Presidential Baby: 30 Baby Names Inspired by US Presidents and First Ladies

Happy Presidents’ Day! In honor of our country, I put together 30 baby names, inspired by past presidents and first ladies. Some are quite traditional (like John and James) and some are quite unique (like Bess and Wilson). Click through to see them all…

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    Click through to learn the meaning of 30 baby names, inspired by US Presidents and their wives…

  • Abigail

    Abigail

    A feminist of her time, Abigail Adams was famous for the many letters she wrote to her husband John during the Revolutionary War.

    Abigail means “Joy of the Father.”

  • Barack

    Barack

    Barack has become increasingly popular over the past few years as Barack Obama was elected President. Now in his second term, this name is still on the rise.

    Barack means “blessed.”

  • Bess

    Bess

    Elizabeth Virginia Wallace, or “Bess” was Harry Truman’s wife. As a child, she was known as “Bessie.”

    Bess means “God is my oath.”

  • Birdie

    Birdie

    Claudia Alta or “Lady Bird” Johnson was wife to Lyndon Johnson. Her nickname stuck with her for the rest of her life, after her nurse said she was “purty as a ladybird.”

    The name “Birdie” has become increasingly popular over the past few years. It means “bright, famous little bird.”

  • Carter

    Carter

    Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States was known for his work on education and energy, as well as his work with Habitat for Humanity.

    Carter has become a popular first name for boys. It means “driver of a cart.”

  • Dolley

    Dolley

    Dolley Paine Todd Madison was the wife of President James Madison. She was known for being gracious and hospitable.

    Dolley or Dolly means “gift of God.”

  • Dwight

    Dwight

    Dwight or “Ike” Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States. The name has been popularized by the character on “The Office.”

    Dwight means “mountain of Zeus.” Ike means “he will laugh.”

  • Eleanor

    Eleanor

    Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was the wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt. She was nicknamed “The First Lady of the World.”

    This old-fashioned name has become very popular over the past few years. Eleanor means “compassion.”

  • Franklin

    Franklin

    Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States. FDR is most known for his successes during WWII.

    Franklin means “free man.”

  • Garfield

    Garfield

    James Abram Garfield was the 20th President of the United States.

    Garfield means “open country” or “open field.”

  • George

    George

    George Washington is the father of our country and his birthday is the reason we celebrate Presidents’ Day.

    George means “farmer” or “earth worker.”

  • Grover

    Grover

    Stephen Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States.

    Grover means “from the tree grove.”

  • Harrison

    Harrison

    William Henry Harrison was the 9th President of the United States.

    Harrison has become a very popular boy’s name in recent years. It means “son of harris” or “son of harry.”

  • Hayes

    Hayes

    Rutherford B. Hayes was the 19th President of the United States.

    Hayes has become both a popular boy’s and girl’s name. It means “lives by the forest.”

  • Hillary

    Hillary

    Hillary Rodham Clinton is wife to Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States. She served as the Secretary of State under Barack Obama. Many predict she will run for President in the next election.

    Hillary means “cheerful.”

  • Jackson

    Jackson

    Andrew Jackson was the 7th President of the United States.

    Jackson has become a very popular first name. It means “son of Jack.”

  • Jacqueline

    Jacqueline

    Jackie Kennedy Onassis was the wife of JFK, known for her style and grace.

    Jacqueline means “supplanter.”

  • James

    James

    James Madison was the 4th President of the United States.

    James is a common boy’s name, but I’ve recently seen it used for girls, too. James means “supplanter.”

  • Jefferson

    Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd President of the United States.

    Jefferson means “son of Jeffery.”

  • John

    John

    John is obviously a common boy’s name. Both of the John Adams’, John Tyler, and John F. Kennedy were Presidents of the United States.

    John means “God is gracious.”

  • Kennedy

    Kennedy

    JFK’s last name has become a popular girl’s name.

    Kennedy means “armored head.”

  • Lincoln

    Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, and is most famous for freeing the slaves.

    Lincoln means “lake colony” or “by the pool.”

  • Lyndon

    Lyndon

    Lyndon B. Johnson was the 36th President of the United States.

    Lyndon has become a popular name for both boys and girls and can also be spelled “Linden” or “Lynden.” It means “glorious tree.”

    P.S. – My daughter’s middle name is Lynden!

  • McKinley

    McKinley

    William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States.

    McKinley has become a popular girl’s name. It means “learned ruler.”

  • Michelle

    Michelle

    Michelle Obama is the current First Lady of the United States, wife to Barack.

    Michelle means “close to God.”

  • Reagan

    Reagan

    Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States.

    Reagan has become a popular girl’s name. Reagan means “regal.”

  • Rosalynn

    Rosalynn

    Eleanor Rosalynn Carter is the wife to President Jimmy Carter. She is most known for her work on mental health research.

    Rosalynn means “little rose.”

  • Truman

    Truman

    Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States.

    Truman means “true man” or “faithful man.”

  • Grant

    Grant

    Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States.

    Grant means “great.”

  • Wilson

    Wilson

    Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States.

    Wilson has become a popular boy’s name in recent years. It means “desire” or “protection.”

P.S. Make sure to check out this great round-up of books about Presidents’ Day!

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