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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Monday, August 12th, 2013
It’s a girl for Star Wars creator George Lucas and his new wife, Mellody Hobson. And no, they didn’t name her Amidala or Leia! Everest Hobson Lucas joins siblings Amanda, Katie and Jett.
Everest is an offbeat choice—it’s the name of the world’s tallest mountain. It feels a bit more like a boys’ name (kinda like Everett or Emmett), but with Everly and Ever gaining in popularity for girls, Everest isn’t a stretch. And considering George picked a place name for his other famous character creation—that’d be Indiana Jones—it’s an apropos choice.
Hobson is the new mommy’s surname, and it’s a relative of Robert, which means “bright fame.” It hasn’t hit the top 1000 since 1900—but it could be a fun alternative to names like Hudson or Jackson.
What do you think of the name? Does Everest appeal to you, or is it just too exotic? And do you see it more as a boys’ or a girls’ name?
Image: George Lucas and Mellody Hobson by s_bukley / Shutterstock.com
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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
It’s a boy for pop singer Shakira and her boyfriend, Barcelona soccer player Gerard Piqué, and they chose a place name—Milan—for his first name. (His full name is Milan Piqué Mebarak, with his surname and hers filling the middle and surname spots.)
Milan is a city in Italy, famed for its fashion industry. According to a statement on Shakira’s website, “The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification.”
Milan is a slightly offbeat baby name choice. In the U.S., Milan is more commonly used as a girl’s name—it ranks in the top 600 girls’ names, while it hasn’t hit the top 1000 boys’ names since 1955. But given the popularity of city and place names for boys and girls (we’re talking London, Brooklyn, Camden and Roman), perhaps Shakira’s new son can help lift Milan into popularity here. Keep in mind, though, that if you’re a jet setter, you’ll find plenty of Milans in your travels throughout Europe, especially in countries like Hungary and Croatia, and even into the Netherlands. (It’s also pretty popular in India, thanks to its lovely meaning in Hindi.)
It’d be a nice alternative to names like Mason and Miles—as it has a slightly more exotic, cosmoplitan vibe.
What do you think of Shakira’s son’s name? Is it one you’d consider for your son (or even your daughter)?
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