Top 84 City Names For Boys That You'll Love

Sarah Kante
Feb 15, 2024 By Sarah Kante
Originally Published on Aug 17, 2020
Edited by Sarah Hallam
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Get inspired by cities from all over the world when choosing a name for your baby boy.

Naming your baby boy is one of the most important tasks any parents-to-be have to do. For lovers of geography and travellers, baby names inspired by cities might be a good place to start.

Future parents don’t have to be restricted by their current location: the world offers an endless supply of cool, unique, historical and meaningful names for baby boys. From the UK to Europe, the USA to Africa, baby names inspired by cities from around the world are not unusual. Names inspired by cities can be as obvious as looking to your backyard or as far-flung as coming from the other side of the world. Names inspired by cities are popular for a reason, and you’ll likely fall in love with quite a few on this list.

A  baby boy chilling on a floatie in a swimming pool enjoying the city perks

City Names From The UK

Baby names for boys can come from the UK. There is no shortage of beautiful places with interesting names around, and these might be perfect for your baby boy.

1.Arran - Aaron too obvious? Arran is a Scottish island that could give you an alternative baby name.

2.Ashton - A lot of places have Ashton as a name in England and Scotland.

3.Bailey - London's famous criminal court, Bailey is a popular baby name nonetheless.

4.Burton - Town in Staffordshire.

5.Camden - Meaning "enclosed valley" in Old English, this North London Borough is a great baby name.  

6.Carlton - Town in Nottinghamshire.

7.Chester - Historical city close to the border with Wales.

8.Dale - Meaning "lives in the valley," Dale is popular with the Welsh.

9.Dover - Famous for its white cliffs, Dover is a city in Kent.

10.Dudley - Market town in West Midlands.

11.Easton - Village in Lincolnshire.

12.Eldon - Village in County Durham.

13.Euston - Meaning "heart," this Irish name is also a train station.

14.Hamilton - Scottish town in the central Lowlands.

15.Harlow - Town in Essex.

16.Kensington - From the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in the English capital.

17.Kingston - Town and Royal Borough within Greater London.

18.Kyle - Meaning "a narrow channel between islands," Kyle is a village in Scotland.

19.Leyton/ Leighton - District in the North East of the capital of England.

20.Lincoln - Cathedral city in England, Lincoln comes from lindo (Brythonic) "lake, pool" and colonia (Latin) "colony."

21.Logan - Meaning "little hollow," Logan is a town in Scotland, as well as the name of a clan.

22.London - Capital of England.

23.Preston - City in Lancashire.

24.Ross - A region of Scotland.

25.Sheldon - Part of Birmingham, in the West Midlands.

26.Trent/ Trenton - Refers to the river Trent and a village in Dorset.

27.Walton - Market town in Surrey.

28.Whitley - Meaning "from the white meadow," Whitley Bay is a seaside town in Northumberland.

29.York - Meaning "yew" in Brythonic, York is a historical city in Yorkshire founded by the Romans.

City Names From Europe

Europe has a number of cities that are names. Take inspiration from these cities to name your baby boy.

30.Aragon - Meaning "high valley," Aragon was a Spanish Kingdom during the Middle Ages, which took its name from the river Aragón. It is still the name of a place in Spain today and a cute baby name.

31.Berlin - The capital city of Germany.

32.Cyprus - Meaning "fair one," this is also the name of a Mediterranean island.

33.Dublin - The capital of the Republic of Ireland.

34.Leon - City in Spain. It means "lion."

35.Macon - Meaning "marsh dweller," this French city rests on the banks of the Saône river in the Eastern part of the country.

36.Milan - The Italian city of fashion, Milan is actually of Slavic origin and means "gracious, dear."

37.Oslo - The capital of Norway makes for a cute city baby name.

38.Paris - The City of Lights, the capital of France, but also the name of the son of the King of Troy. Paris started the Trojan War by running away with the beautiful Helen of Sparta. Paris works for both boys and girls.

39.Troy - Meaning "foot soldier." This ancient Greek city comes with a lot of history and legends.

City Names From The USA

American cities have names that are popular all over the world for baby boys. For a baby name with a side of Americana, look no further than these great place names.

40.Afton - Meaning "afternoon" or "evening" in Swedish. Located in the State of Virginia.

41.Aspen - Ski resort in Colorado named after the tree.

42.Austin - Originates from Augustine. Capital of Texas. Means "majestic dignity, great" in Latin. Can also be spelled Austen.

43.Boston - Boston, in Massachusetts, is quite an unusual name for a baby.

44.Bronx - The Big Apple district is famous the world over and could be the perfect name for your baby.

45.Brooklyn - The New York district gave its name to the Beckhams' eldest son.

46.Carson - Multiple places in the USA have this name.

47.Chandler - Meaning "candle seller," Chandler can be found in Arizona and is a cute name for baby boy.

48.Charleston -  South Carolina.  

49.Cody - This Wyoming city's name was a tribute to William Frederick Cody, also known as Buffalo Bill.

50.Columbus - Ohio's largest metropolis.

51.Dallas - Texas. Meaning "meadow dwelling" in Scottish.

52.Dakota - Meaning "ally, friend" in Sioux, this name works for any gender.

53.Dayton - Ohio. Popular baby name in the USA.

54.Denver - City in Colorado. Meaning "from Anvers" (French).

55.Diego - San Diego, California. Spanish version of "James.

56.Francisco - Meaning "Frenchman" or "free one" (Spanish). Inspired by San Francisco.

57.Harlem - District of in the north of Manhattan.

58.Hudson - River. This baby name references the New York State city.

59.Indiana - US State and city (Indianapolis). This name was made famous by none other than Indiana Jones.

60.Indio - In California, Indio is right next to Coachella. Fitting for a little hipster city baby.

61.Jackson - Jackson is in Mississippi.

62.Laredo - Spanish baby name and a city in Texas.

63.Lawrence - City in Kansas.

64.Mason - City in Ohio.

65.Orlando - City in Florida, Orlando means "famous." It is the Italian version of Roland.

66.Phoenix - Capital of Arizona. Meaning "reborn from the ashes" and also the name of a mythical bird.

67.Raleigh - Meaning "red clearing" or "roe deer," Raleigh is in North Carolina.

68.Salem - Meaning "peace" in Hebrew. Salem is famous for the witch trials.

69.Wyatt - Means "brave warrior" and can be found in Missouri.

City Names From Around The World

Antique compass on an old world map

The obvious places might not be where you want to look for inspiration. Some of the baby names inspired by cities from around the world are very popular, others quite unusual, but all of them are beautiful.

70.Amman - The capital of Jordan. The name means "peaceful," as well as "trustworthy."

71.Cairo - Meaning "victorious" in Arabic, this is the name of the capital of Egypt.

72.Cali - City in Colombia.

73.Caspian - The Caspian Sea sits between Europe and Asia and is the largest enclosed lake/sea on Earth. This is also the name of the Prince in C.S. Lewis' books, The Chronicles of Narnia.

74.Jericho - Meaning "city of the moon," this Palestinian city is located in the West Bank.

75.Melo - City in Uruguay, this is a popular name in the country.

76.Memphis - Meaning "enduring and beautiful," this ancient Egyptian city gave its name to the Tennessee, USA city.

77.Milagro - City in Ecuador. This baby name means "miracle."

78.Nairobi - Capital of Kenya. Nairobi comes from enairobe (Masai), which means "stream of cold water."

79.Rio - City in Brazil, famous for its Carnival.

80.Salvador - Meaning "saviour" in Spanish, this is a common city name in Central and South America, as well as the name of a country.

81.Santiago - Capital of Chile, Santiago. It means "Saint James."

82.Sydney - Large city in Australia. This baby name is great for both boys and girls.

83.Zaire - River and the old name for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It comes from nzere (Kongo language), which means "river that swallows all rivers."

84.Zion - Meaning "highest point," Zion is a Canaanite hill fortress in Jerusalem, Israel. The name is mentioned multiple times in the Bible.

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Written by Sarah Kante

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Communication, Curation, and Criticism

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Sarah KanteBachelor of Arts specializing in Communication, Curation, and Criticism

Based in London, Sarah enjoys traveling the world to experience diverse cultures and the great outdoors. She has a Bachelor's degree in Communication, Curation, and Criticism from the Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, and a Master's degree in Publishing from the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. She's determined to earn the title of "coolest aunt," and enjoys visiting museums, shopping, and chatting with her friends' kids whenever possible.

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