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Thousands of Americans named after Founding Fathers


BY MORGAN GIORDANO

The Fourth of July is here, and with it, people across the nation are breaking out American flags and patriotic chants. But while most are content celebrating the independence of the 13 colonies just once a year, a decent handful of Americans want more. A portion of U.S. citizens lucky enough to share a surname with a famous patriot opt to give their newborns very specific first names. The result? Thousands of living Americans with the names of the Founding Fathers.

WhitePages recently revealed to AOL the most popular names in the United States that are shared with the founders. Robert Morris takes the second spot with 7,367 Americans sharing his name. Samuel Adams shares his with just over one thousand people. While these names could just be a coincidence, others, such as Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, are too obvious to miss. There are 163 women named Betsy Ross right now, and Betsy hasn't been a top 250 baby name since 1960, according to Social Security Administration.

Of the top 14 Founding Father names that are most prevalent in the United States, Florida and Texas are the states with the highest concentrations.

"It's interesting to note that the top two most common names, John Adams and Robert Morris, are most popular in Florida," Liz Powell, culture and trend expert from WhitePages, said. "While Florida may have been the 27th state to enter the Union, it is the number one state for patriotic names."

Florida also tops the list of the state with the most citizens named Patrick Henry, Alexander Hamilton and Betsy Ross. Texas has the most John Hancocks, George Washingtons, Thomas Jeffersons and John Jays. Of the original 13 colonies, only New York has the highest Founding Father concentration with Alexander Hamilton.

And if you're wondering about our current commander in chief, there aren't many Obamas in the U.S., apart from the first family, but there were 11 little boys born in 2013 whose parents named them Barack.

Click through our gallery of the top 14 most popular Found Fathers' names and see who is number one!

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ch3n02junkie July 04 2014 at 8:46 AM

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!!
enjoy it because the liberals will soon find something offensive about it and try to get it removed. they slowly destroy this country and are too stupid to realize it.

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LOUIE July 04 2014 at 8:02 AM

July 4.is Independence Day Freedom,Constitution of The United States Written many years ago by our Founding Fathers, to protect those rights we have Obama wants to destroy this country.disregard for our Constitution.he sworn in his Inauguration to uphold that promise under oath. and Obama is doing what ever he wants and nothing is done about it .this Dictator should be impeached.it should have been done along time ago ,

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LA is Best July 04 2014 at 8:05 AM

"11 little boys born in 2013 whose parents named them Barack"..........and I'm sure that they're all Black!

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Tsar Paul July 04 2014 at 9:13 AM

I think naming your child "Barack" will be like naming your child "Adolf".

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TOM July 04 2014 at 8:39 AM

Stupid Article. But you'd better enjoy the freedom you have before it is gone.

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glduff July 04 2014 at 8:36 AM

11 kids named after Obama in all of 2013? There were probably a thousand named Reagan.

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balaland July 04 2014 at 9:22 AM

I wonder what our founding Father's would say about how the politically correct idiots of this land are trying to change the Constitution's meaning to suit themselves.....

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tren555 July 04 2014 at 8:05 AM

Pres Wahington was killed by ....Health Care.
He was KILLED !
Today Health Care stiil remains nr 1 Killer in US.

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jackwfraser160 July 04 2014 at 7:13 AM

Are any of the people with these names white?

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muffin July 04 2014 at 1:45 PM

So sorry for the boys getting stuck with the name "barack" Perhaps after his term is up and the boys are 18, they will want to change their names.

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