Unique Place Names for Babies
Unique place names are a hot category right now, following up on more popular place names for babies such as Savannah, Brooklyn, and Austin, all making the Top 100. But if you look a bit further down the map, you’ll find plenty of unique place names being used as baby names.
Certain unique place names — including Chicago, Essex, and Morocco — have been familiarized by their use on celebrity babies but haven’t caught on with the general public. You may be interested in a unique place name that bears resemblance to a currently fashionable name, such as Bolivia, Cyprus, Juneau, and Zennor.
Or you could choose a place name for your baby that is virtually unused, including Amalfi, Genoa, Kauai, and Ravello. These unique place names were given to 25 or fewer babies last year, meaning your child is practically guaranteed to be the only Quebec or Louisiana in his or her Kindergarten class.
Consult our complete collection of rare and uncommon place names for babies below, ranked according to their current popularity on Nameberry.
Origin:Greek place name
Description:An interesting unisex possibility, with an air of mystery connected to the Delphic Oracle, the most important oracle in ancient Greece; it was also a major site for the worship of the god Apollo.
Origin:Scottish from French
Description:Though TV's "Frasier" made the name famous, and Frazier is a well-used variation, Fraser is the original, used mostly in Scotland.
Origin:Place name; Latin
Sam Branson (son of businessman Sir Richard Branson) and his wife put this pretty place name on the baby name map when they called their daughter Eva-Deia in 2015. Their inspiration was the beautiful bohemian village of Deià in Mallorca, where the Branson family has a luxury residence.
Description:Verona is a scenic place-name with the added attraction of a Shakespearean connection, as in Two Gentlemen of....
Origin:American place-name and Arabic
Description:Zuma was entered in the American name lexicon when musicians Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale chose it for their son. Californians will recognize Zuma as the name of a beautiful beach in Malibu, and it's also the surname of a South African president. With the lovely meaning of peace and its place-name associations, Zuma is one of those American names that literally sprang from the earth.
Origin:Slavic, diminutive of Miloslav
Meaning:"lover of glory"
Description:Commonly heard in Greece as well as the Slavic cultures, Milos has been associated in this country with Czech film director Milos Forman. Pronounced MEE-losh, it's a more original spin on the popular Miles and Milo.
Origin:Latin from Greek
Meaning:"cypress tree; copper"
Description:This Mediterranean island name would be a plausible choice for parents with a Greek or Turkish heritage.
Origin:Latin place-name for Scotland
Meaning:"hard or rocky land"
Description:Caledonia is a rhythmic and alluring place name used by singer Shawn Colvin for her daughter. It would make an interesting and apt choice for a girl with Scottish ancestry.
Origin:Italian, feminine variation of Dominic
Meaning:"belonging to the Lord"
Description:Fashionably Continental and much fresher than Dominique, though it's been used since the Middle Ages. Dominica can be spelled any number of ways, from Dominika to Domenica, but we prefer this version.
Origin:Place name, various meanings
Description: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 for girls since 1421. The church of the Virgin "Nuestra Senora de Africa" is in Ceuta, the Spanish city she is Patron of, in North Africa.
Description:This name of the Roman goddess of fruit trees is also associated with a suburban town in Southern California.
Origin:Place name, English from Irish
Meaning:"town of the big house"
Description:With place names extending their range, this is an unmapped possibility, though a bit stiff. Baltimore, Maryland was named after Cecil Calvert, the 2nd Baron Baltimore. Baltimore is ultimately derived from the Irish Baile an Tí Mhóir, meaning "town of the big house."
Origin:Scottish surname and Australian place name
Description:Influencer couple Rachel and Jordan Flom put Brisbane on the baby name map when they used it for one of their triplet sons, born in 2024. Australian place names — from Adelaide to Sydney to Victoria — have long been favorites among parents, but Brisbane has a more modern, gender-neutral appeal.
Origin:Native American tribal and place-name
Description:Resonant place-name of the beautiful Southern California desert.
Origin:Hindu, Hebrew, Greek
Description:A multi-cultural name that feels on trend with sister names Maya and Kaya, if you overlook that first syllable. Gaya is both a city in India and an island in Malaysia.
Origin:Native American place-name
Description:While some sources assign the place-name the romantic meaning "beautiful daughter of the stars," the Virginia region itself says the name is of uncertain Native American origin with many possible but no definitive meaning. No matter: Shenandoah is a lovely name that's rare but usable.
Description:This name, from the picturesque town on the Italian Riviera, borrows a bit from Amelia and a bit from Emily.
Description:If you want to honor your grandfather Hal but can't work up much enthusiasm for his full name Harold, consider the more stylish (if a bit pretentious) capital of Nova Scotia.
Origin:Ventureño Chumash, Native American
Meaning:"the surf sounds loudly"
Description:Malibu, the name of a California beach city, evokes sunshine, surfing, and glamour. With its fashionable "oo" sound — as seen in names like Luna and Ruby — Malibu is an unexplored place name worth considering.
Description:Gives Carlo a place-name/surname spin.