Look: Naming a baby is no easy feat. You’ve pored over every list and feel like you’ve seen them all. Some might be too popular, while others are too strange. But what if you take a cue from family lineage (other people’s family lineage)? You’re guaranteed to find a strong moniker that won’t be duplicated come Kindergarten.
17 Family Baby Names You Can Steal from Other People
Step 1: Look for interesting surnames (like this Welsh one) that could work as first names.
Another surname that’s applicable for boys and girls alike.
A slight twist on David—this one feels traditional, yet fresh.
Old-lady names are totally new again.
…Especially when you can shorten them to “Dot.”
It means “loving kindness” in Buddhism.
Just try to say no to a sassy little lady named Maxwell.
Ever seen The King’s Speech? That’s the royal that inspired Prince William and Duchess Kate to name their first-born.
Snag it before it’s the next character on Game of Thrones.
By any other name she would smell as sweet. (But why test fate?)
Doesn’t it have an elegant ring to it?
Start your own family of stone workers.
Give us all the Irish baby names.
And Vietnamese baby names.
Or Flossie, aka the cutest nickname ever.
There’s no way that kid won’t be a movie star.