U.S. Presidential Last Names as Baby Names

Can you name the 10 most common presidential last names that were used as baby names in the U.S. in 2019?
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Last updated: October 24, 2020
First submittedOctober 22, 2020
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#
% Male
Name
10,128
99.7
Jackson
9,241
93.4
Carter
7,614
97.6
Lincoln
6,300
0.5
Madison
3,805
3.6
Kennedy
#
% Male
Name
3,451
99.6
Harrison
3,145
95.2
Tyler
2,938
6.6
Reagan
2,500
18.3
Taylor
2,173
100
Arthur
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Level 74
Oct 22, 2020
Nearest misses:

  • Grant - 1,980. There are an estimated over 111,000 Grants in America - this one is trending downward
  • Hayes - 1,227. Who names their kid Hayes?
  • McKinley - 679. Personally I thought this one would have been higher on the list
  • Monroe - 618. This is by far the most unisex names of all the top 15, ~61% are males.
  • Pierce - 609. I could see this one being a baby name but, like Hayes, I don't know of any Pierces.
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Level 90
Oct 23, 2020
Brosnan. Pierce Brosnan.
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Level 71
Oct 23, 2020
More than anything I was stunned Grant didn't make it. That is a pretty common name, or at least I thought it was until today.
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Level 67
Nov 2, 2020
I have a friend whose name is Grant.
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Level 86
Oct 24, 2020
My sister's middle name is Pierce, and it's what she goes by.
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Level 82
Oct 24, 2020
Hamilton and Jefferson didn't even make the near misses? hm.. less than Hayes or McKinley? weird.
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Level 61
Oct 24, 2020
Hamilton... wasn't president.
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Level 41
Oct 30, 2020
Well he's never gonna be now...
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Level 82
Oct 31, 2020
yeet: oh yeah.
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Level 82
Oct 31, 2020
Alexander Hamilton is an example of somebody who's done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice.
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Level 86
Oct 31, 2020
Well, being the subject of a Broadway musical helps.
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Level 82
Oct 31, 2020
yes :) but... I was quoting someone who was talking about Frederick Douglass.
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Level 55
Nov 1, 2020
cool
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Level 74
Nov 4, 2020
I got stuck on Grant and Hayes. I know a kid named Hayes.
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Level ∞
Oct 23, 2020
I've never heard of McKinley as a first name until now. It seems to have been invented around the same time that President McKinley became well known. It was almost exclusively a boys name until suddenly, around 1970, people started naming girls McKinley. Today 90% of babies named McKinley are female.
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Level 74
Oct 23, 2020
I've heard of a few McKinleys. I couldn't name any from the top of my head, but I know I have heard the name several times
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Level 82
Oct 24, 2020
When they grow up they'll change their name to Denali.
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Level ∞
Oct 24, 2020
Funny enough, there are a couple thousand people in the U.S. named Denali.
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Level 84
Oct 23, 2020
What -- no Van Burens?
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Level 74
Oct 23, 2020
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Level 84
Oct 23, 2020
"The popularity of Vanburen peaked in 1914, when it was the 2,915th most popular name for baby boys."
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Level 86
Oct 24, 2020
You don't want to associate your kid with a dangerous street gang.
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Level 84
Oct 25, 2020
They're not too dangerous if you know their sign. They'll never come after one of their own. ;)
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Level 66
Oct 31, 2020
Well it was when I was bangin'!
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Level 69
Oct 23, 2020
I'm surprised Wilson doesn't even make the honorable mentions. Guess there aren't as many Tom Hanks fans these days.
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Level 74
Oct 23, 2020
Who'd name their kid after a volleyball?
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Level 82
Oct 23, 2020
Yeah, that'd be dumb. My son, Slinky, thinks so too.
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Level 78
Oct 31, 2020
Don, you always make me chuckle.
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Level 90
Oct 23, 2020
Or Tim Allen fans either.
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Level 78
Oct 31, 2020
We were friends with a man whose first name was Wilson, and to make it really confusing his surname was a common male first name - something like "Wilson Mike" - not his name, but you get the idea. When getting official forms filled out the secretary or registrar would ask him his name and when he answered they thought he was giving his surname first and they would nearly always switch it around to Mike Wilson when they typed in his name.
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Level 71
Oct 23, 2020
I like the name Hayes as a boys' name. If your boy became a farmer he could sell Hayes Hays for all Hay Occasions!
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Level 74
Oct 23, 2020
Hay that's not a bad idea!
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Level 78
Oct 31, 2020
He would do well in Hays, Kansas. Hayes Hay in Hays.
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Level 86
Oct 23, 2020
Where are all the Buchanan's at?
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Level 78
Oct 31, 2020
My seventh grade English teacher would say, "Behind the at." (I never really understood many of her sayings but at least she tried to set us straight on grammar.)
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Level 79
Oct 23, 2020
Eisenhower doesn't appeal?
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Level 65
Oct 24, 2020
I knew a kid named Eisenhower in high school. He went by Ike
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Level 78
Oct 31, 2020
Did you like Ike?
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Level 76
Oct 23, 2020
Never ever heard of anybody with the first name Kennedy.
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Level 84
Oct 23, 2020
The only one I could think of is the former MTV VJ
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Level 86
Oct 24, 2020
I knew a Kennedy in high school.
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Level 73
Oct 24, 2020
I've had a few students named Kennedy, all girls. I think it's a cute name for a girl.
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Level 79
Oct 29, 2020
If you can find this movie and its sequels, it's a very fun watch: https://www.zilnikzelimir.net/kenedi-goes-back-home The protagonist's father named his Roma boys after US presidents so that they'd have better chances in life: Kenedi, Džonson, Nikson (Serbian phonetic spelling)
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Level 67
Nov 2, 2020
There is an anchorwoman/comentator named Kennedy. I think on Fox or OAN News.
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Level 74
Nov 4, 2020
Friend of mine in HS had her very conservative brother name his kid Kennedy (girl). We were confused.
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Level 84
Oct 23, 2020
Fun quiz idea!
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Level 76
Oct 23, 2020
Wait so I'm the only one who named their kids Coolidge and Hoover?
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Level 78
Oct 31, 2020
Again, no love for Fillmore.
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Level 67
Nov 2, 2020
I love the name Fillmore. :-)
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Level 86
Oct 24, 2020
I wonder how many people have named their kids Trump?
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Level 83
Oct 24, 2020
Roughly the same as "Obama" or "Van Buren," according to the source.
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Level 74
Oct 24, 2020
There have never been at least five Trumps of Bidens of the same gender born in the same year.
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Level 51
Oct 24, 2020
That was a quick feature. Great quiz!
+4
Level 74
Oct 25, 2020
I would love to see a list of worst presidential last names to give your child. Intentionally excluding the last twenty hears, here are my top three: Hoover, Fillmore, Polk.
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Level 79
Oct 29, 2020
The last one should be among those, even regardless of political assessment.
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Level 62
Oct 31, 2020
We demand more Garfields!
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Level 79
Oct 31, 2020
And they demand lasagna!
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Level 55
Oct 31, 2020
Cleveland?
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Level 55
Oct 31, 2020
should be 10-15k according to internet
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Level 74
Oct 31, 2020
Only 20 Americans were born in 2019 and named Cleveland
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Level 78
Oct 31, 2020
Cleveland was a family name among my mother's cousin's family in the early to mid-1900s, but they were all called Cleve.
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Level 79
Nov 1, 2020
Kind of astounded there are more Lincolns and Reagans than there are Arthurs.
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Level 53
Nov 1, 2020
I gave it 2 stars because I thought it was last names for baby's as well.
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Level 63
Nov 1, 2020
Thought Clinton might be on here. I know a baby named Lincoln surprised I missed that one.
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Level 67
Nov 2, 2020
Used to know a guy named Lincoln.
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Level 55
Nov 1, 2020
Tops to those 8 people who named their kid Garfield
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Level 69
Nov 2, 2020
I thought surely Grant would be higher than Arthur. People still name their babies Arthur though? I thought Truman might do better too.
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Level 69
Nov 3, 2020
What about Ford? Companion of Arthur made popular by Adams? That's like, all the presidents there.