The southern U.S. is signified by family values, American traditions and a laid-back drawl that makes us yearn for sweet lemonade and buttermilk biscuits.
Each year the Social Security Administration releases a list of the top baby names, taken from birth certificates of babies born that year. Check out the top baby names of the Deep South, which includes Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and South Carolina. Trust us, you'll find the perfect baby name in two shakes of a lamb's tail!
Double names, such as Billy Bob or Ida Mae, are a deep-rooted baby name tradition of the south. These southern names are created by a choosing a traditional name, which is often combined with a family name. The combinations are endless. However, here are a few ideas for double names for your southern boy or southern belle.
The first names of Mary, John, Jacob, Annie and Billie are great starter names when searching for the perfect double name.
Another southern baby name tradition is to pass on a family surname, or last name, as your child's middle name. This would be a great way for a mother to pass on her own name or to pay respects to a dear grandfather, grandmother, aunt or uncle. Even if the surname has a more masculine sound, such as Betty Jack or Mary Harris, this doesn't seem to bother true southerners.
Be inspired by some of our favorite country music singers of the past and present that sang and wrote songs about growing up and living in the south. Even though not all of these stars were born in the south, such as Shania Twain and Taylor Swift, they have strong country roots with the perfect southern name.
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