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#1 WriterJones

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Posted 15 May 2020 - 12:07 PM

Hi there! I don't know how this is in other parts of the country, but in the South there is a trend of naming babies, regardless of gender, after the mother's maiden name. This got me thinking on the topic of surnames used for first names that aren't just Miller, Bryant, Cole, Beckett, Sutton, Brooks, etc. Here are some I've noticed:

 

  • Hamilton - this one was actually in a book I read: the character's name was Hamilton Jimenez, and her friends called her Hammy
  • Causey - my Nana calls one of her best friends by her surname (Coszi), but I really like this spelling of it as a first name
  • Caldwell - the name of a girl I know, who goes by Callie. This was an example of the "maiden name" trend, but one I'd never seen before
  • Foster - idk how common this one is; it seems like it has potential to be popular, but I haven't heard it very often

These are all the ones I can currently think of off the top of my head, but have any of you seen any instances of rather unique surname names?


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Posted 16 May 2020 - 10:27 PM

My late father's name is actually Hamilton! I always thought it was a neat name. I know a boy named Arrington as well, and a girl named Abbott (her mom calls her Mary-Abbott as a double name, but everyone else calls her Abbott). I grew going to a college prep academy and a lot of the preppy kids had surname names. I had a friend named Keats and I always thought his name was cool.  I also knew a Baxter and a Mullican. 

 

I am occasionally really drawn to some surnames as fns, such as: Halston, Ellis, Kuyper, Hollis, and Colter. DH is  super obsessed with Colter and Kuyper, lol.


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Posted 19 May 2020 - 10:01 AM

My neighbors have sons Milton and Becker, and a daughter Ella-May. Those are like the "average" surname names. I have had students named Wilkins (yes, as their first name), Ramiro, Cruz (two Cruzes, actually), and Bozeman, all boys. I've also had rather common ones like Mackenzie, Riley, etc. There is a boy in one of my daughter's classes named Tailor. It might be a maiden name/surname or just a different spelling of Taylor, I'm unsure. I live in the Midwest, so in my experience, it seems the trend isn't as prevalent as it is in the South. I'll try to look closely for more in my neighborhood, kids' schools, etc. Fun!  :) 


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Posted 19 May 2020 - 10:22 AM

My neighbors have sons Milton and Becker, and a daughter Ella-May. Those are like the "average" surname names. I have had students named Wilkins (yes, as their first name), Ramiro, Cruz (two Cruzes, actually), and Bozeman, all boys. I've also had rather common ones like Mackenzie, Riley, etc. There is a boy in one of my daughter's classes named Tailor. It might be a maiden name/surname or just a different spelling of Taylor, I'm unsure. I live in the Midwest, so in my experience, it seems the trend isn't as prevalent as it is in the South. I'll try to look closely for more in my neighborhood, kids' schools, etc. Fun!  :) 

 

I actually have another question for you, Mallory! My girlfriend's name is Mackenzie, and she's Kansan. I haven't seen very many girls here named Mackenzie, is it a really prominent name in the Midwest?


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Posted 19 May 2020 - 12:31 PM

 

I actually have another question for you, Mallory! My girlfriend's name is Mackenzie, and she's Kansan. I haven't seen very many girls here named Mackenzie, is it a really prominent name in the Midwest?

 

At least in my area (Shelbyville, IN), there are quite a few girls Mackenzie, Makenzie, or Mckenzie! This year alone, I have a Mackenzie and a Mckenzie in my class. There is a Mackenzie in another first grade class as well. I think it's pretty common around little girls (mostly around 3-9). I haven't been living here too long (only about a year and a half), so I don't have the most experience with names here. My oldests are friends with a little McKenzie.

 

On a side note, there seem to be quite a few Haydens, Liams, and Emmetts and quite a few Emmas, Sophias, and Mackenzies (as well as other spellings) here. It also seems that there are a lot more Natalies than we were expecting!


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Posted 20 May 2020 - 07:01 PM

 

I actually have another question for you, Mallory! My girlfriend's name is Mackenzie, and she's Kansan. I haven't seen very many girls here named Mackenzie, is it a really prominent name in the Midwest?

 

I'll pipe in on this too! I was born in the 1990's and had sooo many friends named either MacKenzie or Kenzie, mostly girls. I know less little girls with the name, but I'd still classify it as popular


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Posted 25 May 2020 - 09:08 PM

 

I actually have another question for you, Mallory! My girlfriend's name is Mackenzie, and she's Kansan. I haven't seen very many girls here named Mackenzie, is it a really prominent name in the Midwest?

 

Also a Midwestern girl here! Bottom of Southern Indiana and Mackenzie, McKenzie, Kenzie, Kinsey, and the like are all very popular here!

 

I also know A LOT of little boys named Cruz. That seems to be a super popular choice as of late. Also, Knox. I know a lot of young boys named Knox as well. I work in a school and know more than a handful of all of the above.

 

Some personal favorite surname names of mine are Harrison and Bellamy! Both for boys! 


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Posted 25 May 2020 - 09:21 PM

 

Also a Midwestern girl here! Bottom of Southern Indiana and Mackenzie, McKenzie, Kenzie, Kinsey, and the like are all very popular here!

 

I also know A LOT of little boys named Cruz. That seems to be a super popular choice as of late. Also, Knox. I know a lot of young boys named Knox as well. I work in a school and know more than a handful of all of the above.

 

Some personal favorite surname names of mine are Harrison and Bellamy! Both for boys! 

 

Knox is a rather common boy name here as well, and sometimes even a girl name! I assume it has something to do with Fort Knox :)






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