Baby Names Inspired by Beautiful Places Around the World

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We're all pretty darn lucky to live on such a beautiful planet. I was bit by the travel bug some time ago and I'm hoping to still be able to “scratch this itch” fairly frequently with the handsome baby boy we've added to our family. Travel with my little man will definitely be more challenging, but maybe even more rewarding? Putting together this post definitely gave me a renewed sense of wanderlust, along with some really wonderful name ideas. I hope you feel the same!

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Amelia – Amelia Island, Florida

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Mercer – Mercer Island, Washington

My little man and I were at story time the other day and met a little boy with this name. It was the first time I had heard it as a baby name, and I love it! I'm from Seattle, WA and it immediately made me think of the island near where I grew up. Truth be told, this photo isn't of Mercer Island, but it was taken of Mount Rainier from a beach on the island, so I'm going to say it counts.

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Aspen – Aspen, Colorado

This photo is actually of my husband and I sightseeing at the Maroon Bells in Aspen, but I think that's close enough. We love this area and the name is on our list if we have a little lady for number two!

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Powell – Lake Powell, Nevada

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Merritt – Mount Merritt, Montana

I've never heard this used as a baby name before, but I think it would make a great one for a boy!

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Brooks – Brooks Range, Arkansas

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Sierra – Sierra Nevada mountains, California

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Bryce – Bryce Canyon, Utah

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Graham – Mount Graham, Arizona

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Ruby – Ruby Dome, Nevada

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Bailey – Mount Bailey, Oregon

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Hudson – Hudson River, New York

Fraser – Fraser River, Canada

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Mackenzie – Mackenzie River, Canada

Big Beach at Makena State Park
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Makena – Makena “Big” Beach, Maui, Hawaii

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Mitchell – Mount Mitchell, North Carolina

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Roan – Roan Mountain, North Carolina

I've never heard this used as a baby name either, but you could pronounce it like ‘Rowen', which has recently become popular. I like it pronounced as ‘Rone' as well, for a sweet baby girl.

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Byron – Byron Bay, Australia

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Cetina – Cetina River Canyon, Croatia

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Cimone – Monte Cimone, Italy

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Hope – Cape of Good Hope, Africa

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Magen (or Megan) – Magen's Bay, St. Thomas, USVI

This is actually my namesake, although my parent's chose to spell it the traditional way. The story goes that they were on a cruise while my mom was pregnant with me, and they fell in love with the beauty of this bay!

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Magdalena – Magdalena River, Colombia

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Maritsa – Maritsa River, Bulgaria

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Milo – Milo River, Guinea, Africa

The Milo River is a tributary of the ever important Niger River, which is pictured.

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Murray – Murray River, Australia

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Oti – Oti River, Ghana, Africa

I've never heard this one before either, but I like the possibilities!

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Ramsey – Ramsey Bay, Isle of Man

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Rupert – Rupert Bay, Canada

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Sabine – Sabine River, Texas

Also a new one, also adorable for a baby girl.

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Baby Names Inspired by Beautiful Places Around the World

I have a constant craving for adventure and love to pack as much fun into life as I can. Becoming a mom to one sweet boy has caused me to slow down - a little, and provided me with a wonderful new way to find joy in life. I try my darndest to soak it all in, as I have already found life to move a lot quicker since welcoming this little hunk of love into it. I am married to an amazing man, and I'm still trying to figure out how to embrace the changes in our relationship that have come with new pa ... More

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