Every mum knows that naming their new baby is fraught with problems. Everyone has an opinion on what the name should be and the recipient has to wear it for life.
Do you hand down a family name, opt for the traditional, or take the road less travelled? I reckon travel is as worthy a reason for a name as any. I have Aussie friends who spent much time in Canada – their children’s names are Jasper and Alberta (Bertie for short).
So for those wandering souls who want to impart some wanderlust to their progeny or simply want to mark a milestone in their child’s path to this world, here are some suggestions for travel-inspired kids’ names.
For starters, here are potential ‘place names’ that made Australia’s Top 100 in McCrindle’s baby names report last year. Bear with us, they might be a stretch.
1. Joshua – he could be named after California’s stunning Joshua Tree National Park, right?
2. Hudson – for fans of New York’s Hudson River (it’s better than Central Park).
3. Logan – don’t knock this city south of Brisbane until you’ve tried it.
4. Austin – a cooler Texan city there never was.
5. Jasper – Canada’s beautiful Rocky Mountains town strikes again!
6. Madison – this name has romped up to No.22 in the Aussie Top 100 girls’ names last year, but viewers of a certain vintage know it comes from the 1984 flick Splash, when mermaid Darryl Hannah picked her name from the Madison Avenue sign.
7. Savannah – a rising star for Aussie girl names, Savannah is also a picturesque city in the southern US state of Georgia.
8. Georgia – see above.
9. Maya – the mysterious Maya peoples once roamed Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.
10. Indiana – it’s a state in the US, namesake of Indiana Jones (and his dog).
11. Chelsea – New York? London? Take your pick, they’re both beautiful neighbourhoods.
12. Victoria – was it a name first, or a state? Despite its regal origins, we’re claiming it.
13. Maggie – Magnetic Island off Townsville is a laidback lovely.
As in so many things, we can look to celebrities for inspiration.
14. Egypt – the son of singer Alicia Keys.
15. North – the daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
16. America – it didn’t do actress America Ferrara any harm.
17. Dakota – former child star Dakota Fanning’s movie success has continued into adulthood.
18. Brooklyn – David & Victoria Beckham’s first born was so named partly because Victoria was in New York when she found out she was pregnant.
19. London – the son of Guns N’ Roses rocker Slash.
20. Winnie – Jimmy Fallon’s baby, named after the lake where he and his wife were engaged (Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire).
21. Zuma – Gwen Stefani named her child after Zuma Beach in California.
22. India – the child of Chris Hemsworth, who can do no wrong.
23. Ireland – Alec Baldwin’s daughter.
24. Tennessee – fans of playwright Tennessee Williams will appreciate this name, as did Reese Witherspoon, who named her daughter Tennessee.
25. Lourdes – a town in southwestern France, and a major Catholic pilgrimage site – Madonna named her daughter Lourdes.
26. Winona – 1990s indie movie darling Winona Ryder was named after the town of Winona, near where she was born.
27. Phoenix - the daughter of Eddie Murphy and Mel B (aka Scary Spice).
28. Jet – for Chinese film star and martial artist Jet Li, ‘Jet’ is a stage name, but we reckon it suits travellers everywhere.
*Featured image: A wee Jasper at Jasper in the Canadian Rockies?