U.S. Presidents and First Ladies

Tired of names like Madison, Taylor, and Tyler? Why not use McKinley or Pierce?

In recent years, surnames have become popular to use as first names. Classrooms are full of little Taylors, Tylers, and Madisons. Relative newcomers like Carter, Kennedy, Reagan, Grant and Harrison are zooming up the charts. What do these names have in common? They are all the names of former U.S. Presidents. Why these names? Perhaps parents feel they are distinguished and have more prestige than your average Smith and Jones. Perhaps it's a nod to our nation's history. Perhaps it's just because WASPy names are in vogue right now. Whatever the reason, here is a list of the Presidents of the U.S.A. and their First Ladies. The lists are organized chronologically as well as alphabetically.

President First Lady
George Washington Martha Dandridge
John Adams Abigail Smith
Thomas Jefferson Martha Wayles Skelton
James Madison Dolly Payne Todd
James Monroe Elizabeth "Eliza" Kortright
John Quincy Adams Louisa Catherine Johnson
Andrew Jackson Rachel Donelson Robards
Martin VanBuren Hannah Hoes
William Henry Harrison Anna Tuthill Symmes
John Tyler Julia Gardiner
James Knox Polk Sarah Childress
Zachary Taylor Margaret mackall Smith
Millard Fillmore Abigail Powers
Franklin Pierce Jane Means Appleton
James Buchanan -
Abraham Lincoln Mary Todd
Andrew Johnson Eliza McCardle
Ulysses Simpson Grant Julia Boggs Dent
Rutherford Birchard Hayes Lucy Ware Webb
James Abram Garfield Lucretia Rudolph
Chester Alan Arthur Ellen Lewis Herndon
Grover Cleveland Frances Fulsom
Benjamin Harrison Caroline Lavinia Scott
Grover Cleveland Frances Fulsom
William McKinley Ida Saxton
Theodore Roosevelt Edith Kermit Carow
William Howard Taft Helen Herron
Woodrow Wilson Edith Bolling Galt
Warren Gamaliel harding Florence Kling DeWolf
Calvin Coolidge Anna Grace Goodhew
Herbert Clark Hoover Lou Henry
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
Harry s Truman Elizabeth "Bess" Virginia Wallace
Dwight David Eisenhower Mary "Mamie" Geneva Doud
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jacqueline Lee Bouvier
Lyndon Baines Johnson Claudia "Lady Bird" Alta Taylor
Richard Milhous Nixon Thelma Patricia "Pat" Catherine Ryan
Gerald Rudolph Ford Elizabeth "Betty" Bloomer Warren
James Earl Carter Eleanor Rosalynn Smith
Ronald Wilson Reagan Nancy Davis
George Herbert Walker Bush Barbara Pierce
William Jefferson Clinton Hillary Rodham
George Walker Bush Laura Welch

President's and First Ladies' Names Alphabetically

Presidents' First Names Presidents' Middle Names Presidents' Last Names First Ladies' First Names First Ladies' Maiden names
Abraham Abram Adams x 2 Abigail Appleton
Andrew Alan Arthur Anna x 3 Bouvier
Andrew Baines Buchanan Barbara Carow
Benjamin Birchard Bush x 2 Caroline Childress
Calvin Clark Carter Claudia "Lady Bird" Custis
Chester David Cleveland Dolly Davis
Dwight Delano Clinton Edith x 2 Dent
Franklin x 2 Earl Coolidge Eleanor x 2 deWolf
George x 3 Fitzgerald Eisenhower Eliza Doud
Gerald Gamaliel Fillmore Elizabeth "Bess" Fulsom
Grover Henry Ford Elizabeth "Betty" Galt
Harry Herbert Walker Garfield Elizabeth "Eliza" Gardiner
Herbert Howard Grant Ellen Goodhew
James x 5 Jefferson Harding Florence Henry
John x 4 Knox Harrison x 2 Frances Herndon
Lyndon Milhous Hayes Hannah Herron
Martin Quincy Hoover Helen Hoes
Millard Rudolph Jackson Hillary Johnson
Richard S Jefferson Ida Kortright
Ronald Simpson Johnson x 2 Jacqueline McCardle
Rutherford Walker Kennedy Jane Pierce
Theodore Wilson Lincoln Julia x 2 Powers
Thomas Madison Laura Robards
Ulysses McKinley Lou Rodham
Warren Monroe Louisa Roosevelt
William x 4 Nixon Lucretia Rudolph
Woodrow Pierce Lucy Ryan
Zachary Polk Margaret Saxton
Reagan Martha x 2 Scott
Roosevelt x 2 Mary Skelton
Taft Mary "Mamie" Smith x 3
Taylor Nancy Symmes
Truman Rachel Taylor
Tyler Rosalynn Todd x 2
VanBuren Sarah Wallace
Washington Thelma "Patricia" Warren
Wilson Webb