By Linda Rosenkrantz
Before you fire up the barbie or pack up the picnic basket, why not take a minute to think about what Memorial Day memorializes. The holidayâ€”originally called Decoration Dayâ€”was first commemorated on May 30, 1868, not long after the Civil War had ended, and was given that name because it was when flowers were placed on the graves of the Union and Confederate soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery. In the course of this brutal war Â that tore the country apart, over a thousand soldiers reached the rank of general, several of whom went on to reach high offices in government, including six presidents– Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Johnson, Benjamin Harris, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield and Chester A. Arthur.
Weâ€™ve looked across history and geography at the men and women whose inventions have affected our livesâ€”in both major ways (the electric light bulb, the elevator)Â and minor (the coffee filter, the crossword puzzle)â€”and picked those with the best baby-name potential.
And here are our top Nameberry picks of historic baby names based on those of important inventors:
Alessandro Volta–Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Gerolamo Umberto Volta was an Italian physicist who invented the battery in the nineteenth century.
Amalie Auguste Melitta BentzÂ â€“As you might have guessed from her second middle name, A.A. MelittaÂ Bentz invented the coffee filter.
Arthur Wynneâ€”Liverpool-born journalist Arthur Wynne created the first crossword puzzle.Â Originally called word-cross, it debuted in the New York World newspaper in 1913.
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
To commemorate Black History
month, weâ€™re looking today at the names of some of the less well known Civil Rights leaders and activists. Weâ€™re all familiar with the major figuresâ€” from Martin Luther King
to Jesse Jackson
to Rosa Parks
–but our subjects here are some activists who played important roles but might not be as well remembered.
are changing faster than ever, influenced by celebrities and pop culture, ancient religions and modern catastrophes.Â The major trends for 2013 draw from the names of Roman
gods and the wilder side of nature, tap new international name sources and include a surprising taste for secrecy.
Nameberryâ€™s predictions for Â baby names 2013: