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
Which people over time have had the greatest influence on baby names in the U.S.? Weâ€™ve collected the top dozen individuals whoâ€™ve inspired millions of namesakes, often in unexpected ways. Sometimes it was an actual name that went viral; in other cases these people set off a wider-ranging trend. Here, the greatest baby name influencers of all time:
since the first American baby was christened Washington Smith
, there has been a tradition hereâ€”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 Presidentâ€™s Day
, are some examples drawn from our history that still resonateâ€”even if the connection to the Commander-in-Chief isnâ€™t always immediately apparent.
Do you love vintage names but want to move beyond the usual classics and Biblical choices?Â We looked at the popularity lists of 1910 to uncover hundreds of vintage boys’ names that are no longer in use — but could be revived.
It’s odd that there seem to be more terminally-antiquated boys’ names from 1910 than girls’ names.Â After all, girls’ names change more quickly and dramatically than do boys’, which tend to hinge more on tradition and less on fashion.
Yet beyond the Johns and Williams that have always predominated for boys (and still do today), there are dozens, evenÂ hundreds of names that filled the Top 1000 list a hundred years ago and now are lost to time.
They include hero names, surname-names, nickname-names, androgynous names, and even regular old first names that few people seem to use any more.
Sure, some parents who love vintage names might revive Chester or Homer or Julius or Oswald.Â But many of these popular names for boys in 1910 are rarely heard today
We’re all pretty familiar with the names ofÂ the presidents whose surnames have beeen commonly usedÂ for children–Jackson, Jefferson, Taylor, Tyler, Lincoln, Truman, Madison, Wilson, Kennedy et al– and we’re equally Â familiar with the names of most of their wives as well.
But less well known are the onesÂ they chose for their children, so I thought this was an appropriate occasion to take a look at them. Putting aside the common Johns and Marys, James and Elizabeths (except if they had a noteworthy nickname), and the number of sons who were named Junior for their famous fathers, here are some of the more interesting choices:
ABIGAIL (nn Nabby) Adams (John)
ALICE (nn Princess) Roosevelt (Theodore)
ANNAÂ Harrison, Roosevelt (Franklin)
DOROTHY (nn Doro) Bush (George H. W.)
ELEANOR (nn Nelly) Â Wilson
ELIZA (nn Trot) Garfield, Monroe
ELLEN (nn Nellie) Grant
ETHEL Roosevelt (Theodore)
JANE Â Jefferson
JENNA Bush (George W.)
KATHERINE (nn Katie) McKinley
LETITIA (nn Letty) Tyler