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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Ford, a short, strong surname identified with industrialist Henry and actor Harrison, saw some degree of usage pre-1950, and is just the kind of one-syllable boy’s name that could return. Owen Wilson used it as the middle name of his son Robert. President Gerald R. Ford was actually born with the surname King.