Molly Sims Jumps on New Baby Name Bandwagon

Molly Sims during "Benchwarmers" Los Angeles Premiere

Two things to know about Molly Sims and husband Scott Stuber’s newly released baby name:

  1. Their boy (born June 19) is called Brooks Alan Stuber
  2. You can add Brooks – a perennial Top 1000 name that currently sits at number 346 – to your list of names that have longtime under-the-radar appeal

Part of the surname-as-a-first-name practice that’s grown increasingly trendy over the past few years, Brooks has the S ending that sets it apart from the usual Madison/Jackson, Archer/Parker, and Peyton/ Rowan.  That one little letter also does wonders in setting it apart from Brook, a name that’s traditionally masculine, but overshadowed by the much more popular (and feminine) version, Brooke.

Brooks has traditional surname roots that give it an aristocratic, bow-tie-wearing movie role feel – picture a role played by a Cary Grant or Humphrey Bogart type. But it has a simple spelling and some modern-day, masculine associations that give it a wide range of possibilities. You may associate the name with country musicians Garth Brooks and Brooks & Dunn, athletes Brooks Orpik and Brooks Reed, or perhaps Hall of Fame baseball player Brooks Robinson. Some may remember Brooks Hatlen, a character played by James Whitmore in The Shawshank Redeption.

The announcement serves as a nice reminder that family surnames (particularly those on Mom’s side that may otherwise go forgotten) can be a treasure trove of interesting name choices, especially if they end in “S,” like Brooks or Collins, or “ing,” like Keating or Henning.

What unexpected surname-as-a-first-name choices have you heard? Could you picture your own last name as a first name?