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    Sur Name as a First Name

    My first great grand child was named TANNER and one of my golfing cronies newest great grand child is named GIBSON. Is this a new trend in naming children?

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    Re: Sur Name as a First Name

    I like both of those names. They're original, basic, but without being one of these stupid ones currently being fashionably 'created' by would-be celebs.

    It may be one thing to brand the kids with a cute sounding name, but kids, unlike puppies, have to live with those names - and as we all know, other kids can be really brutal when it comes to teasing.

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    Re: Sur Name as a First Name

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    My first great grand child was named TANNER and one of my golfing cronies newest great grand child is named GIBSON. Is this a new trend in naming children?
    One of our neighbors named their kid Tanner about 20 years back. We have a nephew that name his boy, Tyler.
    I think this has been a trend for some time.
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    Re: Sur Name as a First Name

    :What do you do with a Sur name like Krakowski, name a kid Krak? Or how about Fitzsimmons? call him Fits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lon View Post
    :What do you do with a Sur name like Krakowski, name a kid Krak? Or how about Fitzsimmons? call him Fits?
    Hmmmm, Actually, I see some possibilities, here.
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    Re: Sur Name as a First Name

    My grandsons name is Lewis....I also know a Tyler, Taylor, Brandon, Cameron, Douglas, Harrison etc. I don't think this is really a new trend. Can't recall girls names but I bet there a quite a few....
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    Re: Sur Name as a First Name

    If you think about it, surnames originally came from first names, by the name of the father, particularly in Scotland & Ireland where 'Mac' means 'Son Of..', or the French 'De' (of), or Italian Di, etc. This would result in someone being referred to, for instance, as Harold, son of William, later to become "Harold Williamson", or simply Harold William. Therefore, to name someone William wouldn't mean that they're being given a surname as a name. If anything, it's the other way round.

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    Re: Sur Name as a First Name

    Quote Originally Posted by Lon View Post
    My first great grand child was named TANNER and one of my golfing cronies newest great grand child is named GIBSON. Is this a new trend in naming children?
    Maybe some names are interchangeable ?
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    Re: Sur Name as a First Name

    Quote Originally Posted by Lon View Post
    My first great grand child was named TANNER and one of my golfing cronies newest great grand child is named GIBSON. Is this a new trend in naming children?
    It's a long-standing tradition in England, Lon, and has been for centuries. Usually it starts when the mother's maiden surname is given as a middle name, and the child grows up to use that as his preferred forename for his friends to use. The name then gets handed down, often as a first rather than middle name, for several generations thereafter. I've seen lots of examples in genealogy trees.
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    Re: Sur Name as a First Name

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lon View Post
    Sur Name as a First Name. Is this a new trend in naming children?
    It's probably a trend by famous association such as Nelson Mandela.

    Quote Originally Posted by FourPart View Post
    If you think about it, surnames originally came from first names, by the name of the father, particularly in Scotland & Ireland where 'Mac' means 'Son Of..' ...

    Such as traditional Swedish (Scandinavian, to be precise) surnames whose history is shared. Johansson meaning “Johan's son” as in Sven Johansson. Johan's daughter would be Maria Johanssdatter. We no longer use this system but the male surnames still exist as “hand me downs”. The female version can only be found today in Iceland, as in “-dattir”.

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