In honor of President’s Day, here are some United States presidential names and their meanings. The most common name among presidents so far is James, followed by John, William, and George. If you want your baby to make it big in politics, you might want to consider some of these when choosing names for your baby!
George: George is a name with Greek origins and means farmer. Presidential Georges include George Washington, George Herbert Walker Bush, and George Walker Bush.
John: John is a name with Hebrew origins and means God is gracious. Presidential Johns include John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Tyler, and John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Thomas: Thomas is a name with Greek origins meaning twin. The only American president named Thomas was Thomas Jefferson.
James: James is the most common name of American presidents. James is a Hebrew name meaning supplanter. The six presidents with the first name James include James Madison, James Monroe, James Polk, James Buchanan, James Garfield, and James “Jimmy” Carter.
Andrew: Andrew is a name with Greek origins meaning manly. There were two presidential Andrews: Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson.
Martin: Martin is a name with Latin origins. The meaning of Martin is servant of Mars/God of War. Martin van Buren was the only president with the first name of Martin.
William: William is a name with English origins meaning strong-willed warrior. William is the third most common presidential name, after James and John. Presidential Williams include William Henry Harrison, William Taft, William McKinley, and William Jefferson Clinton.
Zachary: Zachary is a name with Hebrew origins, meaning God has remembered. Zachary Taylor is the only president with the first name Zachary.
Millard: Millard is an English name meaning guardian of the mill. Millard Fillmore is the only president with the first name Millard.
Franklin: Franklin is a name meaning free man from the English. The two presidents with the name Franklin were Franklin Pierce and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Abraham: Abraham is a Hebrew name meaning father of nations. Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. His nickname was “Honest Abe.”
Ulysses: Ulysses is a Latin name meaning wounded in the thigh. Ulysses S. Grant is the only presidential Ulysses but his first name was actually Hiram, a Hebrew name meaning exalted brother.
Rutherford: Rutherford in an English name meaning from the Cattle ford. Rutherford B. Hayes is the only president with the first name Rutherford.
Chester: Chester is a name with English origins meaning fortress. It is a diminutive form of Rochester. Chester Arthur became president after James Garfield was assassinated.
Grover: Grover is an English name meaning in the grove. Grover Cleveland was the only president named Grover, but he was president twice: he was our 22nd and 24th president.
Benjamin: Benjamin is an English name meaning son of my right hand. Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd president, between the two Grover Cleveland presidencies.
Theodore: Theodore is a Greek name meaning divine gift. Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th president. His nickname was “Teddy” and because of this was named the teddy bear.
Woodrow: Woodrow is an English name meaning from the lane in the woods. Woodrow Wilson and a founder of the League of Nations, the forerunner of the United Nations.
Warren: Warren is an English name meaning guard. Warren G. Harding’s middle name was Gamaliel, a Biblical/Hebrew name for God is my reward.
Calvin: Calvin is a Latin name meaning bald. Calvin Coolidge was the 30th president of the United States. Other famous Calvins include Calvin Klein and the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes.
Herbert: Herbert means army bright and is of English origins. Herbert Hoover was the 31st president of the United States.
Harry: Harry is an English name meaning army ruler. The “S” in Harry S. Truman most likely stands for family names of his two grandfathers “Shipp” and “Solomon.” The name Harry was originally a nickname for the formal name Henry.
Dwight: Dwight is an English name meaning devotee of Dionysus. It is also from an English surname “Diot.” Dwight David Eisenhower was nicknamed “Ike” as a diminutive of Eisenhower, which became a nickname on its own and a catchphrase for his campaign: I LIKE IKE.
Lyndon: Lyndon is an English name meaning from the flax hill. Lyndon B. Johnson was nicknamed LBJ. B stood for Baines, his mother’s maiden name.
Richard: Richard is an English name for brave ruler. Richard Nixon was the only president to resign. Nicknames for Richard include Rich, Richie, and Dick, the latter of which was used by Richard Nixon. After the Watergate scandal and his resignation, he was monikered “Tricky Dick.”
Gerald: Gerald is an English name meaning rules with spear. Gerald Ford became president after Richard Nixon resigned from office. A common nickname for Gerald is Jerry.
Ronald: Ronald is an English name for counsel rule. Ronald Reagan was the 40th president of the United States and was often called Ron or Ronnie.
Barack: Barack Obama was the 44th president of the United States. President Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and is of American and Kenyan origins. Barack is the Arabic word for blessed and is related to the Hebrew word/name Baruch.