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The perfect name can't always be found on a map.

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What do you think of Madison, Boston or Dallas -- not to visit, but as baby names? One of the latest baby naming trends is by location, like Ashlee Simpson's baby, Bronx. Says BabyNames.com founder and momlogic friend Jennifer Moss, "People use place names when they have an emotional bond to fond memories of a particular location," she says. "It could be a romantic getaway or the city in which they grew up." But not all city names make good baby names. Here are a few we'd leave off your list of possibilities.






Top Five City Baby Names to Avoid:

1. Intercourse, Pennsylvania
Instead of commemorating where you conceived your child, this name tells people how you conceived your child.

2. Normal, Illinois
If you're worried whether your child hits all the right milestones, this name is for you. Otherwise, opt for the name "Abnormal" because that's what being named Normal will make them.

3. Boring, Maryland
What's worse: a kid who won't sleep or one that puts you to sleep?

4. Dwarf , Kentucky
Since Dwarf is considered politically incorrect you'd end up having to call your baby "A Little Person," which would be true until they started putting on some height.

5. Poopoo, Hawaii
Although it might be good for potty training purposes, this is a name that truly stinks.


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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
From Wisc. November 21, 2008, 12:14 PM

Chippewa Falls is not that north or east…

Stephani November 21, 2008, 3:31 PM

Try putting it by Eau Claire…..

Tara November 21, 2008, 5:31 PM

Ha, that’s funny — I used to live 20 miles from Chippewa Falls, so my main reaction to this was the same as the other commenters…

But on a more topical note, hubby and I did strongly consider one name because it was a variation of the town where we got married. We were married in Alexandria, VA and considering “Alexandra.” Didn’t make the cut, but I liked the symbolism.

anonymous November 22, 2008, 3:04 AM

How about Hell, Michigan or Climax, Michigan?


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