Presidential Baby Names

U.S. Presidents inspired this list of traditional and unique baby names for boys and girls.


From George to Barack, our country's leaders have boasted classic names as well as some edgy, unexpected monikers.

Most common Presidential first names:

With one of these traditional first names, your son will be well on his way to the campaign trail.

George – The first name of Presidents Washington (1st), H.W. Bush (41st) and W. Bush (46th) James – The first name of Presidents Madison (4th), Monroe (5th), Knox (11th), Buchanan (15th), Garfield (20th) and Carter (34th) John – The first name of Presidents Adams (2nd), Quincy Adams (6th), Tyler (10th), Kennedy (35th) William – The first name of Presidents Harrison (9th), McKinley (25th), Taft (27th) and Clinton (42nd)

Presidential surnames that make good first names:

Over the last two decades, Presidential surnames such as Madison and Kennedy have become increasingly popular – for girls and boys alike. We like these last names as first names for babies-to-be:

Arthur – Chester Arthur (21st) Carter – Jimmy Carter (34th) Clinton – Bill Clinton (42nd) Ford – Gerald Ford (39th) Grant – Ulysses S. Grant (18th) Harrison – Benjamin Harrison (23rd) Hayes – Rutherford Hayes (19th) Jackson – Andrew Jackson (7th) Jefferson – Thomas Jefferson (3rd) Johnson – Lyndon Johnson (36th) Kennedy – John F. Kennedy (35th) Lincoln – Abraham Lincoln (16th) Madison – James Madison (4th) McKinley – William McKinley (25th) Monroe – James Monroe (5th) Pierce – Franklin Pierce (14th) Roosevelt – Theodore Roosevelt (26th) and Franklin Roosevelt (32nd) Taylor – Zachary Taylor (12th) Truman – Harry S. Truman (33rd) Tyler – John Tyler (10th) Wilson – Woodrow Wilson (28th)

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Great Presidential middle names:

To pay tribute to your favorite President without being too obvious, consider using his middle name!

Abram – James Abram Garfield (20th) Clark – Herbert Clark Hoover (31st) David – Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th) Delano – Franklin Delano Roosevelt (32nd) Earl – James Earl Carter (34th) Fitzgerald – John Fitzgerald Kennedy (35th) Gamaliel – Warren Gamaliel Harding (29th) Hussein – Barack Hussein Obama (44th) Knox – James Knox Polk (11th) Quincy – John Quincy Adams (6th) Rudolph – Gerald Rudolph Ford (39th) Simpson – Ulysses S. Grant (18th) Wilson – Ronald Wilson Reagan (40th)

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Most unique Presidential first names:

Names such as Millard, Rutherford and Woodrow are inspired, unique and memorable.

Barack Obama (44th) Calvin Coolidge (30th) Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th) Franklin Pierce (14th) Grover Cleveland (22nd and 24th) Lyndon B. Johnson (36th) Millard Fillmore (13th) Rutherford B. Hayes (19th) Warren G. Harding (29th) Woodrow Wilson (28th)

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