Patriotic baby names are rich with cultural significance, and many American names are rising the ranks when it comes to popularity, according to the latest data from the Social Security Administration. Whether you're having a Fourth of July baby, or you're just a history buff, these names, courtesy of Nameberry.com, are worth saluting. Linda Rosenkrantz, co-creator of Name Berry, explains the appeal and trends behind some of the names.
Presidential Baby Names
Presidential names are imbued with the virtuous qualities of their namesakes, including honesty, integrity, and diligence. Plus, last names are a huge trend right now.These names grew in popularity, according to the newest govenmental data:
- Monroe (ranked #763)
James Monroe, 5th President
Though it's seen a rise in popularity as a girl's name, Rosenkrantz points out that "Monroe remains an upstanding boy’s name."
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- Quincy (ranked #603)
John Quincy Adams, 6th President
"One of just a few usable Q names, Quincy became coolified by multifaceted music legend Quincy Jones," says Rosenkrantz.
- Knox (ranked #345)
James Knox Polk, 11th President
Nameberry credits the name's recent rise in popularity to the Jolie-Pitts, who named their son Knox.
- Lincoln (ranked #95)
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President
Kristen Bell chose the "honest" name for her first child.
- Theodore (ranked #170)
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President
Though President Roosevelt went by the nickname Teddy, parents today can opt for the more modern Theo as a nickname, says Rosenkrantz.
- Carter (ranked #32)
Jimmy Carter, 39th President
Nameberry points out the gender-bending appeal: Selena Gomez played a character named Carter in the Disney movie Princess Protection Program, even though it's typically a boy's name.
- Jackson (ranked #16)
Andrew Jackson, 7th President
- Hayes (ranked #608)
Rutherford Birchard Hayes, 19th President
- Pierce (ranked #463)
Franklin Pierce, 14th President
- Arthur (ranked #323)
Chester Alan Arthur, 21st President
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