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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.
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:
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.
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.
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?
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)?