Before Lucy DeWitt and her husband, Steve, chose names for their children, they read the top baby names. Then they crossed them off their lists.
"We wanted uncommon names," said DeWitt, 33, a real estate agent from Shawnee, Kan. "Not like my brother's name, Andy. There were so many Andys in his school, he was always Andy R."
The result was two surnames for first names — Lanning for their son, 2, and Collins for their daughter, 1.
"They set them apart from other kids and say 'spunk' and 'confidence,'" DeWitt said. "When they have careers, they'll give them an edge because they're memorable."
Hang out at a playground these days and you'll hear first names with surname roots. Continue reading...