Inauguration Day 2021 offered unforgettable performances, monochromatic outfit inspo, and fodder for dozens of memes, and for some viewers, Jan. 20 was the primary time they heard the forty sixth president of the USA’ center identify. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. shares each his first identify and his center identify with his father, Joseph Robinette Biden Sr., who handed away in 2002 on the age of 86. Robinette was the maiden identify of Joseph Biden Sr.’s mom, Mary Elizabeth (née Robinette) Biden, who died at 48 years outdated in 1943, when Joe Biden Jr. was lower than a yr outdated.
Joe Biden Jr.’s maternal grandmother was born in 1894 in Maryland, although she took the final identify of her husband, Joseph Harry Biden, after they married. Nevertheless, she saved the Robinette identify alive by passing it on as a center identify to her oldest son when he was born in 1915, and 27 years later, Joe Biden Sr. handed the center identify alongside to his oldest son as nicely. It is unclear how Mary Elizabeth died, as Joe Biden Jr. has by no means spoken about her dying in interviews, however he did as soon as clarify the place “Robinette” comes from.
When requested concerning the uncommon moniker, the POTUS defined that the name has origins in France. “It is my grandmother Biden’s maiden identify,” he defined in a C-SPAN clip from the early 2000s, per New York Journal. “It is French. And it goes again an extended, great distance. Allegedly the Robinettes came to visit with Lafayette and by no means went dwelling. I do not know that. We won’t assure that.” Recognized merely as Lafayette within the US, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, was a French aristocrat and military officer who fought within the American Revolutionary Conflict, commanding American troops in a number of battles, together with the Siege of Yorktown.
Joe Biden Jr. and his late father aren’t the one ones who share the distinctive center identify. The POTUS’ oldest son, Joseph “Beau” Biden III, was given the center identify Robinette as nicely. Sadly, Beau passed away in 2015 on the age of 46 attributable to mind most cancers. The POTUS’ second son, Robert Hunter Biden, obtained his center identify from his late mom, Neilia (née Hunter) Biden, who tragically died in a automobile accident in 1972 alongside together with her and Joe Biden’s daughter, Naomi. Hunter named his son Beau (born in 2020) in honor of his brother and his oldest daughter Naomi (born in 1993) in honor of his sister.
There could also be lots of tragedy within the Biden household, however the household frequently honors the legacy of these they misplaced by maintaining their names alive.