Category: Cool Baby Names

By Esmeralda Rocha

Place names have always been a source of inspiration for baby names, though the practice really gained momentum in the 1980s with destinations like Savannah, Sydney and Siena setting a trend.

The trend has become a torrent with vast numbers of locations from all over the world being chosen for America‘s babies. We now bring you all the globetrotting examples – from hip neighbourhoods to whole continents – all beyond the Top 1000 names in the US in 2017. We’ve broken them up into regions to help us follow the patterns.

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125+ Rare and Amazing Nature Names

By Esmeralda Rocha

Nature names are a perennial favorite for American parents, with baby names like Lily, Rose and Poppy long dominating the charts. More recent star performers have come from further afield than the floral section of the natural world, with Willow, Hazel, Ivy, Summer, River, Raven, and Reed all in the Top 500 in 2017.

But parents are increasingly looking to even more obscure inspiration for their baby names. We now bring you all of the nature names that were given to fewer than 200 children in the USA in 2017.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

You’ll find a load of amazing A-names in the berrybaby announcements of June—Acacia, Ada, Amelie, Audrey, Adam and two Augusts! And for once, the boys outnumber the girls. Also, some amazing inspirations behind the names, from Ada Lovelace to Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, C.S Lewis, and T.S. Eliot. What an enlightened bunch we are!

Here is the full list:


Acacia Olive, sister to Sienna Hollie and Ezeriah Cohen

Ada Faye, sister of Lennox

“My husband announced that if our first born was a girl she would be Ada (after the amazing Ada Lovelace) with no discussion or exception, he felt so strongly. However, she was a he, our firstborn Lennox (Lenny). So when we found out our next was a girl, she was destined to be Ada. I toyed with Adalie but in the end she’s a ball of spunk and determination and Ada suits her.”

Amelie Ayala

“Her first name was inspired by the film Amelie Poulain which is a favorite of mine and her papa’s and Ayala is her father’s mother’s family name, which I thought sounded beautiful and melodic.”

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by Sophie Kihm

When it comes to naming babies, everyone has a different set of priorities and values. One we talk about a lot is sibset coherence. Whether or not you’re a name nerd, it’s easy to see the merits of a coordinated sibset. Oftentimes one has to refer to their children as a group, and well-matched names makes it easy for others to view them as a set. 

But how much does this matter when the siblings of a new baby are adults? My inclination is: not much. Adult children are off living their own lives, and the number of times they will be lumped into the same group as their infant sibling is much less than if they had grown up together. Therefore, I don’t think anyone should stress over trying to find the perfect name for a son who will be twenty years his sister’s junior. Tastes change over the years, and after a few decades, so do styles. 


Many celebrities expecting babies this month are going to be naming children with 20 or 30-plus age differences from some of their siblings, and will have to determine the importance of this issue for themselves. Daniel Craig‘s adult daughter Ella will have a little sister or brother at the end of this year, as will Norman Reedus’s grown son Mingus. Josh Brolin’s 29- and 24-year-old children are going to be the older siblings of a baby girl, and Brigitte Nielsen‘s four adult sons (ranging in age from 23 to 34) will welcome another sibling into their brood. 


For some, like Daniel Craig, creating a harmonious sibset shouldn’t be too much of a problem. For others, like Brigitte Nielsen, it’s already a lost cause. As for the rest, I’m curious to see how it will play out–will these stars decide that a well-matched sibset is the way to go, or give it up to choose the name that most speaks to their heart?

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Top City Names For Babies

Looking for a name that sounds worldly and sophisticated? You might want to try looking at a map or atlas. More parents than ever are picking finding baby name inspiration from mountains, countries and, especially, cities.

Here’s how popular city names have become: There are now more girls under the age of 18 named Madison in the U.S. than there are people living in the city of Madison, Wisconsin. That’s over 250,000 Madisons!

It’s never been clear, though, which cities have gotten the most love in the baby name arena — until now. Nameberry pored over baby name popularity data from the Social Security Administration  to find the 51 city names that were given to the most babies in the year 2016, the most recent available.

Because many of these names are inherently unisex, we haven’t broken down the list by gender. But we did indicate names that were given almost exclusively to one gender by the color of the letters — pink is girls, blue is boys and orange is the truly unisex.

We had to make some tricky judgment calls on which names did or did not count — we excluded Petra, for instance, because it’s not a functioning city today, even though it was at one time. And we do realize that many parents who pick, say, Alexandria or Kobe, aren’t thinking of the cities. But if you think we missed something crucial, tell us in the comments! (Note: This blog was posted very briefly in April, before most of you got a chance to see it.)

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