The past decade has brought to life a new trend - surnames as first names. Surnames have been used as first names for a very, very long time but until recently, the trend was used mainly for men and was generally limited to specific names that were popular at the time and maiden / family names. Now, everywhere I look, I see bolder, more unusual choices - even on girls. I've seen monikers such as Wallace, Campell, and Ripley turning to the feminine side and Bowie, Edison and Fletcher for the boys. I personally do not care for surnames on girls - not even a little bit. The huge majority sound profoundly masculine and don't even provide the benefit of a feminine nicknames. Wallace - Wally? Ripley - Rip? No thanks. For a boy, it harkens back a kind of traditional, vintage charm for me. I also feel like there are a lot of surnames that have "gone girl" the past few years that would make nice choices for boys - Avery, Madison, Addison, Aubrey, Mackenzie, Morgan, Kennedy, Emery and Emerson. I think they sound a bit tired and uninspired for girls, but would make stylish and handsome picks for a boy. I think if you want to stay on trend, but want to stay within the realm of "traditional", a surname may be the way to go.
A few ideas...