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Wanderlust! Baby names inspired by places

Inspiration for baby names varies from parent to parent, with some choosing musical inspiration, names from the past, and even nature

A trend that seems to be popular with celebs is naming a child after a place, whether country, city or town. 

Victoria and David Beckham are probably the most famous parents to have taken this route, naming their first child, Brooklyn, after the American city. But in their case, it was especially apt since Brooklyn is the place their son was conceived. 

Ron Howard is another example, but the director took things a step further, giving each of his children a middle name that spoke to exactly where they were conceived, literally. 

Daughters Bryce Dallas Howard, Jocelyn Carlyle and Paige Carlyle are named after a city and hotel, respectively, while son Reed Cross was named after the street the family's home was on when he was conceived. 

No word on whether local celeb tot Kairo's name was inspired by where she was conceived, but it's definitely a one-of-a-kind name. 

Whether you're bold enough to name your child after the place they were conceived, or just looking for a unique-sounding name, here are 19 of our favourite baby names inspired by places. 


What place name would you add to this list? Tell us by emailing to chatback@parent24.com and we could publish your suggestions. 


Arizona (U) 
Meaning: Little springs 
Place: One of the 50 American States
Origin: Tohono O'odham (Native American) 

Adari (F) 
Meaning: Unknown 
Place: A town in India
Origin: French 

Amara (F) 
Meaning: Beloved
Place: A town in Romania 
Origin: Latin 

Bronte (M) 
Meaning: Thunder 
Place: A town in Sicily, Italy
Origin: Greek

Catalina (F) 
Meaning: Pure 
Place: From Santa Catalina, one of 8 Channel Islands off the American state California 
Origin: Greek

Everest (M) 
Meaning: Derived from the name of a French town, Evreax
Place: From Mount Everest in Nepal
Origin: Norman

Edina (F) 
Meaning: Wealthy
Place: City in Minnesota, United States
Origin: Anglo-Saxon

Hudson (M)
Meaning: Son of Hugh or the son of Richard
Place: Town in Massachusetts, United States
Origin: Anglo-Scottish

Iona (F) 
Meaning: Dove 
Place: Scottish island 
Origin: Hebrew

Jericho (M)
Meaning: City of the moon
Place: A city in Palestine 
Origin: Arabic 

Kent (M)
Meaning: White or bright
Place: County in England
Origin: Welsh

London (F) 
Meaning: From the great river
Place: England's capital city 
Origin: Latin 

Lucca (M) 
Meaning: Light 
Place: City in Tuscany, Italy
Origin: Italian

Memphis (M) 
Meaning: Enduring and beautiful
Place: A city in Tennessee, United States
Origin: Latin, Greek 

Nador (M)     
Meaning: Lighthouse or sight
Place: A city in Morocco 
Origin: Arabic

Oslo (M) 
Meaning: The meadow of the gods
Place: Norway's capital city 
Origin: Unknown

Paxton (U) 
Meaning: From the peaceful farm 
Place: City in Illinois, United States 
Origin: Latin 

Rio (M) 
Meaning: River 
Place: From Rio de Janeiro, a city in Brazil
Origin: Old Portuguese 

Zurich (M) 
Meaning: Unknown 
Place: Switzerland's largest city 
Origin: Unknown 

What place name would you add to this list? Tell us by emailing to chatback@parent24.com and we could publish your suggestions. 

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