Presidential Baby Names: Hail to the Chiefs

February 15, 2013 Linda Rosenkrantz

Just as other countries have their royal names, America has had a long tradition of honoring our  presidents, going back at least as far as John Quincy Adams naming one of his sons George Washington Adams.  Not to mention the presidential surnames that have become latter day fads—think Taylor and Tyler and Madison and Jackson.  Today we’re looking at the first, middle and last names of all the past Chief Executives, to arrive at our Nameberry Picks for best presidential baby names today.


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John Quincy Adams, the sixth president and the son of the second, was named for his maternal grandfather, Col. John Quincy, himself the namesake of the Massachusetts city near Boston. One of just a few usable Q names, Quincy became coolified by multifaceted music legend Quincy Jones.


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