Every Single Double-T Baby Name Option

Oct 26th 2017


Elliott. Wyatt. Jett. Three names with very different styles, all riding high on the power of a double-T ending. And they're not alone.

Today, 11 names ending in -tt rank among the top 500 for American boys: Wyatt, Everett, Emmett, Bennett, Elliott, Beckett, Rhett, Barrett, Garrett, Jett, Scott. On the girl's side, Scarlett is a top-20 hit and still rising, with new double-t options coming up behind.

If you love the style but want a more unusual name choice, you've come to the right place. I've looked high and low for less common -tt names, especially surnames, and coralled all of the candidates.

OK, not exactly all. In most cases, I chose just one spelling for each name. I also eliminated names created by adding or subtracting a letter from otherwise familiar given names, like Violett and Antoinett. And I ruled out hundreds of names that were simply unrealistic choices (e.g. surnames like Piggott, Niblett, and Thweatt).

Below are the 74 possibilities that remained. Happy browsing, -tt lovers! 

EVERY UNDISCOVERED -TT NAME
Abbott Garnett Prescott
Arlett Hackett Pritchett
Arnett Hammett Pritt
Averett Hartnett Pruitt
Avett Haskett Robinett
Barnett Hewitt Russett
Bartlett Hewlett Sennett
Birgitt Hyatt Starrett
Brett Jarrett Stennett
Briott Leverett Tillett
Britt Levitt Tippett
Bryatt Lovett Trevitt
Burchett Marlett Truett
Burdett Marriott Truscott
Burkett McDermott                        Walcott
Burnett McElligott Watt
Cavitt Merritt Wescott
Corbett Mitt Westcott
Corlett Nesbitt Westcott
Crockett                          Nevitt Whitt
DeWitt Padgett Willett
Dorsett Patchett Winnett
Emerett Perritt Witt
Endicott Pickett Wolcott
Evett Pratchett  

 

Comments

1
October 26, 2017 10:19 AM

I'm a fan of the -tt, but I must admit that most of these names look like they've either had an extra T added on for style (e.g., Cabott, Winslett) or are missing a final -e (e.g., Arlette). Mostly the former, though.

2
October 26, 2017 11:25 AM

When we chose Elliott as my grandson's name, we considered all the traditional spellings: Elliott, Elliot, Eliot, and Elyot. The double tt won hands down--it just looks more complete and grounded on the page. And my grandson loves the fact that his name has two pairs of double letters.

3
October 26, 2017 2:29 PM

Karyn, I think that effect might be amplified by seeing them all together like this. After looking at this list I even had to double-check that Pratchett is really the way the author's name is spelled, which I have never questioned before. I also know someone with one of these surname-names (it's a family name for her, she's about 50 now) and for the life of me, after seeing it on this list, I can't remember if her name ends in -t or -tt :P.

4
October 26, 2017 11:40 PM

That's doubtless true. Though names like Cabot and Winslet that have very prominent associations (John Cabot/The Cabot Trail and Kate, respectively) make the -tt look especially wrong. 

 

(Let's just ignore the fact that his name was actually Giovanni Caboto, shall we.) 

5
October 27, 2017 8:08 AM

Karyn, I agree that a few of the double-t endings look sketchy, especially Cabott. I tried to err on the side of inclusivity in cases where no spelling has ever been established as a baby name, but you're right that Cabot is established on a broader cultural level. (Especially here in Massachusetts, where I live!)

I'd be tempted to edit out one or two of the worst offenders, were it not an intractable HTML table. :)  Maybe I could just leave a mysterious blank space, or a [NAME REDACTED]?

 

6
October 27, 2017 9:53 AM

:D

"Upon further reflection, the author can no longer recommend this name in good conscience. Thank you for your understanding." 

Hmm...That probably exceeds the cell size, eh?

7
October 28, 2017 9:27 AM

Karyn, my conscience was plaguing me. I went back and rebuilt the table sans the offending names.

8
October 28, 2017 9:46 PM

<3

The degree to which you care about providing accurate and helpful information to your legions of fans shows and is appreciated!

9
November 16, 2017 3:53 PM

I know a little boy named Summitt.

10
November 18, 2017 3:03 AM

I don't see how Brett is "undiscovered" since it was quite popular in the '70's. I also know a few Mitt's, short for Mitchell.