English Surnames I-P

Attention: This is not a “name the baby” list! Most of these make bad first names by modern American standards and are best left as surnames.

Ibbotson

Illingworth

Ingerson

Inman

Insley

Inwoods

Isaacson

Isett

Isham

  • Too pun-like for con artists.

Iverson

Jeffers

Jellison

Jenks

Jenner

  • You might not want to pair this with Brice.

Jennison

Jesson

Jessop !

Joiner

  • See Joyner.

Joliff !

Jones !

  • Be careful with the first name! Especially avoid David and James.

Joyner

Judkins

Keeling

Kempster

Kettridge

Kite

Kitson

  • See Kite.

Lake

Lamson

Lanham

Lant

Lardner

Leatherwood

Ledger !

Leftwich

Lethbridge

Letts

Leverett

Lobdell

Longwell

Loxton

Lukin

  • You may want to avoid George with this one.

Luxford

Lyndall

Mabson

Malkin

Marsh !

Masefield

Mawson

Meadows

Mewbourn

Mewes !

Midwinter

Mileson

Millman

Millward

Milner

Minter

  • Too pun-like for coiners, counterfeiters, and confectioners.

Morewood

Morford

Moss

Mounce

Mulford

Murrell

Myatt

Naish

Nancarrow

Natson

Neave !

Nettles

Newell

Nicklin

Northmore

Notley

  • Avoid Thomas as a first name.

Oddy

Oldacre

Onslow

Ordway

Orris

Ostler

  • Ostlers take care of horses. Guess who this surname’s too pun-like for.

Overfield

Overstreet

Ovington

Oxley

Packer

Page

Paley

Parlin

Parnell

Passmore

Peartree

Pell !

Pemberton

Penfold !

Penner

Perryman

Philo

Pierson

Pit(t)man !

Plaskett

Plover

Plumridge

Pollard !

Polson

Povey

Prentice

Prester

  • May be too pun-like for priests. Never pair with John.

Prewitt

Prowse !

Pulford

Letters in parentheses are optional.

! – Pirate had this surname or a very similar one; use with caution.

Last edited August 3, 2009.

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