Place baby names—those derived from cities, states, countries and vacation spots—are where it's at. Check out these picks for girls, boys, or both.
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Names for Your Little Jet-Setter
Place baby names are as hot as a Florida day in the summer.
Consider that Jill Duggar recently named her son Israel. Ashley Simpson and Peter Wentz named their son Bronx. And then there are the Camdens, sons of Nick and Vanessa Lachey and Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler, respectively.
But Linda Rosenkrantz, co-creator of Nameberry, says, "Place names for babies are not a new phenomenon. Florence Nightingale was named for the city of her birth in 1820—but it is certainly more prevalent now than ever."
Why? Rosenkrantz says, "Some parents just like the exotic, attractive images evoked by names like Paris, Sienna, and India, while others pick a name with more personal meaning—the location of their courtship, marriage proposal or ceremony, where their child was conceived. Reese Witherspoon picked Tennessee for her son because of a family tie."
But many place names have no particular association for parents.
"Most people who pick the popular Brooklyn, Trenton, Camden, Georgia, Austin, probably feel no particular connection to those places," says Rosenkrantz.
So whether you've been to these spots or not, here's your road map to the perfect place-inspired names for baby.
Place Names for Girls
Get lost in these place baby names for girls.
Place Names for Boys
Follow our lead with these place-inspired baby names for boys.
Gender-Neutral Place Names
Not sure of your final destination, i.e. your soon-to-be baby's gender? Then check out these gender-neutral picks.