20 Presidential Baby Names Fit for Future Leaders

From Abraham to Jacqueline, check out some of our favorite baby boy and girl names, straight from the Oval office.
save article
profile picture of The Bump Editors
Updated February 17, 2022
baby lying in crib holding an american flag
Image: chomplearn/Getty Images

Figuring out what to name baby can be a big to-do for expectant parents. You’re likely looking to many sources for inspiration, such as your family tree, nature or even American history—Hamilton has certainly brought our founding fathers back into the forefront of pop culture! If you and your partner are history buffs, you might want to pay homage to your favorite historical figures. To help, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite baby names inspired by America’s presidents and their first ladies. Check them out below.

10 Baby Names Inspired by Presidents

William Taft, the 27th president of the United States, was also made chief justice of the United States. He’s the only president to have ever served in both of these offices.

Did you know the 40th president of the United States started out as an actor? He held the lead roles in Hell’s Kitchen, Million Dollar Baby and many more films.

Thomas Jefferson may be remembered as one of our founding fathers, but, aside from politics, he was an architect. Among his most famous projects is the University of Virginia.

Andrew Johnson became the 17th president after the assasination of President Abraham Lincoln. Having grown up in poverty, Johnson was a champion of the common man during his time as a politician.

John F. Kennedy has been the only president to win a Pulitzer Prize. He was given the award for his book Profiles in Courage, which focuses on the careers of eight U.S. Senators.

This may be the leading name among American presidents, as six of them were named James: James Madison, James Monroe, James K. Polk, James Buchanan, James Garfield and James “Jimmy” Carter.

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, is best known for his Emancipation Proclamation, which helped end slavery in America. He was reelected in 1864, but was assassinated in April 1865.

Related Video

Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest president to assume office, at 42 years old, after the assassination of President William McKinley. He has also been the only president to win a Medal of Honor, which was awarded posthumously for his actions during the Spanish-American War.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 32nd president and the fifth cousin of Teddy Roosevelt. Despite having caught polio at the age of 39, he fought to regain control of his legs through swimming. He served four terms starting in 1932, and led the country through the Great Depression and World War II.

Calvin Coolidge was the 30th president and served in the White House during the Roaring ‘20s. He became legendary for how little he spoke during interviews and social events.

10 Baby Names Inspired by First Ladies

Martha Washington was the first woman to become first lady. However, the term “first lady” was coined in the mid 1800s, after her death.

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (married to Franklin D. Roosevelt) was the longest-serving first lady. During her time in the White House, and afterwards, she penned a national newspaper column called “My Day.”

Did you know Jacqueline “Jackie” Kennedy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University? She was working as an “inquiring photographer” for a local Washington newspaper when she met John F. Kennedy.

Nancy Davis Reagan was an actress before she became first lady. Her last movie role was with her husband, Ronald Reagan, in Hellcats of the Navy.

Michelle Obama was the 44th first lady and is also a lawyer and writer. She met her husband, Barack Obama, in 1988 in Chicago while they were both working at the firm of Sidley Austin.

To date, there have been three first ladies named Elizabeth: Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman and Elizabeth Anne Bloomer Ford.

Abigail Adams was the first second lady (wife of the vice president) and the second first lady. She bonded with her future husband John Adams over their mutual love of reading.

Rosalynn Smith Carter and her husband President Jimmy Carter grew up together as neighbors. During her time in the White House, Rosalynn became a strong advocate for mental health, a cause she continued to raise awareness for in her later years.

Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson was the wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson and better known by her nickname, “Lady Bird.” During her political years, she became a strong advocate for the beautification of cities and highways.

Barbara Pierce Bush met her future husband George Bush when she was just 16 years old at a dance over Christmas break. At the time, she was a student at Ashley Hall, a boarding school in South Carolina, and George Bush was in his last year at Phillips Academy, located in Massachusetts.

Looking for more names that might befit a future leader? Check out for more inspiration.

save article
Whether you're looking for a baby girl name, a baby boy name or both, The Bump is here to help you find the perfect one:

More Baby Names Articles

Article removed.
Name added. View Your List