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Trade and Occupational Names

Some occupational names started out as surnames, back when people would use them to describe your line of work. These days, trade names aren’t quite as functional, but many are popular (especially for boys) nonetheless.

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Abbot

English Origin

Hebrew: Father or head of a monastic community; This surname is likely derived from the Hebrew name Abba and may bring to mind the...

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Abbott

This Hebrew name means "father" and was used as the term for the leader of a monastery. Abbott has some traction as a last...

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Ace

Anglo Saxon Origin

English Origin

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Archer

English Origin

Latin: Bowman; an occupational name and English surname adapted to first name use

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Baird

Celtic: Bard

English: Minstrel; a medieval musical entertainer

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Baker

Baker is an English occupational surname that should probably just remain a surname. It doesn't have the same appeal as names...

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Baron

English: Warrior; a title of nobility used as a given name

French: A title of nobility used as a given name

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Baxter

English: Baker; an occupational surname transferred to first name use in 19th century

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Carter

English: Drives a cart; from a surname and occupational name

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Carver

English: Carves wood or sculpts

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Chandler

English: Candlemaker.

French: Maker of candles

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Clark

English: Surname and occupational name for a clerk or secretary.

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Cohen

Hebrew: Surname, priest

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Collier

English: Coal miner or merchant; surname and occupational name

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Conner

Irish: Wolf lover

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Cooper

Cooper Union is a tuition-free college for architects, engineers, and artists in downtown New York.

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Deacon

Greek: Servant; also a church official

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Dean

English: From the valley

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Deanna

English: Valley; feminine form of Dean or possible variant for Diana

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Dexter

Latin: Right

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Donna

Italian: Lady, a respectful title and female equivalent of Don

Latin Origin

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Duke

English Origin

Latin: Leader; a royal title

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Earl

English: Nobleman; a name based on the English aristocratic title

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Fallon

Irish: In charge; surname used as a first name

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Fletcher

English: Profession name, arrow maker

Scottish Origin

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Forest

Forest hails from Old French origins and means—what else—"woodsman" or "wood." And even though the spelling is more...

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Forrester

English: Keeps the forest

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Garth

English Origin

Norse: Garden; from a surname, indicating someone who lived near or worked in a garden

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Gunner

Swedish: Battle strong

Teutonic: Bold warrior

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Gypsy

English: Wanderer; derived from Egyptian to describe tribes of nomads who migrated from India to Europe

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