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Freedom Names for Martin Luther King Day

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By Kelli Brady at NameFreak!,

Today, the United States honors Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr‘s birthday as a national holiday. In his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington in 1963, Rev. King ended with words from a spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last”–  words that are so powerful and enduring. Freedom is a valuable concept for everyone, and one that you might wish to translate it into your child’s name. Here are some names that deal with freedom (also included are some variants and diminutives):

Brac – “free”

Carl, Carlton or Charlton – “free men’s town”

Carlos – “free man”

Charles means “free man”. He has many variants and diminutives that mean the same thing, including Carla, Carlene, Carly, Carol, Caroline, Carrie, Charlene, Charlie, Charlotte, Chaz and Cheryl

Darby – “free from envy” or “free man”

Dermot, Diarmaid or Diarmid – “free man”

Francis means “free”. He also has many variants and diminutives that mean the same thing, including Fanny, Fran, Frances, Francesca, Francine, Francisco, Francisca, Frank, Franklin, Frisco, Sissy, or Ziska

Frantz or Franz – “free”

Fremont – “protector of freedom”


Freeland - “from the free land”

Freeman – “free man”

Frewin – “free friend”

Fritz – “free”

Kanoa – “the free one”

Kermit – “free man”

Liberty - “free”

Lysander - “liberator”

Paco – “free”

Saoirse – “freedom”

If you don’t like any of those names but still want to honor the concept of freedom, you could always use names related to the topic itself (this list is mostly from an American standpoint): any of the Founding Father’s names (John, George, Thomas, Jefferson, etc.), Rosa (Parks), Martin, Luther, Abraham, Lincoln, Lucretia (Mott), Susan (B. Anthony), Elizabeth (Cady Stanton), Lucy (Stone), Julia (Ward Howe), Harriet (Beecher Stowe or Tubman), Sojourner (Truth), or even William or Wallace. Braveheart may be about a Scottish leader and set in Scotland, but it’s a favorite of many Americans and has a strong message of freedom. :) This list could go on and on.

What are some other names that communicate “free” or “freedom” to you? What is your favorite?

Originally posted at NameFreak! on January 14, 2013 and revised for Nameberry.

Kelli Brady is a stay at home mom of two who needed an outlet for her name obsession. She found it at NameFreak!, a blog dedicated to a wide variety of name-related whims and fancies. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.