Are you having a baby in early July? Or are you simply the most patriotic person you know? Then an all-American, patriotic baby name might be just what you're looking for — especially if kiddo is lucky enough to have a Fourth of July birthday.
But you don't have to name your kid "Washington" (or any other state) or go all out and call her "America" in order to be patriotic. Instead, take a cue from the notable folks who shaped our great country. The best thing about patriotic baby names? Virtually all of them have a story behind them.
Below, you'll find 52 baby names from American leaders, revolutionaries and luminaries your kid will be proud to have as a namesake.
Names from the American Revolution
The people below fought for independence from Great Britain — and their names are still quite popular well after 1776.
- Alexander Hamilton
- Benjamin Franklin
- Elijah Isaacs
- George Washington
- Jonathan Shipley
- Nathan Hale
- Paul Revere
- Samuel Prescott
- Timothy Matlack
- William Paca
Names from historic feminists
Want to name your baby after the women who helped shape the earliest forms of feminism in the U.S.? Look no further.
- Abigail Adams
- Hannah Arnett
- Harriet Tubman
- Lydia Maria Child
- Martha Washington
- Mercy Otis Warren
- Molly Pitcher
- Patience Wright
- Penelope Barker
- Sojourner Truth
Names from trailblazing women of color
These women truly made history — as activists, artists, politicians, scientists, thinkers and everything in between.
- Maya Angelou: A Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet and civil rights activist
- Ella Baker: A civil rights activist who founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
- Grace Lee Boggs: An activist who worked closely with Black Marxists
- Shirley Chisholm: The first Black woman elected to U.S. Congress in 1968
- Angela Davis: A prominent counterculture activist in the 1960s working with the Black Panther Party
- Barbara Jordan: The first Black woman from the South elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
- Coretta Scott King: A leader in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- Addie Wyatt: The founding member of the National Organization of Women
- Mary Jackson: A Black mathematician and aerospace engineer at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
- Dorothy Vaughan: A Black mathematician and "human computer" who worked for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and NASA
- Katherine Johnson: A Black mathematician who worked for NASA