Place Names Off The Map

The coolest place names are those that are undiscovered. Some place names can be used for boys, but most of the cool place names work best for baby girls. Here are some choices on (and off) the map.

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  • Philippine

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    Philippine would be taken as an ethnic identification rather than a name in the U.S. Better try Philippa, though if you don't mind eternally correcting people, Philippine can make an interesting... Read More 

  • Portland

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    There are two lovely Portlands, in Maine and Oregon, but not many babies with their name. Read More 

  • Quebec

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    An interesting Canadian province and city name that has some literary history as the name of a character in Dickens's Bleak House; could make a distinctive choice for parents with... Read More 

  • Quintana

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    Mexican place-name famously used by Joan Didion for her daughter, Quintana Roo. Read More 

  • Quito

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    Quito is a place-name (it's the capital of Ecuador) with lots of lively energy--as long as it's pronounced correctly. Read More 

  • Raleigh

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    Attractive North Carolina place-name and surname of explorer Sir Walter Raleigh. Distinctive, classy-but-approachable choice for either sex.Read More 

  • Reno

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    Has a lively and swaggering sound, and also some unfortunate associations with Reno, city of gambling and failed marriages. Read More 

  • Rio

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    Rio is a reductive ranchero place-name with an attractive Tex-Mex lilt. No Doubt's Tom Dumont has a son named Rio Atticus.

    Also a South American place name, and associated with the... Read More 

  • Roma

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    Never as popular as Florence; today's parents might prefer Venezia, Verona, or Romy. It is also a Hindu name meaning "one with shiny hair" and is another name for the goddess Lakshmi.Read More 

  • Romany

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    Romany is a fanciful name referring to Gypsies and their culture, with a definite feminine sound. Romany Malco is an actor who appeared on the television show "Weeds." Other, related ideas:... Read More 

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