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British Surnames as First Names

75 British Surnames That Make Perfect First Names

If you're looking for an unusual moniker for your little one, get inspiration from the growing trend to do things back-to-front, and give your newborn a surname as their first name. In England, the Normans introduced surnames in 1066, and they've had a fascinating history ever since. They started out fluid, changing between generations, and even as a person switched jobs. By 1400, they became hereditary, and were often based on a person's occupation. That's why there are so many Cooks, Smiths, and Taylors! Nicknames and descriptive names were also popular, like Fox and Armstrong, as were generic locations — such as Dale — and specific places, like Preston. Browse our picks here, and take a look at more names inspired by British and Irish places.

  1. Allen
  2. Anderson
  3. Bailey
  4. Bennett
  5. Butler
  6. Cameron
  7. Campbell
  8. Carter
  9. Chapman
  10. Clarke
  11. Cole
  12. Cooper
  13. Corbyn
  14. Cunningham
  15. Dale
  16. Davis
  17. Dixon
  18. Everard
  19. Fletcher
  20. Fox
  21. Gardner
  22. Gibson
  23. Gilbert
  24. Gray
  25. Hamilton
  26. Harper
  27. Harris
  28. Harrison
  29. Heath
  30. Howell
  31. Hudson
  32. Hunter
  33. Hyde
  34. Jackson
  35. Johnson
  36. Jones
  37. Kennedy
  38. King
  39. Knight
  40. Lambert
  41. Lane
  42. Lawson
  43. Macdonald
  44. Marshall
  45. Mason
  46. Miller
  47. Mitchell
  48. Morgan
  49. Moore
  50. Morris
  51. Murphy
  52. Murray
  53. Osborne
  54. Parker
  55. Pearce
  56. Pearson
  57. Poole
  58. Powell
  59. Preston
  60. Reid
  61. Robinson
  62. Shaw
  63. Simpson
  64. Smith
  65. Squire
  66. Stanley
  67. Taylor
  68. Thompson
  69. Turner
  70. Walker
  71. Ward
  72. Watson
  73. Webb
  74. Wilson
  75. Wright
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