Independence Day, more commonly referred to as the Fourth of July, is a time for Americans to proudly display their love for their beautiful country. Celebrations big and small happen from sea to shining sea—in backyards, in city parks, down Main St., and everywhere in between. Parades, grilling, picnics, swimming, carnivals, and, of course, fireworks are hallmarks of celebrating America’s birthday every July 4.
Some citizens express their pride and loyalty all year long through displaying flags, joining the military, visiting historical sites, and participating in other patriotic activities. But a simple way to show your love for America is giving your baby a name inspired by the history and geography of the U.S. Here are 100+ names to consider for your baby boy or baby girl.
The most obvious name you can give your baby is that of the country itself. America is named after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. Although he was not the one to discover the land, he was the one to propose that this land belonged to a new continent. The continent was first labeled as America in 1507 by a mapmaker who gathered all the knowledge gained from the various expeditions, including Christopher Columbus’. The map depicted the Western Hemisphere with the new continent and the Pacific Ocean, and it forever changed the world’s perception of geography.
An example of a celebrity with this name is the actress America Ferrera. Nickname ideas include Amer, Meri, and Erica. Although the name is usually associated with girls, its origins are male so it can be a boy's name, too. Or, you can opt for the original version, Amerigo, instead.
11 The 50 States
An easy way to find an America-inspired name is through her 50 states. All of them are fair game but the most popular ones are ones that came from names, such as Carolina, Dakota, Georgia, and Virginia. Other ones that would make good names are:
Another option is to only take the first part of the state name for a cute nickname-style moniker.
- Louis (with the French pronunciation)
10 State Capitals & Major Cities
If you don’t like the state name, consider its capital instead.
- Carson (City)
- Des Moines
- (Santa) Fe
You can also consider other major cities, such as Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Memphis, Oakland, and Orlando.
9 Presidents of the United States
You can find many strong names amid the 44 men who have been President of the United States. The more common ones used are Carter, Grant, Jackson, Kennedy, Lincoln, and Madison. But don’t overlook the rest. For example:
Washington: George Washington was an honorable general and the first president of our country.
Jefferson: Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, and bought the Louisiana Territory during his presidential term.
Monroe: During James Monroe’s presidency, the American flag was given 13 stripes to honor the original 13 colonies.
Buchanan: James Buchanan has been the only president from Pennsylvania and served prior to the Civil War.
Don’t just look at their last names either. Grant’s and Lincoln’s first names, Ulysses and Abraham respectively, make just as powerful and unique names as their surnames do. Other cool first names include Calvin, Dwight, Lyndon, Theodore, Warren, and Zachary.
8 Other Historical Figures
There have been more influential people in American history than just our presidents.
Benjamin Franklin: He was one of the Founding Fathers, known for being a publisher, inventor, and thinker of great ideas.
Booker T. Washington: Booker was born a slave but became free after the Civil War and gained an education. He was an avid civil rights activist.
Frederick Douglass: Starting out a slave, he became an abolitionist, writer, women’s rights supporter, and government official.
Lewis & Clark, Sacagawea: At the commission of Thomas Jefferson, these two men made an expedition into the Louisiana Territory with the help of Sacagawea, a Shoshone woman.
Martin Luther King: He was the leader of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, remembered for his inspiring speech “I Have a Dream.”
Orville & Wilbur Wright: These brothers, originally bicycle repairmen, became the first to have success flying.
Thomas Edison: He was a prolific inventor, known best for the electric light bulb, and had over 1,000 patents in the U.S. and over 2,000 worldwide.
There are numerous others who have achieved great things and made important changes. Find one whose name and works are meaningful to you.
7 Famous Historical Female Figures
Important and historical figures aren't just males, they can be female too. These are some of the important women who've played a large role in the making of this beautiful country we love so much.
Harriet Tubman: She was a leader in the Underground Railroad, guiding runaway slaves to freedom. Another Harriet was Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Jane Addams: She was a social worker and a feminist, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.
Betsy Ross: It’s taught that this woman was asked to sew the first American flag. Whether or not the story is true, she is an iconic American woman.
Eleanor Roosevelt: She was the wife of President Franklin Roosevelt and a United Nations spokesperson. She redefined the First Lady role.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony: They were 19th-century women’s rights activists and abolitionists.
Your daughter would be blessed to have a great name such as these.
Beautiful landmarks dot the United States that make the country so breathtaking and grand. Some notable ones that also make good names include:
Appalachia: This region covers the southern part of New York to the northern part of Mississippi, following the mountain range of the same name. The area is clothed in green forest and envelops the rich history of multiple states.
Aspen: This is a town in Colorado that lies in the Rocky Mountains, and is known for skiing and other outdoor recreation. Its original inhabitants were the Ute Indians, and then silver miners came. It developed into what it is today after World War II. The city’s goal is to be a place of nurture for the body, mind, and spirit.
Canyon: The Grand Canyon in Arizona was carved out by the Colorado River and is 277 miles long. It offers spectacular views and challenging hikes, among other activities. Canyon is a strong name that reflects how small but steady change can lead to something amazing.
McKinley: Mt. McKinley, named for a president but now officially known by its native name of Denali, rises majestically in Alaska as the highest peak in North America. Mountains are symbols of steadfastness, awareness, and spirituality.
5 American Values
Values are a core aspect of America. We value hard work, faith and family, and equality. We believe in certain “inalienable rights,” such as “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Some of them also make memorable names.
Liberty: Liberty, or freedom, is one of the core beliefs of America. It also refers to the bell in Pennsylvania and statue in New York.
Justice: Justice is another central value that encourages fairness and honesty.
Destiny: Manifest Destiny was an idea prevalent in the 1800s that America was destined to expand all the way to the West Coast. It represents opportunity and growth.
Honor: Honor means integrity. It’s something we should strive for whether we’re military members or regular citizens.
Independence: The very holiday is called Independence Day to celebrate our nation’s freedom and birth. Nicknames could be Indie or Penny (also a reference to the coin).
4 The American Flag
The flag is a majestic symbol of America. The 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies. There are 50 stars for the 50 states. The design and colors did not originally have meaning until the American seal was created based on the flag, and the seal’s symbolism was extended to the flag. White stands for innocence and purity, red is for valor and hardiness, and blue signifies justice, perseverance, and vigilance. The stars above the seal represent heaven, and the stripes symbolize sun rays. Here are a few names inspired by the flag.
Banner: The flag is a type of banner and is referred to as The Star-Spangled Banner after our national anthem. Banner makes a solid boy name without being too over the top in patriotism.
Glory: One of the nicknames for the flag is Old Glory. The Latin variation is Gloria. Either makes a lovely girl name.
3 The Armed Forces
The military is a great resource for strong, patriotic names. Using these names can help us remember and honor the men and women who willingly lay down their lives to preserve our freedom.
Arlington: The Arlington National Cemetery is a final resting place in Virginia for those who have died in the service of our country. The landscape is beautiful and serene to offer respect and peace to both the living and the dead.
Cadet: Using ranks as names are disrespectful to some because those titles are earned. Cadet makes a great alternative because it refers to someone in training.
Navy: The navy is the seafaring branch of the military. It’s also a color close to the blue used on the flag. It’s perfect for both girls and boys.
Victory: As the saying goes, victory is sweet. Other forms of the name include Victor and Victoria.
If you’re more into weaponry, a few that make powerful boy names are Cannon, Gunner, and Tank.
2 Uncle Sam
Remember the familiar poster of Uncle Sam pointing at the viewer with a stern look on his face and the caption “I Want YOU for U.S. Army” to recruit soldiers? This iconic figure is older than you may realize.
The official story adopted by Congress is that he was based on a man named Sam Wilson. During the War of 1812, he delivered meat to the soldiers and earned the nickname Uncle Sam. The barrels the meat came in were marked with U.S., and people thought it referred to the man’s name and not the country’s, and soon the former came to symbolize the latter.
After the war, he appeared in different media forms and became more popular through the political cartoonist Thomas Nast. But it was the poster by James Montgomery Flagg that boosted Uncle Sam’s fame.
The name Sam can also refer to Samuel Adams, one of the Founding Fathers.
1 National Pride
Giving your baby a name inspired by this country is only one way to express your deep national pride and loyalty. Even if you aren’t American, you can use the same ideas to discover unique, meaningful names for your children to make your patriotism a permanent part of your family. Look at the names of geographical locations, historically significant places, important people, national symbols, and treasured ideals. Share what you find so others can become aware of some great names representative of their native lands!