Place Names

  1. Adelaide
    • Origin:

      Variant of Adelheidis, German
    • Meaning:

      "noble, nobility"
    • Description:

      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 for the name of her second daughter.
  2. Alexandria
    • Origin:

      Variation of Alexandra, Greek
    • Meaning:

      "defending men"
    • Description:

      Alexandria turns Alexandra into a more distinctive place-name, in both Egypt and Virginia.
  3. Caspian
    • Origin:

      Place name
    • Meaning:

      "white"
    • Description:

      One of the most romantic of appellations, Caspian is a geographical name referring to the large salty sea between Asia and Europe. It's also the name of the hero of C.S. Lewis's beloved Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian.
  4. Cy
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Cyrus, Persian
    • Meaning:

      "sun"
    • Description:

      This evocative short name is suddenly chic — it was recently chosen by Jennifer Lawrence for her baby boy. JLaw's son's name honors Cy Twombly, the influential mid-century American artist. Born Edwin Parker Twombly Jr., both Cy Twombly and his father shared a nickname after baseball player Cy Young (himself born Denton True Young).
  5. Memphis
    • Origin:

      Greek and Coptic place-name
    • Meaning:

      "Enduring and beautiful"
    • Description:

      Cool and bluesy southern city name chosen by musician-activist Bono for his daughter.
  6. Nazareth
    • Shasta
      • Origin:

        Place-name
      • Description:

        Western mountain name revered by healers and spiritualists, so it has a kind of New Age cowgirl feel. But keep in mind: it's also the name of a soda pop.