How popular is the baby name Alton in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Alton.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Alton

Posts that Mention the Name Alton

Maine Family with 18 Children

Yesterday, a reader named Kristin let me know about a Bagnor Daily News article about the 18-child Rancourt family of Winterport, Maine.

The parents, Harry and Alice, wed in 1909 and went on to have 17 children (and adopt one more):

  1. Dorothy, born in 1910
  2. Gaspar, b. 1911
  3. Mildred, b. 1912
  4. Leo, b. 1914
  5. Marion, b. 1916
  6. Marguerite, b. 1917
  7. Corinne, b. 1919
  8. Clara, b. 1920
  9. Harry, b. 1921
  10. Leon, b. 1923
  11. Clayton, b. 1924
  12. Alton, b. 1926
  13. Kenneth, b. 1927
  14. Reginald, b. 1929 (grandson adopted after his mother, Dorothy, died during childbirth)
  15. John, b. 1930
  16. Celestia, b. 1931
  17. Geraldine, b. 1932
  18. Iris, b. 1933

Which of these 18 names is your favorite?

Baby Named After Presidential Nominee Parker

This has to be the shortest baby name-related news article I’ve ever seen:

Shelbyville, Ind., July 10. – Four hours after the nomination of Judge Parker, Mrs. August Herms gave birth to a promising boy and named him Parker.

Yup, that’s the whole thing. (Much shorter than this 3-sentence one.)

It’s a 1904 article from the New York Times. “Judge Parker” refers to Alton Parker, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, who had just become a presidential nominee at the 1904 Democratic National Convention (July 6-9) in St. Louis.

Other babies were also named for Parker after the nomination was announced. In fact, a Baltimore newspaper stated that “the first baby born in this precinct and named after Judge Parker will receive a present from the [Third Precinct Democratic Organization].”

Unfortunately for all these baby Parkers, though, the Judge was soundly defeated by Republican incumbent Theodore Roosevelt come November.


  • “Democrats Raise Flag.” Sun [Baltimore] 22 Jul. 1904: 12.
  • “First Baby Named After Parker.” New York Times 11 July 1904: 5.

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Looking for baby names with something in common? Perhaps for a set of twins or triplets? I’ve collected hundreds of anagram baby names for you.

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If you like the idea of anagrams but want to avoid sound-alike sets, I recommend anagrams with different numbers of syllables. Pairs like “Etta and Tate” and “Clay and Lacy” are a far more subtle than pairs like “Enzo and Zeno” and “Mary and Myra.”

(Here are some palindromic names from last month.)