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

    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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  • Jefferson

    Jefferson

    A great modern, but classic alternative to Jeffrey.

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  • Madison

    Madison

    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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  • Jackson

    Jackson

    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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  • Harrison

    Harrison

    This classic name is almost as popular now as it was in the 1880s.

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  • Tyler

    Tyler

    While its popularity peeked in the 1990s, you can’t go wrong with Tyler — for a boy or girl.

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  • Taylor

    Taylor

    Another great androgynous choice, Taylor has become more popular for girls, but is still a solid boy’s name.

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  • Pierce

    Pierce

    Perhaps it’s the connection to Pierce Brosnan — and James Bond — but I think this name comes with a bit of power and mystique.

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln

    Since 2005, this name has quickly transitioned from old-fashioned to totally en vogue. (But still a bit uncommon.)

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  • Johnson

    Johnson

    With not one, but two U.S. Presidents bearing this name, there’s no doubt that it’s packed with potential. It’s also a great alternative for the more common names John and Jonathon.

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  • Grant

    Grant

    This masculine name has held strong for the past 25 years or so. Though that could also be because of its Cary Grant Hollywood magic as well.

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  • Kennedy

    Kennedy

    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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  • Ford

    Ford

    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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  • Carter

    Carter

    It seems political distance equals a rise in popularity. By 2000 this boys’ name was quickly climbing the charts. It remains one of the top 50 names for boys — with good reason. (We *almost* used it for our second son.)

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  • Reagan

    Reagan

    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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  • Clinton

    Clinton

    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.)

    Photo By Stuart Seeger from College Station, Texas, USA (Clinton Presidential Library) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Would you use a Presidential name for your baby?

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