It seems that ‘back-to-front’ names are the latest naming trend!
And there’s an interesting reason why experts believe parents are choosing surnames as forenames.
Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard, told the Chicago Tribune she believes many parents are using one of their maiden names as a first name.
She says, “Whether or not the parents change their names at marriage, there’s a feeling that you want both families to be represented equally in the kids’ names.”
Whether you choose your maiden name as your baby’s first name or use another surname that you like, here are a heap of cute ‘back-to-front’ names…
40 of the cutest surnames that parents are using as forenames
Surnames as forenames for baby girls
Meaning: Addison is an English surname meaning ‘son of Adam’.
Meaning: Bardot is a French surname.
Meaning: Bailey means ‘steward or public official’.
Meaning: Blaine is a Gaelic surname and means ‘thin’.
Meaning: Campbell is a Scottish surname and means ‘crooked’ or ‘bent’.
Meaning: Cassidy is a Gaelic surname and means ‘curly haired’.
Meaning: A Hebrew surname which means ‘priest’.
Meaning: Ellison means ‘Son of Elder’.
Meaning: Emerson means ‘brave’ and ‘powerful’.
Meaning: This name is an English surname. It means ‘from the boar meadow’.
Meaning: Hayden has derived from the surname Haydn or Heiden and means ‘heathen’.
Meaning: Harlow is surname as well as a town in England. It means ‘hill’.
Meaning: Jensen is a Scandinavian baby name and means ‘Jehovah’.
Meaning: Kennedy is a Gaelic surname and means ‘head’.
Meaning: Langley is also a place name and means ‘long, wood’.
Meaning: The name Marley is of English origin and means ‘from the march meadow’.
Meaning: Monroe is a Scottish surname and means ‘the mouth of the Roe’.
Meaning: A Gaelic surname that means ‘wisdom, reason, intelligence’.
Meaning: Riley is an English surnames and mean ‘rye, wood, clearing’.
Meaning: Wyatt is an English baby name and means ‘wide, wood’.
Surnames as forenames for baby boys
Meaning: Anderson means ‘son of Anders / Andrew’.
Meaning: Beckett is an Old English surname meaning ‘bee cottage’.
Meaning: An Irish name, meaning ‘spirited, broad’.
Meaning: Carter is a family name of Irish and Scottish origin and means ‘wagon or cart maker’.
Meaning: Cooper is a surname of English origin and derives from the occupation of a repairer of wooden vessels such as barrels, tubs and casks.
Meaning: Cole is a name that originated from Cornwall in South West England. It means ‘charcoal’.
Meaning: Dawson is an English surname and means ‘David’s son’.
Meaning: Davis is a Welsh surname meaning ‘son of David’.
Meaning: Dixon is a Scottish surname that means ‘son of Richard’.
Meaning: A Gaelic name that means ‘warrior’ or ‘hero’.
Meaning: Harrison is an English surname that means ‘son of Harry’.
Meaning: Hendrix comes from the name Henry and means ‘ruler’ or ‘power’.
Meaning: Lennox is a Gaelic name and means ‘lives near the place abounding in elm trees’.
Meaning: This name is the name of a Roman settlement in England. It means ‘lake, pool’.
Meaning: Miller is an old Norse name that means ‘grinder of grain’.
Meaning: Nash is and English surname that means ‘at the ash tree’.
Meaning: Parker is an English surname that means ‘park keeper’.
Meaning: An Irish name derived from the name O’Sullivan and means ‘dark’.
Meaning: An old English word which comes from the occupation of a tiler or ‘one who makes tiles’.
Meaning: Wiley derives from a name given to those who lived near Wylye in Wiltshire, England.
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