12 Celebrity Place Names Worth Visiting
Model Anne Vyalitsyna hails from Russia. Her tech guru fiancé Adam Cahan is originally from New York. Word is that the couple named their daughter Alaska because that’s where the US and Russia meet. A record number of girls were given the name Alaska in 2015 – 60 total, including Anne and Adam’s daughter.
- Anne Vyalitsyna hails from Russia. Her tech guru fiancé Adam Cahan is originally from New York. Word is that the couple named their daughter Alaska because that’s where the US and Russia meet. A record number of girls were given the name Alaska in 2015 – 60 total, including Anne and Adam’s daughter." >
- England’s Brighton has long been favored by kings and commoners. New York boasts a Brooklyn community by the name, immortalized in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs. Actor and filmmaker Jon Favreau named his younger daughter Brighton Rose." >
- Charles and Charlotte, so no surprise that place name Charleston is gaining in use. Actor Joey Lawrence is dad to daughters Liberty and Charleston. Short-lived NBC drama State of Affairs featured Katherine Heigl as Charleston Tucker from 2014-2015, boosting the Southern city name dramatically." >
- Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz welcomed son Egypt in 2010. Since then, it’s seen a sharp increase in use – but has actually become more popular for girls. The name choice came a year after Keys vacationed in the ancient land, a trip she described as inspiring." >
- Holland is just one province of the Netherlands, but it is often used to refer to the country as a whole. It has a long history of use as a surname and given name, too. Today it ranks Number 845 in the girls’ US Top 1000. Television host Courtney Hansen named her daughter Holland in 2014." >
- India fits in beautifully with popular girl names like Sophia and Olivia. The country’s name is taken from the Indus River. Famous families to choose the name include singer Sarah McLachlan, the Avengers’ Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky, and Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman." >
- Henry “Indiana” Jones – who borrowed his name from the family dog – with making this US state name feel wearable. Ethan Hawke gave the name to his daughter; so did country music duo Joey + Rory. (The late Joey Feek was born in Indiana.) It’s big in Australia, too, thanks to young actress Indiana Evans." >
- Gwen Stefani took the name of Jamaica’s capital from rarity to mainstream favorite when she and ex Gavin Rossdale gave the name to their son in 2006. Kingston quickly doubled, then quadrupled in use. Today it ranks Number 142 in the US." >
- Egypt, today Memphis is a Tennessee town and home to Elvis Presley’s estate, Graceland. Musician Bono chose the name for his younger daughter back in 1991. In 2012, Girls’ Jemima Kirke also welcomed a daughter named Memphis." >
- Mariah Carey is mom to Moroccan, but Mike Tyson chose the country’s name for youngest child Morocco Elijah in 2011. Morocco is among the rarest of place names on this list, but it has potential, especially since the country remains a popular tourist destination." >
- Rio de Janeiro, this possible place name is inescapable. The Spanish and Portuguese word for river, Rio might be best for a boy. No Doubt’s Tom DuMont is dad to Rio Atticus, and soap opera stars Wendy Moniz and Frank Grillo have Rio Joseph. But Duran Duran sang that her
- Reese Witherspoon grew up outside Nashville, and chose this state name for her youngest child to honor her Southern roots. While the name has a long history of sparing use, the Oscar-winning actress boosted the name for boys and girls following the 2012 birth of her son, Tennessee James. Others might think of famed playwright, Thomas “Tennessee” Williams." >
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on August 12th, 2016 at 1:34 am
Most of these names are great, I especially love Tennessee and Alaska. While I understand everyone has a right to name their child anything, I think it’s important to keep in mind what is and is not culturally respectful. Historically, white Europeans forcibly colonized India and used them for their resources and trade, and Indian people are still discriminated against today. Given that, personally I think it would be cultural appropriation to name your white child India. If your child has clearly Indian roots or you have a strong cultural heritage with India, I can see it working. But personally, I view that as naming your white child Africa – it would not be tasteful and would most definitely offend a few. I see similar problems with Morocco and Egypt. Many people are desensitized to cultural appropriation or do not know they are doing it, and that’s okay because they don’t know any better, but especially given high racial tensions in this country, people might want to steer clear of just a few of these names.
on August 12th, 2016 at 10:06 pm
One of the coolest girls I ever met was named Asia and that always stuck with me!
on August 13th, 2016 at 12:44 am
I get why it’s offensive, but I love the sound of India.
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