Place Names Off The Map

The coolest place names are those that are undiscovered. Some place names can be used for boys, but most of the cool place names work best for baby girls. Here are some choices on (and off) the map.
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  • Russia

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    Consider ODESSA instead.Read More 

  • Sahara

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    A beautiful and evocative place-name that deserves wider use. Read More 

  • Salem

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    Salem is a biblical place name in Canaan, as well as that Massachusetts town with its witch-trial associations. But it does have a peaceful meaning and pleasing sound. Read More 

  • Samara

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    Exotic and lovely -- and much more distinctive now than Samantha or Tamara. In the U.S., Samara has been declining in popularity for some years; ranking well below its 2006 peak of Number 350.... Read More 

  • Samoa

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    Evocative of the beautiful South Pacific islands; we've also heard Samoan used as a name. Read More 

  • Santiago

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    Santiago is a spirited Spanish name with great crossover potential: a place-name (it's a city in Chile), a surname, and the patron saint of Spain. In the past decade it has climbed more than 100... Read More 

  • Senegal

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    The name of this beautiful West African republic would make the epitome of exotic choices. Read More 

  • Sevilla

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    This legendary Andalusian city, according to myth founded by Hercules, is an undiscovered baby name destination. Read More 

  • Sicily

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    Sicily is a lilting Italian place-name that sounds like the elegant British Cicely -- which you might consider a plus or a minus. Read More 

  • Sonoma

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    Sonoma, the name of a beautiful northern California wine-growing region, might inspire some parents. Other California place names beyond Sonoma: Marin, Berkeley, Sierra.Read More 

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