50 Baby Names Inspired by New York
If the Empire State means something special to your family, here are 50 names inspired by New York that you're sure to love.
Updated January 11, 2023
New York is iconic for so many reasons, which is why it's one of the top tourist destinations in the country. If you were born there or just love to visit, you may consider a name for your baby inspired by something that makes New York special.
Here is our list of the top 50 baby names inspired by the Big Apple. You will find so many options and we included how they relate to the Empire State. You will even find some of the most popular names chosen according to New York City birth certificate records. There is truly something for anyone!
New York Girl Names
- Amelia - This name is inspired by the upscale women's clothing store called Amelia New York that is located in Deer Park.
- Ariana - Ariana is one of the most popular baby names chosen in NYC in 2019, number 29, and is continuing to rise in popularity.
- Astoria - This is the name of a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens.
- Chelsea - This is the name of a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan.
- Eloise - Eloise at the Plaza is a book in a series that takes place at the Plaza Hotel in New York City and is written by Kay Thompson.
- Emma - Emma was actually the most popular baby girl name in New York City in 2019.
- Harriet - There is a memorial for Harriet Tubman located in New York City as well as the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park located in Auburn, NY.
- Isabella - Isabella was the fifth most popular baby girl name in New York City in 2019.
- Liberty - This beautiful name is inspired by the Statue of Liberty located in New York City.
- Macy - This name is taken from the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade held in NYC every year.
- Madison - Madison Avenue is the name of a street found in Manhattan.
- Mia - Mia was the fourth most popular baby boy name in New York City in 2019.
- Olivia - Olivia was the second most popular baby girl name in New York City in 2019.
- Peggy - For Peggy Schuyler, the wife of Stephen Van Rensselaer III an army general, and lived in Albany, NY during the American Revolution. They are also Dutch.
- Sophia - Sophia was the third most popular baby girl name in New York City in 2019.
- Tiffany - Tiffany & Co is a popular jewelry store chain that originated in New York City.
- Trinity - Trinity School is one of the oldest schools in the United States and is located at Broadway and Wall Street.
- Waverly - The village of Waverly is located in Tioga County, near the city of Elmira, and is known for the Manoil Manufacturing company that made toy soldiers in the 1930s.
- Whitney - For the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City.
- Zora - Zora Neale Huston was very influential in African-American literature, including her best work Their Eyes Were Watching God, a Harlem Renaissance classic.
New York Boy Names
- Apollo - For the Apollo Theater in New York City.
- Astor - For Astor Place, a street in Manhattan as well as the Hotel Astor which was founded by the Astor family.
- Bronx - Bronx is one of the New York City Boroughs.
- Carnegie - For the famous Carnegie Hall in NYC founded by Andrew Carnegie.
- Cooper - For the Cooper Union, located in Manhattan for the Advancement of Science and Art.
- Ellis - For Ellis Island, located in New York City and is also the site of the Statue of Liberty.
- Ethan - Ethan was the third most popular baby boy name in New York City in 2019.
- Franklin - Delaware County has a village called Franklin.
- Hudson - Obviously this is for the iconic Hudson River.
- Hyde - This is taken from the city of Hyde Park which is located in upstate New York.
- Jacob - Jacob was the fourth most popular baby boy name in New York City in 2019.
- Kingston - This is a city in Ulster County and was actually the first capital of New York before Albany.
- Lawrence - This is a village in Nassau County, NY.
- Liam - Liam was the most popular baby boy name in New York City in 2019.
- Lincoln - The Lincoln Center is a popular performing arts center in NYC.
- Lucas - Lucas was the fifth most popular baby boy name in New York City in 2019.
- Manhattan - One of the most well known NYC boroughs.
- Noah - Noah was the second most popular baby boy name in New York City in 2019.
- Rockefeller - Rockefeller Center is a considered a landmark in NYC and a very popular attraction.
- Solomon - For the Solomon R. Guggenheim Art Museum in New York City.
- Vanderbilt - The Vanderbilt Mansion in NYC is a popular place for tourists to stay.
Gender Neutral New York Names
- Brighton - This city is located in northern New York State near Rochester.
- Brooklyn - This is one of the NYC boroughs.
- Carroll - There is a town in New York state with this name, as well as Berkeley Carroll, which is a private school in NYC.
- George - For Lake George, New York which is a popular vacation destination.
- Harlem - This is a neighborhood in Upper Manhattan.
- Jayden - This is one of the most popular baby names in all of New York state.
- Kennedy - For the famous John F. Kennedy airport in NYC which is named for the former President.
- Shea - For the iconic Shea Stadium, the former home of the New York Mets baseball team.
- Sutton - For Sutton Place, a neighborhood located in Manhattan.
For more baby name inspiration check out these popular baby name lists:
- Top 1000 Most Popular Baby Girl Names in the U.S.
- Top 1000 Most Popular Baby Boy Names in the U.S.
- The 100 Coolest Baby Names in the World
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