper,... Read More 

  • Bandit

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    We hesitate to call Bandit an occupational name, any more than Rogue or Vandal are occupational names, yet its use by one of the bandmembers of My Chemical Romance (for his daughter: we're not... Read More 

  • Banner

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    Tanner with a B, but a choice with enough charm and heft to transcend its trendy roots. Read More 

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