Top City Names For Babies

Trendy names you can find on a map

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.)

32. Salem

Location: Town in Massachusetts (pictured) and capital of Oregon

Girls Given Name in 2017: 203

Boys Given Name in 2017: 167

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mill1020 Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 12:15 am

I feel like Havana is going to become more popular.

benjamelissa Says:

April 27th, 2018 at 9:01 am

I would definitely use Merida or Geneva. And I’ve always liked Sydney. This is my kind of post! I have a boy Austin and a boy Taylor (city in Texas).

Finnberry Says:

April 30th, 2018 at 6:41 am

benjamelissa

I was going to ask you if you are Andrea Swift (mother of Taylor and Austin Swift) but then I saw that your little Taylor is a boy and I was slightly disappointed 😀

beynotce Says:

April 30th, 2018 at 11:05 am

Haha, I grew up in the 90’s with a Taylor (not Swift) and her brother Austin (and yes, their parents hailed originally from Texas). There must be a lot of overlap in the appeal of those names!

galaxywasted Says:

April 30th, 2018 at 1:40 pm

I love Adelaide, Vienna, Aspen, Geneva, and Odessa on girls and Brighton, Denver, Rio and Orlando on boys. I have always loved place names, you can find so many gems on a map.

lee_augusta Says:

April 30th, 2018 at 2:08 pm

I REALLY wouldn’t advise that white non-New Yorkers (or even white New Yorkers) name their kid Harlem. And I say this as a white person who’s lived a good part of her life in Harlem.

Susette Says:

April 30th, 2018 at 4:50 pm

Thankfully, the #1 name, Charlotte, was a person’s name before a place name. Charlotte NC was named after the wife of an English king. So, it’s hard pressed to consider it a place name. I am not a fan of place names, and they are getting more and more bizarre…Chicago…great place…ugly girl’s name. I feel for those named Berlin, Bronx, Harlem, Camden, Salem…and places that have historically negative connotations. My prediction is as these become more commonplace, parents will be in search of the most bizarre…look for Baghdad, Mogadishu, Lahore, Hanoi, Moscow, Caracas, Tehran, and such, in the near future.

alpharelic Says:

June 1st, 2018 at 9:24 am

A little surprised that Jackson didn’t make the list!

I know that Bristol *is* used as a name (Bristol Palin) but I find it a very odd choice… speaking as somebody who grew up near Bristol, UK! I think nearby Devon is a much nicer name.

Agree that Havana is a lovely name. Some other place names that would work as names:

Tulsa
Reno
Garland
Fontana
Aurora
Torrance
Odessa

And lots of places in the UK would work as names…

Tyne
Chester
Preston
Rye
Harlow
Soho
Romsey
Harrow
Kingston
Ryde
Ashford
Dover
Waverley
Keighley
Dorset
Truro
Welwyn
Wells

There are loads of towns/villages/places near where I grew up that have cool names… Okeford, Iwerne, Charlton, Bredy, Quintin… I thought they all had fun naming potential. I knew somebody with horses called Milton and Fitzpain (both named after villages nearby) and thought they were excellent names! Big names for babies to wear, though 🙂

JustBrowsing Says:

June 1st, 2018 at 9:30 am

I’m surprised not to see Sicily on the list! But I see so many good ones – including some like Charlotte and Merida that I think of as names before as places.

chloe18 Says:

June 1st, 2018 at 12:43 pm

I love: Odessa, Sydney and Adelaide! These sound so beautiful! 🙂

benjamelissa Says:

June 2nd, 2018 at 6:45 am

Finnberry
I didn’t realize there were so many Taylor & Austin siblings! My son, Jamin Taylor is 12, daddy Ben(Jamin) and my maiden name Taylor. My other son Austin Healey is 8 and named for my husband’s grandmother who descends from the surname Austin. Thank you so much for your response. I enjoy feedback.

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