Rare Place Names for Babies

  1. CathayHeart
    • Origin:

      Anglicized version of Italian Catai; place name
    • Description:

      A perfect example of what a difference a single letter can make. Add an 'a' to the ho-hum Cathy and you have the old name for China, often used by such poets as Edna St. Vincent Millay and Ezra Pound.
  2. MajorcaHeart
    • Origin:

      Spanish place name
    • Description:

      Pronounced my-ORK-a, the name of this lovely Balearic Island, located in the Mediterranean, is one of the prettiest and most feminine of place names. The Spanish spelling is MALLORCA.
  3. BajaHeart
    • Origin:

      Spanish place-name
    • Meaning:

      "lower"
    • Description:

      Pronounced Bah-hah, this name of the Mexican peninsula attached to California makes for an out-of-the-ordinary possibility.
  4. IberiaHeart
    • Origin:

      Place name
    • Description:

      Iberia, the name of the Spanish-Portuguese peninsula, makes an attractive, unusual first name.
  5. BrasiliaHeart
    • Origin:

      Spanish, place name
    • Description:

      The name of the 20th-century-created capital of Brazil has a good measure of spicy Latin rhythm and could make a possible female choice, while BRAZIL might work for a boy.