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Presidents Day Names: The Veeps’ Turn

When Presidents Day rolls around, on our site and others, a lot of attention is paid to the influential names of our past presidents—Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Tyler, Taylor, Truman, Lincoln, Kennedy et al—and sometimes the names of their wives and children as well.  And so I thought that this year it might be interesting to take a look at their often forgotten Vice-Presidents, to see what noteworthy names we might find among them.

Of course several of them did step up to the presidency themselves.

Here are the best-named ones, along with the presidents they served under.

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lemon Says:

February 18th, 2011 at 4:06 am

Wow, Elbridge? I’m not quite sure that’s usable these days. Interesting? Definitely.

Some of these fellas had wives with pretty neat names, too! Aaron Burr’s THEODOSIA, John Calhoun’s FLORIDE, John Nance Garner’s MARIETTE, Hubert Humphrey’s MURIEL, Nelson Rockefeller’s MARGARETTA (wife #2), and Henry Wallace’s ILO are the most interesting, though I counted several wives named ELLEN!

I also really like Hubert Humphrey’s full name – Hubert Horatio Humphrey.

Elizabeth Says:

February 18th, 2011 at 4:42 am

Franklin Pierce’s vice president, William King, is who King County, Washington is named after.

Sarah Says:

February 18th, 2011 at 8:37 am

I know a little Truman, who is absolutely adorable. Grover and Adlai are both fantastic.

Natalie Says:

February 18th, 2011 at 8:47 am

Great post! I love Dallas- it’s been one of my top choices for a girl for a while!

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Lola Says:

February 18th, 2011 at 10:29 am

Hannibal Hamlin! Long my favorite of the Veeps. What an awesome name Hannibal is. Strong & handsome. Too bad Lecter ruined it. Maybe as a middle? Hmm, must stew.

Spiro’s still an awesome name, easy to both say & spell. Cool ‘o’ ender!

Macy Says:

February 18th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Kennedy is on my list for a boy

Courtney Says:

February 18th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Dan Quayle’s real name is James, the Dan comes from Danforth, which is his middle name.

pam Says:

February 18th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Thanks, Courtney, good catch. Fixed.

Em Says:

February 18th, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Hubert Humphrey? You know that man had swag.

There are a lot of cool names on this list.

Elle Says:

February 19th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

There are some great names here…

Alben Barkley is a wonderful combo

I love the idea of Calhoun as a first name

Calvin Coolidge is sweet!

Love the name Arthur…but not many other people do.

Love Levi!

Schuyler is fantastic!

Theodore is the best for me :o)

Lola Says:

February 19th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Elle, Arthur’s a solid love of mine but it’s too “ordinary” for my other half!

On the bright side, my daughter has announced that when she has a boy, he *will* be Arthur. “But girl names are hard”! Like mother, like daughter! 🙂

Francine Says:

February 21st, 2011 at 2:43 pm

As with the others my favorite is Hannibal as well just funny . All in all they seem to be strong names.
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