Why Americans Stopped Naming Babies After the President?


Parents often struggle with selecting baby names. Should they name the baby after a relative or a friend, or perhaps after the President of the United States? There was a time when parents often named baby boys after the president. In fact, Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander was named after the 22nd President of the United States. In 1929, Franklin was only the 147th most popular name for baby boys, but just two years later it had jumped to being ranked as 33rd because parents were naming their children after President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Starting with Richard Nixon, naming your baby after the president brought a negative response. The reason was the declining prestige of political leaders and increasing political partisanship.