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West Coast Baby Names With a Beautiful, Laid-Back Vibe

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

These location baby names have West Coast written all over them

Maybe all the leaves are brown and the sky might be grey — but if your baby has a West Coast inspired name, you'll be in a sunny California state of mind all of the time.

It seems more and more lately parents are using their child's name to give a subtle nod to places that are special to them — Jimmy Fallon named his daughter Winnie after the New Hampshire lake where he and his wife got engaged, for instance — and we're loving the location baby name trend. Our favorite names based on places, however, definitely have a little Westside flavor.

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These names come from coastal cities, actual beaches and points of interest along the West Coast, but in a few cases, we've had to improvise to make the names more appealing to moms and dads (although if you want to name your baby Huntington, then go right ahead). Naming your baby after a town or beach is not a new thing, for sure — just ask Gwen Stefani, who named her son Zuma — but it can be a fresh take for your family, especially if one of these beautiful locales is close to your heart.

These location baby names have West Coast written all over them
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  • Adam (Adamson House, California)
  • Astoria (Oregon)
  • Avalon (California) 
  • Barbara (Santa Barbara, California)
  • Belle (Bellevue, Washington)
  • Bixby (Bixby Bridge, located in California)
  • Brinnon (Washington)
  • Brook (Brookings, Oregon)
  • Cannon (Cannon Beach, Oregon)
  • Carl (Carlsbad, California)
  • Casmalia (California)
  • Clinton (Washington)
  • Dillon (Dillon Beach, California)
  • Doran (Doran Regional Park, California) 
  • Everett (Washington)
  • Florence (Oregon)
  • Harmony (California)
  • Hunter (Huntington Beach, California)
  • Lincoln (Lincoln City, Oregon)
  • Maverick (Mavericks, California)
  • Monica (Santa Monica, California)
  • Monty (Monterey Bay)
  • Olympia (Washington)
  • Rich (Richmond, California)
  • Sebastian (Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor, Oregon)
  • Topanga (Topanga State Beach, California)
  • Vashon (Vashon Island, Washington)
  • Vincent (Vincent Landing, California)
  • Warren (Warrenton, Oregon)
  • Zuma (Zuma Beach, California)

Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

These location baby names have West Coast written all over them
Image: Farley Baricuatro/Getty Images

Originally published September 2016. Updated April 2017.

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