Would you use your last name as a first name?

My maiden name, for example, if Newman. I wouldn't name a child Newman, but I could go for Newell or Nayman.
My married name is Howe, which could plausibly use as a name. Howie, however, is a no-go.

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July 11, 2013 4:07 PM

Definitely not, both my maiden name and married name are completely unusable as first names.  They're pretty terrible as last names, too.  My married name is one that no first name sounds good with- the most beautiful names are ruined by the weird, clunky last name.

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By mk
July 11, 2013 8:32 PM

I'd only use it as a middle name. It is way too long for a first name, even for me and I usually like long names. Plus most people don't pronounce it correctly.

 

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July 11, 2013 8:55 PM

I sure would. But my maiden name was Williams, so...William is a pretty "normal" boy's name. =)

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July 12, 2013 1:18 AM

Well, I would join the masses naming their sons Jackson, but I would have a real reason for it.

Couldn't use my married last name for a first name, but I'm not fond of last names as first names anyway. Ironically, there was a boy a grade up from my DS whose first name was the exact same spelling of our last name (unusual spelling for the name), so teachers got confused and often called my son by our last name.

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July 16, 2013 11:15 PM

Well, yes, if I hadn't kept my surname when I married, I would've pushed to use it as a first or middle name for a child.  (It has a history of use as a first name for both boys and girls.)  I did keep it, which made me feel it was out as a first name, but when I was pregnant with our first kid, we talked about it as a middle name.  (We ended up going with a double surname instead.)

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July 19, 2013 2:51 PM

My last name, Lacy, is more commonly used as a first name, but I wouldn't use it, because it's not my style at all. Also, I'm always having to insist to people that, no, I didn't mishear them when they asked for my LAST name, that's what it is. I do have a friend from childhood that used it for her daughter, though, which is sweet.

 

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July 17, 2015 5:52 PM

I know how you feel! My last name is Allison, and I teach preschool. I go by Mrs. Allison at work, but most parents use it as my first name instead of my surname. I quickly got used to answering to Allison, but I'm still not too fond of it. 

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By nym
July 20, 2013 11:04 PM

Well my maiden name, Irwin, has been used as a first name, although it does not exactly seem to be a common or fashionable name currently. If I ever made a nod to family names I might use it as a middle name. I also know some last name Griffins that could make a pretty cool name. My current last name is so common as to be unusable as a first name.

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May 18, 2015 11:02 PM

Absolutely NOT. Both my maiden name and married name are long Greek and Italian names (Mezzanotti and Mihalopoulos). However, parts of it are still usable: Mia, Polly, Zane, etc.

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May 27, 2015 11:51 AM

Not my surname but it can be shortened to Maya, and I can use it as name. My mom's maiden surname can be used also, Demir and we have Arikan in my family. Arikan, Ari and Kan are all usable.

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July 11, 2015 2:43 AM

My maiden name, yes, in fact it's my firstborn's name! We get a lot of positive feedback on it. :)

Unfortunately, none of the other surnames in our immediate family would make terribly good first names, they'd be too long or people already have issues pronouning them. Otherwise, I'd consider it for our next child.

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July 11, 2015 10:10 AM

I'm keeping my surname and plan to give it to some of my children (as a surname). I am considering using my grannie's maiden name (Rollin) as a middle name though.

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July 17, 2015 5:47 PM

My last name, A11ison, is usually a first name, and I've always thought it would be hilarious to name a child Allie A11ison. I'm not sure I could be that mean.

My maiden name is used by at least one of my distant cousins as a first name-- Sp@rkman has a fun nickname, Sparky! I could use it, but I probably won't. 

My mother's maiden name is Bent1ey, and I've always wanted to use it for a future child. But then Teen Mom, or whatever the show is, came along and sadly ruined it for me.

 

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July 22, 2015 1:24 PM

Oh, I forgot to mention that my middle name was my grandmother's maiden name. I have always wanted to use Kirksey as a first name for a girl, but I'm afraid it would be too hard for people to pronounce.

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July 18, 2015 11:08 AM

Myself, personally, I couldn't, because my last name is a puralized men's name (like Adams, Williams, etc) but even so I wouldn't use it unpuralized as a first name. Too ugly and old fashioned. A family maiden name is, however, Scott, which I might use as a middle name, but I don't like it as a first name. It feels cheap and tacky to me as a first name, but that's just my opinion, no offense to anybody who has, or has used that name! Some surnames as first names are nice though! I also have a cousin and a grandmother who have their mother's maiden names as middle names, which isn't as cute as it sounds, as the names aren't, and could never pass as, first names! It's a bit sad that they missed out on proper middle names, and annoying because my grandmother has all three, first, middle and last, names that aren't suitable nowadays as first names, so I'm not sure how to honor her with any of my (future) children's names! Ahh!

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August 6, 2015 6:56 AM

Well, my maiden name was hyphenated, and both names are technically usable. The first of them was a relatively common first name (starts with M and is often associated with a singer made famous for 'Livin' La Vida Loca'), and it also happens to be my stepfather's middle name, so I would definitely use it, but likely in the middle spot more than anything. I would definitely used the feminine version for a girl's first name. My second last name though (which starts and ends with E) is also a first name, but extremely uncommon out of a select few European countries, and even then it's quite uncommon. I would not use it in any circumstance. However, it does sound a little bit like the name Elise, which I would use. As for my married surname (which starts with D and rhymes with May), I likely would not use it simply because it sounds a little bit hippy-ish to my ears, which is not my taste.

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August 9, 2015 4:59 PM

my maiden name is M0ntg0mery, which I personally wouldn't use as a first name, but for others it may work.. my married name is Bl@kely, which I would totally consider for a girl if it wasn't my last name ;)

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September 2, 2015 10:24 PM

My mothers maiden name, Preston is commonly used as a boys name, my maiden name, Redwood I wouldn't use as a first name, maybe a middle name if I was half a lunatic and my ex husbands last name Ranus I would never give a child male or female that as any kind of name

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September 5, 2015 9:31 PM

Chow? No.

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September 10, 2015 5:58 PM

Jacobson... Probably not that, but Jacob? Sure!

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September 10, 2015 6:57 PM

Yeah, I would NEVER use my maiden name, it was the source of much teasing as a child. My married name is, of course, unusable... I'd never name my child Argent Argent. my mother-in-law used her maiden name though. She named my husband Devereux. I like it.

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By GPU
January 8, 2016 9:16 PM

No way! Nobody would ever call their child my last name...it is way too long, strange and completely unusable. Plus, nobody can ever pronounce it right unless they have lived with me all/most of their life!!