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With Liberty and Justice for Baby Names

If your due date falls around Independence Day, the idea has probably crossed your mind: "Born on the 4th of July." Should you mark the occasion with a name, at least a middle name?

A generation ago, a founding father name like Madison or Jefferson might have done the trick. Today, though, those names are so popular that they've lost some of their 1776 punch. If you're ready to go a step farther, here are three names that will usher in a baby with a real show of fireworks.

. It sounds like a trendy new girl's name -- a sister to Destiny and Trinity -- but this name's roots run deep in American history. The years after the Revolution brought hundreds of baby Liberties, especially in Boston, home of the Tea Party and Paul Revere's ride. Today Liberty is more fashionable than ever. Its message of freedom speaks clearly, whatever your politics. (Current rank: #620 among girls' names.)

Justice. This name has a steadier and more global history. It's sometimes used as a version of the traditional saint's name Justus. That makes Justice a less showy choice than Liberty for a boy, while it sounds bolder on a girl. (Current rank: #432 for boys, #542 for girls.)

America. Why not cut to the chase? Actress America Ferrera has helped open parents' eyes to the ultimate American name. It may seem a bit strong at first glance, but when you try saying it out loud it's surprisingly natural as a girl's name: Amy + Erica. (Current rank: #503 for girls.)


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August 6, 2009 12:27 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I love the name America! However I decided my surname just wouldn't go with it. Believe me, you'll agree: French.

September 1, 2009 3:03 PM
By Kennedy (not verified)

Hmmm, 'America French' has a nice, multi-cultural ring to it though, don't you agree? I actually kinda like it. =) I was born on the 10 year anniversery of President Kennedy's assasination (sp?)- apperently my parent's were fans. Most people don't get the connection anymore though...

October 29, 2009 4:53 PM
By America Devine (aka, Melissa) (not verified)

My mom seriously considered naming me America Devine (pronounce "divine"), and everyone I have ever told that to was horrified by it. She didn't though, she named me Melissa instead.

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