50 Place and Location Baby Names

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Baby names can be inspired by just about anything—even looking at a map. In fact, place and location names, such as those taken from a hometown, favorite city, ancestral village, dream vacation, or iconic park or landmark, are increasingly repurposed as baby names.

You might choose a place-related name to inspire your child to travel the world or help bind them to their family roots. Some location names have multiple origins, such Jackson and Sydney, which are both places and commonly used given names.

While it’s fun to have an individual connection to a place name, you can also choose a location-related name simply because you like how it sounds, what it represents to you, or simply because it just feels right.

Place and Location Baby Names


  • Origin: German
  • Location: Adelaide, Australia
  • Meaning: Nobility
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Adelle, Addy, Addie, Adela, Adeline, Adelina
  • Famous Namesakes: Queen Adelaide, the wife of British King William IV, know as "Good Queen Adelaide;" St. Adelaide, Empress of the Holy Roman Empire and wife of Otto the Great; Adalaide Kelley, daughter of actress Katherine Heigl
  • Peak Popularity: Adelaide has been growing in popularity over the past few decades. It ranked number 926 in 2006 and rose to 255 in 2016. In 2020. Adelaide was ranked 274.

Fun Fact: Adelaide is the name of a character in Disney's classic film "Aristocats." Madame Adelaide Bonfamille is the owner of the kidnapped Duchess and her kittens.


  • Origin: English
  • Location: The United States of America
  • Meaning: Home ruler
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: América, Amerigo, Emery, Aimery, Amaris
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress, America Ferrera; actress, America Young; singer, América Sierra
  • Peak Popularity: America reached peak popularity in 2002 when it was 411. In 2015, it fell to 961 and has not been in the top 1000 since then.

Fun Fact: The United States of America was originally called Novus Mundus (New World) on European maps. In 1507, the continent was named America in honor of Italian navigator and adventurer Amerigo Vespucci, who was the first European to recognize that North and South America were part of a separate landmass (rather than part of Eastern Asia as previously believed).


  • Origin: Basque
  • Location: State of Arizona
  • Meaning: Good oak
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aryzona
  • Famous Namesakes: Basketball player Arizona Reid
  • Peak Popularity: The name's peak popularity occurred around the turn of the 20th century. In 1903, 27 babies were given this name. Arizona has not been on the list of top 1000 baby names in any year after 1911.

Fun Fact: Arizona is known as "the Grand Canyon State." In total, the state is home to 22 national parks and monuments, and 35 state parks.


  • Origin: Greek
  • Location: The continent of Asia
  • Meaning: Rebirth, rising sun, and resurrection
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Isia, Asya
  • Famous Namesakes: Dancer, Asia Ray; rapper, Asia Walton; actress, Asia Jackson
  • Peak Popularity: Asia has fallen in popularity since it was number 220 in 2000. In 2015, it was ranked 906, which was the last time it ranked in the top 1000.

Fun Fact: In Greek mythology, Asia (who is also known as Clymene) is the daughter of Oceanus and Tethys, wife of the Titan Iapetus, and mother of Atlas, Prometheus, Epimetheus, and Menoetius.


  • Origin: English
  • Location: Aspen, Colorado
  • Meaning: Shaking tree
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aspyn, Aspenn
  • Famous Namesakes: Instagram star, Aspen Rae Loeffler; dancer, Aspen Halle
  • Peak Popularity: Aspen has been increasing in popularity. It ranked 700 in 2008. In 2020, it was number 224.

Fun Fact: Aspen is both a location and a tree name. There are 16 places called Aspen across the globe, including four in America, 10 in Sweden, one in Germany, and one in Kenya.


  • Origin: English
  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Meaning: Great or magnificent
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Austyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Basketball player, Austin McBroom; actor, Austin Butler; singer-songwriter, Austin Mahone; boxer, Austin Trout; football player, Austin Davis
  • Peak Popularity: Austin is a very popular name in the U.S., particularly for boys. In 2000, it was ranked 23. Over the next twenty years, it remained in the top 100, landing at 89 in 2020.

Fun Fact: The name Austin started out as an English surname before becoming a popular first name in Medieval times.


  • Origin: German
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Meaning: Bear; River rake (a scaffold of beams over a river)
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Berlyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Soccer player, Berlin Ndebe-Nlome
  • Peak Popularity: Berlin is an unusual name that has not been in the top 1000 names in the U.S. in the past 100 years.

Fun Fact: Berlin is more commonly used as a surname, such as legendary composer Irving Berlin.


  • Origin: English
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Meaning: Town by the woods; Botolph's stone (after a patron saint of boundaries and travel)
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bostyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Football player, Boston Scott; writer, Boston Teran
  • Peak Popularity: Boston has grown in popularity over the past two decades. In 2004, it was ranked 909. In 2012, it rose to 536, and in 2020, it was a few slots lower at 595.

Fun Fact: The Puritan settlers named the city of Boston, Massachusetts after a town named Boston in Lincolnshire, England.


  • Origin: English
  • Location: Bristol, England; Bristol, Connecticut
  • Meaning: Meeting place by the bridge
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bristyl, Bristle
  • Famous Namesakes: Daughter of former Vice Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, Bristol Palin
  • Peak Popularity: Bristol was ranked 667 in 2009 and increased to 390 in 2019. In 2020, it fell to 491.

Fun Fact: The English city of Bristol is home to over 400 parks and gardens.


  • Origin: Dutch
  • Location: Brooklyn, New York
  • Meaning: Broken land
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Brooklynn
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress, Brooklyn Decker, photographer Brooklyn Beckham
  • Peak Popularity: Brooklyn is a popular unisex name. In 2011, it was at its peak popularity, ranking 21. In 2020, it had fallen a bit to 54.

Fun Fact: Brooklyn is one of five boroughs that make up New York City. The others are Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, and the Bronx.


  • Origin: Arabic
  • Location: Cairo, Egypt
  • Meaning: Victorious
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kairo, Kayro, Kyro
  • Famous Namesakes: Daughter of actors Tia Mowry and Cory Hardrict, Cairo Tiahna Mowry-Hardrict
  • Peak Popularity: Cairo has skyrocketed from 942 in 2015 to 346 in 2020. The variation Kairo is even more popular with a rank of 279 in 2020.

Fun Fact: Cairo is home to the only remaining landmark of the original seven ancient wonders of the world—the Great Pyramid of Giza.


  • Origin: Greek/Italian
  • Location: Nickname for the state of California
  • Meaning: Good, beautiful, best
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kali, Calí
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress, Cali Timmins; rapper, Cali Stylz; Instagram personality, Cali Dream Taylor
  • Peak Popularity: Cali has grown substantially in popularity from 891 in 2001 to 292 in 2020. Its peak popularity was in 2014 at number 202.

Fun Fact: The state of California got its name from a fictional island paradise in a 1510 Spanish novel.


  • Origin: Spanish
  • Location: Catalina, Spain
  • Meaning: Pure
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Katalina
  • Famous Namesakes: Fifteenth-century noblewoman, Catalina, Duchess of Villena; 17th-century Spanish explorer, Catalina de Erauso; tennis player, Catalina Castaño
  • Peak Popularity: Catalina has become increasingly popular. It rose from 796 in 2002 to 178 in 2020.

Fun Fact: Catalina is a Spanish version of the English names Catherine or Katherine and the Italian name Caterina. It is also related to the name Caitlin.


  • Origin: French
  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Meaning: Free man or petite
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Charlot
  • Famous Namesakes: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge; Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Charlotte Wilhelmine; silent film actress, Charlotte E. Burton; Swedish Olympic gold medalist cross-country skier, Charlotte Kalla
  • Peak Popularity: Charlotte is an extremely popular name for baby girls. It was ranked 289 in 2000 and peaked at 4 in 2020.

Fun Fact: Charlotte is a female version of the name Charlot, which is a nickname of the name Charles.


  • Origin: English
  • Location: Chelsea, London
  • Meaning: Chalk wharf
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Chelsey, Chelsie
  • Famous Namesakes: Comedian, Chelsea Handler; writer (and child of President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) Chelsea Clinton
  • Peak Popularity: Chelsea dropped from a peak of 15 in 1992 to 646 in 2020. In 2000, it was ranked 140.

Fun Fact: In addition to the posh London neighborhood, Chelsea, there are many other locations around the world called Chelsea, including in Australia, Canada, and the United States.


  • Origin: Sioux
  • Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Meaning: Speakers of a different language
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Shyanne, Cheyanne
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer, Cheyenne Kimball; model (and daughter of Marlon Brando), Cheyenne Brando; basketball player, Cheyenne Parker
  • Peak Popularity: Cheyenne was ranked 99 in 2000. Since then it has experienced a gradual decline, reaching 581 in 2020.

Fun Fact: Cheyenne is the capital of Wyoming. The city was named after the local Cheyenne Native American people.


  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Location: The country of China
  • Meaning: Great country, Qin Dynasty
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Chyna, Chynna
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer, China Forbes; actress, China Chow; model, China Machado; actress, Chynna Phillips
  • Peak Popularity: China is a rare name in America. It has not been ranked in the top 1000 names for any year in the 2000s.

Fun Fact: China is the most populous country in the world, boasting roughly 1.4 billion inhabitants.


  • Origin: English
  • Location: Cody, Wyoming
  • Meaning: Helpful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Codi, Codey, Kody, Kodie
  • Famous Namesakes: Baseball player, Cody Asche; musician, Cody Chesnutt; Canadian figure skater, Cody Hay
  • Peak Popularity: Cody has fallen in popularity over the past few decades but is still relatively popular. In 2000 it was ranked 60 and in 2020 it was 297.

Fun Fact: Cody Banks is the title character of the 2003 spy movie "Agent Cody Banks."


  • Origin: Sioux/Lakota
  • Location: The states of North Dakota and South Dakota
  • Meaning: Friend, friendly
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dakotah, Dakoda, Dacotah
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress, Dakota Fanning; football player, Dakota Allen; Australian surfer, Dakota Abberton
  • Peak Popularity: Dakota is popular for both baby boys and baby girls. In 2000, it was ranked 88 for boys and 348 in 2020. It was slightly more common for girls in 2020, ranking 261.

Fun Fact: America's Dakota Territory was formally founded in 1861. The land was split into two to form the present states North Dakota and South Dakota in 1889.


  • Origin: Scottish
  • Location: Dallas, Texas
  • Meaning: From the dales or open valley
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dallys, Dal, Dallis, Dalles, Delles
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor, Dallas Adams; baseball player, Dallas Braden; songwriter, Dallas Austin
  • Peak Popularity: Dallas has held relatively steady in popularity over the past two decades. In 2000 it was 309, and in 2020, it was ranked 271.

Fun Fact: Dallas is also a popular English and Scottish surname.


  • Origin: English
  • Location: Devon or Devonshire, a county in England
  • Meaning: Fawn, poet, of Devonshire
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Devin
  • Famous Namesakes: Model, Devon Aoki; football player, Devon Bailey; actor, Devon Anderson
  • Peak Popularity: Devon has become less common in recent years. In 2000, it was ranked 133 in popularity for boys and 658 for girls. By 2020, it was 672 for boys and not even in the top 1000 for girls.

Fun Fact: Devon is a beautiful county in Southwest England that boasts two coastlines, one along the English Channel and the other along the Irish Sea.


  • Origin: Greek
  • Location: Eugene, Oregon
  • Meaning: Noble, well-born
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Eugenia, Eugenie, Eugine, Gene, Jean, Jeannie
  • Famous Namesakes: Playwright, Eugene O'Neill; actor, Gene Hackman; dancer/actor Gene Kelly; director/producer/comedian Eugene Levy
  • Peak Popularity: Eugene has decreased in popularity in recent years. It's dropped from 504 in 2000 to 840 in 2020.

Fun Fact: The city of Eugene, Oregon, sits along the bucolic banks of the Willamette River and is home to the University of Oregon.


  • Origin: English
  • Location: Florence, Italy
  • Meaning: Blossoming, flourishing
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Florentia, Florencia
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress, Florence Pugh; actress, Florence Henderson; poet, Florence Duval West; actress/inventor, Florence Lawrence
  • Peak Popularity: Florence has been gaining in popularity. Between 1982 and 2016, it was not in the top 1000 names, but in 2017, Florence ranked 980. In 2020, it rose to 762.

Fun Fact: Legendary nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale was given this name because she was born in Florence, Italy.


  • Origin: Greek
  • Location: The state of Georgia and the country of Georgia
  • Meaning: Farmer, earth-worker
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: George, Georgie, Georgios
  • Famous Namesakes: Artist, Georgia O'Keefe; model, Georgia May Jagger
  • Peak Popularity: Georgia is a popular girl name. In 2000, it ranked 334, and a two decades later, it was 176.

Fun Fact: Over 10 million people live in the state of Georgia, which is also known as the Peach State.


  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Location: The country of India
  • Meaning: From the Indus river, body of water
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Indy, Indie
  • Famous Namesakes: Designer, India Hicks; singer India Arie, journalist India Knight
  • Peak Popularity: India has become less common over the last twenty years. In 2001, it ranked 299, but in 2019, it was just 929.

Fun Fact: India was the name of former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush's cat.


  • Origin: English
  • Location: Jackson, Mississippi
  • Meaning: Son of Jack
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jack, Jackie
  • Famous Namesakes: Artist, Jackson Pollock; singer, Jackson Browne
  • Peak Popularity: Jackson is a very popular boy name in the U.S. It ranked number 17 in 2020, 2019, and 2018, and it has consistently been in the top 30 boy names for over a decade.

Fun Fact: Jackson is also a very popular surname, particularly in English-speaking countries.


  • Origin: Greek/Hebrew
  • Location: The Jordan River in Israel, the country of Jordan
  • Meaning: Flow down, descend
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jordyn, Jordana, Jorden, Jordin
  • Famous Namesakes: Comedian, Jordan Peele; singer, Jordin Sparks; soccer player, Jordan Henderson
  • Peak Popularity: Jordan is popular for both boys and girls, but is increasingly used more often as a boy name. In 2000, it was ranked 50 for girls and fell to 435 in 2020. For boys, Jordan was 36 in 2000 and 82 in 2020.

Fun Fact: There are many versions of Jordan in various cultural traditions around the world, including Jordaan in Dutch, Yarden in Hebrew, Jorda in Catalan, and Giordano in Italian.


  • Origin: English
  • Location: The county in England and the town Kent, Ohio
  • Meaning: High or coastal land
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kentt
  • Famous Namesakes: Dancer, Kent Boyd; baseball player, Kent Hrbek
  • Peak Popularity: Kent is an uncommon name. It hasn't ranked in the top 1000 in well over a decade. It last made the list in 2003 when it ranked 882, down from 774 in 2000.

Fun Fact: Kent is heralded as the Garden of England due to its abundance of produce.


  • Origin: Kikuyu/Hebrew
  • Location: The country of Kenya
  • Meaning: Mountain of whiteness or snowcapped peak, animal horn
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kenia
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer, Kenya Hathaway; actress, Kenya Mori; writer, Kenya D. Williamson
  • Peak Popularity: Kenya fell out of the top 1000 names in 2018. The name dropped from 508 in 2000 to 961 in 2017.

Fun Fact: The name Kenya means wise child in Japanese.


  • Origin: Old English
  • Location: Lincoln, Nebraska, Lincoln, England
  • Meaning: Pool colony, town by the lake
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lyncoln, Linc
  • Famous Namesakes: Aviator, Lincoln Beachey; civil rights activist, Lincoln Ragsdale; artist Lincoln Kirstein
  • Peak Popularity: Lincoln is becoming increasingly popular. It ranked number 711 in 2000. Since then, it's surged to number 40 in 2020.

Fun Fact: Lincoln is also a popular surname, best known as the last name of President Abraham Lincoln.


  • Origin: English
  • Location: London, England; New London, Connecticut
  • Meaning: From the great river
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Londyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Politician, London Breed; reality TV star/model, London Charles
  • Peak Popularity: London is used frequently for boys and girls, but it is more popular for girls. For boys, it was 504 in 2010, and 872 in 2020. For girls, it surged from 828 in 2000 to 195 in 2020. Its peak popularity was 85 in 2013.

Fun Fact: London boasts well over 150 museums, and over 300 languages are spoken in the bustling city.


  • Origin: Slavic/Latin
  • Location: Milan, Italy
  • Meaning: Kind, loving, beloved
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Milon, Mylan
  • Famous Namesakes: Writer, Milan Kundera; hockey player, Milan Lucic
  • Peak Popularity: Milan is a popular unisex name. In 2020, it ranked 642 for girls and ranked 429 for boys. These numbers have been fairly consistent over the past two decades.

Fun Fact: Milan started out as a nickname for Slavic names starting with Mil-. In German, the name Milan means kite.


  • Origin: Greek
  • Location: Odessa, Ukraine, Odessa, Texas
  • Meaning: Angry man
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Odissa, Odyssia
  • Famous Namesakes: Entrepreneur, Odessa Warren Grey; actress Odessa Cleveland; chef, Odessa Piper
  • Peak Popularity: Odessa is an uncommon name. It has not been in the top 1000 names in the past 20 years.

Fun Fact: Catherine the Great of Russia named Odessa, Ukraine, in honor of the Greek colony of Odessos, which was thought to have been stationed nearby.


  • Origin: Italian
  • Location: Orlando, Florida
  • Meaning: Famous land, heroic
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Roland, Orlanda, Rolando
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor, Orlando Bloom; composer, Orlando Gibbons
  • Peak Popularity: Orlando has declined in popularity over the past two decades. It ranked 355 in 2006 but fell to 779 in 2020.

Fun Fact: The city of Orlando, Florida, was first named Jernigan, after the family that established a permanent settlement there.


  • Origin: Greek
  • Location: Paris, France; Paris, Texas
  • Meaning: Wallet
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Parrish, Parish, Parris
  • Famous Namesakes: Socialite, Paris Hilton; singer, Paris Jones; singer, Paris Bennett
  • Peak Popularity: Paris is a moderately popular name for girls that has been in the top 500 names over the past twenty years (except 2001, when it was ranked 507). It is unusual for boys. In 2004, Paris hit a peak of 157.

Fun Fact: Paris is the name of multiple characters in literature, including Count Paris in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and a Trojan character in "The Iliad."


  • Origin: English
  • Location: Peyton, Colorado
  • Meaning: Fighting man's estate
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Payton
  • Famous Namesakes: Football player, Peyton Manning; director, Peyton Reed; actress, Peyton Elizabeth Lee
  • Peak Popularity: Peyton ranked 168 in 2000 and peaked at 42 in 2009. In 2020, it was 98 on the most popular baby name list.

Fun Fact: "Peyton Place" is a popular 1956 novel about a fictional small town that was later made into both a movie and TV show.


  • Origin: Greek
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Meaning: Dark red
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Fifi, Nix,
  • Famous Namesakes: Reality TV star, Phoenix Parnevik; Instagram influencer, Phoenix Brown
  • Peak Popularity: Phoenix has been growing in popularity. In 2000, it ranked 877. In 2020, it had risen to 238.

Fun Fact: In Greek mythology, the Phoenix is an immortal bird that lives for 500 years before lighting itself on fire and rising again from the ashes.


  • Origin: Spanish
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Meaning: River
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Reo
  • Famous Namesakes: Soccer player, Rio Ferdinand; singer, Rio Reiser; actress Rio Matsumoto
  • Peak Popularity: Rio, which is more commonly used as a baby boy name, did not breach the top 1000 baby name list until 2020, when it ranked 783.

Fun Fact: The Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro has the world's bluest sky.


  • Origin: Latin
  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Meaning: Citizen of Rome
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Romeo, Romulus, Roman, Jerome
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Rome Flynn
  • Peak Popularity: Rome is an unusual name that did not make the top 1000 baby name rankings until 2019, when it was 999. In 2020, it rose to 970.

Fun Fact: Rome, Italy, is also known as The Eternal City.


  • Origin: Arabic
  • Location: Sahara Desert
  • Meaning: Desert
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Saharra
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer/entertainer, Sahara Davenport; singer, Sahara Smith
  • Peak Popularity: Sahara is an uncommon name. It has not been in the top 1000 baby names in any year since 1900.

Fun Fact: The Sahara Desert is one of the world's harshest and hottest climates with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).


  • Origin: Spanish/Hebrew
  • Location: Santiago, Chile; Santiago, Philippines; Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Meaning: Saint James the Great, Saint Yago (James), supplanter
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Santi, Sandy, Iago
  • Famous Namesakes: Cyclist, Santiago Amador; director/screenwriter, Santiago Amodeo; architect, Santiago Calatrava
  • Peak Popularity: Santiago has grown in popularity in recent years. It increased from 359, in 2000, to 71, in 2020.

Fun Fact: Chile's capital city was originally called Santiago del Nuevo Extremo—meaning Santiago of the New Frontier—before being shortened to simply Santiago.


  • Origin: Spanish
  • Location: Savannah, Georgia
  • Meaning: Large, treeless grassy plain
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Savanna, Vanna, Anna
  • Famous Namesakes: Soccer player, Savannah Levin; journalist, Savannah Guthrie
  • Peak Popularity: Savannah is a very popular girl name in the U.S., and it has been in the top 70 over the past two decades. It reached a peak of 30 in 2006 and 2007, and it ranked number 67 in 2020.

Fun Fact: The oldest human remains ever found were discovered in the savannas of Africa.


  • Origin: Italian
  • Location: Siena, Italy
  • Meaning: Burnt orange
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sienna
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress, Sienna Miller; actress, Sienna Guillory
  • Peak Popularity: Sienna has been on the rise over the past twenty years. In 2000, it ranked 620, and in 2020, it was 166.

Fun Fact: Siena, Italy, is located in the bucolic region of Tuscany.


  • Origin: English
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Meaning: Wide island
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sidney, Sydnee, Syd, Sid
  • Famous Namesakes: Director, Sydney Pollack; journalist, Syndey Schanberg; actress, Sydney Rae White
  • Peak Popularity: Sydney is a popular name. However, it has dropped in popularity from a peak of 23 in 2000, 2001, and 2002. In 2020, it ranked 243.

Fun Fact: Sydney, Australia, is named after the English politician Lord Viscount Sydney.


  • Origin: Latin
  • Location: Victoria, Canada; Victoria, Australia; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; Lake Victoria, Kenya
  • Meaning: Victory
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Victor, Vicky, Vickie, Vix, Vikki
  • Famous Namesakes: Queen Victoria of England; Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden; singer/fashion designer, Victoria Beckham
  • Peak Popularity: Victoria is a very popular name for girls. Over the past twenty years, it was ranked in the top 35 each year. It reached 19 in 2014 and 2017.

Fun Fact: In Roman mythology, Victoria is the goddess of victory.


  • Origin: Latin
  • Location: Vienna, Austria; Vienna, Virginia
  • Meaning: From wine country, forest stream
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Viena
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer, Vienna Teng; reality TV star, Vienna Girardi
  • Peak Popularity: Vienna is increasing in popularity. It breached the top 1000 list in 2015, at 925. It was 810 in 2020.

Fun Fact: Vienna, Austria, is also known as The City of Dreams as well as The City of Music.


  • Origin: Latin
  • Location: The state of Virginia
  • Meaning: Virgin
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Virginie, Virgy, Virgee
  • Famous Namesakes: Writer, Virginia Woolf; singer, Patsy Cline (who was born Virginia Patterson Hensley); tennis player, Virginia Ruano Pascual
  • Peak Popularity: Virginia is a consistently popular girl name. In 2000, it was 366. In 2020, it ranked 580.

Fun Fact: The State of Virginia got its name as an homage to Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth I, who was known as the "Virgin Queen."


  • Origin: English
  • Location: The state of Washington; Washington, D.C.
  • Meaning: Hunting settlement
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Washingtyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Inventor, George Washington Carver; author, Washington Irving
  • Peak Popularity: Washington is a rare name. It has not been in the top 1000 names since 1921.

Fun Fact: The use of the given name Washington often has patriotic symbolism, referencing America's first president, George Washington.


  • Origin: Bantu
  • Location: Zaire, the former name of the African country now called the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Meaning: The river that swallows all rivers
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Zavier, Zyair, Zyaire
  • Famous Namesakes: son of basketball player Dwyane Wade, Zaire Blessing Wade
  • Peak Popularity: Zaire is increasing in popularity. It was 798 in 2000 and reached 522 in 2020. Spelling variations Zyair and Zyaire also made the top 1000 list in 2020, at 968 and 447, respectively.

Fun Fact: In 2020, 541 babies were named Zaire in the United States.

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