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Place Names

Place names for babies is an ever-expanding category, as some place names — Savannah, Dakota, London — become popular and parents look to adopt undiscovered locales as names for their babies.

Here are some of the more unusual new choices of place names. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.

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Top Place Names

  • Hudson

    Hudson has risen quickly up the charts after emerging at the bottom of the list in 1995, now solidly in the Top 100.

    , Hudson has gotten a boost as a prominent surname over the years,... Read More 

  • Londyn

    Could it surpass the original London? Hard to imagine, yet it's almost as hard to imagine that it's this popular at all.Read More 

  • Brooklynn

    This extra-N variation is hot on the tails of mega popular Brooklyn and takes it a bit further from the New York borough.Read More 

  • Catalina

    This name of a touristed island in sight of Los Angeles makes an attractive and newly stylish variation on the classic Catherine or overused Caitlin.

    Santa Catalina of Siena was, along... Read More 

  • Bethany

    Bethany is a lyrical name that still strikes many parents as a fresher, more substantial substitute for the overused Brittany/Brittney or the more antiquated Beth.

    In the New... Read More 

  • Zaire

    An African place name—Zaire was a Central African state from 1971 to 1997—it comes from a Kongo term meaning "the river that swallows all rivers." A bold and wearable choice for a son.Read More 

  • Wells

    Wells is a newly-famous baby name thanks to pregnancy guru Rosie Pope, who uses it as the short form of the buttoned-up Wellington, name of her youngest child.Read More 

  • Houston

    Looking for a Texas name more distinctive than Austin and Dallas? Houston is a lanky, roguish place-name, right in style with its Texas accent and cowboy image.Read More 

  • Brixton

    Brixton, a formerly rough but now cool-and-gentrified area of London, is also gaining notice as a baby name, especially for boys. About 20 baby girls were given the name in the US in the most... Read More 

  • Belen

    Actually the Spanish name for Bethlehem, which means "house of bread," this name is high on Spain's popularity list and is rising in the US as well. Though this is one of the Read More