This year’s presidential race is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only is it shaping up to be one of the most controversial — and close — races in U.S. history, but it has reminded us how striking presidential baby names can be. If you lean left on your ticket, these baby names inspired by past Democratic presidents might make the perfect addition to your growing liberal family.
The Democratic Party is one of the oldest political parties in the world, getting its start in the early 1790s. Andrew Jackson is considered the first president of the Democratic Party, so it is only fitting to start our baby name list with the names of U.S. presidents.
Democratic U.S. presidents
There have been fifteen Democratic presidents of the United States, with five serving two full terms and John F. Kennedy sadly being assassinated before he completed his full first term. These names are All-American and strong — and could be the perfect presidential name for your future leader.
- Andrew Jackson
- Martin Van Buren
- James Polk
- Franklin Pierce
- James Buchanan
- Andrew Johnson
- Grover Cleveland
- Woodrow Wilson
- Franklin Roosevelt
- Harry S. Truman
- John F. Kennedy
- Lyndon B. Johnson
- Jimmy Carter
- Bill Clinton
- Barack Obama
Depending on the outcome of this 2016 election, we may be adding “Hillary” (Clinton) to our Democratic presidents baby names list.
Top baby names in “blue” states
A “blue” state refers to those states that historically are more likely to vote Democratic, while a “red” state refers to those that are more likely to vote Republican. We have rounded up some of the most popular baby names, according to the Social Security Administration, in those “blue” states.
In the blue state of Massachusetts, the top boy names are William, Benjamin, Jacob, Michael and Ryan, while the top girl names are Sophia, Olivia, Isabella, Emma and Ava. In New York, Michael is the top name followed by Jacob, Jayden, Matthew and Joseph rounding out the top five. The top girl names in New York are the same as Massachusetts, only with a slightly different order.
In Connecticut, Alexander is the top name, while Sophia again reigns supreme. What about California? Jacob and Sophia are the top names in the Golden Coast, while Michigan’s top names are Mason and Olivia.
We see a couple of new names in the top five for the blue state of Hawaii, with Noah, Mason, Elijah, Aiden and Ethan the top names for boys and Sophia, Olivia, Chloe, Emma and Isabella the top names for girls.
Unique and liberal baby names
The following baby names are unique and cool — and perfect for your left-winged baby. Even if your child ends up leaning more to the right, these names are still great names that will help your child stand out in a crowd (in a good way!)
Liberal boy names:
Liberal girl names:
Originally published Oct. 2012. Updated June 2016.