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President’s Day Names: Beyond Taylor and Tyler

Ever since the first American baby was christened Washington Smith, there has been a tradition here—just as the Brits honor their Royals–to draw inspiration from the surnames of U.S. presidents, with Grant, Tyler, Taylor, Madison, and now Jackson landing high on the hit parade. So here, for President’s Day, are some examples drawn from our history that still resonate—even if the connection to the Commander-in-Chief isn’t always immediately apparent.

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This might be a little bit of a cheat, since few (if any) would assume your inspiration to be Chester Alan Arthur, the 21st president, who filled out the term of assassinated James A. Garfield. The nameArthur is making a surprise comeback, having transitioned from shining knight of the round table to buttoned-up grandpa to cute baby boy.

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