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New Jersey-Themed Baby Names

Got a Jersey baby on the way? Give them a name that honors their home state.


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Location-themed names, like London or Brooklyn, are big baby name news these days, but being a Jersey Girl, maybe you’re looking for something a little closer to home. Take inspiration from the Garden State and pick something edgy or classic or unique that will honor your home state.

Boys

Jackson

Rapidly rising to the top of the baby name chart, Jackson could be your pick for its cute, farm-filled namesake and not because everyone else is doing it.

Essex

We love the English countryside vibe we get when we hear this name, even though we’d choose it to remind us of our pretty suburban county.

Hudson

This strong boys’ name is popular among non-Jersey natives too, but we love it because it’s both a NJ county and a river.

Edison

For both the town and also for prolific inventor Thomas Edison, aka “The Wizard of Menlo Park.”

Dante

Are you a big fan of Red Bank native Kevin Smith’s movies, but don’t want to name your kid Silent Bob? How about “Dante” after one of the titular Clerks in his debut film?

Buzz

We love this manly retro name, honoring the Glen Ridge native who was the second man to walk on the moon.

Trenton

This state capitol name is a new twist on Trent.

Bruce

Because his first grade teacher might look at you funny if you call your kid The Boss.

Frank

Picked for Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, this name is traditional, but pays homage to your favorite Hoboken native.

Girls

Milania

No matter how you feel about the Real Housewives, you’ve got to give Teresa Giudice credit for popularizing this pretty Italian name. She also has girls named Gia, Audriana and Gabriella, if you like those more.

Rosalita

Want to give your girl a Boss-inspired name, but not sure you’re ready to call her Springsteen? How about going with the title of one of our all-time favorite songs?

Jersey

Straight up and to the point—a direct and honest name. Just like your state.

Asbury

The bohemian sound of this name makes us think of our favorite NJ boardwalk town.

Jovi

We love this cute name for a little girl, and not just because of our obsession with Perth Amboy native Jon Bon Jovi.

Avalon

This tiny town by the shore has a romantic feel that takes us straight back to Camelot.

Lucy

A throwback name to the turn of the century, when famed Jersey landmark Lucy the Elephant was built.

Carmela

Edie Falco’s no-nonsense matriarch from The Sopranos would make a perfect strong name for your strong girl.

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