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There are countless reasons to visit New York City.  Museums to visit and galleries to hop.  Great theater, opera and ballet. Sights to see, people to watch and fashion-forward stores to shop. But it turns out there’s another, less expected thing to shop for—and that’s a Manhattan-inspired baby name.

We’ve looked at some of the street names before–a Manhattan avenue, after all, was the inspiration for the extraordinary success of the name Madison– but a thread on our own forums, “Need a Big Apple Middle Name” a while back inspired us to us to look beyond the street signs of NYC for other places and people that are quintessentially Gotham.

PLACES—nabes, rivers, parks, etc

Ansonia hotel and then apartments

Apollo Theater

Bethesda Fountain, in Central Park

Bryant Park

Cedar Tavern—watering hole of Abstract Expressionist painters

Chelsea

Chumley’s– legendary writers’ hangout

Cleopatra’s Needle—obelisk in Central Park

Cooper Union

Dakota Apartments

Duffy Square

Finn Square

Grace Church

Gracie Square and Mansion

Harlem

Henry Street Settlement

Hudson River—and Street

Isham Park

Judson Memorial Church, scene of early art world ‘happenings’

Lenox Hill and Avenue

Lincoln Center

Nolita (acronym for North of Little Italy)

Sardi‘s–show biz restaurant

Sheridan Square

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Whitney Museum

…and a few of the best Manhattan street names

Astor Place

Baxter Street

Carmine Street

Christopher Street

Cornelia Street

Crosby Street

Delancey Street

Fletcher Street

Henry Street

Horatio Street

Hudson Street

Houston Street (pronounced HOW-ston)

Jane Street

Mercer Street

Milligan Place

Minetta Lane, Tavern

Oliver Street

Pearl Street

Sullivan Street

Sutton Place

Thayer Street

Varick Street

Waverly Place

PEOPLE—just a few of the countless notables who were born, lived, or are otherwise associated with the Big Apple

Althea Gibson– tennis champ, grew up in Harlem

Ambrose Kingsland, NYC mayor, 1851-53

AudenW.H.– poet and long-time Village resident

Cass Gilbert–architect of the Woolworth Building

Clay Felker– founder of New York magazine

Cole Porter–composer of the song “I Happen to Like New York

Dawn Powell– Prohibition-era New York novelist

Djuna Barnes–wrote Greenwich Village As It Is

Ebenezer Wilson, NYC mayor, 1707-10

Edna St. Vincent MillayPulitzer Prize-winning poet , Greenwich Village resident

Elisha Graves Otis– elevator inventor, responsible for the verticality of New York

Emma Lazarus, her poem is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty

Eustace Tilley—monocled cartoon symbol of The New Yorker

Fiorello La Guardia, three-term mayor in the 1930s and 40s

Gideon Lee, NYC mayor, 1833-34

Humphrey Bogartgrew up on West 103rd Street

Jackson Pollock– painter who lived in Greenwich Village before moving to the Hamptons

Langston Hughes—key figure in the Harlem Renaissance

Lennon, John—lived and died in New York

Matthias Nicoll–NYC mayor, 1672-73

Nellie Blyearly bold investigative journalist in the New York World newspaper

Poe, Edgar Allan–in addition to his literary achievements, was editor of The Broadway Journal

Tallulah Bankhead–Broadway actress and sometime member of the “Algonquin Round Table”

Truman Capote–moved to New York at the age of 17

Zora Neale Hurston—writer, a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance

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In honor of the release of the 2009 list of most popular New York City baby names, Nameberry’s newest intern, Deanna Cullen, presents to you some surprising top contenders that owe their ascension in the ranks to some serious star power.

New York City baby names are not so different from those in the rest of the United States, but more celebrity names reach the top spots, according to the newly-released 2009 popularity list.

The most popular New York City baby names for girls for 2009 were:

  1. Isabella
  2. Sophia
  3. Mia
  4. Emily
  5. Olivia
  6. Madison
  7. Sarah
  8. Ashley
  9. Leah
  10. Emma

Those that did not break the national top ten – Sarah (#21), Ashley (#20), and Leah (#28) – still came awfully close.

Same went for the boys.

The most popular New York City baby names for boys in 2009 were:

  1. Jayden
  2. Daniel
  3. Ethan
  4. Michael
  5. David
  6. Justin
  7. Matthew
  8. Joshua
  9. Alexander
  10. Christopher

Those that did not break the national top ten, such as David (#14) and Matthew (#13), again came close, with only the third, Justin (#46), coming from behind.

Jayden, a name that was virtually unknown as of the 1990 Census and #194 in 2000, now ranks #1 in New York City and #8 in the nation. Although there is a Biblical Jadon, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith brought the name to national attention when they named their son Jaden.
Another famous Jayden is Britney Spears’ son, born in 2006. What more coverage can a kid – and a name – get than having Britney Spears as your mother?

Celebrities’ impact on naming trends is clear on the 2009 New York City baby names popularity list, which includes such names as:

New York City is one of the few locales that tallies baby name statistics by ethnicity, yielding some interesting results.

The Top Ten names for blacks is totally different, for girls, than it is for the overall Top Ten, reflecting the popularity of several African-American celebrities. That list:

  1. Madison
  2. Kayla
  3. Nevaeh
  4. Jada (Pinkett Smith)
  5. Malia (Obama)
  6. Makayla
  7. Aaliyah (the singer)
  8. London
  9. Arianna/Brianna
  10. Destiny

The African-American boys’ list more closely resembled the overall list, with Jayden remaining in number one place. The names that are different on the list for black boys: Elijah, Jeremiah, Christian, Josiah.

Other names in the top ten that broke rank by ethnicity include, for Hispanics, Melanie and Genesis for girls and Angel for boys; for Asian-Americans, Tiffany, Fiona, and Vivian for girls and Ryan, Eric, and Kevin for boys; and for whites, Rachel, Leah, Esther, and Chaya for girls, Benjamin and Samuel for boys.

Deanna Cullen is a recent graduate of Fairfield University with a degree in English/Creative Writing. She currently works as copy editor for The Hudson Reporter, and is a freelance contributing writer for The Hoboken Reporter, International Watch Magazine, and njnewsroom.com, along with interning for nameberry.

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New York Baby Names

Journalist and New York City mom Laura Dunphy reports that the pressure is on for Gotham parents to choose baby names that are more creative, more unusual, cooler than those anyone else is using. But no matter how hard you try, you still might not make it.

Ah, New York, New York.  If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.  And if you can name your baby here without needing therapy or Xanax, then I applaud you.

That’s because like everything else in NYC, baby naming is intense.  If most people think naming children is a pleasant activity, like badminton or a picnic, Manhattanites treat it as a competitive sport, like rugby or bond trading.

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