Is it us or do you feel a Boston baby boom coming on? Whether you’re expecting or you just want to see how your kiddo’s name stacks up, we’ve got a list of baby names that honor Boston’s popular places, people and history. Scroll down for some New England baby name inspiration!
A powerful woman in American history, Abigail Adams was one of the founders of the United States, bearing the designations of second First Lady and first Second Lady. She is well known for her numerous letters to her husband John Adams that are filled with complex, political discussions.
While the first woman to fly across the Atlantic originally hails from Kansas, Amelia Earhart moved to Medford, MA with her mother and sister following her mother's divorce. Amelia makes a powerful middle or first name that definitely stands the test of time.
Boston parents have a number of street names that work well as baby names, with Beacon topping the list. You could even go for Bea as a girl's name.
Benjamin or Franklin
One of the founding fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston in 1706. A scientist and inventor, Franklin is most known for his discoveries relating to electricity.
A suburb of Boston, Brockton makes a strong first or middle name, with Brock as a nickname.
We love this name for a girl as it differs from the more popular Brooklyn. It pays homage to this neighborhood just a few T stops past Kenmore Square.
The ultimate show of Boston pride, this name would be great for a boy or a girl. Can't you just hear it announced over the loudspeaker at Fenway? Step up to the plate, Boston!
This one's for you, Patriots fans. Quarterback Tom Brady has made the names Thomas and Brady popular among fans in recent years. We'll have to wait and see if his recent split from the team will change that trend.
Another for the sports fans out there, Bruin pays homage to the hometown hockey team and makes a good middle name (or dog name, for that matter).
Cambridge or Cam
We love the name Cambridge for a girl with Cam as the nickname. This name conveys a brilliant sophistication of the college town that is home to Harvard, with a double meaning for sports fan, acknowledging Boston Bruins president Cam Neely.
Boston is steeped in Irish history and this name (pronounced "Kelt") is the ultimate. Bonus: it doubles as a Boston Celtics reference.
The Charles River is an 80-mile river that meets the Atlantic Ocean in Boston and Charles (or Charlie) are classic names we love.
Named for a neighborhood in London, this working class city just north of Boston is bordered on three sides by water.
Clara, Clarissa or Harlowe
Clara Barton (born Clarissa Harlowe Barton) was a pioneering American nurse who founded the American Red Cross and was born in North Oxford, MA. Barton is noteworthy for doing humanitarian work and civil rights advocacy at a time before women had the right to vote.
Irish Catholic comedian Conan O'Brien hails from Brookline, MA where he attended school through high school, followed by nearby Harvard University.
Copley Square, named for painter John Singleton Copley, is a public square in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. The name would be great for either a boy or a girl.
Name your child after 19th century activist Dorothea Dix who lived in Boston with her grandmother for much of her childhood. She drastically changed the medical field and championed causes for both the mentally ill and indigenous populations.
Only the most die hard fans would choose the more unique spelling of this name, which pays homage to the coffee company that got its start in 1950 in Quincy, MA.
While this name may be more popular for pups than children, Boston Red Sox fans are a dedicated bunch and have been known to give this name as a middle name to their human children.
Shopaholics, this one's for you. Filene's is a department store with a long history in MA, and it makes a sophisticated name that you won't hear very often.
Isabella Stewart Gardner was a long-standing American art collector, philanthropist and patron of the arts who founded the museum with her name in the early 1900s.
John, Jack or Kennedy
It's no surprise to see these popular names around Boston as the Kennedy family has a long history in Massachusetts.
This 80s-throwback name is popular for both boys and girls, especially for fans of the boy band New Kids on the Block that hails from Dorchester, MA.
You don't have to be an aviation geek to name your offspring after Boston's seaside airport.
Hailing from Concord, MA, Louisa May Alcott documented her life growing up in New England in the acclaimed novel Little Women and its sequels, Little Men and Jo's Boys.
Lucy or Stone
In 1847, Lucy Stone of West Brookfield, MA graduated from Oberlin and became the first Massachusetts woman to receive a college degree. She spoke out for women's rights and against slavery at a time when women were discouraged and prevented from public speaking.
We love this name for either a boy or a girl and it has long-standing Massachusetts roots with Quincy, MA being known as the "birthplace of presidents." Both John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams were born there. When the town split from Braintree, it was named Quincy after Colonel John Quincy, maternal grandfather of Abigail Adams and after whom John Quincy Adams was also named
Prominent Boston silversmith Paul Revere is best known for his midnight ride to alert the colonial militia in April 1775 to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord. The town of Revere, MA was named after him in 1871.
Do you really know anything about Boston if you haven't seen Good Will Hunting? We think not. The name Skylar was made popular after Minnie Driver played a character with this name in the movie that was written by Cambridge, MA friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
This prominent street in Boston takes you along the Boston Common, through Boston's Theater District and across the Massachusetts Turnpike (affectionately know as the "Mass Pike"). We love it as a boy's name.
Trinity Church is located in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston and was founded in 1733.