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. Aquinnah
    • Origin:

      Native American place-name
    • Description:

      The Native American name for Martha's Vineyard and for a town at the far end of that lovely island, this was used by Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan for one of their twin daughters.
  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. Austin
    • Origin:

      English, shortened form of Augustine, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "great, magnificent"
    • Description:

      Austin is one of the most attractive city names for babies, with an appealing southwestern feel and place-name panache.
  5. Berkley
    • Cambria
      • Origin:

        Place-name
      • Description:

        Most names that start with Cam- are on the upswing, so why not this obscure term for Wales as well as for a prehistoric time period.
    • Camden
      • Origin:

        Scottish
      • Meaning:

        "winding valley"
      • Description:

        Newly popular boys' name could cross over in much the way the related Cameron has.
    • Capri
      • Origin:

        Italian from Greek or Latin
      • Meaning:

        "wild boar; goats"
      • Description:

        Chosen by the late Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa for their youngest daughter, there is renewed interest in Italian isola name Capri.
    • Charlotte
      • Origin:

        French, feminine diminutive of Charles
      • Meaning:

        "free man"
      • Description:

        Charlotte, the name of the young Princess of Cambridge, is the latest classic name to join Sophia, Emma, Olivia, and Isabella at the top of the popularity list. It is now among the most popular girl names in many English-speaking and European countries.
    • Cheyenne
      • Origin:

        Sioux
      • Meaning:

        "people of a different language"
      • Description:

        The name of a courageous tribe, Cheyenne became quite popular in the 1990s, inspiring a wide range of spelling variations—Shyanne is one example that's still on the rise.
    • Colt
      • Origin:

        Word name
      • Meaning:

        "young horse"
      • Description:

        Colt is the kind of unconventionally macho name that is so trendy right now, because of or in spite of its association with horses and guns.
    • Dakota
      • Origin:

        Place-name; Sioux
      • Meaning:

        "friendly one"
      • Description:

        An early and still one of the most popular unisex names, also a place name and name of a Native American people in the northern Mississippi valley, which makes it a controversial baby name choice. While the popularity of Dakota is trending downward for both genders, it's one of those rare genuinely gender-neutral names that is used for nearly equal numbers of boys and girls.
    • Dallas
      • Origin:

        Place-name in Scotland and Texas, and Irish
      • Meaning:

        "skilled"
      • Description:

        Relaxed, laid-back cowboy name with broad appeal and more staying power than you might guess: Dallas has ranked among the Top 1000 boy names in the US since records began in 1880.
    • Dalton
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "the settlement in the valley"
      • Description:

        Dalton is a name with multi-faceted appeal. Many are attracted to the name's resemblance to other two-syllable n-ending favorites: Colton, Holden, and cousins. Others see it as a trendy Western name, recalling the legendary Dalton Brothers gang. It also has something of an upscale, preppy feel connected to the exclusive New York private school.
    • Durango
      • Origin:

        Spanish place-name
      • Description:

        The name of cities in Mexico and Colorado, Durango is a pleasant, fresh option from the atlas.
    • Florence
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "flourishing, prosperous"
      • Description:

        Florence is back, returning to the US Top 1000 girl names in 2017 after a nearly 40 year absence. Other English-speaking countries have been quicker to welcome Florence back into fashion.
    • Geneva
      • Origin:

        Swiss place-name or French
      • Meaning:

        "juniper tree"
      • Description:

        Unlike its somewhat formal Swiss city namesake, this is a lively and appealing place-name that also has a real history as a female name.
    • Georgia
      • Origin:

        English, feminine variation of George
      • Meaning:

        "farmer"
      • Description:

        Georgia is so rich, lush and luscious, it's almost irresistible. Georgia's now a rising star among the feminizations of George, helped by associations with the southern state (named for British King George II) and painter Georgia O'Keeffe, with the Ray Charles song "Georgia On My Mind" or maybe "Sweet Georgia Brown" playing in the background.
    • Langley
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "long meadow"
      • Description:

        Better for an Air Force base than a baby.
    • Lorraine
      • Origin:

        French
      • Meaning:

        "from the province of Lorraine"
      • Description:

        Sweet Lorraine might just be old enough to be ripe for reconsideration. This French place name has moved in and out of fashion in the few hundred years it's been used as a girls' first name, somewhat influenced by the alternative name of Joan of Arc--Saint Joan of Lorraine. It was quite popular from the 1920s to the fifties, but has pretty much been in limbo since then.