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Place Names for Babies

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Place names for babies come from all over the globe and can include city names, state names, country names, even mountain and ocean names.

Place names have become so widely used that popular place names make a category of baby names all on their own. Most place names can be used for either baby girls or baby boys, but are more popular for one than the other.

Along with Top 10 Charlotte, which in fairness was a person name before it was a city name, place names ranking in the US Top 300 for baby girls include Madison, Savannah, Brooklyn, London, Sienna, Dakota, and Aspen. Hudson is the top place name on the boys' side, with Austin, Kingston, Camden, Zion, Israel, and Phoenix also ranking in the Top 300.

Place names are less widely-used for babies in other countries than they are in the US. Florence and Georgia rank in Britain's Top 100, but those place names have both been used as baby names for centuries. In the Netherlands, Milan ranks among the boys' Top 10 But many other European and English-speaking countries don't rank any place names at all among their top names for babies.

Here, the most popular place names used for both girls and boys. For more exotic choices, see our list of Place Names Off The Map..

  • Abyssinia

    Abyssinia is the ancient name of the Ethiopian Empire, no longer found on any map but with a possible future as a melodic girls' name in the ever-expanding place-name category. Among Read More 

  • Adelaide

    Adelaide is now heading straight uphill on the coattails of such newly popular sisters as Ava, Ada, and Audrey, and in the company of Adeline and Amelia. It was chosen by actress Katherine Heigl... Read More 

  • Africa

    Most Africas today would be named for the continent, but the name actually existed in Scotland in medieval times, where there was a Celtic queen named Affrica. Africa has also been a Spanish name... Read More 

  • Alaska

    State name Alaska stems from an Aleutian word for the land mass itself. The number of baby girls named Alaska has doubled in the past five years, and is sure to continue increasing as more place... Read More 

  • Asia

    This still attractive and exotic place name was one of the first to gain popularity, though it now probably owes some of its favor to the similar Aisha. Asia ranked as high as Number 195 on the US... Read More 

  • Aspen

    Aspen is part of two groups of stylish and unique baby names: nature names and place-names. The name of a graceful tree in the poplar... Read More 

  • Austin

    Austin is one of the most attractive city names for babies, with an attractive southwestern feel, place-name panache and the... Read More 

  • Boston

    Unseen in the USA since 1901, Boston rocketed back into the Top 1000 in 2004 and, like other place-names such as Brooklyn, London and Paris, is now a reliable presence on the list.Read More 

  • Bristol

    Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Alaska governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, grabbed her own share of headlines by having a baby out of wedlock and then appearing on... Read More 

  • Brixton

    Brixton, a formerly rough but now cool-and-gentrified area of London, is also gaining notice as a baby name, especially for boys. About 20 baby girls were given the name in the US in the most... Read More 

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