25 Fun Baby Names For Moms With Wanderlust

The definition of wanderlust is "a strong desire to travel." Someone like this does not necessarily have to go somewhere or travel far, they just don't have a desire to stay in one place, at least not for long. For mamas to be who find themselves with this impulse, we've got just the thing for you.

Wanderlust names can be anything from exotic place names to fun adventure names, and we have a list full of both. Wanderlust has become a modern trend. Today, you can find quotes about wanderlust just about everywhere. J.R. Tolkien coined the phrase "not all who wander are lost," which has become a mantra for those desire to travel.

Naming the baby after a destination can be just as fun as the adventure itself. Some of the most beautiful places around the world have been inspiring parents for centuries, so why not use them as baby names?

For parents who find themselves brainstorming about creative adventure and travel names that inspire there isn't far to look. We've put together a list of 25 baby names for a future little traveler. Even parents who don't consider themselves to have wanderlust will fall in love with these adorable monikers.


25 Austin

Firmly in the top 100 since 1986, Austin is one of the most loved place names of all time. It entered the American top 1000 and has rarely ever strayed out of the top 500 baby boy names.

Austin is not just a place name, it is also a variation of the name Augustine, which means "great, magnificent." Most commonly known for Austin, Texas, this moniker is even getting attention in other countries.

Austin has been used in several soap operas. The Austin Powers movies don't do much for the name, but the spelling Austen gives it more of a literary appeal.

24 Paris

This adorable place name wasn't on the American popularity list until 1985. It peaked in the early 2000s, but then dropped a bit since. Today, Paris is ranked #303 on the charts.

Paris is the city of romance, the city of light, and delicious pastries. Paris' rich history and beautiful culture attracts more than 42 million visitors each year.

Paris was actually once used more for boys after Shakespeare introduced it as such, but now is definitely more popular for girls, especially in the U.S. Hotel heiress, Paris Hilton, is credited for the name's boost in popularity.

23 Everest

This outdoorsy name is perfect for adventure-seeking parents who love something new and fresh, and "outside of the box." While Everest is familiar to most, as a baby name, it has never been ranked before.

Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. The mountain's summit is located in between Tibet and Nepal in the Himalayas. Reaching its summit is considered the highest achievements in mountaineering.

Everest stems from an English surname which means "person from Evreux." Sir George Everest was whom the mountain gets its name from.

22 Atlas

Atlas is a brave new baby name perfect for the wanderlust-filled mama. This moniker actually made an appearance in the top 1000 in 1883 and again in 1890, but was never seen on the charts again until 2013. Today, Atlas has made it to #329.

In Greek mythology, Atlas was one of the most famous Titans. Atlas was the leader of the Titan rebellion against Zeus, which ended in a punishment of having to eternally hold up the sky.

An atlas is also a collection of maps, making it a proper baby name for parents who love to travel and explore new places. This up and coming name is continuing to climb the charts too!

21 Valencia

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Valencia has made it onto our list for a few different reasons and its obvious beauty isn't even one of them. This moniker has been on and off the popularity list since 1927, but by 1994 didn't appear at all.

Valencia is Spanish for "brave and strong." It is the third largest city in Spain after Barcelona and Madrid, founded in 138 b.c. as a Roman colony.

Valencia oranges were hybridized in California by land developer, William Wolfskill in the mid-19th century. This sweet and refreshing moniker is full of history and charm. It definitely deserves a look at by adventurous parents.

20 Aspen

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Renowned for its first class skiing and snowboarding, Aspen, Colorado is loved by hard core adventurers and outdoor lovers. This moniker joined the top 1000 in 1993 and reached #329 last year.

Aspen is not only a place name, but also a nature name. The Aspen tree is a tree with heart shaped leaves that turn the brightest yellow in the fall. It's leaves quiver so quickly in the wind that they create a melody.

Though Aspen began as a unisex name, it is far more commonly used for girls today. This place and nature name will most likely continue to rise.

19 Phoenix

Phoenix is another place and nature name that has become a millennial favorite for both girls and boys. It entered the popularity list for boys in 1995 and has slowly and surely been making its way up the charts.

In Greek mythology, the Phoenix was an immortal bird that obtains new life by rising from the ashes of its predecessor. Phoenix also means "dark red," and Phoenix is also the capital of Arizona.

Phoenix is also a popular surname, like celebrities Joaquin Phoenix and River Phoenix. This moniker is continuing to soar, especially for adventurous parents.

18 Journey

This word name is on a journey climbing up the popularity charts, though it has taken a while to make it to where it's landed today at #283. After entered the top 1000 in 1999, it didn't crack the top 500 until 2012.

Journey is the perfect word name for mama's with wanderlust. Not only is it a picture of travel and adventure, but many modern parents are looking at it as a spiritual voyage as well.

Journey was chosen by Jenna Jameson and The Black Eyed Peas member, "Taboo" for their sons. Journey is also the name of the legendary rock band of the 80s.

17 Sawyer

This now legitimate unisex name has been climbing the charts since 1991, but it didn't enter the top 100 until 2015. It now sits at #95 for boys and #224 for girls.

Sawyer is English for "woodcutter or wood worker." It originated as a surname for someone who worked with wood. Tom and Diane Sawyer are two famous name bearers.

Steven Spielberg was ahead of the curve when he chose Sawyer for his son in 1992, while Sara Gilbert and Diane Farr more recently chose it for their daughters. Sawyer also gained some popularity on the tv show, Lost, when one of its main characters used it as an alias.

16 Ireland

This exotic place name has, sadly, only been seen on the American top 1000 a few times since 1998, and it never broke into the top 500. Ireland dropped off the charts in 2015.

This place name is one of the fastest rising names in its category. Not only is Ireland beginning to catch on, but places in Ireland like Shannon and Kerry are also very popular.

Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin helped boost Ireland as a trendy place name when they chose it for their daughter. True wanderlust loving baby namers, Baldwin and Bassinger claimed that geographic monikers are a family tradition.

15 Sahara

For parents looking for a unique and exotic name that inspires wanderlust, Sahara is perfect! Sahara has never been featured in the American top 1000, but definitely deserves wider use.

The Sahara desert is the largest hot desert in the world. It is also the third largest desert in on the globe, sitting just behind Antarctica and the Arctic.

Sahara is of Arabic origin and is literally translated as "desert." Though it was first listed as a baby name in 1992, it has yet to reach beyond #1032 in the U.S. Aside from the 2005 film, Sahara, this moniker has been sadly overlooked.

14 Bristol

Beginning in 2009, this moniker has steadily been seen in the top 600 baby names, never jumping very far up or down the charts since then. Today, Bristol sits at #483.

Bristol is a place name derived from the city in England. It is also the name of towns in Tennessee and Virginia, though its English inspiration is slightly more exotic.

Bristol Palin, daughter of Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, helped boost this moniker into popularity, especially when she appeared on Dancing with the Stars. 

13 Jett

It's a surprise to learn that this moniker has actually been on the American popularity list since 1999 and is ranked #301 today. It is also a top 300 name in Australia and a top 1000 name in England.

Jett is actually a mineral name, which means "black gem." For wanderlust loving mamas, Jett can have dual meaning, perfect for those who love taking flight and heading on a new adventure.

Jett was chosen by both John Travolta and George Lucas for their sons, helping keep this one in the public eye. Jett has also been a famous surname, like as in Joan Jett.

12 Cheyenne

Cheyenne was one of the first successful place names that eventually took on many spelling variations as well. It arrived in the top 1000 in 1980 and was in the top 100 by 1994. Though by 2001, it left the top 1000, it never went very far.

The origin of Cheyenne is Sioux. The Cheyenne people were composed of two tribes and was translated as "people of a different language." It is also the capital of Wyoming.

Cheyenne has been the name of several celebrities including singer, Cheyenne Kimball and reality tv star, Cheyenne Stoll. Other spellings that are catching on are ones like Shyanne.

11  River

This gender neutral name is on the rise for both girls and boys, and isn't slowing down anytime soon. Since 1994 River has been climbing the charts. It hit #207 last year on the boy's side and #274 for the girl's.

This nature name is the name of several celebrities and has been shown a lot of love from others. Kerri Russell, Taylor Hanson, Natasha Henstridge, and Jason Schwartzman all chose River for their sons.

Kelly Clarkson chose River for her daughter and Joaquin Phoenix's brother's name is also River, who is an actor and musician himself.

10 Dakota

Dakota is as equally used for girls as it is for boys these days. It is one of the top gender neutral place names in the country. For boys, it broke into the top 100 in 1993, less than ten years after it entered the top 1000. It has only dropped to #344 since.

On the girl's side it has yet to enter the top 100, despite it breaking into the top 500 in 1991. As of last year it has surpassed its use for boys when it reached #233.

Dakota is a place name that originally derived from the Sioux word for "friendly one." It was used for a Native American people located in the Mississippi Valley. It's the perfect combination of history, adventure and wanderlust.

9 Louis

This classic explorer name has had a solid resume in the American top 1000. From 1880 until 1959 Louis was in the top 100, it has only dropped below the top 350 baby names once, and sits at #277 today. Louis is also a top 100 name in 5 other countries.

Louis can be pronounced either LOO-ee or LOO-is and is both German and French for "renowned warrior." It can also be spelled Lewis.

Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman chose Louis for their son, followed by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both giving it a high profile appeal.

8 Clark

Clark has made our list thanks to explorer partners, Lewis and Clark. For most of its life on the charts, this moniker has remained in the top 500, give or take some years in the 1980s and 90s. Today, Lewis is ranked #380.

Lewis English for "scribe, scholar, secretary or clerk." Not only does this moniker have a superhero appeal, it also has a suave and debonair appeal thanks to Clark Gable.

Clark has also been the name of several film and television characters including Christmas Vacation's Clark Griswold and, of course, Clark Kent.

7 India

India is one of the prettiest and most exotic, yet familiar place names around. It was also one of the first. This moniker has been on and off the popularity list since 1880 and finally found a firm spot in the top 500. Today, India has dropped to #890.

India is a place name meaning "from the River Indus." The country's bright colors and spiritual ambiance have attracted many wanderlust mamas.

Chris Hemsworth, Sarah McClaughlin, and Heather Thomas all chose India for their daughters. It was also used in Gone With the Wind for the sister of the handsome Ashley Wilkes.

6 Florence

Florence is one of those classic names that is slowly making a comeback. It was in the American top 100 from 1880 until 1940, and spent most of those years in the top 25. By 1981 it dropped completely out of the top 1000 and only reappeared in 2017.

Florence is Latin for "flourishing, prosperous." Florence, Italy, the capital city of Tuscany is the inspiration for this adorable name being added to our wander lust list.

Florence and the Machine's, Florence Welch has given the name an edgy rock star vibe, while Florence Henderson from The Brady Bunch sweetens it a little bit.

5 Sicily

Another inspired place name that wanderlust mamas will love is Sicily. This moniker has never been featured on the popularity list, making it a super rare gem yet to be discovered.

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the 20 regions of Italy that has been dazzling travelers with its beautiful landscapes for centuries. Sicily is on the bucket list of so many wandering mamas.

For parents looking for something exotic and travel inspired, but not the usual place name like London or Brooklyn, Sicily is a solid choice.

4 Wilder

One of my favorite up and coming names that is taking American parents by storm is the outdoorsy yet sophisticated, Wilder. This moniker first appeared on charts in 2015 and reached #573 last year.

Wilder is an old surname that has recently been chosen by several celebrities like Donald Faison & CaCee Cobb and Mary Stuart Masterson and Jeremy Davidson and is the name of Goldie Hawn's grandson.

Gene Wilder, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Douglas Wilder are all famous name bearers as well. Wilder was one of the 10 fastest rising boy's names of 2016 as well.

3 Indiana

For a wanderlust mama who wants to keep it a little more domestic, Indiana is an adorable choice. This moniker spent a few years in the American top 1000 in the late 1880s, but was never seen on the charts again.

Though the state Indiana may not be that inspiring, it's name definitely isn't lacking. This moniker is considered unisex and Indiana Jones definitely makes this one a strong choice for boys.

Summer Phoenix and Casey Affleck chose Indiana for their son putting it on the map. It's also is actually in the top 100 in Australia and top 500 in England.

2 Rio


Though this adorable moniker is in the top 300 in England, it has yet to be seen in the American top 1000. Rio has a ton of potential, especially for travel and wander enthusiasts.

Rio is Spanish for "river." Rio De Janeiro is one of the oldest cities in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. Rio is also a famous movie from the 1950s that takes place in the U.S. after the Civil War.

Duran Duran used Rio as the name of a song that actually uses it for a girl. There is also an animated film called Rio about a blue macaw.

1 Hamilton

This classic surname that is rich in history had a pretty successful beginning on the American list that started in 1880, but, sadly, ended 1933 when it dropped completely off the charts and never reappeared.

Hamilton is English and Scottish for "treeless hills." Alexander Hamilton was a Revolutionary War hero and the first Secretary of the United States Treasury who was the inspiration for the Broadway musical hit Hamilton. 

Hamilton's rich history and new pop culture reference combined with its nature name meaning and imagery makes it a perfect wander lust name.

Sources: Nameberry.com, Names.org, Everydayparenting.com, Babble.com

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