Monday, June 21, 2010

Baby Name Options #7 - Presidential Names

When Barack Obama was elected President, there was a lot of talk about people around the world naming their babies after him. It'll probably be awhile before we see how popular that trend really was, but here is a list of Presidents' names that have stuck around. Rutherford is the only one that did not show up on the SSA list of the top 1000 names in the last 100 years, but I think it's due for a comeback....

Carter English "cart maker or driver"  #39 Jimmy Carter 1977-1981 Did y'all know he was a peanut farmer?!

Grant Scottish from French "large"  #18 Ulysses S. Grant 1869-1877 Or maybe we should go with Ulysses instead...

Harrison English "son of Harry"  #9 William Henry Harrison 1841-1841 He was the first president to die in office and served the shortest term, dying after only one month of complications from a cold. Yikes!

Jackson English "son of Jack"  #7 Andrew Jackson 1829-1837

Kennedy Irish "misshapen head"  #35 John F. Kennedy 1961-1963 Yet another name that relates to Lincoln. They were 2 of the 4 assassinated U.S. Presidents.

Quincy French "estate of the fifth son"  #6 John Quincy Adams 1825-1829 Son of the second President of the United States, John Adams. I always thought George Bush Jr. and Sr. were the only father-son pair of presidents.

Roosevelt Dutch "rose field"  #26 Theodore Roosevelt 1901-1909 & Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933-1945 Theodore Roosevelt was the first American to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Franklin Roosevelt was the only president elected to more than two terms, and died just a few months into his fourth.

Rutherford English "cattle ford"  #19 Rutherford B. Hayes 1877-1881 Lost the popular vote and was elected President by one electoral vote.

Taylor English "tailor"  #12 Zachary Taylor 1849-1850 Apparently we're related to President Taylor on the Ryan side, although I've never seen a family tree that backs up that claim...

Woodrow English "row of houses by a wood"  #28 Woodrow Wilson 1913-1921

There were a few names that showed up over and over again, so just out of curiosity I counted to see which names were the most popular among U.S. Presidents. Turns out James wins with 6, followed by John and William with 4 each, then George with 3. Andrew and Franklin each had 2.

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