Some things, like your ability to weather both heat and traffic with grace, are easy giveaways that you’re from Atlanta. But there are some baby names that are even more Atlantan than that, and will let everyone know how much you love our fair city. Keep reading for a peck of perfectly peachy Atlanta-inspired baby names for boys and girls that you’ll love.
Asa Griggs Candler founded the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in 1892, and was our city's 41st mayor from 1916 to 1919. Since he had 5 children, though, and countless grand, great-grand, and great-great grandchildren (most of whom have Asa in their name somewhere), you're bound to run into one of his descendants at the playground sometime. Just be prepared to be grilled on your lineage.
Atlanta's first suburban neighborhood can be found in Midtown, between Peachtree St. and Piedmont Park. Designed in 1905 for automobile travel, it features wide, winding roads that are still as fun today to travel as they were over a century ago.
André Lauren Benjamin, better known as André 3000, is an Altanta rapper, singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actor. You might know him for being part of hip-hop duo OutKast, alongside fellow rapper Big Boi.
August or Augusta
In addition to being the city where every spring The Master's Tournament takes place, this Georgia town shares a name with Helen Augusta Howard, who established the Georgia Woman Suffrage Association (GWSA) in the 1890s.
No, it's not for the most important characteristic of our city's drivers. Fans of the Atlanta Braves are diehard, and we think it makes a killer middle name.
Another sweet middle name, not a one of us can say anything mean about anyone else without saying "bless his heart" to soften the blow.
See Asa, above. For additional inspiration, Candler Park is one of our favorite spots for a picnic, and is the site of one of our city's best festivals.
Jimmy Carter may not be from Atlanta, but we claim him like he is.
This one's for you, Decatur. For your funky independence and our favorite book festival of the year, we feel like you need to be honored in the next generation of Atlanta baby's names.
Because EAV (East Atlanta Village) would cause some serious distress on standardized test forms later in life, we've taken the liberty of transforming one of our city's most transformative neighborhoods into an easier-to-spell-and-pronounce baby name.
Because, you know, we live in Georgia? Also, it's one of our favorite girl names of all time.
Henry W. Grady was a Reconstruction-era journalist who coined the phrase "the New South," and who helped reintegrate Georgia into the Union after the Civil War. Atlanta's downtown hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital, is named after him, as is Grady High School in Midtown.
The "Empress of Soul," Gladys Knight—a four-time Grammy Award-winner best known for hits Midnight Train to Georgia and I Heard It Through the Grapevine— was born and raised in Atlanta.
Because it is. Right now. Atlanta is so. stinking. hot. And will be, until October.
If the world's busiest airport is worthy of being named after former Atlanta mayors William B. Hartsfield and Maynard Jackson, your special delivery is, too. Really, what's cuter than a nickname of "Hart?"
One of Atlanta's oldest and most scenic neighborhoods, first developed in the late 1800s, Inman Park is home to many historic homes and parks. It was Atlanta's first planned suburb, connected to the city by the first of Atlanta's electric streetcar lines along Edgewood Avenue. Today, it's home to one of Atlanta's longest running and best annual festivals.
Atlanta has its share of Blah Blah Blah, IV, so to make it easier on everyone, just name your namesake Ivy. We'll know it means "IV."
Thirty-ninth U.S. president, Jimmy Carter was born in Plains. And even though he lost the 1980 election to Ronald Reagan, we Georgians still see him as a two-termer.
Dr. King was born, lived, worked, worshipped, and is buried in Altanta. A Baptist minister, Dr. King advocated civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, and was the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in Memphis in 1968.
Our current Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, is someone whose name you're going to be hearing a lot of, on both our local and national political stages. Yeay for strong women!
If you want a name with an edge, naming your little one after local Atlanta musician and businessman Killer Mike (Michael Santiago Render). But don't let the name fool you. He's not scary.
One of Georgia's own literary giants, Sidney Lanier also has a pretty big pond (Georgia's largest recreational lake) named after him—Lake Lanier.
Maynard or May
Atlanta's first African-American mayor, Maynard Jackson, was elected in 1973, during a time that many cities were still struggling to embrace the forward momentum of the Civil Rights Movement. Also, everyone in Atlanta knows that Marietta is properly pronounced "MAYetta."
Peachtree just doesn't work when it comes to a first, or even middle, name. But shorten it, and you'll find yourself with a Peach of a name—perfect for a precious baby from the Peach State.
In the 1850s, Spanish explorers used Catholic missions along the Georgia coast to assimilate Native Americans into the colonial system spreading north from Florida. The village of San Simón on current-day Saint Simons Island was a refugee village for non-converts, and is the island's namesake.
Founded in the early 1700s by English colonists led by James Oglethorpe, Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and was once named Yamacraw Bluff. We think Savannah is a prettier baby name than Yamacraw, but you choose.
Georgia's baseball player Ty Cobb was born in Narrows. Nicknamed "The Georgia Peach," he was the first player elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1936.
Just outside the Krog Street Tunnel, where you'll find a constantly evolving slice of Atlanta street art, is the BeltLine and Wylie Street. It's a cool part of town, and an even cooler boy baby name or girl baby name.
This is for all our Georgia fans, because in the world of sports, there no name more revered in this state than Herschel Walker. And it's a great name, too.
Just a few hours from Atlanta's city lights is Yonah Mountain, located in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest between the towns of Cleveland and Helen. Yonah is the Cherokee word for Bear, which we also love, but is a little to Alabama-y for our taste.
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