City Names - Canada and Alaska

A list of names that are also the names of cities, towns, and/or villages in Canada and Alaska.
  1. Barrie
    • Bethel
      • Origin:

        Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "house of God"
      • Description:

        A rarely used Biblical place-name with a soft and pleasant sound.
    • Fairbanks
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "bank along the pathway"
      • Description:

        Alaska's second most populous city makes a baby name with a preppy, even aristocratic, flavor.
    • Hamilton
      • Origin:

        English and Scottish
      • Meaning:

        "treeless hill"
      • Description:

        Unless it runs in your family, or Alexander Hamilton is your particular hero, you might consider something less imposing -- and without the teasable nickname Ham.
    • Homer
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "security, pledge"
      • Description:

        Homer is a name that has traveled from the ancient Greek scribe of the great classical epics to Bart Simpson's doltish dad, and has also become the surprise hot celebrity pick of such parents as Richard Gere (his father's name), Bill Murray, and Anne Heche. Simpsons creator Matt Groening has both a father and a son named Homer.
    • Juneau
      • Origin:

        Place-name
      • Description:

        Juneau, the name of the city in Alaska, has rightfully taken a back seat as a name to the classic Juno. Most famous reference: When the pregnant teenager is introduced in the movie "Juno," the prospective adoptive father says, "Oh, like the city in Alaska." Juno takes a deep breath and then says simply, "No."
    • Kenai
      • Origin:

        Native American place name
      • Meaning:

        "flat lands"
      • Description:

        The name of the protagonist of Disney’s Brother Bear also has a geographical connection: the Kenai Peninsula and Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska.
    • Kingston
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "king's town"
      • Description:

        Chosen for their first son by musical couple Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, this Jamaican place and elegant British surname also boasts the more regal yet user-friendly short form, King.
    • Kodiak
      • Origin:

        Alutiiq
      • Meaning:

        "island"
      • Description:

        It's a bear, it's an island, it's (almost) a camera. It's starting to catch some parents' eyes as a wild, adventurous name.
    • Ontario
      • Origin:

        Place-name
      • Description:

        This geographical name with Iroquois roots has a lot going for it: a strong sound, a vigorous o ending, and -- a quality prized today -- rarity.
    • Palmer
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "one who holds a palm"
      • Description:

        Palmer is a name that derives from the fact that pilgrims often carried palms, thus the double meaning. It's a fresher sounding twist on such upper-crusty surname names as Porter and Parker.
    • Quebec
      • Origin:

        Place-name
      • Description:

        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 northern roots.
    • Regina
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "queen"
      • Description:

        A classic name with regal elegance--Queen Victoria, like other queens, had Regina appended to her name. She was a Top 100 name in the 1960s.
    • Seward
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "sea defender"
      • Description:

        Double whammy: the expression "Seward's folly" and inevitable sewer jokes.
    • Vaughan
      • Origin:

        Welsh
      • Meaning:

        "small"
      • Description:

        This familiar but never popular Welsh surname name might be a good Sean alternative-- and we're starting to hear some berrybuzz about it. Vaughn is an alternate spelling.
    • Victoria
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "victory"
      • Description:

        Victoria is the Latin word for "victory" and a feminine form of Victor. It is the name of the ancient Roman goddess of victory, the equivalent of the Greek Nike, and also a popular third century saint.
    • Windsor
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "riverbank with a winch"
      • Description:

        Windsor may have male references, such as Britain's royal House of Windsor and a tie's windsor knot, but this name also has a definite feminine feel, as in Windsor Rose. That seems appropriate, as Windsor is used equally these days for boys and girls. Nicknames might include Win, Wind, Windy, and Winnie.