50 All-American Baby NamesMegan Segura
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Origin: German; meaning: home ruler
This is quite possibly the most patriotic girls name ever. Although it is the name given to her at birth, the actress America Ferrera used her middle name, Georgina, during high school.
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Origin: English; meaning: son of Matthew
If your heart is set on honoring the Father of the Constitution, James Madison, through your baby's name (since we're sure there are many of you out there with this as your #1 priority), this is the perfect name for your little girl.
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Origin: Latin; meaning: righteous, fair
With liberty and justice for all is the closing phrase of our Pledge of Allegiance, so the name Justice has great importance, which we guess is why country musician Zac Brown wanted one of his little girls to have it.
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Origin: American; meaning: freedom
The Statue of Liberty is one of Americas most important symbols, and actor Joey Lawrence was so smitten with the name, he gave it to his daughter last year. Its something Ive always loved, he said in an interview with People.
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Origin: American; meaning: star
Stars and stripes are two significant symbols of America. Our flag has 50 of them, our national anthem has one in the title, and we have plenty of stars in Hollywood — like Star Jones and Sean Combs, whose daughter is named DLila Star.
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Origin: Native American; meaning: thicket clearing
In 2005, Travis Barker named his little girl after one of the nations 50 nifty United States. That, or hes a big Lynyrd Skynyrd fan.
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Origin: French; meaning: alien or unintelligible speakers
In the history of the settlement of western America, the Cheyenne tribe was one of Europe's biggest opponents, so the French gave them this Sioux word that means "alien," but the Cheyenne tribe (many of who still speak their beautiful, native language) lives on in parts of Montana and Oklahoma. Cheyenne is also the name of a city in Wyoming, and musician Chris Robinson put the name on the map again in 2001 when giving it to his newborn girl.
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Origin: English; meaning: appearance of God
This name was all the rage in the 80s thanks to a little song called I Think Were Alone Now, and little girls with this name have so many other amazing connections to be excited about — Audrey Hepburn's style and class in Breakfast at Tiffany's and the sparkly wonders at Tiffany & Co., for example. God bless America.
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Origin: Native American; meaning: the allies
The cool thing about this name is that technically it can be a girls name or a boys name, but thanks to child star Dakota Fanning, it made our girl list. Besides, whats more American than becoming famous
by age 7?
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Origin: English; meaning: farmer
The last of the 13 original colonies, Georgia is also the female variation of George, Americas first president. And let us not forget American artist Georgia OKeeffe who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts.
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Origin: English; meaning: harp player
To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the great American novels (in our humble opinion), and Harper Lee is its Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Though her birth name is actually Nelle Harper Lee, she decided to drop her first name when published so that she wouldnt be referred to as Nellie.
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Origin: English; meaning: dignity, reputation
Honor is one of the many attributes America strives for, so you could say actress Jessica Alba is patriotic for choosing it as her daughters name in 2008. Were thinking itll make the Social Security list of popular girls names by 2013.
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Origin: Native American; meaning: open plain
Known for its southern charm and beautiful surroundings, this city in Georgia makes a gorgeous name for girls. Jimmy Buffett paid tribute to his Southern roots by giving his own daughter this name in 1979.
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Origin: Latin; meaning: virginal, pure
If you want to have your baby girl's name be a throwback to the old school days of America's first colony settlements, and need something a little more mainstream than "Pocahontas," give this one a try. Bonus: It's also the state that borders our country's capital.
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Origin: Irish; meaning: from the hill
So many Americans admired the talent and style of Marilyn Monroe, and now some parents, like Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, are honoring the pop culture icon by giving their daughters this name. It's also the name of Americas 5th President, James Monroe.
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Origin: American; meaning: boat crewmember
A name that pays tribute to an age-honored profession as well as the many brave men and women who serve in the American Navy. It was also the name supermodel Christie Brinkley used for her daughter in 1998.
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Origin: Latin; meaning: grace of God
When we think of American royalty we think of none other than Grace Kelly. The Philadelphia (where our Declaration of Independence was signed) native grew up to become a Hollywood icon and then the Princess of Monaco. A movie star and a princess? Talk about living the American dream!
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Origin: English; meaning: free
To the residents of North Carolina, Charlotte is their largest city, but to Pierce Brosnan, it is the name of his 27-year-old daughter. Its also the name of the conservative, romantic idealist character from Sex and the City and nothing screams American woman like a SATC character name.
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Origin: English; meaning: the apple fruit
As American as apple pie is a saying that is commonly used, which is why Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martins daughters name made it onto our patriotic names list.
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Origin: English; meaning: site of the bridge
Bristol is not only a city in Connecticut, but its also the cool moniker of former Alaska governor and American Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palins daughter, who happened to get pregnant at age 17. Bristol is now an abstinence advocate for young teens in America. (Our Puritan forefathers would be proud, no doubt.)
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Origin: Greek; meaning: established and beautiful
Memphis, TN is a city with much historical significance — not only has it seen its share of great musicians, but it was at the center of civil rights issues, including the tragic assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Its no wonder U2 lead singer and activist Bono named his daughter after the famous city in 1991.
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Origin: Latin; meaning: to strive, excel or rival
Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer that made her country proud and even led to the famous Joni Mitchell tune Amelia. Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna were so in love with the name, they gave it to their daughter in 2001.
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Origin: Greek; meaning: shining light
It doesnt get much more American than First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt who surely served as the inspiration for Katie Couric when she named her daughter Elinor in 1991.
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Origin: Irish; meaning: little king
This name represents both the 40th president of the United States and the possessed teenage girl, Regan MacNeil from the classic 70s American horror film The Exorcist. (Hopefully your offspring will go with Republican over satanic possession.)
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Origin: Greek; meaning: blood red
The myth of the phoenix is that it can rise from its ashes. In other words, its immortal. While Melanie Brown liked it for a girls name, we also think it makes a great boys name, too. After all, perseverance is the American way.
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Origin: American; meaning: not in captivity
Hello, land of the free. This name oozes patriotism, and apparently actors Barbara Hershey and David Carradine found it to be the perfect choice for their son in 1972. Unfortunately, at the ripe age of 9, he decided to break free from his birth name and now goes by Tom.
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Origin: American; meaning: Broncks land
Ashlee Simpson received a lot of backlash for giving her son this name in 2008, but its a great way to pay tribute to the home of Yankee Stadium.
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Origin: American; meaning: New York borough
It looks like naming babies after New York City boroughs has become a celebrity trend, considering the Beckhams chose this very New York name for their little boy. We cant wait until a celebrity decides to name their kid Staten Island.
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Origin: Scottish; meaning: from the meadow dwelling
Everything is bigger in Texas! Give your boy this name, and get ready for a larger than life personality, especially since its also the name of the legendary 80s TV series about the Ewings, a wealthy Texan family in the oil and cattle-ranching industries.
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Origin: English; meaning: river crossing
The kid might have to endure a bunch of built Ford tough jokes, but at least his name wont be Toyota!
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Origin: Americans; meaning: land of Indians
This is a fantastic name if you want your boy to have the adventurous spirit of the iconic American character Indiana Jones or to pay tribute to the first Americans with Christopher Columbus famous misnomer. Its also a great name for anyone whos a fan of the Hoosier state.
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Origin: English; meaning: from the small hill
Fort Knox is a United States Army post in Kentucky and was a central spot during the Civil War, frequently raided by both Confederate and Union forces. Brad and Angelina werent thinking of battle zones when they gave one of their twins this name though; they were honoring Brads grandfather by carrying on his middle name through their son.
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Origin: English; meaning: son of Hudd
Though some parts of the Hudson River are murky and definitely not baby-name worthy, if youve traveled along the prettier parts of the river, youd understand why some parents, like former 98 degrees singer Drew Lachey, decide to give their baby this name.
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Origin: English; meaning: maker of chests
After music legend Johnny Cash's death in 2003, this baby name spiked in popularity. Other famous guys named Cash include Jessica Alba's husband, Cash Warren, and the son of CNN reporter Carter Evans and Fox News reporter Courtney Friel, Cash Carter Evans, born earlier this year. And really, what's more American than naming your kid after a pile of the "green stuff"?
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Origin: English; meaning: slang for man
This is the same name as President John F. Kennedys nickname (and his son, JFK Jr.s nickname) as well as American writers Jack London and Jack Kerouac. Its also perfect for Ill never let go, Jack! re-enactments from Titanic.
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Origin: American; meaning: the color blue
This is the middle name of Cher and Greg Allmans son, which was also one of the colors chosen for the American flag and Great Seal of the United States to represent vigilance, perseverance, and justice. Sure, the name may have lost a little credibility when they gave it to a dog on Nickelodeons Blues Clues, but its still a pretty solid (and unique) American name.
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Origin: Hebrew; meaning: gift
Naming a kid after a famous outlaw, murderer, and bank robber, Jesse James, wouldnt exactly be our first choice, but it worked for Bon Jovi when he named his son. Theres no doubt that its a legendary American name — and very rock and roll, too.
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Origin: English; meaning: from the Priests field
Whats more American than the king of rock and roll? Elvis lives on in this moniker, which Cindy Crawford used when naming her own son in 1999.
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Origin: English; meaning: jet black
Not only were Americans the first to build and successfully fly an airplane, but this name also reminds us of the beloved film classic West Side Story and Elton Johns hit Bennie and the Jets. John Travolta gave his son this name when he was born in 1992.
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Origin: Hebrew; meaning: his name is God
Its only Americas favorite uncle! And hey, Seal and Heidi Klum thought it was cool enough to name one of their sons Samuel.
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Origin: Hebrew; meaning: son of my right hand; son of the south
Boys with this name get the honor of sharing a name with Benjamin Franklin, a brilliant American who was gutsy enough to risk electrocution by flying a kite in a thunderstorm with a key attached — how cool! And he also invented bifocals so ... double cool.
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Origin: Greek; meaning: mankinds defender
Your kid may never know what a landline is, but if you name him Alex he just may. If it werent for the great American inventor Alexander Graham Bell we wouldnt have smartphones, which means there wouldnt be Angry Birds. (Gasp!)
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Origin: Hebrew; meaning: joined in harmony
Matthew McConaughey certainly wears a lot of jeans (and not a lot of shirts), so we like to think he had the American inventor of jeans, Levi Strauss, in mind when naming his son.
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Origin: French; meaning: stone worker
Boys with this name share it with the Father of the Bill of Rights, George Mason ... and reality star Kourtney Kardashians son.
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Origin: Greek; meaning: divine gift
This name does double duty as having the prestigious nature of President Theodore Roosevelt with the more sentimental squishiness of teddy bears (which are also named after President Roosevelt).
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Origin: Greek; meaning: farmer
Naming your son after the first president of the United States is pretty much the very definition of patriotic. It was also the name JFK Jr. chose for his (now defunct) political lifestyle magazine in 1995.
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Origin: English; meaning: free man
If you want your little guy to cherish his freedom as an American, this name literally translates to free man. And, of course, its also the name of the beloved main character of the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown.
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Origin: Hebrew; meaning: God is gracious
There are a slew of important figures in American history with this strong, traditional name: John Adams (second president of the U.S.), John Hancock (famous signer of the Declaration of Independence), and JFK, just to name a few.
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Origin: English; meaning: driver of a cart
This is a cute boys name that also honors President Jimmy Carter, who has been very involved in human rights since leaving the oval office and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
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Origin: English; meaning: great
Sure, Dallas is great, but we cant forget this other great Texas city! It was chosen as the capital of the newly independent Republic of Texas in 1839 (whats more American than claiming independence?) and has risen in popularity as a boys name within the past couple decades.
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