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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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  • Nevis

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    Highly unusual name of a small, tranquil island in the Caribbean; chosen for her daughter by singer Nelly Furtado.  Read More 

  • Nile

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    Water names are a cool category these days, and this one of the famous Egyptian river that streamlines the fussier Niles is no exception. Nile is also related to Niall, the Irish Gaelic form of Nea... Read More 

  • Odessa

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    Odessa, a Ukrainian port city, was given its name by Russia's Catherine the Great, who was inspired by Homer's Odyssey . It would make an original and intriguing choice. Though rare today, Odessa... Read More 

  • Olympia

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    With its relation to Mount Olympus, home of the Greek gods, and to the Olympic games, this name has an athletic, goddess-like aura, making it the perfect Olivia substitute. A well-known art refere... Read More 

  • Oslo

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    Oslo, the capital city of Norway, makes for a somewhat clunky boy's name. Might be better to think about the city's former name, CHRISTIANIA or KRISTIANIA for your daughter. Read More 

  • Palermo

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    Son of Sicily.  Read More 

  • Palma

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    Palma is an appealing Latin name that's both geographical -- it's the romantic city on the Spanish island of Majorca -- and botanical, relating to the palm frond. Sometimes given to girls born on P... Read More 

  • Panama

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    Sharing her name with a country, a city, an isthmus, a gulf, a canal, and a hat might be a bit much for a child to handle.  Read More 

  • Persia

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    Despite -- or because of -- the country's name change, still retains the brilliant coloration of an ancient Persian miniature.  Read More 

  • Peru

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    An unexplored choice, evocative of the snowcapped Andes, with a pleasant, catchy sound. Read More 

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