20 Top Geographical Baby Names
It’s been 16 years since Victoria and David Beckham famously named their oldest son Brooklyn after the location where he was conceived. (TMI, Beckhams!) Many more celebs, including Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger (who named their daughter Ireland), Paris Hilton’s parents and Kourtney Kardashian (who gave Penelope the middle name Scotland), have opted to name their wee ones after places. You might not see them in the most popular names of 2015, but we predict this geography trend will keep on trucking. Not only are city, country and body-of-water names powerful and memorable, they’re unisex and make a cute homage to a place that’s special to the proud parents. So, what are the most popular geography-inspired baby names? We compiled this list from the Social Security Administration’s baby-name database, leaving out any names that are super prevalent or where the baby name obviously came before the location name (e.g. Charlotte).
1. Austin: Your little guy will be the hippest indie rocker at SXSW in 20 years.
7. Phoenix: Derived from the mythological Greek bird that rose from the ashes to be reborn, this name is inspirational and meaningful.
8. Milan: Who knows, maybe your baby boy will grow up to be a fashion designer!
10. London: Popular among boys and girls, we don’t know why this uber classy geographical name didn’t trend earlier.
TOP 10 GIRLS NAMES
1. Madison: Who knew Wisconsin’s super cute college town would spawn a generation of Maddies?
9. Chelsea: Bill and Hilary’s daughter popularized this name for girls in the ’90s. It’s perfect if your daughter is bound to have boho-chic style like the London and New York neighborhoods of the same name, or if she will aspire to be a go-getter, political correspondent and philanthropist.
Honorable mention: Cheyenne
Would you name your baby after a place? What are your favorite names on this geography-inspired list?