Place Names: New Destinations
Feeling that geographical names have become kind of ho-hum? It’s true that many people have tired of Paris and some of the over-visited names from the American West like Cheyenne, Sierra, Dakota and Dallas. But that’s no reason to write off the whole category—we can renew our passports and look a bit farther afield for some fresher, more interesting and exotic choices from the global atlas.
ELANORA –This name of an Australian suburb is used as a girls’ name in that country
IBIZA (ih-BEETH-a)—Another interesting island name, though a little bit lispy
ISCHIA (IS-key-a)—An Isla-like Italian island name
LILLE — (LEELE) –We’ve seen the growing popularity of double-L names, now here’s a French city with three of them
LIXA –An old Portuguese city with a modern-sounding name
LULEÅ — A city on the northern coast of Sweden; birthplace of the founder of the Nordstrom department store chain
LUZA – A Russian town on the Luza river—but too much like loser?
MAJORCA (my-OR-ca) — One of the most elegant and fashionable of the Spanish Balearic Islands
RAVENNA –Italian city known for its Byzantine mosaics makes an appealingly feminine choice
TAVIRA — An attractive town in the Algarve area of Portugal; a possible namesake for a Great-Aunt Vera?
CADIZ — A Spanish coastal province known for its windswept beaches, white villages and celebrated sherry.
DURANGO –City in Mexico founded in 1565
MALMÖ — The third largest city in Sweden
OVAR — A small city in Portugal
PERTH – The capital city of Western Australia
VIGO — the largest city in Galicia, Spain
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on January 13th, 2010 at 8:19 am
Just this week I found the name of a town in England that I would be willing to use for my own son: Brayton!
I love it!
I like Alora, Odessa (spelled Adessa, though) and Thane from this blog too 🙂
on January 13th, 2010 at 12:48 pm
Cool blog. I don’t think Ibiza would be a great namesake for a child though..
on January 13th, 2010 at 3:58 pm
I think most Brits would find Ibiza and Majorca a bit comical as they are popular holiday destinations in this country (with, sadly, a reputation in the British press as top destinations for binge-drinking-party-craving-teenage Brits) — so would most likely be prone to teasing.
I have always love ancient place names like Petra, Delphi, Larisa, Odessa, Megara, Sabina… Funnily enough Elea was an ancient Greek city in Italy (now called Velia) as well 😀
British American Said
on January 13th, 2010 at 4:08 pm
Yes, I thought the same thing as Elea, that Ibiza and Majorca would not work in the UK. I always pronounced Majorca as “Mah-YORK-ah” too – not sure if that’s just me though.
on January 13th, 2010 at 5:44 pm
Lucerne is a fairly major dairy brand here in the northwest, so it might not be the best choice.
on January 13th, 2010 at 6:22 pm
OOH! Fab! I am in a blog!
on January 13th, 2010 at 6:48 pm
I think that Zealand for a boy should also get a mention although all the others listed are also great 🙂
on January 14th, 2010 at 3:14 am
Ooh, Wv beat me to it: Lucerne is 100% cheap dairy products. I don’t mean cheap in the insulting way–they make some delicious ice cream.
on January 15th, 2010 at 3:19 pm
When I named my DD, I loved Ibiza (of course I was pronouncing it wrong- Ih-bee-zah), but I just thought it was such a pretty sound. I also loved the nn Beezy (Ramona Quimby anyone?). That idea got shot down quickly, but I still think it’d make a good name. Glad to see Nameberry agrees with my line of thinking.
on January 15th, 2010 at 8:08 pm
Lixa is FANTASTIC (I like it as an alternative to Lux)!!
And I love Perth for a boy.
Too many of the others are too intrinsically linked to the places to work for me (Malmo? Ibiza?)
on January 15th, 2010 at 11:22 pm
A few that aren’t on the list that I like are:
Abilene – city in the Texas panhandle
Masada – various spellings; mountain/historical landmark in Israel
From the blog I like
on January 29th, 2010 at 10:16 pm
My husband’s family is from Ischia, and his family pronounces it Eesh-kah.
I never thought to use it as a name but it is a beautiful word.
on May 17th, 2010 at 9:52 am
i really need a girls name but cant decide i like ibiza laylani tlani and farren any more suggestions ? x
on April 1st, 2011 at 10:52 pm
I LLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVEEEE place names!!! They’re all so cool! Verona is my fave. I really, REALLY want to love Odessa, and I know this is silly, but it reminds me of odor (ditto to Odette). I love how you can turn, say, the name of the country where you had your honeymoon into an exotic (well, sometimes exotic), beautiful, and sentimental name for your child.
on October 23rd, 2014 at 10:49 pm
i’d be careful of Malo if any one around uses or speaks Spanish. it means bad. not a pleasant thing to put on a kid–and i imagine the teasing would be ferocious.
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