Born on the Fourth of July
Calvin Coolidge, born John Calvin and known as ‘Silent Cal,’ was the 30th president of the United States and the only one to be born on Independence Day. The quirky name Calvin, originally used to honor Protestant reformer John Calvin, and in modern times associated with fashion’s Calvin Klein, has been rising in popularity of late.
- Calvin Coolidge, born John Calvin and known as ‘Silent Cal,’ was the 30th president of the United States and the only one to be born on Independence Day. The quirky name Calvin, originally used to honor Protestant reformer John Calvin, and in modern times associated with fashion’s Calvin Klein, has been rising in popularity of late." >
- Emerson Boozer was a star NFL running back whose entire career was with the Jets in the 1960’s and 70’s. Emerson was a strictly male surname name, associated mainly with RalphWaldo E., until actress Teri Hatcher chose it for her daughter in 1997. And the rest is baby-name history—Emerson is now Number 244 for girls, 364 for boys." >
- Eva Marie Saint made her mark opposite Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront and as a Hitchcock heroine in North by Northwest. Eva—pronounced either eeva or ava—has been in the Top 100 since 2009, probably influenced in part by exotic actresses Eva Longoria, Eva Mendes and Eva Green." >
- Gina (born Luigina) Lollobrigida is the sexy Italian actress who popularized her name in this country in the 1950’s—bringing it as high as Number 54 in the following decade. Gina is still used sparingly, but modern parents tend to prefer Nina or Lena." >
- Gloria Stuart was the beautiful 1930’s film star who made a dramatic comeback as the 100-year-old Rose in Titanic in 1997. Her name also went into retirement, but with its recent choice by Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, a revival just might be in the stars." >
- Green Clay Smith was a Civil War general and later a congressman from Kentucky, who was nominated for the US presidency by the National Prohibition Party. Green is a totally undiscovered color name, sounding brighter at this point than Blue or Grey." >
- Isabeli Fontana is a top model born in Brazil—and mother of a son named Zion. So if you thought there was only Isabel, Isabelle, Isabella, Izabella and Isabeau to choose from—now you know, there’s also Isabeli." >
- Lionel Mordecai Trilling was a major force in the intellectual life of his time. Lionel means ‘young lion,’ but it hasn’t taken off like its leonine brothers—Leo, Leonardo—though with its substantial history of notable bearers, Lionel could make a solid, interesting choice." >
- Malia Obama in 2008. By the following year, Malia had climbed to Number 191 on the charts." >
- Scarlet Letter author Hawthorne inherited his first name from his father, but his surname at birth was spelled Hathorne. In the New Testament, Nathaniel was the apostle who was also called Bartholomew. Stalwarts Nathaniel and Nathan are both firmly in the Top 100, with Nathan leading at Number 29." >
- America’s wittiest and most popular playwrights, Neil Simon has received more Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer, winning a Tony for The Odd Couple. Neil—also spelled Neal—peaked in the 1950’s, but with parents reevaluating short, straightforward, midcentury classics, we’re not counting it out. The Irish Niall has an infusion of Celtic charm." >
- Abby/Abigail Van Buren, but she was born Pauline Esther Friedman (nn Popo), and her identical twin, Esther Pauline (nn Eppie) would become Ann Landers. Both Pauline and Esther are names that were in the Top 100 until the 1930’s; Pauline disappeared in 1997, but Esther, with its Old Testament cred, is now at Number 242." >
- Phineas Taylor Barnum was, of course, the American showman who founded the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. Phineas feels much less fusty than it once did, thanks to the lovable nickname Finn. Julia Roberts spelled her son’s name Phinnaeus—but he too goes by Finn." >
- Rube, but Reuben, the proper name of Rube Goldberg, who was known for his wildly elaborate and idiosyncratic comical inventions, is a rich and resonant Old Testament name of a son of Jacob. Sadly neglected, Reuben was Number 149 in 1880, and has gradually slipped ever since. A perfect possibility for a contemporary son of Jacob." >
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on July 4th, 2013 at 9:51 am
Happy July 4th to all the American Nameberries. Some great names in this blog. I like Calvin, Eva, Lionel, Nathaniel and Reuben
Naming twin girls Pauline Esther and Esther Pauline is a lost opportunity and very unimaginative.
on July 4th, 2013 at 2:47 pm
I love Nathaniel, Reuben and Emerson from the boys, and Gloria and Malia from the girls.
on July 5th, 2013 at 9:16 am
Although I like the sound of Isabeli, let’s be honest – if your daughter had a few more pounds than a Brazillian model, I’m sure she would get the nickname Belli aka Belly. That’s not cute!
And Eppie? What a cute nn for Esther (as is Essie) but, Nameberry, please change your facts! Esther is totally OLD Testament, not NEW. I know a second generation Russian American immigrant Esther who’s about 15 years old – it always make me chuckle that her mom calls her Queen Esther and the older son King David 🙂
Hubby only associates Reuben with that “yucky sandwich”, and refuses it even for a middle; apparently Nathaniel also has bad associations for him. And as rare as Niall is, surprisingly I have heard it once before; it’s actually the name of my recruiter (he prns it like the Nile River). Neal brings up fond memories of a wonderful older friend of ours who passed about a year ago.
Gloria is my husband’s late grandmother’s name. She recently passed and was a beautiful person, but her name is not in our style range at all. It really is a shame that my strongest aversion to the name comes from a former not-very-graceful pastor’s wife. But even with associations, good or bad, sometimes it’s just the name itself. Then again, when my brother and his wife chose Ruby (after my late grandmother) in 2006, I had the same feelings, but my niece totally changed that! She made it feel young again.
on July 8th, 2013 at 2:48 pm
I really like Pauline and Gloria, but wouldn’t use either for my own child =)
on October 14th, 2013 at 12:31 pm
I’m born on the Fourth of July and my names Georgia
on July 1st, 2014 at 7:38 pm
My aunt was born on the Fourth of July. Her name is Rachael.
on March 16th, 2015 at 3:34 pm
I’m born on July the 4th. My name is Millie Mary 🙂 not all that interesting and my first name may be pretty popular now but the year I was born it was only ranked #140 in England (my birthplace.)
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