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City-inspired names from across the U.S.

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Where did you grow up? Meet your partner? Go to college? Visit your grandparents' farm? City names from our pasts can bring us to the next stop on our journey — welcoming our babies into the world.

We have only included larger cities — most of the ones that made our list have over 100,000 residents — to keep the appeal wide. Don't limit yourself to big cities, though! Scour your past to find a place that feels important to you. Find out where your parents were born or got married. City names allow you to attach a piece of family history to your child that goes beyond just a surname.
Sometimes place names don't feel quite right in the first name slot, and that's okay too. Try them out as middle names, and consider this as a theme for all of your children. They will each have a special story from their parents' past to carry with them throughout their lives — what else could form a bond so sweet?

50 baby names inspired by U.S. cities

We've left the list gender-free — while some of these names definitely read more boy or girl, several blur the line with a definite unisex appeal. 

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We love the idea of artwork inspired by your child's name. Several artists sell wall hangings, canvas bags, and even pillow slipcovers with states printed on them and a star over the city of your choice. Imagine the possibilities, from nursery decorations to graduation gifts.

You can also take your brood on a road trip some day, visiting their namesake cities. Any child with a top-50 name can walk into a souvenir shop and come out with a personalized pencil, but only your child will have an entire map.

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