Have you ever thought about naming a child after a place you lived or loved?
When we were first naming our son, I would look at every street we passed by for name ideas. For the next installment of our baby name series, we’re talking specifically about baby names inspired by European cities and I couldn’t think of a more fun topic! There are some incredible names hidden within the cities, provinces and landmarks across Europe.
Read below to hear about the names Jessica P has chosen for her five children, and what she’s in search of for a baby name for next baby! Plus our favorite European city baby names!
Jessica P has five children and a sixth on the way! Her children’s names are Lincoln, London, Capri, Vienna and Sicily and she’s looking for a name that works well with her other childrens’. Here’s what she wrote to us:
“Our kids are all named after places in Europe since we lived there early in our marriage. We are running out of ideas with this being our sixth baby though! And a gender surprise.
We don’t like the name Paris. Some people have suggested that other names we’ve suggested might have negative connotations from prior wars?
We usually find a family name to use as the middle name once we’ve decided on the first name, but we’re open to suggestions. We would really love if the name meshed well with our other kids names. We love names that are different, but not hard to pronounce.”
Keep reading for our suggestions!
Baby (Girl) Names Inspired by European Cities
Instead of just sticking to names of European cities, we also added some names inspired by famous European landmarks and streets. We also thought a great way to mix things up would be to use a place as inspiration for a shorter name, like Edin inspired by Edinburgh or Kensie inspired by Kensington!
A lot of the names on both of these lists are gender neutral, but here’s a list of names we think would be great baby girl names inspired by European cities:
- Abbey – from the famous Abbey Road in London
- Almada – a city in Portugal
- Bristol – a city in Southwest England
- Edin – inspired by Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland
- Florence – the capital city of the Tuscany region of Italy
- Geneva – a city in Switzerland
- Kensie – inspired by the Kensington district in London
- Malta – a Southern European island country
- Palma – the capital of Mallorca
- Ravenna – the capital city of the Province of Ravenna in Northern Italy
- Roma – the Italian pronunciation of Rome, Italy
- Rue – “road” in French and in the name of many famous streets in France
- Seville – the capital city of the Andaluisa region in Spain
- Siena – in the countryside of Italy
- Sutton – a borough in London
- Wels – a city in Austria
Baby (Boy) Names Inspired by European Cities
Below you’ll find our favorite European city baby names for boys, though again so many of these are great gender neutral options, too!
- Ben – inspired by Big Ben in London
- Brunn – a common place-name in Germany
- Camden – a borough of London
- Dublin – the capital of Ireland
- Hugo – inspired by Avenue Victor-Hugo in Paris
- Lucca – a city in Tuscany, Italy
- Lyon – a city in France
- Orly – a commune in the suburbs of Paris, France
- Oslo – the capital city of Norway
- Porto – a city in Portugal
- Rhodes – an island in Greece
- Roman – inspired by the capital city of Rome, Italy
- Wells – a city in England
- York – a city in England
What are your favorite names inspired by European cities?
Now, we’d love to hear your favorite names inspired by European cities, landmarks, countries or streets. Do you have any favorites or suggestions?
Congratulations, Jessica! We hope you find a name you love!
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