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?
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on May 13th, 2015 at 9:13 am
Your description for the name Austin has me cracking up. “Your little guy will be the hippest indie rocker at SXSW in 20 years.” So not accurate here in Texas where I live and my brother is actually named Austin. If you live in Texas and are from Texas you know the history behind the name Austin. If anything it brings to mind surnames (which it is) or great Texas history (that all kids here in TX have to take). Not hippie in the slightest since Stephen F. Austin was a war hero.
on May 13th, 2015 at 11:05 am
I always thought of Phoenix as unisex and always will.
on May 13th, 2015 at 11:46 am
Madison was not inspired by Madison, WI. The use of Madison as a name was sparked by the ’80s movie Splash. Daryl Hannah’s character was a mermaid who unexpectedly found herself as a human on land in NYC. When asked for her name, she saw a signpost for Madison Avenue & used that.
on May 13th, 2015 at 4:07 pm
I think Ireland should be on this list as a girl’s name…even in the “Not popular yet, but have potential” area!
on May 13th, 2015 at 8:32 pm
Charlotte counts as a name instead of a place, but not Georgia?
on May 14th, 2015 at 7:03 am
Ugh… Brooklynn, Jordin, and Londyn? Why?
on May 14th, 2015 at 8:37 am
I love to travel and I love place names.
Though some of these do not appeal to me at all.
Here are my favorites:
on May 14th, 2015 at 3:42 pm
We are pregnant with our first and my husband (who attended Oxford) is in love with the name Cambridge for a girl. I’m not sure if I’m all there yet. I don’t mind Cambrie as a nickname, but am a little hesitant about the uniqueness of Cambridge.
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