If you're looking for a quintessential
all-American name for your future quarterback or cheerleader, you'll likely
select a Hebrew or European moniker. While there's controversy over what the
Founding Fathers truly believed, many of the nation's most traditional names
have British and Judeo-Christian roots.
Popularity rank in the U.S.: #134
In addition to several presidents, Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney and
country king George Strait boast this name from Greek that's synonymous with
English royalty. A top pick for boys in the early 1900s, it's slowly making a
comeback after the birth of Prince George of Cambridge in 2013.
Popularity rank in the U.S.: #83
Meaning: Pure, clear
This name with Greek roots, common among saints, empresses and queens, has
several spellings, including Catherine (No. 170) and Katharine (think Hepburn).
Use Kate (No. 207) or Katie (No. 280) for nicknames.
Popularity rank in the U.S.: #26
Meaning: God is gracious
Reminiscent of American icons such as JFK, John Grisham and John Denver, this
English name with Greek and Hebrew roots is also symbolic of two of Christ's
most devoted followers: John the Baptist and the Apostle John.
Popularity rank in the U.S.: #322
Meaning: God is gracious
It's not really plain. This medieval English name, a French feminine form of
John, is shared by actresses Jane Fonda and Jane Lynch. It also has a rich
literary history thanks to author Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë's novel
Popularity rank in the U.S.: #18
From Letterman to "the Hoff" to David Copperfield, this Hebrew name
was a top 10 pick for boys from the late 1930s through the early '90s. King
David of the Old Testament was said to be "a man after God's own
Popularity rank in the U.S.: #120
Meaning: Wished-for child, rebellion, bitter
Hail, Mary! Mary Magdalene and the virgin mother of Jesus shared this revered
Hebrew name, which has held the No. 1 girls' spot 41 times since 1915.
Popularity rank in the U.S.: #7
Meaning: Who is like God?
Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan and Michael Douglas (just to name a few) share
this Hebrew moniker that has been the No. 1 boys' name in the U.S. a staggering
44 times in the past 100 years.
Popularity rank in the U.S.: #220
Meaning: White enchantress, the fair one
The Cornish form of Guinevere is so prevalent among Hollywood's leading ladies
(think Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Garner) that many of them are better known
by nicknames such as JLo (Jennifer Lopez) and J.Law (Jennifer Lawrence).
Jennifer was the No. 1 girls' name in the U.S. from 1970 to 1984.