But if you're looking for an exotic place name that isn't quite so high on the popularity list, consider taking your globe for a whirl and finding some name inspiration there.
Here are some of my favorite worldly names:
Country Baby Names
Top pick: India
I love India as a baby name—it'd be on my short name for a little girl, with its melodious sound, exotic flavor and its Gone With the Wind ties. It's pretty darned popular in the UK, but still not-so-common here.
More country baby names:
Landmark Baby Names
Top pick: Everest
George Lucas just picked Everest of the tallest mountain in the world for his daughter, but I'd love to see this on a boy instead!
More place baby name picks:
- Hudson: The famed New York river
- Eden:The Biblical paradise could make a beautiful name for a little girl
- Olympia: The mountain that served as the home of the Greek gods and goddesses (Plus, I love the nickname Pia for a girl.)
- Sahara: The world's largest desert
- Rio: The Spanish word for “river” is part of the name of Brazil's famed city, Rio de Janeiro
City Baby Names
Top pick: Aspen
The Rocky Mountain getaway (named for the elegant tree), Aspen works beautifully as a boy's name.
More city baby name picks:
State Baby Names
Top pick: Montana
Big Sky country makes for a beautiful baby name. Montana is the Spanish word for “mountain.”
More state baby name picks: