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Some people get irrationally angry when celebrities talk politics, but how can they complain when the stars name their cute kids after politicians?
Celebrities love coming up with quirky and unique baby names that generate headlines, and some of our recent presidents certainly have surnames that would make for unusual monikers. Can you picture Beyonce and Jay-Z naming one of their children Obama Carter? And just imagine how difficult life in the spotlight would be for children of conservative celebrities if they bore the names Trump or Bush.
While our most recent American leaders' last names might not be popular picks for celebrity baby names, quite a few past presidents share theirs with the children of the rich and famous. Most of the time, celebrities don’t intentionally name their children after the former leaders of the free world, but their baby name picks still have a political flavor. Here's a look at some of the celebrity kids who share their names with past presidents:
1. Lincoln Bell Shepard, Daughter of Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard
In 2013, Hollywood power couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard introduced their baby girl to the world in a creative way, and they also gave her a rather creative name.
After announcing Lincoln Bell Shepard's arrival on Twitter, jokester Dax tweeted, "She has mom's beauty and dad's obsession with breasts. Hooray!!!"
Dax and Kristen didn't name their baby girl after Abraham Lincoln because they were so inspired by Daniel Day-Lewis' performance as the president in the movie Lincoln; their daughter’s name inspiration was her daddy's beloved 1967 Lincoln car, which starred alongside Dax Shephard and Kristen Bell in the movie Hit and Run. However, Lincoln cars are named after President Abraham Lincoln, so Kristen and Dax did actually name their daughter after the slavery-abolishing 16th POTUS in a roundabout way.
2. Madison Brown Belafonte, Daughter of Melanie Brown and Stephen Belafonte
You would think that former Spice Girl Mel B would give her daughter a delicious name like Cinnamon or Rosemary, but when the tot arrived in 2011, the British singer and her then-husband Stephen Belafonte chose this trendy moniker with an American flavor. The Spice baby shares her name with fourth U.S. President James Madison, who is often referred to as the Father of the Constitution.
Here’s a fun fact about the name Madison: It didn’t become a popular baby name choice for girls until it was used in the 1984 movie Splash. Daryl Hannah’s mermaid character needed a human name to go by when she began walking around on land, and her inspiration was Madison Avenue in New York City. The famous street just happens to be named after President James Madison.
3. Monroe Cannon, Daughter of Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
Mariah Carey didn't name her daughter Monroe Cannon, twin to Moroccan Scott Cannon, after fifth U.S. President James Monroe, the man who oversaw America’s annexation of Florida. Instead, her tot's moniker pays homage to silver screen siren Marilyn Monroe. The beloved actress and iconic sex symbol has always been a big source of inspiration for Mariah.
However, Monroe was not the starlet's real last name. The surname that Norma Jeane Mortensen chose for her new platinum blonde persona also has nothing to do with the 5th President of the United States; she simply took her mother's maiden name and paired it with the first name of actress Marilyn Miller to create one of the most famous monikers in the world.
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4. Jackson Theron, Daughter of Charlize Theron
The eldest of Charlize Theron's two adopted daughters shares her name with the 7th President of the United States: hotheaded, duel-fighting frontiersman Andrew Jackson. However, perhaps her child's name actually refers to notorious F-bomb-dropper Samuel L. Jackson; Charlize has revealed that she's a big fan of the children's book for adults titled Go the F--k to Sleep.
5. Hayes Logan Costner, Son of Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner
Kevin Costner's son isn't named after Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the United States that Barack Obama famously made a telephone-related joke about. Instead, the Dances with Wolves star and wife Christine Baumgartner chose the moniker because Hayes is the name of a cowboy character in a Western movie that Costner plans on making.
If you're curious about Obama's Hayes joke, here it is:
"One of my predecessors, President Rutherford B. Hayes, reportedly said about the telephone: 'It’s a great invention but who would ever want to use one?' That's why he's not on Mt. Rushmore."
6. Harrison Hale Wagner, Son of Jack Wagner and Kristina Wagner
I’m not sure if the adult son of soap opera stars Jack Wagner and Kristina Wagner is named after a president or a beloved Star Wars actor. However, he shares his moniker with two former Commander in Chiefs: 23rd U.S. President Benjamin Harrison and his grandfather, ninth U.S. President William Henry Harrison. The former signed the Sherman Antitrust Act into law, and the latter is most remembered for dying from pneumonia after only one month in office.
Harrison Wagner has faced health struggles of his own, but thankfully he’s still alive. In 2016, Jack Wagner revealed that his son was battling with a serious addiction to drugs and alcohol and that he had gone missing. Luckily, Harrison eventually got in touch with his dad.
7. Tyler Daniel Grandalski, Son of Marlee Matlin and Kevin Grandalski
The 17-year-old son of Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin shares his now-common first name with 10th U.S. President John Tyler, who was a fierce advocate for states’ rights. He assumed the office of the presidency after the untimely death of William Henry Harrison.
John Tyler survived an unsuccessful impeachment attempt by the Whigs, and a successful impeachment is something that Marlee Matlin may want to see happen to the current president. She starred alongside Donald Trump on Celebrity Apprentice, and the future POTUS was later accused of mocking the deaf actress by calling her "retarded." Marlee responded by saying that the allegations deeply upset her. It's safe to say that she would never name a child after Trump.
8. Carter Stone Strauss, Son of Robbie E and Tara Strauss
Pro wrestler Robbie E and his wife Tara Strauss gave one of their twin boys this moniker that matches the surname of 39th U.S. President Jimmy Carter. However, it’s possible that their intention wasn’t to pay homage to the humble former peanut farmer who now builds homes for Habitat for Humanity. Instead, their twins’ names might have musical origins. Carter’s twin is named Cash Steven, so perhaps the boys' parents wanted to pay tribute to country music power couple Johnny Cash and June Carter.
9. Arthur Saint Bleick, Son of Selma Blair and Jason Bleik
Actress Selma Blair’s son bears this long-popular name of Celtic origin that means “bear.” It’s also the surname of Chester Arthur, the 21st U.S. president. He only became president because his predecessor, President James Garfield, died while in office.
However, Arthur accomplished some positive things during his presidency. He fought to ensure that certain government jobs only went to qualified candidates instead of political connections, and he passed legislation protecting workers from being fired for political reasons.
10. Taylor Ann Hasselhoff, Daughter of David Hasselhoff and Pamela Bach
No Taylor will ever be as famous as singer Taylor Swift, but the 29-year-old daughter of Baywatch star David Hasselhoff has appeared in Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens and on Rich Kids of Beverly Hills.
In addition to sharing her name with one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, Taylor Ann Hasselhoff can boast that her moniker is the surname of the 12th American president. However, Zachary Taylor isn't exactly the type of leader you want to brag about sharing a name with; he was a slave owner and military man who made a name for himself by fighting Native Americans. He's also yet another president who couldn't complete his term, dying from cholera morbus after serving 16 months in office.
11. Truman Stewart, Son of Alexis Stewart
Martha Stewart's daughter Alexis welcomed this bouncing baby boy to the world via surrogate in 2012. It seems unlikely that Martha's grandson is named after Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the U.S. who is remembered most for making the decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Maybe Alexis is just a big fan of the Jim Carrey comedy The Truman Show.
What do you think of presidential baby names?