Place names beyond the Top 100

Popular place names as baby names in the U.S. currently include Savannah (#38), Austin (#73), London (a high of #85 in 2013, now #131), Lydia (#80), and Brooklyn (#34).

Other formerly trendy place names, which now aren’t so popular, include ChinaAsiaIndiaVirginia (high of #6 in 1921; fell out of the Top 100 in 1960; now down to #515), Odessa (high of #278 in 1908–09; last charted in 1956), Adelaide (high of #181 in 1884; fell out of the Top 1000 in 1949; re-entered in 2005; up to #258 in 2016), Georgia (high of #81 in 1882; #226 in 2016). and Florence (Top 10 from 1886–1906, with a high of #6 five of those years).

Some interesting place names which are a bit more under the radar, which I feel work very well as people names, include:

Female:

Vienna, or Vienne

Caledonia

Alberta

Geneva

Sahara (means “desert” in Arabic)

Valencia

Verona

Arizona

Andorra

Oradea

Marghita

Anina

Andalusia

Philadelphia

Venezia

Catania

Modena

Alfena

Amadora

Catalonia

Valletta

Arcadia

Egypt

Eleadora

Abilene

Mercia

Avalon

Brittania

Burgundy

Cambria

Carmel

Europa

Iona

Isauria, or Isaura

Petra (Also a feminine form of Peter, in addition to a city in Jordan. The name is #2 in Croatia, #26 in Hungary, #31 in Bosnia, #73 in the Czech Republic, and #93 in Portugal.)

Rona, or Rhona (means “rough island” in Scottish)

Shiloh

Siena, or Sienna (#236 in the U.S., #32 in New Zealand, #20 in Australia, #28 in England and Wales, #68 in Scotland and Canada, #53 in Northern Ireland, and #71 in Ireland)

Skye (one of those names I can only picture working on just the right person, in this case someone with very fair features and an ethereal, super-sweet disposition)

Zaria

Male:

York

Orlando

Palermo

Milano

Everest

Caspian

Troy

Jericho

Cyprian

Gilead (means “monument of testimony” in Hebrew)

Lennox (possibly means “place of elms” in Scottish)

Merritt (means “boundary gate” in Old English)

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