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Baby Emma, David or Elizabeth? Not for American parents Caitlin and Luke McNeal.

Fairly than naming their children after grandparents, biblical figures or the British monarchy, the couple selected the names of places that hold meaningful travel memories for them.

“Kinsale was after we lived in Ireland, and we vacationed in Kinsale and fell in love with it,” said Caitlin. “Keeneland is from Kentucky, the primary place we ever vacationed together to look at the horse races.”

And lastly there’s Sabi — “from the Sabi Sands in South Africa, where we went on our first solo vacay without Kinsale.”  

The McNeals are a part of a growing trend of selecting baby names based on travel destinations.

The McNeal family — Keeneland, Luke, Sabi, Caitlin and Kinsale.

Source: Caitlin McNeal

The recognition of “travel-inspired” names increased 14% between 2000 and 2020, according a study by the baggage storage app Bounce. The corporate compared a brief list of destination names and travel-related words with data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics, it said.

The outcomes show overlap in baby name decisions in each countries. Nonetheless, the trend of naming children after countries and cities is more pronounced in the USA than the UK, even after accounting for differences in population sizes, the study shows.

Hottest ‘travel-related’ baby names

Preston, Israel, Phoenix and Orlando appear on each lists, yet Preston — which implies priest’s town — is the preferred overall.  

The newborn website The Bump calls the name “old-fashioned and somewhat quirky … Though some may even see it as a reserved title for the rich, Preston is the name place of a Northern English town once known for its role in the economic revolution.”

American parents of baby boys tended to prefer domestic city names, while British parents showed a proclivity to look abroad, with names like Milan, Orlando and Rome topping their list.

Sydney made the “top 10” lists for baby girl names in each the U.S. and the U.K., but is way more popular with American parents. It is the only name to have been chosen greater than 100,000 times within the 20-year period analyzed within the study.

Nonetheless, Sydney’s popularity is dwindling in the USA. After peaking in 2002, the name fell from the twenty third hottest name that 12 months to 249th place in 2021, in keeping with the U.S. Social Security Administration.

Historically, baby names have been inspired by literary characters, biblical figures and the British monarchy. Now, there is a growing trend so as to add travel destinations to the list.

Source: Ria Hoban

London also made the highest 10 lists for American baby names — for each girls and boys — but could also be a bit too near home for British parents. It was chosen only 220 times within the U.K. from 2000 to 2020, compared with 44,556 times within the U.S., in keeping with the study.

Of all names within the study, Atlas rose essentially the most in popularity, in keeping with Cody Candee, CEO of Bounce. There have been only eight babies named Atlas in 2000, but nearly 2,175 in 2020 — a rise of greater than 27,000%, he said.

“This will likely be because of parents favoring more unique and meaningful names, with Atlas originating from Greek mythology and meaning ‘to endure,'” he said.

“Alternatively, there are a couple of names which have decreased in popularity,” he added. “Actually, there have been 11 that disappeared completely, the most important of which was Montreal which went from 23 to 0.”

Baby names that match country names

Ria and Connor Hoban with their children, (from left) Bruno, Joaquin, Bode and India.

Source: Ria Hoban

“Indus is female for river,” said Ria Hoban. “I had my elements read by likelihood during an evening out once I came upon I used to be pregnant, and I used to be told that I used to be a water element.”

“As well as, Connor and I honeymooned in India — Delhi, north and south Goa, and Rajasthan, and I actually have all the time been mystified by the region. I’ve also all the time loved the regale of the name and [I’m] a fan of India Hick’s design,” she said, referencing the British designer and relative of the British royal family.

In each the U.S. and the U.K., the trend of naming babies after countries is way more common for daughters. Aside from Israel, Trinidad and Cuba, the names on each lists were either exclusively or way more popular decisions for ladies.

Baby names that match city names

Though London, Kingston (the name of singers Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s oldest son) and Paris dominate the lists, one name is noticeably absent from this list: Brooklyn.

That is since the study didn’t include names of suburbs or boroughs, said Candee.

The recognition of Brooklyn skyrocketed after Victoria and David Beckham selected it for his or her firstborn son in 1999, said Candee.

If the name was included, Brooklyn can be the “second hottest travel-inspired name for ladies within the USA, with 75,948 girls named Brooklyn over the past 20 years,” he said. Nonetheless, the name is less popular boys, he said — it was chosen just 1,412 times for boys within the U.S. in the course of the same period.

Candee also said that several names were excluded from the evaluation for being too commonly was once inspired by travel. These names include Jordan, Madison, Austin and Charlotte, he said.

It’s unknown to what extent other names were inspired by travel or another association parents could have made with the names.

One example is Hamilton. Though there are towns and cities named Hamilton in Canada, Recent Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S., the favored Broadway play “Hamilton” or the Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton could have inspired some parents to decide on the name for his or her children.

Similarly, it’s unknown to what extent parents who named their babies Paris were inspired by the French capital, the Hilton socialite or Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” — or something else entirely.

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