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Cruising baby names from Route 66

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Summer means fresh watermelon, sunshine and road trips. Put the top down and cruise with us as we travel Route 66 looking for the best names for your summer baby.

The United States established Route 66, one of the first national highways, in November of 1926. This 2,448-mile "Main Street of America" spanned from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA. Called "The Mother Road" in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, this route was taken by those migrating west during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Though the U.S. Highway System removed its highway designation in June of 1985, it maintains historic status in several states as a National Scenic Byway.

Place names rank high among current baby name trends. Though many, such as London and Paris, come from international locales, we love the idea of pulling out a map of the United States and picking a name closer to home. We traced the path of Route 66, a road that embodied hope and promise for an entire generation, and found more adventurous names than you might expect. Does a road trip baby name appeal to you?

Baby girl names inspired by Route 66

You can't fear the creative when considering place names for girls. Try out Winslow. This name gives the adorable nickname Winnie without the grandma associations of Winifred.

Baby boy names inspired by Route 66

Place names for boys work beautifully, mostly because so many places were named after men. We threw in a few quirky choices in case you seek the whimsical.  We adore Odell (nickname Dell!) as a masculine coin flip of Adele.

Route 66 baby names provide a fun theme for a pair of twins or a whole sibling set. It won't stand out to strangers as overly matchy; only your family will know the significance of those little tacks on the road map. Imagine the joy of taking the whole family on a road trip, hitting each child's personalized destination. They may not ever find their names on prepackaged stationery, true. But who cares, when you have postcards and road signs?

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