To give your little girl a name rooted in
American history, look to our nation's first ladies for
some patriotic inspiration.
Popularity rank in the U.S.: #735
Inaugural first lady Martha Washington and the wife of Thomas Jefferson shared
the Aramaic name Martha, which fittingly means "lady." While
Jefferson's wife died before he took office, the White House recognizes her as
America's third first lady.
Popularity rank in the U.S.: #14
Meaning: Oath of God, my God is abundance
While they used different nicknames, Elizabeth "Bess" Truman and
Elizabeth "Betty" Ford shared this Greek moniker derived from the
Hebrew name Elisheba. Other nicknames include Betsy, Beth, Liz, Lizette or
Popularity rank in the U.S.: #246
Meaning: Supplanter, may God protect
O, Jackie! The French feminine form of Jacques is synonymous with American
royalty. As the wife of JFK, Jacqueline Kennedy became the youngest first lady
at age 31. Use Jackie, as she did, for a nickname.
Popularity rank in the U.S.: #187
Meaning: Gift from God
Feminine for Michael, this French moniker peaked in popularity in the late '60s
and early '70s. Michelle Obama became the first African-American first lady
when her husband, President Barack Obama, took office in 2009.
Popularity rank in the U.S.: #8
Meaning: My father is joy
The wives of John Adams and Millard Fillmore shared the Hebrew name Abigail,
which was common among the Puritans. Letters between Adams and his wife show he
consulted her about politics. Fillmore, a teacher, was the first first lady to
hold a job after getting married. Use Abby (No. 389) for a nickname.
Popularity rank in the U.S.: #721
It's gone downhill! This Greek name declined in popularity during and after
Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as first lady.
Popularity rank in the U.S.: #318
A Latin moniker meaning "laurel," former first lady Laura Bush's
first name fits perfectly with her married one. In ancient Rome, laurel leaves
were used to create victory wreathes or garlands.
Popularity rank in the U.S.: #86
A Latin name shared by the wives of Presidents John Tyler and Ulysses S. Grant,
Julia is the feminine form of Julius. Use Jules for a nickname.