How These Great American Cities Got Their Names

There are interesting stories behind many American city names. Let’s take a trip down the corridors of history to learn these stories of US city names.


In the early 1840s, Atlanta was known as Marthasville in honor of the daughter of former governor Wilson Lumpkin. The name ‘Atlanta’ was said to have been coined by J. Edgar Thomson, chief engineer of the Georgia Railroad in 1847. The reason for this name remains obscure though. While some claim that Martha Lumpkin’s middle name was Atalanta, others say he named the city for the Greek goddess of athleticism. There is a third theory which claims that Thomson only used a part of his original idea which was ‘Atlantica-Pacifica’.


Like so many other cities in New England, the original colonists named the city after their hometown. The city of Boston, MA is a namesake for the city of Boston, Lincolnshire, England. But the original city of Boston, England is very dissimilar to its New World cousin, in that it is a small city with a population barely touching 60, 000.

Best Character Names in Movie History

Here is a listing of some of the best character names in movie history that have helped give the character a unique flavor and added depth to it.

John Matrix

(Played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando, 1985)

Another ‘John’ to join the proud line of action heroes (‘John Rambo’, ‘John McClane’, ‘John Truckasaurus’). Though clearly inspired by Stallone’s character in Rambo, Arnie’s character is much more forceful that has done way better than the character that was inspired by the one from First Blood.

C.C. Baxter

(Played by Jack Lemmon in The Apartment, 1960)

Baby Names Inspired by Shakespeare

If you love going to the theater or you can recite a Shakespearean sonnet by heart, consider baby names that are inspired by Shakespearean characters. There are a host of characters in 35 of his plays to give you ample choice between Shakespeare baby names for girls and boys.

In fact, baby girl names and baby boy names inspired by the great playwright are also likely to be unique historical names that are scarcely used. If you are a history buff, Shakespeare names can be a great place to start. Nevertheless, a name inspired from his famous plays are sure to bring back happy memories of a thrilling theatre experience.

Shakespearean names for twins

While there are ample choice for both girls’ and boys’ names from Shakespeare’s plays, if you have twins of different genders you could very well name them after a couple. Think Romeo and Juliet, Titania and Oberon or Beatrice and Benedick. Sure, people could confuse them for a couple, but these are definitely bond-pair names that have value.

Baby Names Inspired by Literary Characters

Baby names that are inspired by famous fictional characters are sure to entice parents who love to read or are movie buffs. Naming your precious little one after beloved literary characters will always bring back good memories of hours spent poring over the latest edition of your favorite comic book or watching the latest movie in the series.

Here are some baby boy names and baby girl names that are sure to be classics that will age well too.

Literary names for boys

Atticus – While it has a distinct Roman vibe, this trendy boy’s name is inspired by the highly honorable Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Cullen – Lovers of the Twilight series have definitely scored this name high. Though originally an Irish surname, it has gained popularity in the recent years as a first name due to the book series.

5 U.S. Cities That Renamed Themselves Something Unusual

We don’t know if this is what gives the town mayor the jollies or that cities just get bored of a sane-sounding name but many a time cities and towns do rename themselves to something strange. Here is a list of some cities who underwent a renaming to transform into a quirky avatar just to get more attention.

  1. Truth or Consequences

Located in New Mexico, this quaint little town was once known as Hot Springs, New Mexico. The reason the town legally went through a renaming because the classic game show Truth or Consequences claimed it would choose its broadcasting location based on the first town that names itself after the show.

  1. Google

Among towns with strange names is Google in Kansas. Formerly known as Topeka, the town was enticed by the

The Numerology of Names

What is numerology?

In short, it is the study of numbers that has its roots in several ancient cultures like Vedic Hinduism, Hebrew mysticism, Chaldean (ancient Mesopotamia) and Pythagorean theories of Greece. According to its practitioners, there exists a relationship between numbers and everything in the Universe, and that the numeric value of a person’s name can shape their life.

Numerology states that every number has specific traits related to it. Parents can mold their child’s life and future by simply choosing the right baby names. The following are the numeric values of every letter in the alphabet:

The Name Stereotype:  What Your Name Says About You

Even if you didn’t know who Usain Bolt was, the mere mention of the name sounds like he is someone who is speedy like a bolt of lightning. Yes, names do have an influence on the perception of our personality by others. This is due to the fact that name stereotypes cause people to bring up mental associations for certain names.

Let us look at a few common first name stereotypes.

Gender stereotyping

Among stereotypes of common names we must consider the role that gender has to play. Studies show that girls with very feminine names steer clear of “masculine” subjects like physics or math after attaining age 16. Because these

How to Choose a Name for Your Baby

Choosing a baby name can be overwhelming for new parents but it is also the most fun. You are sure to receive lots of different options from your parents, relatives and friends. While there are no rules to naming your baby, here are a few tips to ensure that you choose a name that you and your baby will love.


Say the name out loud a couple of times. Call out to your child using the name. Get a feel of what the name sounds like. Is the name pleasant to the ears? Does it complement your last name? What are the nicknames that go with this name?

Baby Names Inspired by Places

These days, place names are the biggest trend in baby name inspiration. Parents often consider names of cities, states, countries and vacation spots as baby names if they associate the place with happy memories.

Here’s a look at some popular names that are being chosen as baby names by many parents.


While you might consider this name for people with a bit of nostalgia for their ancestral continent, this might come as striking news. This name has existed in Europe since the Medieval Era as a Celtic queen from Scotland was known as Affrica. In Spanish-speaking regions, Affrica is used to denote ‘pleasant’. This is one of the baby girl names that has been around since 1421.


A unisex name that originated from the Native American people living in the northern Mississippi valley. This name was very popular in the nineties as a western place-name for a child. The actress Dakota Fanning is most well-known as a feminine example of this name.


One of the first place names that spelt exotic and stylish in England. Gone with the Wind featured a character called India and the royal ex-model India Hicks is one of the most famous people to have this name. It was one of the most dominant baby name inspired by a place in the US in 2013.


The capital of the United Kingdom definitely is one of the cities that is being used to name both girls and boys. In fact, it has beaten Paris in popularity as one of the most favored names.


Home of the ancient Greek gods, Mount Olympus, along with the Olympic Games inspires this sporty, goddess-y name. A worthy opponent to the well-worn Olivia. Former Maine Republican Senator Olympia Snowe and actress Olympia Dukakis are modern bearers of this noble name.

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Cities That Underwent a Name Change

In the past decade, many cities in India were renamed. Why? This is because India was ruled by the British for 200 years and they had anglicized most of the cities’ names. India renamed her cities back to the original names to honor the country’s heritage.

Here are some cities from all over the world that have been renamed for various reasons.

Bombay is now Mumbai

The capital city of Maharashtra was known as Manbai during the Middle Ages. The origins of the name Bombay is still in dispute. Some claim that the English corrupted the name Mumbai, which is derived from the goddess Mumbadevi who is associated with the city.

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