Elizabeth has been ranked among the most popular girls' names in the United States for more than 100 years. The name (and its variants) around the world frequently rank in the top 50.
So, if you go by the names given them at birth, perhaps it's no surprise that of the 47 First Ladies who have graced the White House, three have been named Elizabeth. The first was Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, the wife of the fifth President, James Monroe, who served from 1817 to 1825.
Next was Elizabeth Virginia "Bess" Truman, the wife of Harry S. Truman, who lived in the White House from 1945 to 1953.
Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Ford was the most recent, serving as First Lady from 1974 to 1977 as the wife of President Gerald Ford.
Two first ladies each had the name Abigail: Abigail Adams & Abigail Fillmore, and two were named Anna: Anna Harrison & Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, (better known as Eleanor). There have also been two each of Edith (Edith Roosevelt & Edith Wilson), Ellen (Ellen Arthur & Ellen Wilson), Julia (Julia Tyler & Julia Grant), and Martha (Martha Washington & Martha Jefferson).
*Letitia Tyler (wife of John Tyler) and Ellen Wilson (wife of Woodrow Wilson) both passed away during their respective husbands’ terms in office. Both men remarried while still in office, creating the apparent discrepancy of 47 First Ladies to 45 Presidents.
Get the gang rushing to the dinner table with a casserole they're going to love. Our Meatball Sub Casserole is delicious and hearty, making it perfect for families with big appetites. (It's also great for game day get-togethers!)
- 1 (11.25-ounce) package Texas toast
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1 (20-ounce) package cooked frozen meatballs, thawed
- 1 (26-ounce) jar pasta sauce
- Parmesan cheese for sprinkling