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By Emily Cardoza
With city names like Brooklyn, Madison, and Charlotte getting popular, let’s expand to larger locations. So today, I’ll be looking at which United States’ names have made it into the 2014 Top 1000 baby names. Most of them go to the girls – only Dakota made it onto the boys’ list. Why is it that girls seem to be named after locations more often? You can let us know your theories in the comments below.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
When it comes to picking a place name for your child, you could consider a continent like Asia, a country like India, a city like Vienna or Verona…or one of the select group of U.S. states that lend themselves to babies’ birth certificates. Here are the Nameberry picks of the best state names and how they came to be—with their mix of Native American, British and French origins.
If it is the end of the year, it is time for top names, and individual health systems to entire countries oblige by releasing their data.
But what does it mean if you are actually choosing a name for a child in the next few months?
Some parents insist on avoiding the newly-declared Top Ten, even if Noah or William was a long-time favorite. Others hope for something familiar, but not shared with too many others. And some of us will go to the fringes, considering obscurities from the dictionary and our family trees.
Sometimes the craziest name becomes instantly charming the second we learn the backstory. Meaning matters, and I’m always impressed when parents take the time to seek out names rich with personal significance.
Passing down family names is great, but this idea takes it one step further. It’s a process of thinking about what’s important to your family. Favorite places, artists, experiences that signify something about the pregnancy. Think of Shiloh Nouvel Jolie–Pitt’s middle name, inspired by architect Jean Nouvel, or Zuma Rossdale, possibly a nod to a Malibu beach important to his dad.