Name Frequency of U.S. Presidents and Vice Presidents

Monday was Presidents’ Day, and today (February 22) is George Washington’s birthday.  This has me pondering – what are the most common presidential names? 

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George Washington

Here is a list of U.S. presidents’ and vice presidents’ names by frequency!  I’ve organized them into two categories: official and birth names.  The ‘official’ list tallies the names we know them by; for example, Bill Clinton is officially counted as Bill.  On the other hand, Clinton is tallied as William under the list of birth names.

Official names:

  • James (x5)
  • John (x4)
  • George (x3)
  • William (x3)
  • Andrew (x2)
  • Franklin (x2)
  • Abraham
  • Barack
  • Benjamin
  • Bill
  • Calvin
  • Chester
  • Donald
  • Dwight
  • Gerald
  • Grover
  • Harry
  • Herbert
  • Jimmy
  • Lyndon
  • Martin
  • Millard
  • Richard
  • Ronald
  • Rutherford
  • Theodore
  • Thomas
  • Ulysses
  • Warren
  • Woodrow
  • Zachary

If we switch to birth names, the presidential list looks like:

  • James (x6) – including Jimmy Carter
  • John (x5) – including John Calvin Coolidge
  • William (x4) – including Bill Clinton
  • George (x3)
  • Andrew (x2)
  • Franklin (x2)
  • Thomas (x2) – including Thomas Woodrow Wilson
  • Abraham
  • Barack
  • Benjamin
  • Chester
  • Donald
  • Dwight
  • Harry
  • Herbert
  • Hiram – Hiram Ulysses Grant
  • Leslie – birth name of Gerald Ford, who was originally named after his biological father.  Gerald Ford was his stepfather’s name.
  • Lyndon
  • Maarten – Martin Van Buren’s first language was Dutch
  • Millard
  • Richard
  • Ronald
  • Rutherford
  • Stephen – Stephen Grover Cleveland
  • Theodore
  • Warren
  • Zachary

Now here are the Vice-Presidents’ official names:

  • John (x5)
  • Charles (x3)
  • George (x3)
  • Thomas (x3)
  • Henry (x2)
  • Richard (x2)
  • William (x2)
  • Aaron
  • Adlai
  • Al
  • Alben
  • Andrew
  • Calvin
  • Chester
  • Dan
  • Daniel
  • Dick
  • Elbridge
  • Garret
  • Gerald
  • Hannibal
  • Harry
  • Hubert
  • James
  • Joe
  • Levi
  • Lyndon
  • Martin
  • Mike
  • Millard
  • Nelson
  • Schuyler
  • Spiro
  • Theodore
  • Walter

And their birth names:

  • John (x6) – including Calvin Coolidge
  • Charles (x3)
  • George (x3)
  • Richard (x3) – including Dick Cheney
  • Thomas (x3)
  • James (x2) – including James Danforth “Dan” Quayle
  • William (x2)
  • Aaron
  • Adlai
  • Alben
  • Albert – Al Gore
  • Andrew
  • Chester
  • Daniel
  • Elbridge
  • Garret
  • Hannibal
  • Harry
  • Henry
  • Hubert
  • Jeremiah – Jeremiah Jones Colbath changed his name to Henry Wilson.
  • Joseph – Joe Biden
  • Leslie
  • Levi
  • Lyndon
  • Maarten
  • Michael – Mike Pence
  • Millard
  • Nelson
  • Schuyler
  • Spiro
  • Theodore
  • Walter

Thoughts?  I’m honestly a little surprised that there’s been more than one president named Franklin.  That, and I think Hannibal Hamlin wins “coolest name.”

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One thought on “Name Frequency of U.S. Presidents and Vice Presidents

  1. Mike Pence, the Vice-President, met David Colbath! Ironically, David Colbath’s third cousin was a vice-president and his name was Henry Wilson, born Jeremiah Jones Colbath!

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