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Cool Destination Baby Names

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Destination baby names are often chosen by parents who have a fond memory of a particular city or country -- or because the name sounds exotic or just plain cool. Well-known examples are London and Brooklyn, but we've found many more for you to consider, and not all of them are city or country names. As a bonus, many are suitable for both boys and girls. Check out our list of the coolest destination names for your baby!

baby-at-beachPicking a city or country name

One popular way to go about picking a destination name is to choose one of your favorite countries or cities. You might consider naming your child after your honeymoon location, for example, or where your parents were born or even where you or your partner grew up. Perhaps you travel often as a couple and have a favorite destination that you visit more than others. Or how about a destination that you'd love to visit in the future?

Some city and country destinations that make great names are:

Abilene
Berlin
Beverly
Boston
Bristol
Cairo
Charlotte
China
Dallas
Denver
Dubai
Dublin
Geneva
Houston
India
Jersey
Kobe
Lincoln
London
Madrid
Memphis
Mesa
Milano
Mumbai
Orlando
Paris
Reno
Rio
Sydney
Vegas

Water destination names

Instead of picking the name of a whole city (or country), you could choose a more specific location for inspiration. For example, if your favorite city is near a particular river then you might consider the river's name as a possibility. Other bodies of water are great starting points as well because they are often associated with one single location. Are you an avid boater? Do you enjoy float trips? If you enjoy time in or on the water this is also a great idea.

Some water locations that make great baby names are:

Amur
Avon
Caspian
Erie
Eyre
Huron
Indus
Kivu
Lena
Loire
Mackenzie
Nelson
Neva
Onega
Pearl
Rhine
Severn
Victoria
Volga
Volta

Other destination names

Another way to choose a great destination name would be to think of the streets you or your partner lived on when you were growing up. Perhaps one of you grew up on Melody Lane -- either one of those would be a wonderful baby name. If you grew up on 51st Street, look for inspiration elsewhere, such as the name of your elementary school, the road that took you to grandma's farm or the park where you got engaged. What about the name of the apartment building that you lived in when you first got married?

It's fun -- but not required -- if there is a fun back story to go along with a unique baby name. This can be a story that is repeated often and handed down through your family as your family grows and expands. Just saying your child's name will bring back wonderful memories and will make even more memories as he grows up.

While some destination names sound more unusual than others, you can still make sure that the name will sound great if you practice saying and writing the name for a few weeks. Will it make your child stand out or will she be more prone to teasing? Keep these ideas in mind and you'll pick the best name for your child.

Many destination names can be suitable for both boys and girls and would also make terrific middle names. Destination names often come with a special memory or story so it's a wonderful gift to give your child.

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