Dad Names: Noteworthy Names of Some Famous Fathers

It’s Pop’s turn!  For Mother’s Day we took a look at some of the more interesting names of the mothers of distinguished people, and now we do the same for the paternal parent.  Once more,  it turns out that an unusual number of past (and a few present) notables have had Dads with interesting, and sometimes surprising, names.  Here are some examples to prove the point:

ABRAHAM –Bob Dylan

ALFRED (called Freddie) — John Lennon

ALLANHerman Melville

ALLESSANDRO — Maria Montessori

ANDREJ — Andy Warhol

ARCHULUS — Truman Capote

AUGUSTINE —  George Washington

BAILEY —  Ray Charles, Maya Angelou

BELMONT — Humphrey Bogart

CASSIUS —  Mohammed Ali (pictured)

CLARENCE —  Ernest Hemingway, Billie Holiday

CLYDE  —  John Wayne

CORNELIUS —  Tennessee Williams

DELBERT  — Gene Autry

DOMENICO —  Christopher Columbus

ELIAS —  Walt Disney, Cary Grant

EMILE —  Henri Matisse

FERNANDO  — Luciano Pavarotti

FLOYDTina Turner

FRANCIS  —  Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Zappa, Georgia O’Keeffe (his middle name Calyxtus)

GARRETT —  Edward Hopper

GERRIT —  Rembrandt van Rijn

GUSTAVArnold Schwarzenegger

HOMER —  Johnny Carson

ISTVAN  — Bela Lugosi

JAKOB  —  Sigmund Freud, Johannes Brahms

JONAS —  Ava Gardner

JOSIAH —  Benjamin Franklin

JUDAH  —  Isaac Asimov

JUSTUS  —  Ingrid Bergman

KNUD  —  Henrik Ibsen

LEO —  Jack Kerouac

LESLIE  —  Virginia Woolf


MORRIS —  George Gershwin

MOSES  — Milton Berle

MURRY —  William Faulkner

NEWELL  —  Andrew Wyeth

NICCOLO  —  Marco Polo

PAVEL —  Anton Chekhov

SOL —  J. D. Salinger

SQUIRE —  Daniel Boone

SYLVIO —  Madonna

THEODOUS  —  Vincent Van Gogh

VERNON  —  Elvis Presley

WINTON  —  James Dean

Last time many of you shared the names of your own wonderful parents–and we hope you’ll do so again!

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cristinag Says:

June 19th, 2009 at 9:07 am

The fathers in my family are Jaime, Lloyd, Everett, and Lon.

Paul Says:

June 19th, 2009 at 9:54 am

I love Alfred, Clarence, Clyde, Cornelius, Emile, Homer, Jonas, and Leo!

My father’s Valentino. 🙂

stephanie-elizabeth Says:

June 19th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

My dad and my maternal grandfather are both named Paul. Needless to say, it is definately in middle name consideration. My other grandfather’s name is Lawrence. The others in my family tree are Chester Barkley (called Barty) Rudy, and Adam.

Amanda Says:

June 19th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

My fathers name isn’t unusual- Steven, but my grandfathers are pretty different- Leroy (I actually love this name), Ruble, and Milford.

purpleprose Says:

June 19th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

My dad’s name is pretty normal. Robert Vernon. He’s still called Robbie. His father was Norman Hinson. He was called Hinson.

R.L. Says:

June 19th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

My dad is Robert Alexander. I plan to use his middle name for the second middle if I ever have a little boy. My mother’s father is Thomas; he’s my first name choice. I also have a Homer in the family as well as an Archibald.

rachelmarie Says:

June 19th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

My dad is David Lawrence, and I love his name. In fact, my favorite boy’s name is Joel David, which is after both of my parents.

My mom’s adopted dad’s name was Carmelo, but he went by Carmel. (Carmelo is also one of my favorite names.)
My dad’s dad’s name was Oscar.

JNE Says:

June 19th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Wow – Archulus. That is different.

Samantha Says:

June 19th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

My dad is Ronald Bryan. I don’t really like either name, but I’m thinking of honoring him by using Ronan as a middle for my first boy. Also, my dad’s dad was Atha Lee (went by his last name) and my mom’s dad was Eule Otha (went by Pete. Don’t ask me how that one worked out). My sister’s middle is after my dad’s dad (Lee), so I would also like to work in a Pete or Peter as a mn for my mom’s.

CountryLizB Says:

June 19th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

My dad’s name is Mark Alan. My grandpas’ names are Charles Edwin and Robert Melvin.

SophieLiz456 Says:

June 20th, 2009 at 12:54 am

My fathers name is Robert Jon which is pretty common but my mothers fathers name is Norman Glen and my great grandpas name was Everett which is one of my favorite names. If i have a little boy his name would be Everett Jon.

Pamela Satran Says:

June 20th, 2009 at 9:41 am

My dad’s name was Joseph and I named my oldest son after him, a very happy decision. And my younger son has my grandfather Joseph’s middle name as a first: Owen. I really like these name echoes across the generations and it keeps my father and grandfather more present in my mind and in our family.

linda Says:

June 20th, 2009 at 10:28 am

And my dad’s name was Samuel, which lives on in my daughter Chloe’s middle name, Samantha.

Boston Girl Says:

June 20th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

My dad was Stephen Winthrop — the third generation to get the middle name. My brother got it as well, but it looks as if the streak ends with him, as he and my sister-in-law aren’t having children. Unless I use it…but even though there’s a town named Winthrop in my home state of Massachusetts, should I ever have a son, I’m afraid his middle name isn’t gonna be Winthrop. I’ll be calling him Christian Stephen instead (pending Dad’s approval, of course!).

EvanescenceDolly Says:

December 24th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

My dad’s name is Lowell Venice 😀

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