mother reading to baby boyCelebrate Black History Month with these progressive baby names, straight out of American history!

Harriet/Hattie
Vintage names are getting tons of love right now (just look at Tori Spelling’s daughter, Hattie Margaret). And it doesn’t hurt that Underground Railroad and Civil War hero Harriet Tubman shares this classic moniker. (P.S. Harriet’s real name was Araminta, which is another vintage charmer begging for resurgence.)

Carter
Not only is Carter a current favorite among parents-to-be, but it’s the name of the historian who founded Black History Month–Carter Woodson–as well.

Barack & Obama
First African-American president of the United States? Talk about history! After President Obama’s election, both Barack and Obama rapidly climbed the baby name charts. The names Sasha, Malia and Michelle all rose in popularity as well.

Rosa
Rosa is a classically beautiful name with some groundbreaking history. Civil rights figure Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955.

Martin & Luther
Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. inspired and continues to inspire … both social reformation and namesakes. The name King has been rising in popularity every year since 2006.

Dorothy
Yet another name with lovely, vintage appeal, Miss Dorothy Dandridge was the first African American ever nominated for an Oscar. And Halle Berry, the first African-American actress to ever win the Oscar for Best Actress, portrayed Dorothy in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.

Malcolm
Give your son this strong and timeless name, and he’ll join a notable group that includes civil rights leader Malcolm X.

Frederick, Douglas, Abraham & Lincoln
Traditional names like these have been popular with expecting parents for decades … and happen to be two integral figures from civil rights history, too: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Have any brilliant baby names to add to the list? Tell us in the comments below!