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Occupational Baby Names

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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.

Harper is the top occupational name for girls while Mason is the most popular occupational name for boys. Along with Harper and Mason, occupational names ranking in the US Top 100 include Skylar on the girls' side and Carter, Hunter, Carson, and Cooper for boys.

While technically gender-neutral, occupational names have traditionally been used more often for males and still are more often given to baby boys. Unique occupational names we like for either gender include Baird, Booker, Dancer, Drummer, Fielder, Fifer, Mercer, Painter, Poet, Sailor, Shepherd, and Whistler.

Occupational names can work as a nod to parents' or grandparents' professions or a family business. Or you can choose them, of course, because you simply like the sound and feel.

  • Abbott

    The name Abbott is a unisex name of Aramaic origin meaning "father". This traditionally male surname name could find new life for girls thanks to its similarity to the popular Abby and Abigail. Read More 

  • Archer

    The name Archer is a boy's name of English origin meaning "bowman". Archer is an Anglo-Saxon surname that feels more modern than most because of its on-target occupational and Hunger... Read More 

  • Artist

    The name Artist is a unisex name. About 40 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... Read More 

  • Author

    The name Author is a unisex name of English origin. 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... Read More 

  • Bader

    The name Bader is a boy's name of German origin meaning "barber, surgeon". 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... Read More 

  • Bailey

    The name Bailey is a unisex name meaning "law enforcer, bailiff". Bailey -- a jaunty surname -- was first used for a female TV character in 1978 in the show WKRP in Cincinnaati, then... Read More 

  • Baird

    The name Baird is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "minstrel, poet". Meaning bard, this is an original choice with poetic and melodic undertones. Bard itself has also come into... Read More 

  • Baker

    The name Baker is a boy's name of English origin. One of the most appealing of the newly hip occupational names, evoking sweet smells emanating from the oven. Much fresher sounding than than... Read More 

  • Bandit

    The name Bandit is a boy's name . 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... Read More 

  • Banner

    The name Banner is a boy's name of English origin meaning "flag bearer". Tanner with a B, but a choice with enough charm and heft to transcend its trendy roots. Read More 

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