Born on the Fourth of July
It’s the birthday of America, but this year, instead of celebrating Revolutionary heroes and the like, I thought we’d salute some of the notable people born on the Fourth of July—and of course those with the more interesting names. (By the way, George M. Cohan, the ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ who famously claimed he was ‘born on the fourth of July’ was actually born on July 3rd. Similarly, PR people put the story out that Louis Armstrong was born on Independence Day: his real date of birth was August 4th.)
If you’re expecting a baby this month, these all make excellent July baby names. Here they are, with the years of their births.
Gina Lollobrigida, 1927, Italian movie star
Henrietta Swan Levitt, 1868, American astronomer and inventor
Isabelli Fontana, 1983, Brazilian model (an interesting take on Isabella)
Katia Zygouli, 1977, Greek supermodel
Madeleine Barot, 1909, World War II heroine
Viviane Romance, 1912, French actress
Andrei Cherkasov, 1970, Russian tennis star
Emerson Boozer, 1943, former Jets running back
Flor Peeters, 1903, renowned Belgian composer and organist
George Steinbrenner, 1930, NY Yankees owner
Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1807—Italian freedom fighter
Henri Leconte, 1963, French tennis player
Jonas Kjellgren, 1977, Swedish musician (Scar Symmetry)
Lionel Trilling, 1905, American writer and literary critic
Manolete, 1917, great Spanish bullfighter
Marco Santucci, 1762, composer
Meyer Lansky, 1902, mobster—maybe not the most inspiring namesake
Patrick Tilley, 1975, British sci-fi author—The Amtrak Wars
*** HAPPY FOURTH EVERYBERRY !! ***
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Debbie Galant Said
on July 1st, 2011 at 2:05 am
Plus my sister, Ellen Galant, and my sister-in-law, Cindy Galant: both July 4. My mom missed it by two days: July 2.
on July 3rd, 2011 at 1:36 am
I have 2 uncles born on the 4th of July (one by birth, one by marriage)
Gregory “Greg” Richard (1956)
Charles “Kevin” Kevin (1958)
I also have a friend of the family, Stephen (1995).
on July 3rd, 2011 at 4:29 am
I missed it by one day.. July 5, although I am from England anyway! Some good choices here. Isabelli is interesting and exotic but not sure it would translate well here in England. I am absolutely in love with Louis at the moment. It’s my grandfather’s name (but he pronounces it like Lewis) and my young cousin is named after him (again pronounced Lewis) whereas I prefer the Lew-ee pronunciation. Pamela is my mothers name too, lots of familial connections here for me! 🙂
on July 3rd, 2011 at 8:07 am
Fun fact – Pauline and Esther’s names were terribly matchy:
I guess their parents couldn’t find many names they agreed on.
on July 3rd, 2011 at 9:20 am
My boys missed it by a day! 5 July, 1986 they were born. We’re having a blowout here this year for the quarter century mark, we’ve already got an almost houseful. This is my quiet ” me” time for today! 😀 Happy Fourth everyone!!
on July 3rd, 2011 at 1:09 pm
Love this blog because July 4th is also my Birthday! Brandie Darlene can be added to that list as well, although I’m not famous my name is pretty American because Americans where the first to start using Brandie as a name. Thanks for the list I love seeing famous people born on my b-day!
Amanda Christine Said
on July 3rd, 2011 at 3:37 pm
Yay! July 4th is my birthday too! Ever since I was a little girl I have loved that there are fireworks on my birthday (although I’m Canadian, and still live in Canada) We live close to the Canadian-American border. It feels like the celebration is for me. Great list of famous July 4th babies 🙂
on July 4th, 2011 at 2:08 am
My host brother, Raphael, was born on the 4th of July.
on July 4th, 2011 at 10:00 pm
My Mexican friend Michelle is too, but it really doesn’t matter to her. Really doesn’t matter to us in Canada either! 😛 Although I do sometimes see the fireworks from my house, it’s not too different from any day. Durn kids. (Said by the sixteen year-old.)
on July 5th, 2011 at 6:09 pm
Queen Sonja of Norway should be here. 😉 She’s a very worthy namesake!
Gloria and Green are my favourites 🙂
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