President’s Day Names: Beyond Taylor and Tyler

Ever since the first American baby was christened Washington Smith, there has been a tradition here—just as the Brits honor their Royals–to draw inspiration from the surnames of U.S. presidents, with Grant, Tyler, Taylor, Madison, and now Jackson landing high on the hit parade. So here, for President’s Day, are some examples drawn from our history that still resonate—even if the connection to the Commander-in-Chief isn’t always immediately apparent.


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This might be a little bit of a cheat, since few (if any) would assume your inspiration to be Chester Alan Arthur, the 21st president, who filled out the term of assassinated James A. Garfield. The nameArthur is making a surprise comeback, having transitioned from shining knight of the round table to buttoned-up grandpa to cute baby boy.

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amandaberry Says:

February 17th, 2012 at 3:36 am

Great blog post! Love the name recommendations. But I have to say that I am very disappointed there is no mention of Theodore Roosevelt. Great president with a very wearable first name and last name which could be used as a cool middle. (Famous baseball player Jackie Robinson’s middle name was Roosevelt.)

MollyKat78 Says:

February 17th, 2012 at 7:40 am

All the threads are down from the front page..super annoying I can’t. Read anything..SOMEBODY fix it!

thetxbelle Says:

February 17th, 2012 at 7:42 am

Would like to have seen Ulysses on the list, it’s a name I would use in a heartbeat. I can’t imagine anyone using Jackson in honor of Andrew Jackson considering he was responsible for the Indian removal act

Sarah.Jane Says:

February 17th, 2012 at 9:04 am

Taft sounds nice, but all I can think of is daft. I couldn’t do that to a baby.
I do like the sound of Truman and the nn True.

miloowen Says:

February 17th, 2012 at 9:23 am

I’m not a big fan of surnames as first names, especially since I have one that I’ve never liked. However, two I might consider are Knox — because of its associations with my ancestral home state of Maine — and Quincy (pronounced correctly as Quinzy), because of its associations with my birth state of Massachusetts.

Our first American fiction writer was Washington Irving, named after his godfather, George Washington.

Poppy528 Says:

February 17th, 2012 at 11:51 am

I like Warren (G. Harding) and Linden (i prefer this girly spelling of LBJ’s first name). Ulysses is great too!

Lola Says:

February 17th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Fabulous list, even if I don’t like all of the surnames on this list (Wilson, that means YOU!) 🙂

I’d happily use Arthur, Truman & Lincoln myself. Munro is the last name of my favorite SIL. So that’s usable, for me, too.

Ford makes me giggle, I remember fondly what a klutz he was! Harrison Ford has a fan in me, but I’d use Indiana on a boy for him before Ford, Harrison or even Jones.

Piers floats my boat, but Pierce is a bit too violent for me. Archer suits me more!

And Jackson makes *me* think of Six Flags, NJ. It’s in Jackson. *shrug*.
Yep, Arthur makes me smile. It’s a strong favorite of mine. Now I have to talk Him into it as a first, instead of a middle!

Thanks for this, mostly refreshing list! 😀

notsoclevername Says:

February 17th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I like Lincoln and its nn Linc/Link since it has nerd-cred. Lincoln is popularly used in sci-fi for some reason (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer, anyone? 😀 ) and Link is the protagonist in all those Legend of Zelda games. I’d so use this name if I could!

leosma Says:

February 17th, 2012 at 3:08 pm


lagata181 Says:

February 18th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

What about Clinton?


February 18th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

i actually like Clinton for a girl…with a K…is that passe I dunno but I think it’s cute Linny for a nn or tony

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February 19th, 2012 at 10:56 am

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skizzo Says:

February 20th, 2012 at 1:18 am

I only like Lincoln out of this list, the others are just really uninteresting. Also I hate the name Arthur, still reads grandpa to me.

skizzo Says:

February 20th, 2012 at 1:19 am

@REELJAGKB: Klinton for a girl? You’ve gotta be having a laugh haha.

kitchi1 Says:

May 5th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Oh I know an adorable 2nd grader named Karter. (I know it’s usually spelt Carter but they put a K because of family things) he’s so sweet and funny

kitchi1 Says:

May 5th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Omg love the name Lincoln!! Idk why I just think its a really cool name. At our kennel there’s a big black crazy dog named Lincoln.

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