Big Apple Baby Names
There are countless reasons to visit New York City. Museums to visit and galleries to hop. Great theater, opera and ballet. Sights to see, people to watch and fashion-forward stores to shop. But it turns out there’s another, less expected thing to shop for—and that’s a Manhattan-inspired baby name.
We’ve looked at some of the street names before–a Manhattan avenue, after all, was the inspiration for the extraordinary success of the name Madison— but a thread on our own forums, “Need a Big Apple Middle Name” a while back inspired us to us to look beyond the street signs of NYC for other places and people that are quintessentially Gotham.
PLACES—nabes, rivers, parks, etc
Ansonia hotel and then apartments
Cedar Tavern—watering hole of Abstract Expressionist painters
Chumley’s– legendary writers’ hangout
Gracie Square and Mansion
Judson Memorial Church, scene of early art world ‘happenings’
Sardi‘s–show biz restaurant
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
…and a few of the best Manhattan street names
PEOPLE—just a few of the countless notables who were born, lived, or are otherwise associated with the Big Apple
Ambrose Kingsland, NYC mayor, 1851-53
Auden, W.H.– poet and long-time Village resident
Eustace Tilley—monocled cartoon symbol of The New Yorker
Fiorello La Guardia, three-term mayor in the 1930s and 40s
Tallulah Bankhead–Broadway actress and sometime member of the “Algonquin Round Table”
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on August 7th, 2012 at 11:06 am
I’d also add Tribeca. Could be a great way to honor a Rebecca.
on August 7th, 2012 at 12:42 pm
I love Mercer, Henry, Fletcher, Crosby and Cass for boys, and Nellie and Tallulah for girls. I could see myself using them, but not for any reason to do with NYC. Still, a really cool list!
Alexia Mae Said
on August 7th, 2012 at 2:40 pm
I live close to the City, and there are some great names around!
on August 7th, 2012 at 10:21 pm
I like Nolita!
on August 13th, 2012 at 12:55 am
So many great names on this list! I love…
Chelsea (a classic, IMO)
All of which I think work beautifully as unisex names.
on August 17th, 2012 at 4:42 pm
I know a Hattan, named for Manhattan
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