President’s Day Names: All the Presidents’ children

We’re all pretty familiar with the names of  the presidents whose surnames have beeen commonly used for children–Jackson, Jefferson, Taylor, Tyler, Lincoln, Truman, Madison, Wilson, Kennedy et al– and we’re equally  familiar with the names of most of their wives as well.

But less well known are the ones they chose for their children, so I thought this was an appropriate occasion to take a look at them. Putting aside the common Johns and Marys, James and Elizabeths (except if they had a noteworthy nickname), and the number of sons who were named Junior for their famous fathers, here are some of the more interesting choices:


ABIGAIL (nn Nabby) Adams (John)

ALICE (nn Princess) Roosevelt (Theodore)

AMY Carter

ANNA  Harrison, Roosevelt (Franklin)



DOROTHY (nn Doro) Bush (George H. W.)

ELEANOR (nn Nelly)  Wilson

ELIZA (nn Trot) Garfield, Monroe

ELLEN (nn Nellie) Grant

ESTHER Cleveland

ETHEL Roosevelt (Theodore)


HARRIET Buchanan


IDA McKinley

JANE  Jefferson

JENNA Bush (George W.)

JESSIE  Wilson


KATHERINE (nn Katie) McKinley

LETITIA (nn Letty) Tyler


LOUISA Adams (John Q)

LUCI Johnson (Lyndon)

LYNDA Johnson (Lyndon)

LUCY Jefferson


MARIA Monroe

MARGARET (nn Nistha) Wilson

MARTHA (nn Patsy) Washington (stepdaughter)


MARY (nns Polly, Maria) Jefferson

MARY (nn Abby) Fillmore

NATASHA (nn Sasha) Obama


PATRICIA (nn Patti) Reagan;  (nn Tricia) Nixon

PAULINE (nn Robin)  Bush (George H.W.)


RUTH Cleveland

SARAH  (nn Knox, Knoxie) Taylor


SUSANNA Adams  (John)


ABRAHAM van Buren

ABRAM Garfield

ALLAN Hoover

ARCHIBALD (nn Archie) Roosevelt (Theodore)



CARTER Harrison (William)

CHARLES Adams—(John)

DAVID (nn Gardie) Tyler

DONNELL (nn Jeff) Carter

DOUD (nn Ikky) Eisenhower

EDWARD Lincoln

ELLIOTT Roosevelt (Franklin)

EUGENE (nn Pete) Harding

FRANCIS Cleveland

FRANK Pierce


HARRY (nn Hal) Garfield

IRVIN Garfield

JAMES (nn Chip) Carter


KERMIT Roosevelt (Theodore)


LYON Tyler


MARION Cleveland

MARSHALL (nn Pete) Polk

MARVIN Bush (George H. W.)


MILLARD Fillmore

NEIL Bush (George H. W.)

OSCAR Cleveland

QUENTIN Roosevelt (Theodore)

RUSSELL Harrison (William)


SMITH van Buren


THOMAS (nn Tad) Lincoln

ULYSSES (nn Buck) Grant

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Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

February 15th, 2010 at 7:37 am

One of my most formative name nerd experiences was when Lucy Baines Johnson decided to start spelling her name Luci with an i. It was a symbol that the new style had reached even the White House, and an early warning sign that yooneek spellings were moving in.

Lauren Says:

February 15th, 2010 at 8:52 am

I’m pretty sure Lincoln’s son Edward they called Teddy as nm.

stephanie_elizabeth Says:

February 15th, 2010 at 11:36 am

Wow! There are some interesting names up there. I really like Susanna, Octavia and Louisa for the girls and Quentin, Edward and Lachlan for the boys. Also, I think Lauren is right. Lincoln’s son was definately called Teddy.

JNE Says:

February 15th, 2010 at 11:53 am

Interesting names… and so often the nns are not obvious – I like that!

UrbanAngel Says:

February 15th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

None of them are really my style

Patricia Says:

February 15th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I was surprised to see “Jane Jefferson” as I’ve read quite a bit about Jefferson’s family and didn’t recall a Jane. Searching for said Jane, I found that his second daughter was named Jane (as were his mother and one of his sisters), but that Jane lived only a short while, 1774-1775. Only two of Jefferson’s children survived childhood and were living during his presidency, daughters Martha “Patsy” and Maria “Polly”.

As I recall, Susanna Adams is another presidential child who didn’t live past infancy. I see that “Robin” Bush, who died very young, is also included. Edward “Eddie” Lincoln died before his 4th birthday.

I wonder how many of the others in this list died young. Kind of a sad list…

Linda Says:

February 15th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Yes, Patricia, I debated about whether to include some of these children who died young, and decided that given the stated category–names chosen by presidents for their children, I would.

Bella Says:

February 15th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

must say I like the boys names better this time around, unusual for me!

DOUD (nn Ikky) Eisenhower… Aw c’mon! They didn’t even give the poor kid a chance, I think this wins as the first ‘celebrity’ (crazy) name!

Linda Says:

February 15th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Doud was Mamie Eisenhower’s maiden name.

Beth Says:

February 15th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Was “Ikky” perhaps pronounced “Ike-y”, as in “little Ike”? (I’m hoping!)

Patricia Says:

February 15th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Sadly, Doud Eisenhower was another child of a future president who died very young — age 3.5 years, of scarlet fever in 1921. According to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, Doud’s nn was spelled Icky. Surely they didn’t call their little boy Icky (rhymes with Ricky), but instead intended Ikey?

Linda Says:

February 15th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Yes, I’m sure it must have been pronounced Ikey.

Em Says:

February 15th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

I’ve always been fascinated by Lincoln, so I want to clarify that Edward was indeed nicknamed Eddie. His other sons were Robert (called Bob as a child), William (Willie) and Thomas (Tad) but no Teddy’s. Maybe you guys were combining Tad with Eddie?

Gvr Says:

August 10th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Lincoya Jackson was a boy, *not* a girl. 🙂 He also died fairly young, about 16 I think 🙁 He was a Creek boy adopted by the Jacksons from a battle site in Alabama near where I live. There is a big monument to him on the spot. He was found dead in the arms of his mother on the field and with no relatives alive to care for him (and the Creek people decimated by Jacksons attacks) they would have put him to death. Ironically Jackson took him in and raised him- son of the woman his army killed.

chakrateeze Says:

December 22nd, 2010 at 10:09 am

You missed Jeb Bush, son of Bush Sr. and Governor of Florida.

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