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If there’s a special place that you hold dear, or you just love the cool cache of naming baby after a legendary locale, then take a trip through these baby names inspired by famous (and not so famous) places.

Israel

Israel was the name given to the biblical Jacob after he wrestled the angel of God. It was later taken by the Jewish people... Read more about Israel

Phoenix

Phoenix means "deep red," and is the name of the colorful, mythical bird reputed to live for a thousand years before erupting... Read more about Phoenix

Kyle

While it's probably not the coolest to be named after a geographical term, Kyle has been a very popular name in modern times... Read more about Kyle

Kimberly

An English surname with an original meaning now unknown, but which almost certainly refers to a meadow...or a South African... Read more about Kimberly

Taylor

Taylor is right at the cusp of a changing of the tides. What used to be more often used as a boys' name (à la Taylor Lautner)... Read more about Taylor

Eden

Eden, the biblical paradise home of Adam and Eve, is currently at its peak in popularity. The serene-sounding moniker is... Read more about Eden

Amelia

Amelia is one of those names that just invokes image of romantic far-off places from the 20s. Or a female pilot. Or the constantly... Read more about Amelia

Delta

Delta is a name that's never found huge mainstream success, and has downright fallen off the name charts into name obscurity... Read more about Delta

Madeline

Madeline is a variation of Magdalene which references the biblical Mary Magdalene. This sweetly old-fashioned name has been... Read more about Madeline

Shiloh

Hebrew: The peaceful one, he who is to be sent; In the Bible, Shiloh is a prophetic name for the Messiah. Shiloh is also significant...

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Courtney

Courtney was in cahoots with the Brittany's and Jessica's of the world to rule the 80s and 90s. And like her sisters-in-crime... Read more about Courtney

Savannah

American: From the open plain; This well-known spelling variation of the Spanish Savanna is especially recognizable in the United States...

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Shannon

Irish: Old and wise; from the Shannon, a river of Ireland

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Chelsea

English: Seaport; The word itself is derived from an Old English expression meaning landing place for limestone, which likely refers...

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Sierra

Spanish: Saw-toothed

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Sharon

Hebrew: A plain; an area of ancient Palestine where many roses grew

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Kelsey

English: From the island, possibly from the island of ships

Irish: Warrior

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America

American: Place name for the United States of America

Latin: derived from the Latin, Americus, in homage to explorer Amerigo Vespucci

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Alexandria

English: A variation of Alexandra. Man's defender

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Dakota

Native American: To be considered a friend, ally; name of a group of tribes more familiarly known as the Sioux

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Leslie

Celtic Origin

Gaelic Origin

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Mallory

French: Unfortunate. Ill-fated.

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Kaya

Planning on making your baby girl a big sister one day? Kaya is the perfect name. The name—from the Hopi Native American... Read more about Kaya

Kendall

English: Valley of the Kent; This surname has become a unisex name and likely refers to a river in England.

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Carson

English: Child of Carr; a name originally for boys, now used for both genders

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Dale

English: Lives in the dell or valley; originally a surname

Norse Origin

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Lindsay

English: Island of linden trees

Scottish Origin

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Hudson

Hudson is an Old English surname—literally meaning "son of Hudd"—that's enjoyed a heightened popularity as a strong boy's... Read more about Hudson

Amara

German: Eternal

Greek: Eternal; a form of Amarantha

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Amari

African: "Possesses great strength" in African.

Arabic: Variation of Amar, which means "moon" in Arabic.

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