Untouristy Place Names You Should Visit
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.
Note that some place names could be from more than one country (e.g. Jersey or Rome). In these cases we have popped then under the label we think most people living in America are likely to associate them with (the former with the US state, the latter with the city in Italy). Likewise, some names are attached to both places and people (e.g. Rhodes, Everest, Lincoln and Darwin). We’ve included these names whenever we thought the place was as or more famous than the person… So Rhodes and Everest are included here, but Lincoln and Darwin are not, and will instead feature in a future edition covering namesakes.
United States
Denver, given to 218 girls
Salem, given to 203 girls and 163 boys
Harlem, given to 175 boys and 101 girls
Bronx, given to 148 boys and 15 girls
Jersey, given to 140 girls and 25 boys (could also be for the UK island)
Berkeley, given to 119 girls and 14 boys
Montana, given to 115 girls and 68 boys
Arizona, given to 111 girls
Indiana, given to 104 girls and 70 boys
Charleston, given to 99 girls and 58 boys
Hampton, given to 88 boys and 15 girls (could also be for UK Hamptons)
Raleigh, given to 87 boys
Lexington, given to 73 girls and 40 boys
Delta, given to 66 girls and 6 boys (could be for any delta region, including the Nile)
Oakland, given to 64 boys and 6 girls
Maui, given to 41 boys and 10 girls
Macon, given to 36 boys and 8 girls
Nevada, given to 32 girls and 11 boys
Tennessee, given to 32 girls and 28 boys
Kodiak, given to 30 boys
Cleveland, given to 28 boys
Astoria, given to 26 girls
Albany, given to 25 girls
Reno, given to 25 boys
Arlington, given to 17 boys
Vegas, given to 17 boys
Alabama, given to 16 girls
California, given to 16 girls
Texas, given to 16 boys
Juneau, given to 15 girls
Sonoma, given to 10 girls
Seattle, given to 9 girls
Atlanta, given to 8 girls
Portland, given to 8 boys
Utah, given to 8 boys
Tulsa, given to 7 girls
Louisiana, given to 6 girls
Tacoma, given to 6 boys
York, given to 6 boys
The Americas beyond the US
America, given to 193 girls
Rio, given to 127 boys and 50 girls
Havana, given to 68 girls
Guadalupe, given to 48 boys
Acadia, given to 40 girls
Brazil, given to 28 girls and 6 boa
Trinidad, given to 24 boys
Montreal, given to 12 boys
Haiti, given to 8 girls
Alberta, given to 7 girls
Belize, given to 6 girls
Ontario, given to 6 boys
Yukon, given to 6 boys
Jericho, given to 193 boys and 9 girls
Sanaa, given to 189 girls
Petra, given to 165 girls
Sahara, given to 123 girls
Sinai, given to 62 girls and 10 boys
Nazareth, given to 58 girls and 43 boys
Nile, given to 58 boys and 14 girls
Nubia, given to 56 girls
Mecca, given to 47 boys and 36 girls
Mali, given to 44 girls
Zaire, given to 33 girls
Nairobi, given to 23 girls
Carmel, given to 20 girls
Galilee, given to 20 girls
Zamzam, given to 20 girls
Bethlehem, given to 19 girls
Morocco, given to 19 boys
Persia, given to 18 girls
Africa, given to 14 girls
Jerusalem, given to 14 girls
Haifa, given to 13 girls
Iran, given to 13 boys
Judea, given to 12 girls and 8 boys
Syria, given to 9 girls
Abyssinia, given to 6 girls
Arabia, given to 6 girls
Hebron, given to 6 boys
Basra, given to 5 girls
Nigeria, given to 5 girls
Asia, given to 250 girls
Everest, given to 130 boys and 64 girls
Kashmir, given to 51 boys and 18 girls
Bali, given to 11 girls
China, given to 11 girls
Taiwan, given to 8 boys
Asmara, given to 6 girls
Europe Including the UK
Montserrat, given to 245 girls
Kensington, given to 241 girls and 8 boys
Cambria, given to 231 girls
Ireland, given to 196 girls (with an additional 9 girls called Irish)
Geneva, given to 170 girls
Capri, given to 162 girls
Brighton, given to 140 girls and 90 boys
Kent, given to 139 boys
Rome, given to 130 boys and 24 girls
Italy, given to 120 girls
Odessa, given to 97 girls
Lourdes, given to 91 girls
Rhodes given to 73 boys
Italia, given to 69 girls
Devon, given to 68 girls
Berlin, given to 59 girls and 9 boys
Iona, given to 48 girls
Venice, given to 44 girls
Dresden, given to 41 boys and 12 girls
Lyon, given to 41 boys
Sicily, given to 41 girls
Britain, given to 37 girls and 22 boys (with another 14 girls called British)
Verona, given to 35 girls
Scotland, given to 31 girls and 7 boys
Germany, given to 29 girls
Aberdeen, given to 25 girls
Windsor, given to 25 girls and 9 boys
Avon, given to 17 boys
Cyprus, given to 16 boys
Zurich, given to 16 boys
Oslo, given to 14 boys
Dijon, given to 13 boys
Dublin, given to 11 boys and 7 girls
Sweden, given to 11 girls
Cambridge, given to 9 girls and 8 boys
Athens, given to 8 boys
England, given to 8 girls and 7 boys
Oxford, given to 8 boys
Evora, given to 7 girls
Caledonia, given to 6 girls
Essex, given to 6 boys
Calais, given to 5 girls
Lisbon, given to 5 girls
Russia, given to 5 girls
Savoy, given to 5 boys
Zealand, given to 33 boys
Tasman, given to 5 boys
Fantastical
Avalon, given to 131 girls
Avonlea, given to 95 girls
Gotham, given to 37 boys
Arcadia, given to 26 girls
Hades, given to 12 boys
Atlantis, given to 8 girls
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alchemicallypurplefairy Said
on July 12th, 2018 at 11:57 pm
Geneva and Galilee are my favorites from this list!

jessiemay Said
on July 13th, 2018 at 2:04 am
My favourites are Odessa and Rio. I have a friend with a daughter named Odessa and because it’s so unusual I would feel weird using it. But if I could I would definitely name my future daughter Odessa!

aubryluna Said
on July 13th, 2018 at 7:30 am
Waittt. Omg. You’re telling me there were 32 other boys named Zealand besides my son last year??? I’m sorry, I just figured sense it isn’t even listed on Nameberry, no one else thought to use it… Wow ok. I’m cool with sharing though. Maybe 2 Zealands will meet one day, that’s be a trip!

Aunt_ning1 Said
on July 13th, 2018 at 9:15 am
I love some of these names. Delta to me will always represent Delta Burke more than a River area. I wonder how many of these Delta’s were born in the south and influenced by Delta Burke thought.

AD10 Said
on July 13th, 2018 at 9:34 am
I really like Rhodes for a boy and Havana is absolutely gorgeous for a girl! I’m surprised it’s not used more because it sounds really on trend if you think about it

tfzolghadr Said
on July 13th, 2018 at 9:46 am
I’d add Caspian (the name of Ghazvin, Iran), Altay, Almaty and Astara.

tfzolghadr Said
on July 13th, 2018 at 9:47 am
Also, Rio for Rio de Janeiro.

jpruitt76 Said
on July 13th, 2018 at 2:45 pm
I think Abilene, Montgomery and Laramie should be on the US list!

ceryle Said
on July 13th, 2018 at 7:17 pm
Acadia, Delta and Odessa are on my list, and I also love Rio, Iona and Everest!

Bobcat108 Said
on July 14th, 2018 at 1:18 pm
I’ve always though Ravenna would be a pretty girl’s name.

Mariank Said
on July 14th, 2018 at 3:45 pm
You missed the name India. There was a girl in one of my classes in high school whose name was India.

fromtheocean12 Said
on July 14th, 2018 at 8:38 pm
For boys I love Salem, Rhodes and Devon, even thought it was only given to girls.
For girls I love Delta, Cambria, Brighton and Sicily, and I’m starting to love Arizona as well! 
aaronburrsir Said
on July 16th, 2018 at 11:56 am
How about Valencia?
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