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Origin: English; Meaning: hunter, pursuer
Even if youre from a family of peace-loving vegetarians, Hunter is a great name for a baby you hope will pursue his dreams — think of the journalist Hunter S. Thompson of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
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Origin: Old English; Meaning: barrel maker
TGIF! Parents who grew up in the 90s may associate this occupational name meaning barrel maker with televisions Hanging with Mr. Cooper, but the name has seen a recent uptick as a first — and not last — name.
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Origin: Old English; Meaning: One who carves wood
Envisioning a crafty future for your tot? Perhaps Carver is the perfect fit: its nickname-free (would Carve really catch on?). It also brings to mind noted scientist and educator George Washington Carver.
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Origin: Old English; Meaning: fisherman
Hoping your boy becomes a great catch? Even if you live in a landlocked state, Fisher is a great name riding the wave of the last-names-becoming-first-names trend.
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Origin: Old English; Meaning: watchman
A variant of the more-traditional Howard, Ward could be a nice pick if you hope your son will keep a watchful eye on younger siblings. This name also brings to mind singer M. Ward, of musical duo She & Him, so theres some indie credit too.
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Origin: Old English; Meaning: scribe, binder of books, bleacher of cloth
If youd like your son to hit the books more than he hits a baseball, this name meaning scribe or binder of books could be a great addition for a well-read family. It could also be used as a nod to American political leader Booker T. Washington.
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Origin: Middle English and French; Meaning: candle maker and seller
If you think you wont be able to say this name without wanting to hum the Friends theme song, give this name another listen. It dates back to before the 16th century and means candle maker, giving it an older charm.
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8: Dexter (dyer)
Origin: Latin and Old English; Meaning: right-handed, dyer
This name has been in the spotlight for a number of years, thanks to the cartoon Dexters Laboratory and the serial-killer drama Dexter. Perhaps this name will give your child an inclination towards working in the TV business, but more traditionally, this name meant cloth dyer.
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Origin: English and French; Meaning: gatekeeper, carrier
Perhaps young Porter will be helpful in toting his toys around? This name was originally given to people who earned a living carrying goods. If youre looking for a similar-sounding yet slightly different name, try the unisex Parker or boyish Preston.
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Origin: English; Meaning: horseman, rider
If you spend a lot of time at the ranch, Ryder (or alternative spelling Rider) could be a great fit for a future cowboy. This could also be a nice homage to 26th U.S. president Teddy Roosevelts Rough Rider cavalry that was founded in 1898 during the Spanish-American War — or Kate Hudsons little guy, Ryder Russell Robinson.
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Origin: Old English; Meaning: steward
The name Stuart has an impressive pedigree: it has links back to the royal house of Scotland and a family of English kings during the 18th century. And how could we forget E.B. Whites classic character Stuart Little? This name was popular in the U.S. around the 30s and 40s and has since declined in popularity. Could problem child Stewie from the popular cartoon Family Guy be the cause?
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Origin: Old English; Meaning: roof thatcher
When asked, What do you want to be when you grow up? Thatcher — meaning roof thatcher — probably wont be a popular answer these days. However, it does make for a great name that comes with an adorably shortened version: Thatch!
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Origin: French; Meaning: arrow maker
Want a less-obvious occupational name? Fletcher derives from the French word for arrow maker. A good name if you want your kid to be a sharpshooter — either on the archery range or off.
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Origin: English; Meaning: cart driver, goods transporter
Take this classic name for a spin: it means both cart driver and transporter of goods. Carter may be more well-known as a famed last name: think of the 39th U.S. president Jimmy Carter — or the ear-wormy tunes of brothers Nick and Aaron.
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Origin: English; Meaning: maker of pots
This name might immediately remind fantasy fans of a certain lit-world wizard, but naming your child Potter wont immediately place a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead — just tell everyone youre hoping for some custom, fire-glazed dishware once he graduates art school.
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Origin: Old French; Meaning: gatekeeper, toll collector
Though not an obvious occupational name, Travis derives from the French traverser, meaning to cross over. If hes not inspired by the gatekeeper origins of his name, maybe baby Travis will aspire to be as noteworthy — and tattooed — as Blink 182 drummer, Travis Barker.
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Origin: Old French; Meaning: caretaker of horses, one in law enforcement
Marshall has several occupational ties: historically the name has meant caretaker of horses, as well as a law enforcement and high-ranking military title. Regardless of the path young Marshall ends up picking, were sure hell be career-minded from the start.
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Origin: Middle English; Meaning: wood-workerWant to describe a child who’s a chip off the old (wooden) block? Sawyer could evoke a fun-loving, somewhat wild personality for fans of the characters from LOST or Mark Twain novels.
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Origin: Latin; Meaning: river mouth, doorkeeper
If baby Usher wants to hear his name, all he has to do is tune into a top 40 radio station playing the hits of musician and singer Usher Raymond, who made the moniker instantly recognizable. Historically, Usher has also meant doorkeeper — or the friendly film buff that directs you to your seat in the movie theater.
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Origin: Old English; Meaning: blacksmith
One of the most common last names in America, Smith can sound fresh and interesting when it leads instead of follows. The name has long been used as a suffix for one who works with metal, so perhaps parents of little Smith can expect some creative Mothers and Fathers day gifts in their future.
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Origin: Old English; Meaning: hide tanner or leather maker
While in English, this name refers to the occupation of tanning animal hides to make leather, this also has German and Finnish origins, meaning either forest, or open field, respectively. For us, it conjures up the family from the 90s primetime hit Full House.
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Origin: Old English; Meaning: harpist, minstrel
A name thats music to our ears! This is one for parents who hope for a creative child: this name evokes classical harpists, author Harper Lee, who penned the much-loved book To Kill A Mockingbird, and David Beckham and Poshs newest baby girl.
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Origin: Old English; Meaning: pipe player
Hoping to sign your tot up for the marching band come high school? Piper is a great pick for a would-be flutist — or a girl who prefers to lead where others follow.
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Origin: American; Meaning: boat man
Anchors away! Sailor is the perfect name for a nautical-loving family, even if the only boats you own are made to weather the high waters of bath time. This — or alternate spelling Saylor — are great picks for an adventurous personality: actress Christie Brinkley liked this name so much she gave it to her youngest daughter in 1998.
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Origin: English; Meaning: young servant (first step in training before becoming a knight)
Perhaps parents who name their daughter Paige hope for a docile child — this name used to refer to a page or servant. Just make sure youve got an uncommon last initial or middle name to pair with Paige, as this name has made the US top 100 baby names list for over 20 years!
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Origin: Old English; Meaning: a bailiff or warden
This name sounds sweet but has tough foundations, as it can refer to a court bailiff or an outer wall of a castle. For parents who love unique spellings, this is a great choice: Bailee, Baileigh, Bailley, Baylee, and Bayley are all options.
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Origin: Irish and Gaelic or English; Meaning: descended from a ruler, textile worker
A less-obvious choice for parents with high-fashion aspirations for their little one, this name was once an occupational last name meaning textile worker.
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Origin: Old English; Meaning: park keeper
Hope your baby will love the outdoors? Perhaps Parker, meaning park keeper, is the right fit. Actress Parker Posey has helped familiarize this name, so its uncommon without being too far-out sounding. Though we have it on the girls list, this name would also work for a little boy.
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Origin: Old English; Meaning: valley, church leader
A girly variant of Dean, this name was used to refer to a leader of a church. Even if your family doesnt belong to one, this moniker could signal strong leadership skills in your daughters future.
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Origin: Italian; Meaning: works with the hands
Were guessing little Fabrizia will excel in arts and crafts: this Italian name means works with the hands. Even if she cant work her way around a pair of safety scissors, we still love this elegant name.
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Origin: English; Meaning: queen
While Queen may not be the easiest title to live up to, it certainly adds a regal air to a baby, doesnt it? Parents who like the uncommon first initial Q can also try Quinn.
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32: Regina (also means Queen)
Origin: Latin, Spanish; Meaning: queen
Another great pick for royal-family followers, Regina is a less-obvious moniker with royal roots: aside from meaning queen, Victoria of England, who reigned in the mid-19th century, often went by Victoria Regina.
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Origin: Middle English; Meaning: Star
Baby, youre a Starr! Whether youre a big fan of Ringos tunes or want your babys ambition to be sky-high, Starr is a great choice. For a less-obvious approach, try Stella, which means star in Latin.
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Origin: Italian; Meaning: lady, lady of the home
Similar to Don for boys, this name is a title of respect thats been used as a first name since the 20s. It's great for a girl you hope becomes a crafty, domestic goddess — or a singer like Donna Summer and Madonna.
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Origin: Old French; Meaning: to listen, one who gathers information quietly
Another unique name made famous by To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout is a great choice for a family who hopes their daughter will love the great outdoors — or just hook them up with some Samoa and Tagalong cookies. The name has celebrity ties, too: Scout Willis is Bruce and Demis daughter.
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Origin: Dutch; Meaning: fugitive, scholar
Little Skylar could turn into a rebel or a straight-A student, as this name both has roots meaning fugitive or scholar. Either way, we think its a great pick for parents who like unisex names.
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Origin: English; Meaning: Wanderer
J. R. R. Tolkien famously wrote, not all who wander are lost, and the famous namesakes for baby Gypsy prove it. Take Gypsy Rose Lee, an iconic singer and burlesque dancer from the 30s to the 50s, or Gypsy Abbott, a noted American silent film actress.
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Origin: Gaelic, Latin; Meaning: beloved, one who moved goods
Youll know you named your kid correctly when you see her hauling her toys from one side of her room to the other, as this name meaning beloved could also refer to a carrier of goods. This could be a pet form of Ceridwen, Caroline, or a derivative of Carrie.
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Origin: American; Meaning: poet
The perfect baby name if you love reading rhyming stories to your little one. It seems that Poet hasnt scratched any top 100 lists, making this a unique, artistic name — its also the name of actress Soleil Moon Fryes daughter.
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Origin: English; Meaning: one who works with stone
Want your baby girl to have a strong foundation? Try the unisex Mason, which also means stonelayer. If youre not a fan of the traditional spelling, try Maison (which also means house in French) or Maysen.