Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Name Game

I read a few weeks ago about a couple who were expecting their fourth child. Everyone wanted to know what they had decided to name her, because the other three were named after presidents Grant, Madison, and McKinley.

Sure, it was the Washington Post, and such interest may seem like just another inside-the-Beltway trivial pursuit, but the article stuck with me. For instance, there have been five doubles: Adams, Harrison, Johnson, Roosevelt, and Bush, so with the three names they've already used, that narrows their options to 36.

And while it seems like there are a lot of no-starter names, it's really kind of amazing how many could actually be possibilities. Heck, it's amazing how many kids I've actually known with those names! (I'm talking to you Tyler, Harrison, Carter, Kennedy, Taylor, Clinton, Jefferson, Lincoln, Jackson, and Pierce!)

Think about it, though, such speculation provides a whole new lens through which to view the current election. Baby Sanders? Maybe. Clinton? Sure. Trump? Not so likely, but I already know a Cruz.

Could I be on to something? I guess only time will tell!


  1. I've known kids name Regan (their spelling) and Nixon, too!

  2. Interesting, I've only had a Carter but never connected it to a presidents name.

  3. I think Ford would be a good name! Lori from Grand Rapids MI grin

  4. So interesting, I have heard many of those names too, but rarely connected it to the president. I wonder what they will choose!!

  5. Wow! You've done your research. I will never look at a student name again without looking to see if it belonged to a president. I'm thinking Obama and Trump are out, but you never know what the next generation will bring.