Institute for Naming Children Humanely is: dedicated to achieving a better society through better names for children. A child’s name is the most important label he or she will ever receive. It will stay with the child throughout their whole lives. Parents who choose names poorly create misleading labels for their children. These labels can cause their children to be mocked, stereotyped, or ostracized. Mocked, stereotyped, and ostracized children grow
At Name Statistics you can search for your first and last names to see how popular they are based on a U.S. Census. Cairns is the #6095 most common last name. 0.002% of last names in the US are Cairns. Around 5000 US last names are Cairns!
This randon name generator: uses data from the US Census to randomly generate male and female names. Good for naming those characters in the novel you’re writing.
My wife and I are beginning to debate possible baby names now; that is, we’re disagreeing with each other all the time. We’d like to have a Scottish name due to the Cairns Scottish heritage (unlike my first name, Jody, which is Hebrew or something for Are you a boy or girl, and is that with an “i”, “ie”, or “y”?). Google returns 118,000 1,590,000 hits (updated Nov. 9, 2006)