Unique New York Baby Names!

We got a call yesterday from Don Kaplan, a reporter for the New York Post, who’s doing a story about unique New York (remember that tongue twister?) baby names.

Don spent the past week poring over a quarter million names — yes, many of them pretty crazy — given to New York babies over the past few years. Examples include, with a New York theme, Harlem, Manhattan, and Bronx; with a sports angle, Jeter and LeBron; and with a religious bent, Rabbi, Priest, and Jesuskingoftheworld.

You’ve got your Sully, after the pilot who successfully landed a plane in the Hudson River, and your Matisyahu, after the hip-hop star. There’s a Royalty, a Success, and a Winner; a Tolkien and one poor boy whose name is Mudd.

And now Don is reaching out to find out YOUR unique New York baby name. If you are a New York City parent who’s given your child a distinctive baby name with a pop culture inspiration, Don wants to hear what it is and how you chose it. You can tell your stories here and/or contact Don directly at dkaplan@nypost.com, 212-930-8656.

And sure, if you want to tattle on your neighbors who named their baby Keeno or just share a crazy New York baby-naming story, tell us that too.

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Freckles Says:

June 9th, 2010 at 1:38 am

I’m a born and raised Manhattanite and have come across so many question-inspiring baby names. Questions include “Can we be friends (since we clearly both have awesome name taste)?” “How in the world did you come up with those?” and “What were you thinking?” most often. I went to a WASPy, private high school on the Upper East Side in which each grade had at least one girl who goes by Darling, Bunny, Beezy, Cricket or Missy. Not joking. Most interesting though is the ahead-of-their-time type of parents who gave their kids names like Smith and Honor way back in the 90s when ever other kid was getting a name like Jennifer or Joshua. Best sibling-set I know personally:


All the kids were born between 1991-1997 I believe. I’ve always wondered immensely where their names come from, especially because their parents are the farthest from hippies (I believe they are both lawyers)!

Ariana Says:

June 9th, 2010 at 4:29 am

Hudson : ie Hudson River

UrbanAngel Says:

June 9th, 2010 at 5:26 am



That’s actually pretty cool. Calypso is a guilty pleasure of mine – I always thought it was a cool way to get to Callie & I love Bliss as a middle

I CAN’T WAIT to see what everyone is going to say

PDXLibrarian Says:

June 9th, 2010 at 8:02 am

I actually think Sully or Sullivan is a wonderful (and adorable) tribute name with a really positive story behind it — it would be great to read about a baby Sully who was born shortly after the plane landing event.

Bella Says:

June 9th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I am a Christian, and every time I see Jesus ( prn biblically, not Hey-soos) I cringe, every Christ- I cry and every Saviour I want to hurl. Jesuskingofthewolrd takes the crown, pun intended, for most odious representation of your love for following God. I am far more subtle, all my names have a God centered meaning, or mean something to my relashionship with Christ. I don’t mean to offend, but I think these names are offensive!

I, strangely enough, really like Jeter and LeBron! Weird!

Ghoti Says:

June 9th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Bella: you’re more charitable than I am. I assumed the parents of Jesuskingoftheworld were atheists making some sort of point.

Joy Says:

June 9th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

So man kids are named Brooklyn now. I’m from Brooklyn. new York is definitely a place to find your kids name if your lookig for somthing different.

Now I’m waiting for a kid to be named Subway or Clinton Hill. Even Broadway.

Kate Says:

June 9th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Living in Manhattan, I’ve found most names I hear shouted after kids on the sidewalk or in the park to run in either the decidedly hipster vein (TONS of Sullivans, Dashiells, and Violets, some Tallulahs and Kais) or take a Jewish bent (loads of Sarah, Hannahs, Ashers, Levis, etc). I do live on the Upper West Side which admittedly has an abundance of both stroller age children and Jews!

Kate Says:

June 9th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Oh, and Linda and Pam, please link us to the article when it’s done!

Bella Says:

June 9th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Ghoti: I hope not, then I’d have to cry for a whole different reason!

I agree with Kate- I want that article!

Grace Says:

June 11th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

My husband and I considered Tribeca as a Rebecca alternative, but having never been to New York, we nixed it on principle.

NTSA Says:

June 14th, 2010 at 12:05 am

I’m from Brooklyn and know a lovely woman named Fara, named after Farrell’s Diner in Park Slope, her parents’ favorite diner! Brooklyn’s always full of amazing stories, isn’t it?

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