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New York Neighborhood Names

  1. IvoryHeart
    • Origin:

      Word name meaning the hard, white material from the tusks and teeth of animals; can also mean "pale, white"
    • Meaning:

      "pale, white"
    • Description:

      Ivory was last popular a hundred years ago. In 2013, it finally began to regain some momentum in the female rankings, reentering the Top 1000.
  2. TravisHeart
    • Origin:

      French occupational name
    • Meaning:

      "tollgate-keeper"
    • Description:

      Has a laid-back rural feel some would associate with country singer Travis Tritt; Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon chose it for their son. Travis Scott, born Jacques Webster Jr., a popular rap artist, is another famous Travis.
  3. AstoriaHeart
    • Origin:

      Place name
    • Description:

      Long more associated with the New York Waldorf- hotel and the neighborhood in Queens than as a baby name, Astoria is finally beginning to emerge from their shadow and find favor with parents looking to move beyond Brooklyn. The name Astoria is drawn from the surname of titan of industry John Jacob Astor, theorized to mean "hawk."
  4. ChelseaHeart
    • Origin:

      London and New York place-name
    • Description:

      Chelsea is still being used, but it was much more popular a few decades ago--it peaked at Number 15 in 1992. Chelsea first entered the American consciousness in a major way via the character Jane Fonda played in On Golden Pond in 1981 and later of course was frequently in the headlines when Chelsea Clinton (whose name was inspired by the lyric of a the Joni-Mitchell-Judy Collins song "Chelsea Morning") became First Daughter.
  5. MorrisHeart
    • Origin:

      English variation of Maurice
    • Meaning:

      "dark-skinned"
    • Description:

      Morris is as quiet and comfortable as a Morris chair, and has the same vintage feel. Once a Top 100 name in the early 1900s, Morris fell completely off the roster in 1995, probably due to lingering fallout from his identification with Morris the cat's ("the world's most finicky cat") 9 Lives cat food commercials.
  6. MurrayHeart
    • Origin:

      Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "settlement by the sea"
    • Description:

      Murray, you may be surprised to discover, is a Scottish surname name --that of an ancient noble clan--with a sea-swept meaning, and just could be in the next wave of reevaluated grandpa names. Currently Number 60 for baby boys born in its native Scotland; it was at its highest in the US in 1922, when it reached Number 208, but has been off the list since 1975. Could it be time for a comeback?
  7. CypressHeart
    • Origin:

      botanical name
    • Description:

      Lovely entry into the tree name genre, joining Maple, Pine, Oak, and Willow.
  8. BayHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "berry"
    • Description:

      One of the most usable of the pleasant, newly adopted nature/water names (like Lake and Ocean), especially in middle position.
  9. WoodrowHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "row of houses by a wood"
    • Description:

      Aside from President Wilson (born Thomas), most Woodrows, including Herman, Guthrie, and Harrelson, have chosen to be known as Woody, which says it all.
  10. MarineHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "from the sea"
    • Description:

      Marine is an extremely popular and fashionable name in France that's virtually unknown here — and is ready to set sail. Marine feels more contemporary than Marina and less hippie-esque than Oceane, another popular name for girls in France.
  11. BrooklynHeart
    • Origin:

      Place-name from Dutch
    • Meaning:

      "marshland"
    • Description:

      It may be the hippest of hispter neighborhoods, but as a baby name Brooklyn is now on the decline: down from a peak of 120 births for boys in 1999, and over 7000 births for girls in 2011. The most famous male bearer of this name is the eldest child of David and Victoria Beckham, now a successful model and photographer in his own right. Brooks would be an on-trend short form.
  12. HamiltonHeart
    • Origin:

      English and Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "treeless hill"
    • Description:

      Unless it runs in your family, or Alexander Hamilton is your particular hero, you might consider something less imposing -- and without the teasable nickname Ham.
  13. LindenHeart
    • Origin:

      English tree name
    • Meaning:

      "tree of the genus Tilla"
    • Description:

      Though this name of a sturdy tree that can live for centuries was quite popular for boys in the first half of the twentieth century, at this point in time we can see Linden as a fresh-sounding possibility for a little girl named to honor an Aunt Linda. Early pagans and Christians embraced the Linden as a holy tree, thought to aid healing and often planted near churches. The Linden is the mythological symbol of truth, peace, and justice; court cases and marriage ceremonies were often held beneath Linden trees. The Linden tree is associated with the goddess Freya.
  14. RikerHeart
    • Origin:

      German
    • Meaning:

      "rich; powerful"
    • Description:

      Riker gets relatively little use as a variation of Ryker, likely because of the connection to Riker's Island, the New York City prison. It was named after NYC magistrate Richard Riker, whose ancestor Abraham Rycken first purchased the island.
  15. BronxHeart
    • Origin:

      Place name
    • Description:

      Rockers Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz put a new baby name on the map when they chose this downscale New York borough name for their son. The Bronx, the place, was named for early Dutch settler Jonas Bronck. Might Bronx become the next Brooklyn? We'd be surprised if it did.
  16. RandallHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "shield-wolf"
    • Description:

      Medieval name without much of a future.
  17. HarlemHeart
    • Origin:

      Place-name
    • Description:

      With Brooklyn, Trenton, and Camden on the rise, Harlem can't be far behind -- it's already been picked by one celebrity, and it certainly has a stronger historical and cultural identity.
  18. ElmHeart
    • Origin:

      English, German, Norse, Danish tree name
    • Meaning:

      "red, brown"
    • Description:

      Strong, straight, and leafy, one of the new tree names used mostly as middles.
  19. HarborHeart
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      We've seen Haven take off as a nouveau girls' name; Harbor could follow in its wake.
  20. DutchHeart
    • Description:

      If Holland works for a girl, why not Dutch for a boy? Gavin Newsom, Lt-Governor of California, kept up his geographical baby name theme when he called his 4th child Dutch William, (his other children are named Hunter, Montana and Brooklyn.)