27 Unusual Baby Girl Names Inspired by Beautiful Places Across the Globe

Anne Meadows | May 10, 2017 Pregnancy
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  • Kent

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    The Welsh name Kent is a great unisex name that sounds strong, smart, and sophisticated. The southeastern county in England (just outside London) is called "the Garden of England" due to its high production of fruit and hops. What a quaint (and quintessentially British) inspiration! 

  • Nara

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    Short and sweet, Nara has Gaelic roots meaning "happy" -- but it's also a Japanese prefecture known as the cradle of Japanese civilization. Romantic, but also so approachable, Nara sounds like a perfect name for an adventurous baby girl. 

  • Skye

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    Skye is a beautiful, airy name for a boy or a girl, which comes from the Isle of Skye in northern Scotland. The rugged, picturesque landscape filled with medieval villages (and castles!) is a romantic inspiration for a name, don't you think?

  • Tangier

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    Tangier is an unusual name that evokes the mystery and wonder of an ancient Moroccan bazaar. The exotic name means "harbour," and would be a good fit for a young adventurous spirit.

  • Zaire

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    Derived from the Kongo word "nzere," meaning "the river that swallows all rivers," Zaire (zah-EER) is a unique African name with historical and geographical roots. We love "Z" names, and this one has such a pretty, soft sound.

  • Dominica

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    Yes, Dominica is an island in the Caribbean, but it's unrelated to Dominican Republic. Its name comes from the Latin word for Sunday. Pronounced "Dom-i-NEE-kah," the name is unique, and sounds upbeat and fun. Perfect for a happy little girl. 

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  • Vienna

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    Vienna is such a sophisticated and sweet European city name. Austria's "City of Music" is a great inspiration for musical moms. And the nicknames are endless: Vee, Vivi, Enna, Nenna, Enny, Vina, Vien, En, Nina, and Vinny, to name a few. 

  • Odessa

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    Odessa is a sweet, old-school girl's name (its popularity peeked in the early 1900s), and harkens back to the hero of Homer's Odyssey. The Ukrainian city Odessa hosts beautiful 19th century architecture and world-renowned ballet and theater, so if you want a unique name steeped in culture, Odessa might be for you. 

  • Verona

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    Verona is the Italian city Shakespeare made famous by setting his play Romeo and Juliet within the town's medieval walls, but it has a serious cool factor as a baby name today. It's a fun spin on the name "Veronica," and has such a romantic, grown-up feel. And isn't "Ronnie" just the most adorable nickname for a little girl?

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  • Adelaide

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    If the Australian Outback is your dream travel destination, Adelaide is a baby girl name you should consider. A coastal capital city in South Australia, Adelaide is known for its art museums and festivals. The name Adelaide itself comes from the German "Adelheid," which means nobility. A name for a princess, indeed.

  • Brighton

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    Brighton is such an expressive, happy name. It belongs to a seaside town in southern England, where beachgoers can comb the shingle beach and play in arcades along the pier. It's like a fresh, unconventional way of naming your daughter "Sunny," which will always make you smile. 

  • Valencia

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    Valencia is such a classy and unexpected name for a baby girl. It's sweet like the orange that shares its name, with ancient Spanish roots (the city of Valencia was founded as a Roman colony). Old World names are so trendy right now, and "Val" is a classic nickname, too. 

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  • Dhaka

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    Dhaka is a cool, cosmo name for a young girl. It comes from Bangledesh's biggest city and capital -- so it's full of worldly charm. 

     
  • Quintana

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    Pronounced "keen-TAH-neh," Quintana is a Spanish name meaning "fifth girl." The Mexican state Quintana Roo has a beautiful Caribbean coastline with Mayan ruins, coral reefs, and undersea caverns. Author Joan Didion liked the name -- she gave it to her daughter! 

  • Zaria

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    Zaria is a charming Arabic name for "flower," and also belongs to a Nigerian city. It's a truly global name -- Zaria is also the Slavic goddess of beauty. Globe-trotting mamas will have to think about this elegant and distinctive name!

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  • Lille

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    Lille is a northern French town on the border with Belgium, and its name can be pronounced either with one syllable as "Lil" or, alternatively, "Lil-eh." This French version of the popular American name Lily is perfect for a Francophile mom and a sweet shortening of the classical name "Lilith." 

  • Berlin

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    We've all heard of the German city of Berlin, but not many girls share its chic, fun name. You can pronounce it "BEAR-lin," as in the German language, or "Bur-LYNN," or just call her "Berry" for short. How cute!

  • Sedona

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    The name Sedona conjures deep purple sunsets, red rocks, and dry warm air. It's got a carefree, wild and adventurous vibe, but rolls off the tongue so softly. A serious "S"-name contender. 

  • Laramie

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    Laramie is a baby girl's name with real charm -- and no wonder: It's inspired by a snowcapped western city in Wyoming, and in French, it means a "canopy of leafy boughs." It's a truly unique moniker for any daughter.

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  • Geneva

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    Geneva is a name for a little girl who's going places. Not only is it reminiscent of the beautiful city in Switzerland, but it's also derived from the Old French word genevre (for juniper berry). What a fresh, modern spin on Geneviere

  • Juneau

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    Juneau, pronounced "ju-no," is most well known as a place name for Alaska's remote mountainside state capital. But it's also a sweet option for a little lady (who's due in June, perhaps?).

  • Normandy

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    Normandy, which can also be spelled Normandie, is a darling baby girl name that mixes classics "Norma" and "Mandy" with a French twist. Although older folks might associate Normandy with WWII, we think it's time this feminine name gets a makeover. Would you consider it for your LO? 

  • Denali

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    Forget the car; Denali is a name for a strong, proud, and beautiful baby girl. That's because aside from having a lovely sound, it's also the name of the highest peak in North America, found in Alaska. Denali means "The Great One," so, how can you go wrong with that? 

  • Shenandoah

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    If you think "beautiful daughter of the stars" is sweet inspiration for your little girl's name, give the southern charmer Shenandoah a try. The name comes from Algonquin and was given to a valley and river in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It's unique, and so pretty, just like your daughter. 

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  • Aspen

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    The word Aspen makes you conjure up a very posh, and beautiful, image of fresh snow and mountain lodges, because of the ski haven that shares its name in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It's such a fun, unexpected baby girl name -- we just love it. 

  • Venetia

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    V-names are super popular for baby girls, and Venetia is a sweet, cosmopolitan option. The elegant and sophisticated name, pronounced "Ve-NEE-shah," comes from the Italian city of Venice, or "Venezia" as the locals call it. A top pick on any Italian lover's list, for sure. 

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  • Acadia

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    Rounding out the gorgeous list of globally-inspired A-name options sits lovely little Acadia. Pronounced "ah-KAY-dee-uh", the name comes from the earliest French colony in the New World -- land that is now Maine and Nova Scotia. The name has a really attractive rhythmic quality, don't you think? 

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