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Names in the News: Harriet, Lucretia, Sojourner, Susan, Elizabeth, & Alice

Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman

This has been a big week for some notable women… for the first time, women will be honored on U.S. currency. Here’s how it’s going to break down:

  • Abolitionist Harriet Tubman will be the new face of the $20 bill
  • Suffragists Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul will be honored on the back of the $10 bill

If you’re looking for a great name that evokes strength and courage, consider one of these namesakes for inspiration. There’s something for everyone here:

  • Harriet and Lucretia are both vintage names that I think are ready for revival. Harriet hasn’t been in the Top 1000 since 1970 and Lucretia hasn’t been there since 1977.
  • Susan, Elizabeth, and Alice would be great for people looking for a traditional name and
  • Sojourner is for people who are really looking for a name that stands out

Here’s an NPR article talking about the upcoming currency changes in case you want to read more.

Happy naming ♥ Amanda

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
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4 thoughts on “Names in the News: Harriet, Lucretia, Sojourner, Susan, Elizabeth, & Alice

  1. I think with Hattie having returned to the top 1000 Harriet already had a chance at revival, but I think with this news it’s guaranteed! Do you think Harriet Tubman’s birth name, Araminta, will enjoy any more usage too?

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    1. I would love to see Araminta get more use! I’m not sure it’s likely in the immediate future, but we can hope. I think Harriet has a better chance of cracking the Top 1000 first. I think this news (and the news we’ll keep hearing about this currency change in the future) will inspire some parents.

      I think Tori Spelling’s use of Hattie a few years ago gave that nickname-name a boost. As parents look for alternatives to that name, Harriet is a natural. I’m a fan of names that give people options. Harriet can be used as a full name and it has great nickname potential with like choices like Hattie, Etty, Etta, and Hettie.

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      1. “Names that give people options” – agreed. This is why I tend to prefer the idea of *officially* using the more formal versions of names on documents rather than nicknames. Somewhat anecdotally, one of my friends growing up always seemed upset at having a nickname-name, and now goes by a more formal middle name.

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      2. That’s interesting. I think that’s why I like full names that give people options – you never know who a baby will grow into and what their tastes will be! Making good use of middle names is a great idea too.

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