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Who says last names can’t come first? Check out this list of boy and girl surnames that we think could do double-duty as fantastic first names.

Love

Love is all around us...just not as a first name. Love (the name, not the verb) is used much more commonly as a middle name... Read more about Love

Michael

Michael is a Biblical name referring to one of the seven archangels who defeats and casts out the demons in the book of Revelation... Read more about Michael

James

James is a common royal name used in Europe and the English version of Jacob, and happens to be one of the most popular boy's... Read more about James

Noel

There is no more obvious name for a Christmas baby than Noel, and now "The First Noel" will take on a new meaning. The holiday... Read more about Noel

David

David is an enduring boys name with a prolific history behind it. It all began with the biblical David who battled and defeated... Read more about David

Joseph

Biblically, the name Joseph holds a lot of significance. Not only was he the son of Jacob who ended up ruling Egypt, he is... Read more about Joseph

Daniel

If fearlessness is a trait you want your bouncing baby boy to have, the name Daniel may be the way to go. The biblical prophet... Read more about Daniel

Anthony

A Roman clan name of uncertain etymology, Anthony is a hugely popular name in America, and has been for years. Meaning "priceless... Read more about Anthony

Red

Are you hoping for a fiery personality or a red-head? Then Red may be an appropriate choice. Not surprisingly, the name is... Read more about Red

Alexander

The moniker Alexander is name to a host of prolific men from Alexander the Great to two kings of Scotland, three emperors... Read more about Alexander

William

Perhaps no other name invokes literary thoughts as this one does. William Shakespeare first jumps to mind, as do poet William... Read more about William

Shalom

Hoping for a little peaceful Buddha baby? Then Shalom to you. The word "shalom" translates into "peace" and is also used... Read more about Shalom

Ryan

If you think your little boy is going to rule the stuffed animal kingdom hand over fist, then Ryan may be an appropriate... Read more about Ryan

Benjamin

In the Bible, Benjamin is the youngest son of Jacob and one of the founders of the twelve tribes of Isreal. It is still considered... Read more about Benjamin

Thomas

Thomas is almost as ubiquitous a good ol' fashioned American name as John or James. One of the best parts of the name Thomas... Read more about Thomas

Brandon

Brandon has been a boy name favorite for the past several decades. It hit its peak in popularity in the early 90s, perhaps... Read more about Brandon

Zachary

A perennial boy name favorite, Zachary has a lot of history behind it. There are several Zacchaeus' in the Bible with the... Read more about Zachary

Justice

Justice is one of the few virtue names for boys. The name was historically bestowed on judges and those deemed to be just... Read more about Justice

Jordan

The river in Palestine where Jesus was baptized has been used as a given name since the Crusades. The name likely had a boost... Read more about Jordan

Paul

Paul may mean "little," but Paul was a big deal in the Bible. The apostle and evangelist Paul (formerly Saul) was an important... Read more about Paul

Madison

Madison has long fallen out of favor as a boy name, as the popularity of Madison as a girl name skyrocketed. Even the meaning... Read more about Madison

Cameron

Cameron is the name of a great Highland clan that means "crooked nose," which, as everyone knows, adds character. Despite... Read more about Cameron

Lucas

Lucas has become the go-to name for parents who love the name Luke and its meaning of "light," but not its popularity. As... Read more about Lucas

Tyler

Parents love to name their sons Tyler. The name soared to baby name stardom in the 80s and 90s. Tyler is one of those occupational... Read more about Tyler

Logan

Logan has become one of those "cool kid" names like Carter and Jackson. While historically Logan has been all over the place... Read more about Logan

Evelyn

Evelyn is a romantic and feminine name that is making a comeback from it's super popular days a century ago, perhaps due... Read more about Evelyn

Kyle

While it's probably not the coolest to be named after a geographical term, Kyle has been a very popular name in modern times... Read more about Kyle

Taylor

Taylor is right at the cusp of a changing of the tides. What used to be more often used as a boys' name (à la Taylor Lautner)... Read more about Taylor

Scott

Scott holds the very inspired meaning of "from Scotland," but don't let that stop you from using this name if you're not... Read more about Scott

Henry

Considered powerful and traditional in Britain, and independent and folksy in the US, Henry is a timeless boys name that... Read more about Henry