Popular Baby Names Inspired By Travel Locations
The last 20 years have seen an increase in the number of babies with unique names, many inspired by their parents’ favorite trips or locations.
More and more babies are born each year with unusual names, from celebrities naming their children after fruit to old names making a comeback. However, a trend that has also risen over the past 20 years is parents being influenced by travel destinations and landmarks when naming their children.
Traveling to a new destination is always inspiring, with influence from new cultures, beautiful buildings, sites, and food and drink. So, it’s not uncommon that holiday goers want to make these memories last.
Considering this, the experts at SkyParkSecure analyzed ONS data* for all newborn names for girls and boys across England and Wales between 2001 and 2021 and put together the most popular names that could have been inspired by some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, cities, and countries.
Top 8 Girl Names Inspired by Travel
With 39,029 Sophias born over the last 20 years, this beautiful name has made it to the top of the list and could have been inspired by the Hagia Sophia, a Mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey.
In second place is the pretty name Florence, with 25,831 names registered. Florence is a city in central Italy and the capital of the Tuscany region, which could’ve influenced many parents to name their child Florence.
Sofia could be inspired by the capital of Bulgaria, with 23,499 registrations placing it in third position.
Victoria takes the fourth spot at 11,527 names. While Victoria is a state in Australia, which is home to Melbourne, the name Victoria could also refer to a couple of other destinations, including Victoria Falls, as well as the capital city of Canada’s British Columbia.
With 6,211 registrations, India comes in fifth place, and if you’ve been to this beautiful country, you can see why you might want to name your baby girl after it.
Paris is another name from the top 10 list that could’ve been inspired by a European city, with 3,328 registrations.
Another name possibly inspired by an Australian destination is Sydney, in seventh place with 3,247 registrations.
Liberty, sometimes abbreviated to Libby, comes in at eighth place with 3,090 registrations. The name Liberty could be inspired by the statue of Liberty in New York City.
Top 8 Boy Names Inspired by Travel
With 14,946 registrations, Ellis comes out on top, which may take inspiration from New York’s Ellis Island.
With 5,430 registrations, Rio is in second place, which could have taken inspiration from one of Brazil’s biggest cities.
Heading to New York, Brooklyn makes it into third place with 2,775 registrations – perhaps partly inspired by the edgiest suburb of New York City.
Milan, possibly inspired by the capital of Italy, comes in at the fourth spot with 2,071 registrations.
Santiago, the capital of Chile could have inspired 1,350 people to name their children, coming in at fifth place.
Egypt’s capital may have inspired 1,073 people to name their children after it.
Rome is the second location on the top 10 that could be inspired by Italy, taking the seventh spot with 666 registrations.
Coming in at eighth place with 534 registered names for Bryce, possibly influenced by Bryce Canyon National Park, located in Utah, USA.
*Data for all newborn names for boys and girls across England and Wales between 2001 and 2021 was collected from the ONS. Newborn names with 2 or less occurrences were excluded for data privacy reasons. This list was then cross-referenced with names of countries, popular cities, and popular landmarks, to identify how many newborns could be named after them. The data provided is split by gender and years, for each year between 2001 and 2021. Three percentage change calculations are also included for each gender table, to see how the popularity of certain names has grown or fallen. One is for the last 20 years, one is for the last 10 years, and one is for the last five years.
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