Names like:Jackson, Jefferson, Kennedy, Lincoln, Reagan What it says about you: The boom in presidential surnames as baby names should not be interpreted as a political statement. As Wattenberg points out, "The name Kennedy is particularly popular in Southeastern red states, and it's a good bet that few parents of a young Tyler could tell you about President John Tyler's disputes with his political party the Whigs!" Instead, parents who pick these names like their strong sound and the fact that they're grounded in tradition. Whatever their politics, these names have been associated with leaders -- and that's what parents are gravitating towards. Plus, these names have another kind of power: staying power -- and they speak of parents who want to avoid appearing too trendy. As Barden says, "These names will stand the test of time."