12 Baby Names Inspired By Beautiful Places Around The World 12 Baby Names Inspired By Beautiful Places Around The World
Savannah, London, Brooklyn. In 2016, that might be your list of places to visit next year, or maybe it’s your preschooler’s new class list.... 12 Baby Names Inspired By Beautiful Places Around The World

Savannah, London, Brooklyn. In 2016, that might be your list of places to visit next year, or maybe it’s your preschooler’s new class list. City, state and country names for kids have gone mainstream, and plenty of parents are borrowing baby naming inspiration from the map.



Celebrity parents are no exception. In fact, they’ve introduced some intriguing options for our sons and daughters. Here are a dozen of the best “star baby” place names worth considering.

Alaska

USA, Alaska, Chugach National Forest, icebergs on Portage Lake

USA, Alaska, Chugach National Forest, icebergs on Portage Lake

Model Anne Vyalitsyna hails from Russia. Her tech guru fiancé Adam Cahan is originally from New York. Apparently, the couple named their daughter Alaska because that’s where the U.S. and Russia meet. A record number of girls were given the name Alaska in 2015 ― 60 total, including Anne and Adam’s daughter.

Brighton

Fun fair wheel at beach.

Fun fair wheel at beach.

A fashionable seaside resort, England’s Brighton has long been favored by kings and commoners. New York boasts a Brooklyn community by the name, immortalized in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs. Actor and filmmaker Jon Favreau named his younger daughter Brighton Rose.

Charleston

USA, South Carolina, Charleston, Church Street, Dock Street Theater, St. Philip's Church

USA, South Carolina, Charleston, Church Street, Dock Street Theater, St. Philip’s Church

We love Charles and Charlotte, so it’s no surprise that city of Charleston is gaining in use for baby names. Actor Joey Lawrence is dad to daughters Liberty and Charleston. Short-lived NBC drama “State of Affairs” featured Katherine Heigl as Charleston Tucker from 2014-2015, boosting the Southern city name dramatically.

Egypt

"Egypt. Cairo - Giza. General view of pyramids from the Giza Plateau (there is three pyramids popularly known as Queens' Pyramids on front side; next in order from left: the Pyramid of Menkaure /Mykerinos/, Khafre /Chephren/ and Chufu /Cheops/ - known as the Great Pyramid). The Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur is on UNESCO World Heritage List"

“Egypt. Cairo – Giza. General view of pyramids from the Giza Plateau (there is three pyramids popularly known as Queens’ Pyramids on front side; next in order from left: the Pyramid of Menkaure /Mykerinos/, Khafre /Chephren/ and Chufu /Cheops/ – known as the Great Pyramid). The Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur is on UNESCO World Heritage List”

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz welcomed son Egypt in 2010. Since then, it’s seen a sharp increase in use ― but has actually become more popular for girls. The name choice came a year after Keys vacationed in the ancient land, a trip she described as inspiring.


Holland

Vibrant tulips fields with windmills in the background, Netherlands

Vibrant tulips fields with windmills in the background, Netherlands

Strictly speaking, Holland is just one province of the Netherlands, but in the past, foreigners often used the name to refer to the country as a whole. It has a long history of use as a surname and given name, too. Today, it ranks at No. 845 in the girls’ U.S. Top 1000 list. Television host Courtney Hansen named her daughter Holland in 2014.

India

View of Taj Mahal, Agra, India.

View of Taj Mahal, Agra, India.

A place name with a long history of use, India fits in beautifully with popular girl names like Sophia and Olivia. The country’s name is taken from the Indus River. Famous families to choose the name include singer Sarah McLachlan, “Avengers” actor Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky, and Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman.

Indiana

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Corn Field, Millville, Indiana, USA

Credit fictional adventurer Henry “Indiana” Jones ― who borrowed his name from the family dog ― with making this U.S. state name feel wearable. Ethan Hawke gave the name to his daughter; so did country music duo Joey + Rory. (The late Joey Feek was born in Indiana.) It’s big in Australia, too, thanks to young actress Indiana Evans.

Kingston

High angle view to New Kingston business area on a sunny summer day.

High angle view to New Kingston business area on a sunny summer day.

Singer and style icon Gwen Stefani took the name of Jamaica’s capital from rarity to mainstream favorite when she and ex Gavin Rossdale gave the name to their son in 2006. Kingston quickly doubled, then quadrupled in use. Today, it ranks No. 142 in the U.S.


Memphis

The night view of Beale Street

The night view of Beale Street

Once the name of a major city in ancient Egypt, today Memphis is a Tennessee city with a strong music history. Musician Bono chose the name for his younger daughter back in 1991. In 2012, “Girls” actress Jemima Kirke also welcomed a daughter named Memphis

Morocco

"Eit Benhaddou city walls, Ouarzazate, Morocco"

“Eit Benhaddou city walls, Ouarzazate, Morocco”

Mariah Carey is mom to Moroccan, and Mike Tyson chose the country’s name for youngest child Morocco Elijah in 2011. Morocco is among the rarest of place names on this list, but it has potential, especially since the country remains a popular tourist destination.

Rio

Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

With this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this possible place name is inescapable. The Spanish and Portuguese word for river, Rio might be best for a boy. No Doubt’s Tom DuMont is dad to Rio Atticus, and soap opera stars Wendy Moniz and Frank Grillo have Rio Joseph. But Duran Duran sang that her name is Rio, and Goldie Hawn has a granddaughter by the name


Tennessee

Rolling hills and pasture with fences and horses in Tennessee.

Reese Witherspoon grew up outside Nashville, and chose this state name for her youngest child to honor her Southern roots. While the name has a long history of sparing use, the Oscar-winning actress boosted the name for boys and girls following the 2012 birth of her son, Tennessee James. Others might think of famed playwright, Thomas “Tennessee” Williams.

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  • Ariel Cross

    August 27, 2016 #1 Author

    😍😍

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  • Denekia Coleman

    August 27, 2016 #2 Author

    Well my parents help with my baby name soo I dont know , but a baby name for me with be Legacy Lagraciea/ AhBrial

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  • Grace

    August 27, 2016 #3 Author

    Kingston Omg I Was Going to name my son that but I got a girl.

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  • Tricia Smith

    August 27, 2016 #4 Author

    Cute names!!! 😍

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  • Kash

    August 27, 2016 #5 Author

    🙂 Amazing

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  • Shalonda

    August 27, 2016 #6 Author

    My baby name is Lundyn😘😜

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  • Nicole Feaster

    August 27, 2016 #7 Author

    Brighton is by far the cutest name & is very different! 😍😍

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  • Nique

    August 27, 2016 #8 Author

    I cant wait to name my future baby Khorea ☺️

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  • Kashh Muneyy

    August 27, 2016 #9 Author

    Beautiful Baby Girls ❤💕

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  • dmichaelsimmons

    August 27, 2016 #10 Author

    she so cute

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  • Darneshiahampton

    August 27, 2016 #11 Author

    To cute omg 😍😍😍😘

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  • Whitney R Sanchez-smith

    August 28, 2016 #12 Author

    Naming my next baby Brooklyn 😍

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  • Shone

    August 28, 2016 #13 Author

    😍😍😍

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  • Chelsy

    August 28, 2016 #14 Author

    I love these names, I also like Piper 😍

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    • Kesha

      August 29, 2016 #15 Author

      I wanted to name my baby Londyn or Brooklyn but I just put Londyn as her middle name

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