as other countries have their royal names, America
has had a long tradition of honoring our Â presidents, going back at least as far as John Quincy Adams
naming one of his sons George Washington Adams
.Â Not to mention the presidential surnames that have become latter day fadsâ€”think Taylor
.Â Today weâ€™re looking at the first, middle and last names of all the past Chief Executives, to arrive at our Nameberry Picks for best presidential baby names
This week, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel looks Â at the sometimes hiddenÂ meaning of names –the associations that often go beneath and Â beyond their literal meanings.
Itâ€™s easy to look up the meaning of a name.
Sure, they can be subject to debate.Â Do Libby and Betsy really retain Elizabethâ€™s meaning?Â But meanings are right there, a few keystrokes away for anyone with internet access.
It is much tougher to nail down associations.Â The name Cecilia means blind, but my first thought is the Simon & Garfunkel song.Â Caleb means dog, but all of the Calebs Iâ€™ve known have been cute little boys.
If meanings rarely change, associations are always shifting.Â We forget a book or a movie, or a song falls out of fashion.Â Bridget was once a generic term for a maid, but today it is a perfectly acceptable name for a daughter.
This weekâ€™s nine most newsworthy baby names all have strong positive associations, though none of them are in the US Top Ten â€“ yet.