Born on the Fourth of July

Yes, July 4th is the birthday of America, but it’s also an occasion to salute some of the notable people who share that date—and of course featuring those with the more interesting names. It makes for quite a diverse little birthday party—from Nathaniel Hawthorne, born in 1804, to First Daughter Malia Obama, born in 1998. But we won’t be including three who erroneously claimed the date as their own—composer George M. ‘born on the Fourth of July’ Cohan, MGM’s Louis B. Mayer and Louis Armstrong, whose real date of birth was August 4th.

Neil

One of 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.

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Mischa Says:

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.

maggiemary Says:

July 4th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I love Nathaniel, Reuben and Emerson from the boys, and Gloria and Malia from the girls.

iwillpraise Says:

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.

KateMP91 Says:

July 8th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I really like Pauline and Gloria, but wouldn’t use either for my own child =)

ggmuzz Says:

October 14th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I’m born on the Fourth of July and my names Georgia

kitchi1 Says:

July 1st, 2014 at 7:38 pm

My aunt was born on the Fourth of July. Her name is Rachael.

MillieMM Says:

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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