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Last Name Ideas for Writers (+ survey for my Redbubble shop)

Hi, readers! I’m back with another list of name ideas for writers! This time it’s a list of last names! I admit, it’s not as long as the other name lists because it’s the most recent one I’ve started. But even though it’s not as long, I wanted to share it with you anyway. (And it has a lot of unique names this time too!! At least in my opinion, anyway. XD)

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Beam, Becket, Berkeley, Biggs


Carmelson, Carnegie, Carroway, Chappelle, Corbett (Hehe, of course I had to stick Delano’s last name on the list!πŸ˜‰), Cyprus


Dolan (Yes, this was on the boy’s name list as well. But apparently it’s also an Irish surname, so I thought that was cool!), Dooley, Dover


Easley, Eastwood, Eckard


Fagerland, Fairfield, Fleet


Ganey, Gatewood, Gatlin, Graen, Groff


Hallyburton, Huff






Langley, Lattimore, Ledger, Lumpkins


Matthews, Morley


Neff, Noller


Paddock, Penfield


Remington, Rocke, Rockefeller, Rodgers


Shackleton, Sharpe, Shrimpton, Spade, Spiller, Steele, Steinbeck




Watkins, Willowmore


*Note: when I add names to my personal list, I’ll update this post as well.

For a fun piece of information, “Carmelson” is probably the only name on the list you are not as likely to hear anywhere else. I did a search on all these names to see which ones I made up and which ones I had heard from somewhere else (since I couldn’t remember where most of them came from, lol). While most names came up with surname origins or famous people (even names I had thought I had made up at the time I wrote them down), “Carmelson” came up with the “Twitches” (whatever that is XD) fandom page. Oh, and “Willowmore” came up with a place rather than as a last name. (But I think “Willowmore” still sounds good as a surname, so I kept it on the list. XD)

Also, when it comes to last names, I have the tendency to use names of real objects and stuff for character last names, such as “cornstalk” and “hallway.” They work for humorous last names especially. XP Oh, and color words work for last names as well! So those are some additional ideas for coming up with last names.

My Redbubble shop survey:

Before we end this post, I wanted to share with you the survey that is mentioned in this post’s title. I’m planning on starting a shop on Redbubble, so I put together a survey to get ideas on what types of designs to create. If you could take a few moments to fill that out, I would greatly appreciate it.<3 You can click here for the link to the survey. Thank you in advance!

What are some of your favorite last names? What is your favorite one from this list? Do you like using silly last names such as “cornstalk”?Β I can’t wait to hear from you!

~ Katherine Perry


  • Virginia Henderson

    Great list! Coming up with last names always stump me. All I can ever think of are names like Smith and Jones.

    If it’s the same Twitches as the one I’m thinking of, it was a Disney Channel original movie back in the early 2000s.

    • Katherine

      Thank you! Ah, I know, right?! I have the hardest time with last names, so that’s why I started making a list. XD

      Oh, ok. Thank you for letting me know what Twitches is! I was really wondering about that, haha.πŸ˜„ Now that you mention it, I think I’ve heard of that movie, but I’ve never seen it. Is it any good?

  • Jasmine Green

    Yes! I can verify that Dolan is a surname. I know a family with that last name and it would make sense that it’s Irish because their son is such a cute little redhead! Also, I thought my last name made it on the list (😏), but then took a closer look and realized it was “Graen” and not “Green”. πŸ˜‚ I think it’s really cool! How do you pronounce it though?
    I love Willowmore (maybe because I love willows in general πŸ’β€β™€οΈ) and I don’t think I’ve used random objects as last names… I do, however, write “blah-blah” in as a character’s name when I haven’t come up with one for them yet! πŸ˜‚

    • Katherine

      Hi, Jasmine!!! Thank you for stopping by!! How’s it going?

      Oh, good!! I’m glad to know that I was right about the Dolan surname.πŸ˜‰ Aww, how sweet!!! Hahahahaha I should have had Green on the list, though. It’s a great last name!!πŸ˜‰ Thank you! I think it’s pronounced as gray-en.
      Thank you! (Ooh, cool! Willows are very pretty trees!!) I’ve done the random object last name thing a few times. It can get pretty silly.πŸ˜†Haha, that’s a great idea on what to put down for a character name until you come up with one! I’m normally just write “insert name,” lol.πŸ˜‚

  • Maggie

    β€œCornstalk” and β€œhallway,” haha I love that! I typically select my characters’ last names at random, intending to go back and refine the character in a second draft. In fact, in the last novel I was working on (a cowboy romance), I accidentally gave the 4 main characters first names that start with ‘C,’ lol! Which helps illustrate my point. While the names went together nicely, test readers let me know they were consistenly confusing the characters, and I myself was doing the same thing when I read my own writing!
    My favorite last names from your list were Fairfield and Willowmore!

    • Katherine

      Haha, thank you! Cool! I bet it’s pretty fun to select the names randomly! πŸ˜‰ When you select the names at random, do you more often like the name you chose or not? (Oooh, a cowboy romance sounds fun!!!) Lol, that’s happened to me before. XD Tis a pity that having characters with the same first letter can get confusing in books. So when you renamed the characters, did you choose at random again or went searching for a name?
      Nice! Those are unique-sounding names, aren’t they?! πŸ˜‰
      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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