I will be the first to admit that I completely cheated when it came to naming my children — I went the easy route and used family names. Granted, they were family names I liked, unlike my Uncle Erasthamus or cousin John Bobby, so it wasn't a hardship or a nuisance, but it was convenient. When it comes to naming kids, millennials want the names to mean something and want them to stand out. Coming from a generation where every class had three Ashleys, it's understandable. Which is why I found these last names that make great first names, because sometimes something as simple as a flip in the order can make the difference.
From names of past presidents to great aunts, last names can be both distinguished and have a long line of history behind them. Not to mention the fact that many of them are fairly gender neutral, so if you're planning on not finding out your baby's gender, or if you want a name naturally more fluid, these can be the perfect fit. Names like Kennedy, Kresley, and Delaney come to mind as great, gender neutral first names that started out as someone's surname. Also, if you're a person who's taken your spouse's last name, using your maiden name as your child's first name can be a great way to honor your own history. The options are limitless.