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.

Abigail Van Buren (born Pauline), 1918, “Dear Abby,” along with competing advice-giving twin sister Ann Landers (born Esther)

Eva Marie Saint, 1924, actress, On the Waterfront

Gertrude Lawrence, 1898, British singer and actress

Gina Lollobrigida, 1927, Italian movie star

Gloria Stuart, 1910, whose long movie career climaxed with Titanic

Henrietta Swan Levitt, 1868, American astronomer and inventor

Isabelli Fontana, 1983, Brazilian model (an interesting take on Isabella)

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, 1951, American politician, eldest child of Robert Kennedy

Katia Zygouli, 1977, Greek supermodel

Madeleine Barot, 1909, World War II heroine

Malia Obama, 1998, First Daughter

Pam (Pamela) Shriver, 1968, tennis star

Pilar Barbosa de Rosario, 1898, noted Puerto Rican historian

Viviane Romance, 1912, French actress


Adrian Caldwell, 1966, retired Texas NBA forward

Alec Templeton, 1909, blind Welsh-born pianist, composer and satirist

Andrei Cherkasov, 1970, Russian tennis star

Calvin Coolidge, 1872, 30th US President

Cle Koolman , 1964 (born Christopher Clemence), US Soccer player

Emerson Boozer, 1943, former Jets running back

Flor Peeters, 1903, renowned Belgian composer and organist

George Murphy, 1902, actor-dancer-politician

George Steinbrenner, 1930, NY Yankees owner

Geraldo (born Gerald) Rivera, 1943, TV journalist and host

Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1807—Italian freedom fighter

Green Clay Smith, 1826, Civil War general and Congressman

Henri Leconte, 1963, French tennis player

Hiram Walker, 1816, grocer and distiller

Jeremy Spencer, rock guitarist, Fleetwood Mac

Jonas Kjellgren, 1977, Swedish musician (Scar Symmetry)

Lionel Trilling, 1905, American writer and literary critic

Louis B. Mayer, 1882, one of the ‘M’s in MetroGoldwynMayer

Manolete, 1917, great Spanish bullfighter

Marco Santucci, 1762, composer

Massimo Campigli, 1895, (born Max), Italian painter/illustrator

Meyer Lansky, 1902, mobster—maybe not the most inspiring namesake

Mitch (Mitchell) Miller,  1911, musician, conductor,  record producer

Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1804, author, The Scarlet Letter et al

Neil Simon, 1927, playwright, The Odd Couple et al

Patrick Tilley, 1975, British sci-fi author—The Amtrak Wars

Phineas T. Barnum, 1810 circus magnate

Ron (Ronald) Kovic, 1946, disabled anti-war activist, author of Born on the Fourth of July.

Rube Goldberg, (born Reuben Garrett Lucius), 1883, eccentric cartoonist and inventor

Stephen Foster, 1826, composer—“O Susannah,” “My Old Kentucky Home” et al

And then last, and possibly least, there is Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, born July 4, 1982


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Debbie Galant Says:

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.

Tiana Says:

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).

romanticism Says:

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! 🙂

auburn Says:

July 3rd, 2011 at 8:07 am

Fun fact – Pauline and Esther’s names were terribly matchy:
Pauline Esther
Esther Pauline!

I guess their parents couldn’t find many names they agreed on.

Lola Says:

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!!

Brandie Says:

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 Says:

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 🙂

Valentina Says:

July 4th, 2011 at 2:08 am

My host brother, Raphael, was born on the 4th of July.

Mary Says:

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.)

Dearest Says:

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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