15 New York-Inspired Baby Names For Your City Slicker


So, you've seen every episode of Sex and the City (twice), you know exactly where to wait on the subway platform for an oncoming train, and you can give Spike Lee a run for his money as the ultimate Knick's fan. There's no doubt, you love the Big Apple. You love it so much that you even want to name your offspring after the city. But you may be struggling to find a name that pays homage to New York City and doesn't sound totally ridiculous. Why not take a little inspiration from one of these New York City-inspired baby names?

Because the city has such a rich cultural history, you have plenty of streets, landmarks, and neighborhoods to inspire a creative name for your little boy or girl. And your little one will surely stand out as a free-spirited flower child among some of the more run-of-the-mill names in his class.

So whether New York is home or just a place you love to visit, one of these New York City-inspired names on our list is bound to be perfect for the newest addition to your family. Because L-train Smith just doesn't roll off of your tongue in the same way.

1. Bronx

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Take a page from Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz' book by naming your little one after the borough that is home to some pretty cool city landmarks like the Bronx Zoo and, of course, Yankee Stadium.

2. Brooklyn


Brooklyn is one of the most popular NYC-inspired name among celebs. The Beckham's son, Vanessa and Nick Lachey's daughter, and of course Brooklyn Decker, were all named after this hipster haven. You little one will be in good company.

3. Chelsea

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Artsy types will have no problem naming their little girl after this trendy NYC neighborhood that is full of galleries and art.

4. Christopher

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If you want to be less obvious, Christopher does double duty as a classic boy's name and a shout out to a bustling street in the Village.

5. Dakota

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Tons of celebs, most notably John Lennon, have called these famous Upper West Side apartments home.

6. Delancey

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One of the main thoroughfares on Manhattan's Lower East Side, Delancey Street is a cool mix of trendy bars and long-standing bargain shops.

7. Ellis

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The gateway to the United States for millions of immigrants, Ellis Island is one of the most iconic New York landmarks.

8. Fordham

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Your future scholar is sure to go far, being named after this well-respected university.

9. Gracie

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Gracie is the name of the mansion the mayor calls home, but it's also an adorable choice for your little girl.

10. Hudson

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The river that serves as a boundary between New York City and New Jersey works great for both boys and girls.

11. Lenox

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This ave runs from Harlem down through several Manhattan neighborhoods, giving a glimpse at several culturally diverse areas along the way.

12. Lincoln

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Home of the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and many other performing arts companies, Lincoln Center is the place for lovers of the arts.

13. Madison


If Dad is a sports fan, he'll definitely appreciate this unisex baby name — a nod to the city's beloved Knicks.

14. Marcy

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Jay-Z put this Brooklyn avenue on the map, making reference to the 'hood he grew up in on several of his songs.

15. Tiffany

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Classic film lovers can be inspired by the Fifth Avenue jewelry store that Audrey Hepburn made famous. Besides, every girl loves those classic blue boxes.