Naming babies after a city has been a popular practice, be it for religious reasons or for the sweet memories that particular place has in one’s life. You may have got pregnant after going on a holiday to a particular city with your partner, and want to cherish those memories forever. You may love your native place or the place of birth so much so that you want to keep it close to you. You may be longing to visit a particular exotic, faraway city. Or, you may simply love a city for its sheer name.
Whatever the reason may be, city baby names are exciting and cool. They can give your child a distinctive identity that sets him or her apart. Let’s take a look at a few baby names after places and cities along with their origins and meanings. It would help you to decide on what you want to call your little one.
Place And City Names For Girls:
According to Greek mythology, Eugene means well-born. Eugene is a town in Oregon in the US, known for its diversity. It may sound a little old-fashioned but is definitely a classic choice to go with.
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This name is of English origin but its Teutonic derivation may be from ‘Mad’s son’. It was previously used as a surname.
Derived from the Latin word Augustine, Austin is used more as a surname than a name. Austin means venerable and respected. The city of Austin is the capital of Texas and is known for its cultural diversity.
The Old Testament mentions Elizabeth as the mother of John the Baptist. The beautiful Elizabeth City in North Carolina lies on the banks of the Pasquotank River that connects to the Albemarle Sound.
This name is common to both the Americans and Spanish. It means the one from the plains or the open lands. This coastal city in Georgia is one of the oldest and is marked by cobblestoned buildings and oaks trees.
Located on the banks of Alabama, this city has been the historical ground for many battles and is a symbol of strength. There are some possible derivations of the name, one of which could be the Arabic word Selim meaning peace.
It is the largest city in North Carolina.If you name your little girl Charlotte, she can have nicknames like Charlie, Lottie, and Carlotta. The male version of the name is Charles and has a French origin. It means petite or a free man.
The Mediterranean city is as beautiful as the name Alexandria. It is the female version of Alexander and means the defender of men.
This is the name that associates with Sleeping Beauty. The name has a Latin genesis and was the mythical Roman goddess of the dawn.
It is the name of a beautiful immortal bird from the pages of Greek and Egyptian mythology. The meaning of it is dark red. The city of Phoenix in Arizona is also known as the Valley of the Sun.
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This Canadian city is named after the Latin word which means queen. This beautiful name is often associated with an expressive and inspirational nature.
This Mediterranean island is named after an ancient tribe Siculi who previously inhabited it.
Naming your baby Valencia would denote power and competence. The name potentially brings back images of the graceful Spanish town.
Originally having a Scottish background, Logan means a little hollow. It is most popularly used for babies born in the US or France.
This is the name given to the Native American people who live on the Great Plains. It means red speakers and the city itself is a living example of the historical Old West.
This is a seaside town often thronged by holidayers. The name means crooked mouth in Scottish.
Derived from the Latin word and goddess Victorious, the name means triumphant. An Australian state and a Canadian city are named Victoria.
The name is derived from the Latin word Helen, the daughter of Zeus and Leda and was the cause of the Trojan War.
The beauty of the capital city of France is not unknown. The name is derived from the ancient Celtic tribe called Parisii.
This name could either mean vegetation gatherers or could have derived from the Creek Indian language that means a tribal town.
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Brooklyn is a rather contemporary name which can be described as the one who lives by the brook. It may also mean a very small water body, probably why the city beside the Upper Bay is named after it.
Mostly used among Australians, this pretty name can be traced to the Old English and means a landing place for chalk or limestone.
Who doesn’t know Florence Nightingale and the epitome of compassion that she was? This name of an Italian city has Latin origin and means prosperous and is commonly used by the British.
It might be of the Indo-European origin and means youth. Also, according to Roman mythology, Juno was the protector of marriage, women, and finance.
Though of a Macedonian origin, Jordan is not mostly used by the Americans. Apart from the city, the river which flows by it is also called the same.
It is what the capital city of Cuba is named after and rhymes with another beautiful name, Savannah. It is popular among the Spanish.
The meaning of the name is not clear but could mean a person who breaks others bones. Though the meaning sounds quite unpleasant, the name itself doesn’t.
The coastal and colourful Australian city of Adelaide is pretty and so is the meaning of the name. It denotes a person who is noble at heart.
The largest city in Australia has a name of English origin. It means a wide island.
It comes from a West Slavic word which means a river rake. Berl also means swamp.
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In Spanish, Las Vegas means meadows. Even though it isn’t widely used, it makes for a beautiful name.
Asia means east and in Greek, Asia means sunrise. This symbolical name is unique.
The Californian Channel Island’s name is derived from Katherine and is a Spanish version of it.
The name Geneva is rarely used. It means juniper tree in German.
This is the Latin and feminine version of George. The Greek meaning of this name is a farmer.
Derived from the Indus or the Sindhu river, this name could mean trembling water body.
In Spanish, Sierra refers to a mountain range with jagged peaks. It is commonly used to name baby girls born in the US.
Named after a city in Italy, Verona is of uncertain origin. This charming town had also been the setting of Shakespeare’s’ Romeo and Juliet.
It Old English, Holland was used to denote a ridge land. The name is usually given to English baby girls.
The name has a confused origin between Hungary and England. It could be the feminine version of Edwin or the poetic name for Edinburgh.
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In Hebrew, the name Israel means ‘May God prevail’. This mythological name is common among the Mexicans.
The word is derived from the name of a tribe Myaamiaki. The vivacity of the town on Florida’s tip is a quality that you would certainly like your baby girl to have.
Commonly used among the French and the English, the name Rome is derived from its Latin counterpart Roma.
Another name of a Hebrew origin, it means a house of figs. Apart from England and Wales, Scotland also is a fan of the name of the Biblical city.
In the Old Testament, Carmel was a mentioned as a mountain in Israel. In Hebrew, it means garden. This English given name is majorly used by the Catholics.
This name has an English background and means candle-maker. It also reminds one of the witty character from F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
A less used name, Zaire originates from Portugal and means a river which swallows other rivers. The Republic of Congo also has a river of the same name.
This English baby name is possibly one of the easiest to understand. This is common among the English and the Welsh.
Vienna denotes a person who is from the wine country. It is derived from the Dutch word vedunia, meaning a forest stream.
The Texan city name means a bailiff and also the outer wall of a castle.
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Place And City Names For Boys:
Possibly the Latin version of the Italian surname Colombo, Columbus means dove. It also immediately reminds us of Christopher Columbus.
The name Essex can be traced back to the Shakespearean times and is still commonly used among the English.
It is the name given to one of the oldest cities in the US. It is a relatively new name for the American borns. Then again, we cannot help but picture a baby boy nicknamed ‘boss’.
Most commonly used among the Scottish, Hamilton is also being used as a given name since the 19th century. The capital of Bermuda is named so.
This beautiful name for boys has an Italian origin. It means light. It is now used in the contemporary societies of England.
With a Spanish origin, the name could simply mean the one who supplants. The name has been brought to fame by Mexican artist Diego Rivera.
The Australian city name has an English origin but is more commonly used in the US. It denotes a person who is from the village of the king.
A contemporary and hipster name, Bronx originally was derived from immigrant Jonas Bronck, after whom the river and a borough in New York City are named.
This name is of Spanish or Portuguese origin. It also means a Frenchman or a free person. In the US, Francisco is more popular than its English counterpart Francis.
The town in England got its name from a Celtic tribe Dumnonii. In Old English, it would denote the one who is from Devonshire. It is popular in the Netherlands.
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Kent is derived from Welsh and means white. This country in England may also have acquired its name from the Brythonic word which means a coastal district.
The name Laredo is rooted in Spanish origins and is a unique name for boys.
Literally, Melbourne means the one from the mill stream. It is the name for the capital of the Australian state of Victoria. It is most commonly used among the English.
In the Old English and French heritage, Wyatt means a warrior or tough in war. It is derived from the given name in medieval times, Wyot. It is a classic name that you can use for your baby boy.
It can be called a derivation of the name Michael, a medieval nickname. It is favored for boys in the US and means the gift of God. Mitchell is a historical city in the south of Dakota.
The meaning of mason is a stone worker. However, it can be derived from the Old English word, macian, which means to make. The usage of Mason as a name has been influenced by George Mason.
It is a strong and masculine name which is seldom used. The city in New Jersey is named after the man who had established it, William Trent. The actual meaning of Trenton is a trespasser or a place which is flooded severely.
Named after the mountainous trees with heart-shaped leaves, Aspen is a famous ski resort in Colorado. The English word denotes the trembling of the leaves by the slightest of wind.
Orlando is the Italianized version of Roland. In Spanish, the name means a famous land. A city in Florida and a character in Shakespeare’s play, both bear this name.
In Spanish and Portuguese, Rio means a river. Rio de Janeiro means river of January. In England and Wales, it is a popular name and is as exotic as the place itself.
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This is a rather old-school name but has been trending in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia since the year 2013. On a simpler note, it means a lake or a settlement.
Troy was a legendary ancient Greek city and is now a popular English baby name. In Irish, it means a soldier. However, Troy is now the name of a city in New York and is quite popular in the US as well.
Having English origins, the meaning of Hudson is the son of the Hudd. While a famous town of New York is named so, a river also goes by the same name.
It is a Spanish name derived from Saint James. It is the old Spanish form of the popular name James. Cities in Chile and Spain bear this name. As for baby boys, it makes for a name with a vintage feel.
The name is derived from the name of a town in England and means the town which belongs to the people of Wassa. It also means the one from the group of the intelligent. George Washington is the most famous bearer of this surname.
York is derived from a Celtic origin. The meaning of it is a yew tree. It is now a bustling city in northern England.
A name that has been used by several celebrities for their sons, Cody has both Irish and English origins, meaning helpful. It is a city in Wyoming, US.
A city in North Carolina, Raleigh is an uncommon name for babies. In Old English, it means a red clearing or roe deer meadow.
This name has a Scottish origin and its literal meaning is the son who lives in the swamp. It also reminds us of the Old West because of Kit Carson.
In Scottish, Jackson refers to God’s graciousness. The capital city of Mississippi is one of the most used name for boys in the US. As a surname, it reminds us of famous personalities Michael Jackson and Andrew Jackson.
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It may be called the abbreviation and male version of Francoise. The name, however, means frank or free in German.
The literary meaning of Warren is a maze of rabbit burrows that are interconnected. The Norman French word warrene means an animal enclosure. Apart from the US, France is also a place where this name is commonly used.
The name Denver may mean a green valley and has an English origin. It is the capital city of Colorado and can be said to denote a person who is from the Anvers.
Nador has an origin that is debatable. It may be said to be the short form of Ferdinand and means an adventurer or a peacemaker.
The Scottish meaning of the name is the one from the winding or enclosed valley. Numerous cities and towns around the world, as well as American baby boys, have been given this name.
Paris was a mythological figure, the Trojan prince who kidnapped Helen. Today, the fashion capital Paris may have acquired its name from the Parisii tribe and also means craftsmen.
The name Eden means paradise as well as delight. It is also a reference to the biblical garden of Eden where Adam and Eve resided before being expelled. It is mostly used in Belgium.
A biblical meaning, clothed with salvation, gives the name Taylor its genesis. The name of the Michigan city also means eternal beauty. Though this name is also used for girls, naming a boy Taylor is quirky and distinctive.
It is a brisk and unconventional name for a baby boy. Kyle has a topographical meaning which refers to a straight, narrow or channel. It is derived from a Scottish surname.
In Hebrew, Shiloh means the one to whom something belongs to. According to the Old Testament, it refers to tranquil.
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Originally, Ross denoted any person who hailed from the place Ross. It also means headland or from the peninsula. It is mostly used by the Scottish people.
From the Old English roots, it refers to a person who is from a peaceful town. The name Paxton, a city in Illinois, is a more contemporary and trendy name than its counterpart Patrick.
Leland also has its roots in the Old English and means fallow land. The name started to be used more after the rising popularity of Charles Godfrey Leland. It is used both in the US and England.
It gives an easy going and happy-go-lucky feeling. Derived from the Irish county, Kerry means Ciar’s people. It is, however, more popular among Australian babies than the Irish.
The name Alden has an Anglo-Saxon origin and means an old or wise friend. It can also be related to the name of the Alder tree. The exotic mountainous island in Norway is as beautiful as the name Alden is.
This name is predominantly used by the Russians and has a Hebrew origin. The monastery built on the Iona island between Scotland and Ireland associates the name with the meaning blessed.
Usually common among the French and the African-American, the meaning of Marquis is the titular ranking between the duke and the earl. The female version of Marquis is Marquita.
While the name with a Gaelic origin means a place by the fountain, in general, it means a person who is from the farm by the spring. It could be a modern as well as a rare name for your baby boy.
The French name Laramie comes from a town in Wyoming and is named after the 19th century French fur trader Jacques Laramie. In French, the name means a canopy of leafy boughs.
It is derived from a Roman clan name. In French, the name Quincey means the one from the place that is owned by the fifth son. Once extensively used by the English, the name is also common in in the US and the Netherlands.
Naming your child is as exciting as giving birth to him or her. Being choosy makes complete sense, especially when you have a category set in your mind. We hope that the list of city baby names above assists you in narrowing down some names for your little one. If you have any suggestions that can be added to this list, feel free to let us know.
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