Our top 10 destination baby names

Posted on June 1st, 2018

Looking for a unique name for your little one? Mommy blogger Nikita Camacho rounds up her favourite baby names inspired by local and international destinations.

Destination baby names

Destination baby names are becoming increasingly popular with A-listers finding inspiration from their favourite cities. Hunky actor Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky named their daughter India Rose while Reese Witherspoon named her son Tennessee – inspired by her home town. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale named their firstborn after the Jamaican capital Kingston.

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Girls’ names


It is often forgotten that in South Africa, Kimberly is the capital of the diamond mining city. Add a little sparkle to your family.


The girl’s name India has been around for some time – from a character in Gone with the Wind to Chris Hemsworth’s daughter, India Rose.


The small town of Carolina in Mpumalanga started as a stopover town back in the 19th century. Now the town is synonymous with outdoor beauty – and could possibly inspire your future daughter’s name.


The metropolitan name of this capital city ranks high on the list of names for girls, but is considered a gender-neutral name.


Images of the infamous Brooklyn Bridge spring to mind with this moniker.

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Boys’ names


This stronghold name is after a village in KwaZulu-Natal. It’s known for its immense sugarcane fields.


After the infamous area in the Natal Midlands, Hilton is also known for its prestigious boarding school, Hilton College. So, a posh name for your little guy?


This name inspired by the metropolis in Northern Italy has gained popularity in recent years, after singer Shakira named her son Milan.


Palm trees and island living comes to mind with this Jamaican-inspired name. A cool name for a little dude.


This name has grown in popularity in recent years. It’s after the capital of Chile and is sure to be around for a while.

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Xanet Scheepers

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Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day. Learn more about Xanet Scheepers.