Presidential Baby Names

It’s fitting that on the day of this historic election, we turn our attention to Presidential baby names.

The Presidential Names are fashionable partly by accident, and partly by design.  Many of the parents naming their babies Madison and Taylor, Tyler and Reagan are choosing those names not because they love the Presidents associated with them but because they’re attracted to the surname feel, or the unisex quality, or the stylishness of the names.

But some parents are also choosing names associated with presidents because we’re all hungry for heroes these days.  How can a child fail to be inspired by a name like Lincoln or Kennedy?

The most fashionable Presidential names are those a little off the beaten track: McKinley is an excellent choice, as are Pierce, Truman, Jefferson, Ford, Hayes.

Some Presidential names may still not be quite ready for prime time: Dwight or Eisenhower, for example, Ulysses or Washington.  And it seems unlikely that anyone is ever going to name her baby Coolidge or Nixon.

We might look to Presidential first names, middle names and First Lady names for fresh inspiration.  Quincy is a good choice, as is MamieFranklin, Theodore, Calvin, and Woodrow may all be ready for a revival.  Even outgoing President Bush‘s middle name Walker may prove baby-worthy, but Bush itself?  Doubtful.

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Lola Says:

November 4th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Quincy’s great! I’ve seen a few people considering Lincoln, one Truman and a Ford (which makes me think cars before President, myself) but wonder, where’s the Ulysses, Franklin, Herbert, Gerald, Abraham kids? All of these immediately make me think “President” (Well, Abraham also gets “bible” tossed in). Funny too, Quincy makes my head go “jazz” before “President”, but admit the link is secondary. Knox is Presidential too, It was Polk’s middle name. And Calvin’s long been a favorite. I wonder how many people link it to “Coolidge” in their heads?

Lainey Says:

November 4th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

“Calvin” always reminds me not of Coolidge, but of Calvin and Hobbes… a much more pleasant association!

April Says:

July 4th, 2009 at 8:02 am

My son is named Nixon Connolly and there’s another little boy in our city named Nixon James. Neither were named after President Nixon or family.

pam Says:

July 4th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Very interesting, April. I bet that people often ask you if your son is named after the president, though!

April Says:

July 10th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Actually, they don’t, which was surprising to us. We usually get, “Oh, that’s an interesting name,” or, “That’s a really strong name.” Our family hated it at first, but now they can’t imagine him with another name. I used to worry about president remarks, but I’m over it especially since we hardly hear them. My niece’s name is Reagan, so we’ll see what happens when they go to school together…

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