Location & Place Names

  1. Alexandria
    • Origin:

      Variation of Alexandra, Greek
    • Meaning:

      "defending men"
    • Description:

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

      Place-name
    • Description:

      City name less mellifluous than Paris, London, or even Trenton. It was the name of the character portrayed by Leonardo di Caprio in "Gangs of New York."
  3. Aspen
    • Origin:

      Nature and place-name
    • Description:

      As trendy as the chic Colorado ski resort and film festival, Aspen is fast becoming more popular for girls than for boys, but this nature name would work equally well for either.
  4. Astoria
    • Origin:

      Place name
    • Description:

      Long more associated with the New York Waldorf- hotel and the neighborhood in Queens than as a baby name, Astoria is finally beginning to emerge from their shadow and find favor with parents looking to move beyond Brooklyn. The name Astoria is drawn from the surname of titan of industry John Jacob Astor, theorized to mean "hawk."
  5. Bellerose
    • Origin:

      French and English
    • Meaning:

      "beautiful rose"
    • Description:

      A felicitous combo of two sweet names; also a Queens, New York neighborhood.
  6. Berkeley
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "where birches grow"
    • Description:

      The Brits say BARK-lee, but we pronounce it the same as the name of the California college: either way it's quite pretentious and of another era.
  7. Bohemia
    • Origin:

      Place or word name
    • Description:

      More a concept than a place -- or a name.
  8. Boston
    • Origin:

      Place-name
    • Description:

      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.
  9. Bristol
    • Origin:

      British place-name
    • Description:

      This name of a busy British port city -- as well as of several places in America -- has a brisk and bustling air. It will now--and for years to come--be identified as a (female) Sarah Palin name.
  10. Burgundy
    • Origin:

      French place-name; also color name
    • Description:

      It's a place. It's a wine. It's a color. -- no wonder trend-heavy Burgundy's been discovered as a name.
  11. Cairo
    • Origin:

      Egyptian place-name, Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "the conquerer"
    • Description:

      Cairo is an exciting place name possibility with upbeat o ending. It debuted in the US Top 1000 in 2015 and keeps heading upward.
  12. Calais
    • Origin:

      French place-name
    • Description:

      Undiscovered name of picturesque northern French port.
  13. Caledonia
    • 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.
  14. Canton
    • Origin:

      Place name
    • Description:

      More accessible than some of the more distant names in the atlas, Canton fits into the category of the no-nonsense, new-sounding boys' names many parents are looking at.
  15. Chantilly
    • Origin:

      French place name
    • Meaning:

      "white"
    • Description:

      The name of a French city famous for its fine lace. Another association: Chantilly cream – a sweetened whipped cream apparently invented there in the 17th century by a chef at the Château de Chantilly. The town probably takes is name from the Gallo-Roman personal name Cantilius, derived from a word for "white".
  16. Connemara
    • Origin:

      Place-name
    • Description:

      Wild, lovely place in western Ireland makes wild, lovely name.
  17. Danube
    • Origin:

      River name
    • Description:

      Some parents are turning to rivers and other bodies of water in the search for undiscovered place-names, and this has the feel of a Viennese waltz.
  18. Dresden
    • Origin:

      German place name
    • Meaning:

      "people of the forest"
    • Description:

      Sad tinge to the name of the beautiful German city firebombed during World War II. Its name derives from Sorbian drezga, meaning "forest".
  19. Eden
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "place of pleasure, delight"
    • Description:

      Eden is an attractive, serene name with obvious intimations of Paradise, one of several place names drawn from the Bible by the Puritans in the seventeenth century.
  20. Ellington
    • Origin:

      English place-name and surname
    • Meaning:

      "Ellis's town"
    • Description:

      Ellington is a swinging musical name, evoking the jazzy and elegant persona of the Duke (born Edward Kennedy Ellington). While that reference may seem to make Ellington a male name, it is also occasionally used for girls.