Rudyard Kipling's signature
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He’s a surname choice with playful literary associations, as well as a tie to engineering.

Thanks to Jen for suggesting Kipling as our Baby Name of the Day.

It is almost a rule that any surname will have a few uses in first spot, and it is surprising how many surnames owe their roots to a given name.

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  1. I know this is a post from 2011, but we named our son, Kipling! He’s almost 8 months old now! I love it!!

  2. Very interesting! I named my son Kipling. He is almost 14 months now. We live on the east coast. Most people we tell the name to really seem to like it. We have always loved the name. Didn’t use it because of Rudyard, we just really liked it. I don’t regret using it…it’s so fitting! We love it!