15 Baby Names Inspired by Former U.S. Presidents
In honor of election week, I rounded up some of the most popular baby names that come from U.S. Presidents. While many of these men’s first names have always been go tos — George, William, James, John, Andrew, and Thomas — many last names are holding strong or gaining popularity. Perhaps this week, we won’t only be choosing a president, we’ll be starting a trend. Do you think Obama or Romney sound like the names of the future?
Powerful Name Ideas
Presidential names are not only for the patriotic, they’re perfect for parents who want to give their little ones names that exude strength, character, and confidence.
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This has ranked in the top 10 girls’ names the past decade or so. While Madison is a powerful name, the nickname Maddie is very playful and feminine.
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Since the 1980s, this wonderfully boyish name has been climbing the charts. Jack, Jackson, Jacks — they’re all masculine, but playful.
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Another great androgynous choice, Taylor has become more popular for girls, but is still a solid boy’s name.
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While technically this is a gender-neutral name, it fell off the charts for boys as is became wildly popular with girls the past couple decades. It’s loveable no matter what political party you belong to.
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This name is still totally unique — no doubt due to people associating it with the automaker — but it’s powerful and masculine. I have a feeling it will be breaking into the mainstream soon.
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This androgynous choice has become much more popular for girls than boys. Alternate spellings like Regan and Raegan make it less political and more literary. (And I happen know at least one precious baby girl who totally rocks this name.)
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While this name fell away from popularity as soon as Clinton took office, it’s just a matter of time before it makes its way back up the charts. (Just ask the Carters and Reagans of the world.)
Would you use a Presidential name for your baby?