Presidential Baby Names: Hail to the Chiefs

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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There have been two related presidents surnamed HarrisonWilliam Henry and Benjamin—with #23 Benjamin being the grandson of #9 William. The name has two elements going for it—the resurgence of Harry, thanks to the Prince and the Potter, and the increased interest in patronymics, like Jackson and Anderson.

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12 Responses to “Presidential Baby Names: Hail to the Chiefs”

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AvieGrace Says:

February 15th, 2013 at 6:21 am

I love all of these names with the exception of Chester because of a rhyme my mother told me: Chester, Lester, Child Molester. Not exactly the best association.

Kyetra Says:

February 15th, 2013 at 8:32 am

I hate that they left out Taft. My great uncle was named after President Taft since he was born during his term in office. I named my little boy (born in 2008) Taft also.
I did’t want him to be in a class with a few children with the same or similar name (we have a Chase and a Jayce, as well as a Brayden and an Aide in his class). Taft is different but doesn’t sound made up. ;0

allyphilly Says:

February 15th, 2013 at 8:34 am

I am kind of obsessed with Grover, but don’t know if I would have the courage to use it. Quincy is great too. I also like Franklin and Grant.

Pam Says:

February 15th, 2013 at 8:37 am

Kyetra, Taft is a great name!!! Don’t read anything negative into the fact that we “left it out” — too many wonderful presidential names to include, and it’s fantastic that it’s a family name with real meaning for you.

name-obsession Says:

February 15th, 2013 at 10:01 am

I’ve always loved Calvin, and I like Lincoln and Abraham. A friend of my families had a son who she named Abraham, and before he was born big sister Olive referred to him as “baby ham”. Too cute!

Kes16 Says:

February 15th, 2013 at 11:11 am

What about Reagan? That’s been one of my favorite’s for a while. From the list, I like Calvin, Lincoln,and Walker. I knew boys named Harrison and Jefferson in elementary school.

maggiemary Says:

February 15th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

I love Abram (and Abraham), Lincoln, Ulysses and Theodore.

calliewalker718 Says:

February 15th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Reagan seems to be turning into a unisex name!

Daisy_ Says:

February 16th, 2013 at 6:59 am

I love Quincy, Harrison and Theodore!

jenjenbarnes Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 2:07 am

Madison is a great one too! And Jackson…

tori101 Says:

February 18th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Out of the names mentioned I love:
Quincy – so cute and retro.
Harrison – semi popular in the UK I really like it as a variant to the super popular Harry.
Harry – I love this name but even though I try not to care about popularity this is too popular in a predictable.
William – A lovely classic choice
Benjamin – again a great classic choice.
Henry – a wonderfully handsome choice.
Jackson – I love it!
Lincoln – Very cute.
Abraham – I really love this name and prefer this spelling/name to original biblical form Abram.

Also shout out to Vivienne I love it 🙂

mamason Says:

July 8th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Quincy for a girl. What do you think?

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