Mr. President? Madam President? Dare to dream for your baby’s future! If your baby is destined to be our future commander-in-chief, any of these presidential names could be just what he or she needs for inspiration.
James Madison Jr. was an American statesman, diplomat, expansionist, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the fourth president of the United States from 1809 to 1817. He directed the Philadelphia Convention towards forming a new constitution and drafted the Bill of Rights. Another moniker inspired by him is the popular girls’ name…
John Adams was an American statesman, attorney, diplomat, writer, and Founding Father who served as the second president of the United States, from 1797 to 1801. He helped negotiate the Treaty of Paris (1783), which officially ended the American Revolutionary War.
Abigail Adams was the bad-ass wife and closest advisor of John Adams, as well as the mother of John Quincy Adams. She is sometimes considered to have been a Founder of the United States, and is now designated as the first Second Lady and second First Lady of the United States, although these titles were not used at the time.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, often referred to by his initials JFK and Jack, was the youngest president of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. While in the Senate, Kennedy published his book, Profiles in Courage, which won a Pulitzer Prize
Andrew Johnson was the 17th president of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. He assumed the presidency as he was vice president at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Johnson was the only Southern senator to remain loyal to the Union. Another name inspired by him is, of course, Jackson.
William Howard Taft was the 27th president of the United States and the tenth Chief Justice of the United States, the only person to have held both offices. Rumors abound that Taft got stuck in a bathtub at the White House due to his portly size. Another William is, of course…
William Jefferson Clinton served as the 42nd president of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Clinton presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history. You may also know his wife…
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American politician, diplomat, lawyer, writer, and public speaker who served as the 67th United States secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, as a United States senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, and as First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. She also was the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major party ticket.
Thomas Jefferson was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809. He had previously served as the second vice president of the United States between 1797 and 1801
Zachary Taylor was the 12th president of the United States, serving from March 1849 until his death in July 1850. Taylor previously was a career officer in the United States Army, rose to the rank of major general and became a national hero as a result of his victories in the Mexican–American War. Another great name inspired by him could be…
Joseph R. Biden was a longtime U.S. senator, the Vice President, and soon to be the 46th President. He was the first senator to ever introduce climate change legislation and spearheaded the Violence Against Women Act.
Ronald Wilson Reagan was an American politician who served as the 40th president of the United States from 1981 to 1989 and became a highly influential voice of modern conservatism. Prior to his presidency, he was a Hollywood actor and union leader before serving as the 33rd governor of California from 1967 to 1975.
Kamala Devi Harris is a U.S. senator and attorney who’s been elected the first female vice president of the United States, as well as the first female of color. The name Kamala means Lotus Flower — and is an epithet of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi — and is of Indian origin.
Martin Van Buren was an American statesman who served as the eighth president of the United States from 1837 to 1841. A founder of the Democratic Party, he had previously served as the ninth governor of New York, the tenth United States secretary of state, and the eighth vice president of the United States. He earned the nicknames “Little Magician” and the “Red Fox” for his cunning politics.
Ulysses S. Grant was an American soldier and politician who served as the 18th president of the United States from 1869 to 1877. Before his presidency, Grant led the Union Army as Commanding General of the United States Army in winning the American Civil War.
Theodore Roosevelt Jr., often referred to as Teddy Roosevelt or his initials T. R., was an American statesman, conservationist, naturalist, historian and writer, who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909.
Jimmy Carter is an American politician and philanthropist, who served as the 39th president of the United States from 1977 to 1981. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a Georgia State Senator from 1963 to 1967 and as the 76th governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975. Perhaps even more important, Carter established the Carter Center in 1982 to promote and expand human rights. He has traveled extensively to conduct peace negotiations, monitor elections, and advance disease prevention and eradication in developing nations. Carter is considered a key figure in the Habitat for Humanity charity–building houses for low-income communities well into his 90s.
Calvin Coolidge served as the 30th president of the United States from 1923 to 1929. A Republican lawyer from New England, born in Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor of Massachusetts. Fun fact: in November 1926 President Calvin Coolidge pardoned a live animal intended for his Thanksgiving dinner and adopted it as a pet. This was no turkey, however, but rather a raccoon.
Barack Obama served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Obama was the first African-American president of the United States. He also won the Nobel Peace Prize for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people.”
Harry S. Truman was the 33rd president of the United States from 1945 to 1953, succeeding upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt after serving as the 34th vice president. He implemented the Marshall Plan to rebuild the economy of Western Europe, and established the Truman Doctrine and NATO.
America’s 38th president, Gerald Ford took office on August 9, 1974, following the resignation of President Richard Nixon, who left the White House in disgrace over the Watergate scandal. Ford became the first unelected president in the nation’s history. He is credited with helping to restore public confidence in government after the disillusionment of the Watergate era.
Geraldine Anne Ferraro was a politician, diplomat, and attorney who became the female vice-presidential nominee representing a major American political party, running alongside former vice president Walter Mondale. She served in the United States House of Representatives from 1979 to 1985; she was also a journalist, author, and businesswoman.
Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm was the first African-American woman in Congress (1968) and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties (1972). Her motto and title of her autobiography—Unbossed and Unbought—illustrates her outspoken advocacy for women and minorities during her seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was paralyzed from the waist down, was in his second term as governor of New York when he was elected as the nation’s 32nd president in 1932. With the country mired in the depths of the Great Depression, Roosevelt immediately acted to restore public confidence, proclaiming a bank holiday and speaking directly to the public in a series of radio broadcasts or “fireside chats.” His ambitious slate of New Deal programs and reforms redefined the role of the federal government in the lives of Americans.
Abraham Lincoln, a self-taught lawyer, legislator and vocal opponent of slavery, was elected 16th president of the United States in November 1860, shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War. Lincoln proved to be a shrewd military strategist and a savvy leader: His Emancipation Proclamation paved the way for slavery’s abolition, while his Gettysburg Address stands as one of the most famous pieces of oratory in American history. In April 1865, with the Union on the brink of victory, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth. Lincoln’s assassination made him a martyr to the cause of liberty, and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest presidents in U.S. history.