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Celebrity Surnames as Firsts

Inspired by a fascinating discussion thread started by our own creative berries, here are some celebrity surnames that work well as first names. Some, like Winslet and Jolie, inherently linked to the celebrity whose surname it is. Others, such as Conrad, Jordan, and Murray, don’t immediately call a celebrity to mind because of the surname’s commonness as a first name or last name. Because surnames lie outside historical gender identifications, this is another fresh source of unisex baby names.

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  • Lennon

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    A growing number of high-profile (and other) parents are choosing to honor their musical idols, such as Hendrix, Presley, Jagger, and now Lennon. Lennon first came to notice when Liam Gallagher... Read More 

  • Lennox

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Lennox is an aristocratic and powerful Scottish surname name made truly special by that final x. The worldwide fame of British boxer--World and Olympic champion--Lennox Claudius Lewis brought the... Read More 

  • Lewis

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Lewis is the best spelling to choose if you want this pronounced with the S. Lewis has been in the Top 5 in Scotland since 2000, and is one that parents in the U.S. are just beginning to rethink. ... Read More 

  • Madden

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Madden is an Irish surname relative of Madigan rising through the charts thanks to its trendy two-syllable, -en ending sound along with its appeal to Madden Football video game-playing dads. John... Read More 

  • Manning

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    For football fans who have decided Peyton has become too feminine. Or they could look to brother ELI for inspiration.Read More 

  • Mara

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Mara is the evocative ancient root of Mary, appearing in the Book of Ruth, in which Naomi, devastated after the birth of her two sons, says "Call me not Naomi, call me Mara." It's one of the Read More 

  • Mars

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    The name of the Roman god of war began to sound less intimidating when Erykah Badu gave it to her daughter, and musicians Thomas and Bruno Mars (the latter born Peter Hernandez) have given it a... Read More 

  • Marsden

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Stuffy surname. Read More 

  • Monroe

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Monroe is a presidential name which, thanks to the immortal beauty of Marilyn Monroe, seems to fit best with a girl. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon chose it for their twin daughter, honoring Marilyn... Read More 

  • Montgomery

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    This image of this distinguished Anglo-Scottish surname, drawn from the French place name of the ancient castle of Saint Foi de Montgomery, is rapidly shifting from fusty and formal to cool. And... Read More 

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