One trend you may have noticed in baby names is to name children after destinations. London, Savannah or Brooklyn, perhaps? The Social Security Administration first noticed the trend in 2008, and city and state names remain in the top 1,000 baby names today.
Some parents name their baby after a city, state or country because it was a place they visited during their honeymoon, anniversary or another special trip. Some places have a historical or family tie they want to acknowledge. Other parents admit this special place is where the baby was actually conceived or maybe even born.
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On your hunt for the perfect name for your baby girl, it's worth considering a name based on a destination — whether it's of special significance to you or you just like the sound or underlying meaning. Here are our favorite city and destination names for baby girls.
Girl names after cities, states & places
- Madison — Wisconsin
- Elizabeth — New Jersey
- Savannah — Georgia
- Charlotte — North Carolina
- Alexandria — Virginia
- Aurora — Illinois
- Phoenix — Arizona
- Logan — Utah
- Cheyenne — Wyoming
- Campbell — California
- Helena — Montana
Celebrity girl names after cities, states & places
Many celebrities name their baby girls after countries, cities, states or neighborhoods — and some even have city names themselves! Check out some of our top picks.
- Paris (Hilton)
- Alabama (daughter of Drea de Matteo and Shooter Jennings)
- Brooklyn (Victoria and David Beckham's son, but could also work for a girl)
- Chelsea (Clinton)
- Dakota (Fanning)
- Florence (Henderson)
- Juno (as in the movie, but also sounds like Juneau, Alaska)
- Bristol (Palin)
- Ireland (Baldwin, daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger)
- Jordan (reality star in the U.K.)
- Chicago (West, daughter of Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West)
Delightful destination names
Even though these place names didn't make the list of top baby girl names, we think any of them would make a unique and lovely first or middle name.
Also, take the "girl names" categorization with a grain of salt. Many if not all of these destination names would work great for babies of any gender. Brooklyn, Logan, Paris, Peyton and Dakota are just a few examples that any kid could rock.
What is your favorite destination-based baby name? Are we forgetting any cool places?
A version of this article was originally published in January 2013.