Baby name story: Thatcher

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)
Margaret Thatcher

A baby boy born in January of 2016 to Rob Gledhill and Abbie Maguire of Essex, England, was named Thatcher Stephen Maguire — first name in honor of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

Rob — who serves on Thurrock council, and is the leader of the council’s Tory (conservative) group — asserted that the name wasn’t a political statement. “What’s the difference between Tyler or Harper and Thatcher?”

He also said he wasn’t worried about teasing in school:

How many children at the age of five are going to say ‘oh you’re named after the first female prime minister – the one who gave everybody the ability to buy their council house or re-took the Falklands?’.

Source: “Essex man names his baby after ex-PM Margaret Thatcher.” BBC 19 Jan. 2016.
Image: Margaret Thatcher 1984

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