as other countries have their royal names, America
has had a long tradition of honoring our presidents, going back at least as far as John Quincy Adams
naming one of his sons George Washington Adams
. Not to mention the presidential surnames that have become latter day fads—think Taylor
. Today we’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
Guest blogger Angela Mastrodonato of the blog Upswing Baby Names shows us how many of today’s coolest names contain the energetic oo sound.
The high-profile letter V is found in many stylish baby names right now, but let’s not discount the potential of its neighbor, the power vowel U. Just consider the popularity of names like Lucy, Ruby, Jude, and Luca–and there are any number of other, similar names with promise:
• June was one of the fastest rising names, climbing over 100 places to #470
• Luna broke the top 300
• Juniper broke the top 1000
• Elula became Isla Fisher and Sasha Baron Cohen’s pick for their second daughter and was one of Nameberry’s hottest baby names of 2011
For the Nameberry 9 this week, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel walks us through the flower-name garden and shares some celebrity news.
Earlier this week, Nameberry explored the unexpected middle names of some very famous figures. Who knew that Hugh Grant wore the middle name Mungo, or that Charlie Sheen had Irwin in the middle spot?
Here in Washington DC, I’m convinced that while we’re quite daring with our children’s given names, every single girl is sharing the same middle: Rose. I’d rather see Rose in the first spot, like Charlotte’s younger daughter in the Sex in the City series. But Rose came in at a frosty #337 in the 2010 rankings. You’re more likely to meet a girl called Esmeralda, Fatima, or Leilani.
What explains the rise of a suddenly-everywhere middle name? Yes, many of us have grandmothers named Rose. But we also have grandmothers named Jean, Joan, and Ruth, and those names aren’t nearly as popular. At a recent baby shower, the guest-of-honor had chosen Rose for a daughter’s middle name. So had the other expectant mom in the room, and one of the brand new parents had already named her daughter Amelie Rose.
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.