Need A Baby Name? How About Kennedy?
The name Kennedy may have just cracked the top 100 in the U.S., but three young elected officials from around the country have embraced the name for their daughters in recent years, including two within the last three months. Niagara County, N.Y. Treasurer Kyle Andrews and his wife, Jamie, were the latest to join the group with their daughter, who was born last week. The Andrews join Bismarck, N.D. City Commissioner Josh Askvig and his wife, Crystal, whose daughter was born in May, and pioneering Kansas State Rep. Sean Gatewood and his wife, Terica, whose daughter was born in 2009. Andrews, Askvig and Gatewood don’t know each other.
“I think they’re making good choices,” Gatewood told HuffPost of the naming coincidence.
While all three officials are Democrats, the nation’s 35th president, John F. Kennedy, and his famous Democratic family were not the direct reason for most of these names. In the one case where the political family insipired the choice, the former president was not the Kennedy in question. Gatewood said that ethnic pride — Kennedy is a Gaelic name — had more to do with it than politics.
“She’s an Irish girl, she’s a redhead and her Dad’s named Sean,” Gatewood said of his daughter. “We had three names when she was born and we saw her red hair and we were sold.”
Andrews said that when he and his wife were looking for names for their second child, they wanted something unique. While they knew people would assume the name was a political theme, said Andrews, who won a county legislature seat while a college student in 2001, a main factor was that the name was “strong.” Kennedy Andrews joins her one-year-old brother, Theodore.
“I guess we thought it was a unique name,” Andrews said. “A strong name for a little girl. One that I think that represents a great part of nation’s past and 20 years from now one resume that will jump out.”