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…
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.”
The name Barack became increasingly popular in the first few years of Barack Obama's presidency, and continued to be on the rise for quite a while.
Barack means “blessed.”
Elizabeth Virginia Wallace, or “Bess” was Harry Truman’s wife. As a child, she was known as “Bessie.”
Bess means “God is my oath.”
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.”
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 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 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.”
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 D. Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States. FDR is most known for his successes during WWII.
Franklin means “free man.”
James Abram Garfield was the 20th President of the United States.
Garfield means “open country” or “open field.”
George Washington is the father of our country and his birthday is the reason we celebrate Presidents’ Day.
George means “farmer” or “earth worker.”
Stephen Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States.
Grover means “from the tree grove.”
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.”
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 Rodham Clinton is wife to Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States. She served as the Secretary of State under Barack Obama and ran for President of the United States twice.
Hillary means “cheerful.”
Andrew Jackson was the 7th President of the United States.
Jackson has become a very popular first name. It means “son of Jack.”
Jackie Kennedy Onassis was the wife of JFK, known for her style and grace.
Jacqueline means “supplanter.”
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.”
Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd President of the United States.
Jefferson means “son of Jeffrey.”
John is obviously a common boy’s name. And John Adams, John Tyler, and John F. Kennedy were all Presidents of the United States.
John means “God is gracious.”
JFK’s last name has become a popular girl’s name.
Kennedy means “armored head.”
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 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!
William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States.
McKinley has become a popular girl’s name. It means “learned ruler.”
Michelle Obama is the former First Lady of the United States, wife to Barack.
Michelle means “close to God.”
Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States.
Reagan has become a popular girl’s name. Reagan means “regal.”
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.”
Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States.
Truman means “true man” or “faithful man.”
Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States.
Grant means “great.”
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.”