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Iowa Baby Named Nash for Nashville, Gets Gifts

The first baby born in central Iowa (including Des Moines) in 2014 was Nash David Eddie, son of Lance and Christine Eddie.

The name “Nash” was chosen in honor of Nashville, Tennessee. It’s where Lance and Christine went on their first road trip together.

When the president/CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. learned about baby Nash, he sent the Eddie family a bunch of “Nashville-themed gifts, including a CD with music from the TV show “Nashville,” a guitar-shaped chocolate bar, the “Lisa Loeb’s Silly Singalong” children’s book and a four-foot-tall stuffed Gnash — the Nashville Predators hockey team mascot.”

The family will also get free passes to local attractions the next time they visit Nashville.

(Some of the other locational baby names I’ve blogged about over the years: Brighton, Endellion, Julian, Sonora, Kennedy, Aquinnah, Georgian, Washington, Boston, Newark, Florence, Cape Cod, Bronx, Montana, Helsinki.)

Sources: New parents bring in first baby of 2014, Des Moines’ first baby named for Nashville

43 Unique Noun-Names

I’m fascinated by personal names that, out of context, don’t appear to be names at all. Especially when said names are created from everyday nouns and proper nouns — places, foods, animals, objects, brands, ideas, events, institutions, organizations, qualities, phenomena, and so forth.

My fascination kicked into high gear after I wrote about noun-names earlier this year. Ever since, I’ve kept my eyes peeled for noun-names.

So far, I’ve collected hundreds. But it’s going to take me a while to blog about all of them. In the meanwhile, I thought I’d list some of the strangest ones I’ve already talked about:

  1. Bandit
  2. Cape Cod
  3. Captivity
  4. Celerie (celery)
  5. Danger
  6. Eclipse
  7. Emancipation Proclamation
  8. Emirates
  9. Eiffel Tower
  10. Facebook
  11. Fourth
  12. Freeway
  13. Funeral
  14. Golden Palace
  15. Halloween
  16. Helsinki
  17. Jeep
  18. Joker
  19. Key West
  20. Knuckles
  21. Legal Tender
  22. Metallica
  23. Oleomargarine
  24. Opera House
  25. Orbit
  26. Peaches
  27. Pebbles
  28. Peppermint
  29. Prohibition
  30. Rainbow
  31. Shotgun
  32. Skylab
  33. Soccer City
  34. Sou’Wester
  35. Strawberry
  36. Suffrage
  37. Tahiti
  38. Trooper
  39. Tsunami
  40. Union Jack
  41. Vick Vaporup (Vicks VapoRub)
  42. Wilmot Proviso
  43. Zeppelin

Did I skip any good ones? Let me know in the comments!


Later additions…

  1. Sputnik, 10/4
  2. Nintendo, 10/22
  3. Annexation, 10/25
  4. Windchime, 11/9
  5. Oregon Territory, 11/22
  6. Gold Dust, 11/29

Pay Tribute to a Place Without Using a Place Name

Vancouver, named for a George

Most of us have met people with names like Dallas, Savannah and Montana. I’ve even spotted personal names like Barcelona, Helsinki, Bronx, Mattawa and Cape Cod before. Place names pop up on birth certificates regularly nowadays.

But locational baby names don’t appeal to all parents-to-be. What if you’re not a fan of place names for people, but you’d still like to pay tribute to a particular place with your baby’s name? (Confusing situation, no?) Here are some things you could try:

Look at Old Names
Has the place ever been called anything else? An earlier name might work as a baby name.

This was how Florence Nightingale’s older sister Frances Parthenope Nightingale was named. Frances was born in the Italian city of Naples. Her middle name comes from the name of an ancient Greek settlement that was located where Naples is today. (Florence had it easy; she was simply born in Florence.)

Here are some other locations with intriguing retired names:

  • Corvallis, Oregon, used to be called Marysville.
  • Coulterville, California, was originally Maxwell’s Creek.
  • Halden, Norway, was once known as Fredrikshald.
  • Cologne, Germany, was called Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium by the Romans.
  • Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, was founded as Port Clarence by the British and later known as Santa Isabel by the Spanish.

Look at Namesakes
Was the place named after a person? That person’s first name may make a good baby name.

For instance, let’s say you met your spouse aboard a flight from JFK to Long Beach. That place where you met–a Boeing 757–can trace its name back to William Edward Boeing, founder of the Boeing Company.

Here are some other examples:

  • Burbank, California, was first settled by dentist David Burbank.
  • Wrigley Field, Chicago, named for William Wrigley, Jr.
  • Vancouver Island, Canada, was named for explorer George Vancouver.
  • Lake Champlain was named for French explorer Samuel de Champlain.
  • The Bering Strait was named for Vitus Bering.

Zoom In
Maybe the place you want to honor happens to be a city park. What’s inside that park? Many parks have statues, plazas, fountains, promenades, bandshells, and other notable features and facilities. Are any of these things particularly important to you? If so, what are they called? Who created them?

Zoom Out
Let’s stick with the city park example. What makes up the borders of the park–streets? A body of water? What neighborhood or district is it in? What county? Is there anything notable nearby (like a theater or a school) that has a usable name?

So those are my four ideas. What others ways can you come up with to signify a location with a baby name (without using the place name itself)?

Baby Name Story – Helsinki

This is old news, but I just learned about it for the first time:

In 2005, after winning the 5,000m at the World Athletics Championships, which were held in Finland, Kenyan runner Benjamin Kipkoech Limo renamed his newborn son Helsinki.

The baby, born just 6 days before the race, had previously been known as Tony.

Limo and his wife also have three daughters. I’m not sure what their names are.

Source: Son renamed after Kenyan’s gold