Occupational Baby Names

Occupational baby names, most of them originally surnames to describe the person's job, 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 baby names work best for boys, but can cross over to the girls' side.

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  • Draper

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    Other occupational names would be more commonly accepted, though the Mad Men character has certainly brought it to the fore. Read More 

  • Drummer

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    Drummer entered the baby name lexicon thanks to blogger No Big Dill, who chose it for her newborn son, who joins five older sisters. Drummer is right in step with other occupational names in vogue... Read More 

  • Falkner

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    Member of a newly chic name genre. Bonus: its relationship to author William Faulkner. Read More 

  • Farmer

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    Though Farmer fits into a fashionable work-related genre, it might prove too earthy. Read More 

  • Fifer

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    Fifer is a musical name that works better for girls than boys, a sort of sassier Piper.Read More 

  • Fisher

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    As a member of two trendy name categories, animal and occupational, this name broke into the Top 1000 in 2004 and would make a nice tribute to an angler Grandpa.

    The best known bearer,... Read More 

  • Fletcher

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    Fletcher is a common surname with a touch of quirkiness; it definitely fits into the So Far Out It's In category--and moving further in all the time along with other occupational names from Parker... Read More 

  • Foster

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    Foster is one commonly heard last name that makes a fine first. More unusual than Forrester or Gardener yet eminently first-name-ready, the only problem with Foster might be its association with... Read More 

  • Gardener

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    Gardener is surely one of the most pleasant and evocative of the occupational options, calling up images of green grass and budding blooms. The name can also be spelled without the first... Read More 

  • Granger

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    If you're seeking a solid last-name-first occupational name with a warm, friendly sound, one that's not overused, this could be it.

    Granger is much better known as a surname--think... Read More 

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