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
, 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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The surname of James Earl Carter Jr., the 39th president, is a long-running favorite now in the Top 50—its highest point ever. Carter is a sophisticated occupational last-name-first name that goes back to a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Gender-bender note: Selena Gomez played a girl named Carter in a Disney Channel movie.
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