Saturday, April 26, 2008

Naming a President

I guess we are fairly used to actors and actresses changing their birth names upon entering their profession, but what about politicians? I’ve asked around many admitted to me the first thing they would think of is what the candidate had to hide if they had changed their name. This does make sense since we are mistrustful of our government officials these days.

Many our our presidents have changed their names though or elected to use one name….first or middle as they entered the public arena.
  • Ulysses Simpson Grant’s given name was Hiram Ulysses Grant
  • Grover Cleveland’s name was changed from Stephen Grover Cleveland.
  • Woodrow Wilson was known at birth as Thomas Woodrow Wilson
  • Calvin Coolidge didn’t want to be known as John Calvin Coolidge
  • Dwight David Eisenhower changed his name from David Dwight Eisenhower. Gerald Rudolph Ford changed his name from Leslie King, Jr. when his mother married his stepfather and he was legally adopted.
  • William Jefferson Clinton changed his name from William Jefferson Blythe because of a similar situation with President Ford.
Ever wonder how many presidents are names James or John? Well six presidents have been named James (Madison, Monroe, Polk, Buchanan, Garfield, Carter) while four were named John (Adams, Adams, Tyler, Kennedy).

What about middle names? Well, seventeen of our former presidents have no middle name according to this site.

Would you consider naming all of your children after a president?

What about making anagrams with presidential names? If you rearrange the letters in William Howard Taft one of the combinations is A WORD WITH ALL: I’M FAT. Calvin Coolidge becomes LOVE? A COLD ICING, Woodrow Wilson becomes O LORD, SO NOW, WWI, and George Bush becomes HE BUGS GORE.


Scott said...

There are also three Georges (Washington, H.W. Bush, and W. Bush) and three Williams/Bills (Harrison, Taft, and Clinton).

Other than the father/son last names of Adams (John and John Quincy) and Bush (George H.W. and George W.), the only other related presidents were Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR was a distant cousin to Teddy and were members of different parties.

Jennie W said...

Benjamin Harrison was the grandson of William Henry Harrison as well.