New post up at Nameberry!

I have a new post up at Nameberry today! Some Surprising Surnames to Consider: From Ames to Wilkie.


I had a lot of fun putting together this post — as you’ll read, it was the result of research I spent last winter doing, and I have a bunch more topics to write about from that same research! The book I refer to, A Dictionary of English Surnames by P.H. Reaney and R.M. Wilson, is a treasure trove of interesting tidbits about surnames used in England over the last ten centuries (I wrote a little about it here).

I’m interested to hear what you think about the post, and whether you would consider or have considered any of the surnames as first names for your own children!

9 thoughts on “New post up at Nameberry!

  1. This is fun! I love thinking of possible surnames as an honor name too. My maiden name is Porter, and we’d love to use that as a boy’s middle name someday. And another name in my family is MacArthur. I think that could be great for a little boy. Loved seeing your list!

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  2. I know a little girl named Ellerson.
    Quilliam and Faver are my favorites from your article and Stennet. Jory is so cute. Interesting that Eason is son of Adam.

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  3. Great article. I think that yes, so many of htose names do fit easily with other names being bestowed today. I know a Jory and I have heard some Dawsons.

    Faver reminded me of St. Peter Faber which is sometimes given as Favre (French). So not the same but similar. Maybe that name could link to him in patronage.

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