I find baby name inspiration from a lot of places, and when I was searching out the perfect name for this baby I’m carrying, I looked far and wide. With my older three kids, I had their names picked out early on and when I heard them, I knew that’s what we were going to go with. I wanted something for this baby boy that was going to be strong, would fit well with his last name, and would meld with the other three kids. I don’t like anything common and prefer the more unusual without being too out there.
My three kids all have names that fit that bill and I love the names they have; they fit their personalities perfectly. It can feel like a lot of pressure to find a perfect name that will be with your child for their whole life (unless you really go wrong and they change it) and so I looked to some unusual places. My older son’s first name is more typically known as a last name, my first daughter, well, we kind of made up her name, and my youngest has a name that’s fit for how adorably cute she is. This baby, Baby S, has his name chosen already for him and it’s just like his older brother — more typically knows as a surname.
I am hugely in love with last names being used as first names — they tend to sound really strong and are never too common. Have you ever checked out the top surnames in the United States? They have some great baby name fodder in there for your to choose from and I’ve picked out 25 surnames on the top 1000 list that was compiled from the U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, Population Analysis & Evaluation Staff back in 1990 census:
Want to see the whole list of 1000 most common surnames in the United States — head over to MongaBay.com
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Devan is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, three kids and expecting baby #4 at the end of this year. Read more from Devan on Babble and “like” Accustomed Chaos on Facebook!