What other notable people besides Martin Luther King Jr. and George Washington Carver have been intentionally named after someone famous who was not in their family?
December 27, 2010 5:22 PM Subscribe
George Washington Carver... Martin Luther King Jr.... What other notable/successful folks have been intentionally named after famous people who are not in their family (that is their famous antecedent's first and last name is the "descendant's" given name)?
posted by jng to grab bag (37 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I can't help but think about how it would be such a burden for a kid to grow up with a name like George Washington (or Ronald Reagan or John Kennedy) today, but apparently this was a common thing back in the day
. I got these two Napoleon Bonapartes
(though they're not super notable) and Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus
(which technically doesn't count since he was renamed that only after being adopted by JC), but do any others come to mind? Basically more instances like Martin Luther King Jr. and George Washington Carver, especially contemporary ones.
Apparently, GWC himself chose his middle name to be Washington, adding another dimension to the whole being burdened with a great person's name.