Born Leaders: 10 Baby Names Inspired by Presidents and First Ladies

Looking for a baby name that's sure to get your little one into the Oval Office? If you have aspirations for your kid to be the next great leader of the United States, then be sure to bequeath her with one of these unique baby names inspired by Presidents and First Ladies!

1. Jefferson

Origin: Old English; Meaning: son of Jeffrey
We built this city on rock 'n roll! Wait - wrong Jefferson. We built this country thanks to the help of this founding father, who was the third U.S. president from 1801 - 1809 and currently graces our elusive two-dollar bill. If you like to go the more traditional route, you could always use his first name: Thomas.

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2. Grant
Origin: English, Gaelic; Meaning: tall, big
Ulysses S. Grant was our 18th president from 1869 - 1877 and was a prominent general during the Civil War prior to his time in office. Today, Grant is buried in Grant's Tomb, located in Riverside Park in New York City and known as the largest mausoleum in North America. While his last name works as a great first name, more adventurous parents (or ones who really love James Joyce, too) should try his first name, which means "wrathful."

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3. Carter
Origin: Old English; Meaning: transporter of goods
Our 39th president, Jimmy Carter, received mixed reviews as a president, but rave ones as a person: In 2002, Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work promoting peaceful solutions to international conflicts and advancing human rights worldwide. During his presidency, Carter was well-known for encouraging energy conservation during the energy crisis of the '70s, as well as his controversial decision to boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympics following the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

4. Pierce
Origin: English; Meaning: rock
It's understandable if you hear Pierce and think Brosnan, he of the James Bond movies before Daniel Craig - but despite 14th president Franklin Pierce's quiet run in office from 1853 - 1857, we dig his last name so much it earns a spot on our list. Before becoming president, Pierce was the senator of New Hampshire and is currently the only president from that state.

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5. Lyndon
Origin: Old English; Meaning: linden tree hill
Lyndon B. Johnson succeeded John F. Kennedy after his assassination in 1963. LBJ, as he was also known, is noted for creating his "great society" legislation that provided for public broadcasting, Medicare, Medicaid, and upheld civil rights. Parents who are on the fence about this name could consider either the alternate spelling of Linden or the similarly sounding Landon.

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6. Monroe
Origin: Gaelic; Meaning: mouth of the river Roe
Monroe, the surname of our 5th U.S. President, may be a traditionally male name, but we like it just as much for girls - so did Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, who chose this name for one of their daughters. President James Monroe was an original founding father and soldier in the Revolutionary war. He served in office from 1817 - 1825, passing his famous Monroe Doctrine that ensured European intervention would no longer be tolerated in the Americas while there.

7. Kennedy
Origin: Irish, Gaelic; Meaning: armored or deformed head
Okay, maybe this name doesn't have the sweetest meaning, but ignore that and consider the pedigree this moniker has in the United States: the renowned Kennedy family, led by 35th President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy served in office from 1961 to 1963, his term cut short by an assassination that shocked and sorrowed the American public. Kennedy is remembered as one of the most publicly liked former presidents.

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8. Reagan
Origin: Irish; Meaning: little king
Reagan's a name that suits either boys or girls, but we like the posh, hipster, and of course, presidential connotations it bestows on a little lady. 40th President Ronald Reagan started his career as a film and television actor before beginning his path in politics and getting elected to the presidency in 1981. Reagan was a proponent of reducing government spending and taxes to spark economic growth.

9. Grace
Origin: Latin; Meaning: favor, blessing
Say it with us: Grace Coolidge. Could you imagine a more chilled-out, refined name for our nation's First Lady from 1923 - 1929? The wife of 30th president Calvin Coolidge, Grace grew up in Burlington, Vermont, and is said to have first seen her husband through a boardinghouse mirror as he was shaving. They met in person soon after and married in 1905. During Calvin's political career, Grace worked to maintain appearances, attend church, take part in community activities, and be the gregarious counterpart to her naturally shy husband.

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10. Eleanor
Origin: French; Meaning: foreign
"A woman is like a tea bag," Eleanor Roosevelt is quoted as saying, "you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." As First Lady from 1933 - 1945 alongside her husband Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor continued to work - traveling, speaking, and writing a syndicated newspaper column. After her husband's death in 1945, Eleanor continued to be active in politics and championing human rights until her own death in 1962.

- By Jillian Capewell

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