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Off-the-Beaten-Path Geographic Baby Names

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Brooklyn, London, Madison, Jordan, Camden and Austin—the top baby names are all over the map, literally! But if you’re looking for an exotic place name that isn’t quite so high on the popularity list, consider taking your globe for a whirl and finding some name inspiration there.

Here are some of my favorite worldly names:

India I love this baby name—it’d be on my short name for a little girl, with its melodious sound, exotic flavor and its Gone With the Wind ties. It’s pretty darned popular in the UK, but still not-so-common here.

Everest George Lucas just picked the name of the tallest mountain in the world for his daughter, but I’d love to see this on a boy instead!

Hudson The famed New York river has spawned an up-and-coming name for boys.

Cairo Consider the Egyptian capital as an exotic name choice for a boy.

Aspen The Rocky Mountain getaway (named for the elegant tree) works beautifully as a boy’s name.

Eden The Biblical paradise could make a beautiful name for a little girl (I know of an adorable three-year-old bearing the name).

Montana Big Sky country gives us this beautiful name, the Spanish word for “mountain.”

Olympia The mountain that served as the home of the Greek gods and goddesses serves as a majestic name for a little girl. (Plus I love the nickname Pia for a girl.)

Athena The Greek capital—named for the goddess of wisdom—gives us this up-and-coming girls’ name, favored by Tina Fey.

Roman Add the “n” to the end of Italy’s legendary capital for a beautiful name choice for a boy.

Sahara The world’s largest desert gives us this soft and sweet girls’ name.

Rio The Spanish word for “river” is part of the name of Brazil’s famed city, Rio de Janeiro.

Indiana While the “ana” ending might scream girl, Indiana Jones helps bring the name over to the boys’ side.

Calais A fancy French locale makes a beautiful name for a girl.

So—what names did I miss? Share your favorite place name baby names with me in the comments!

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Summery Baby Names

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

More babies are born in the summer than in any other season. And if you’re likely to contribute another summer baby to that statistic, you might consider giving him or her a name that suits the season. Here are some intriguing choices worth reviewing:

Honor their birth month. June is an old-fashioned girls’ name that might be worth dusting off, while July and August, traditionally boys’ names, could be used for girls as well. (In fact, a friend of mine named his daughter August.) If you want a girlier version of July or August, try Julia or Augusta. Summer is a beautiful name for a girl, and Leo (August’s Zodiac sign) would be a huge hit for a boy.

Look to your garden for inspiration. So many flowers bloom during the summer, and floral names are emerging as a hot trend for girls. Try Rose, Lily, Dahlia, Daisy, or Poppy on for size. Other nature-themed names could include Rosemary for girls, Sage or Basil for boys, and Berry for either.

Try a name with a beachy vibe. For most people, summer brings thoughts of hitting the sand and the sea. So consider names connected with the ocean: Ocean itself works for a girl or a boy, Marina is beautiful for a girl, and names like Bay and Sandy can also give you that seaside feeling. Kai means sea, and is a pretty popular name for boys. You might consider naming your child for a location that has that endless summer vibe, like Capri, Ibiza, Diego, or Miami.

Pick a hot name. The summer months are scorchers, so pick names with that have a subtle nod to the heat of the season. Place names like Phoenix, Sahara, Kenya and Austin all speak to the scorching temperatures. The names Solana and Senna both mean bright and warm, while Ravi is the name of the Hindu sun god.

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