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London Calling for American Idol Finalist Brooke White

London Calling for American Idol Finalist Brooke White
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Last week American Idol season 7 finalist Brooke White gave birth to her first child, a baby girl, with husband Dave Ray. They named her London.

They chose the name as a nod to Ray's family, who hail from the London area. The couple also visited the city two years ago and fell in love with it. People magazine points out that White is also quite fond of the nickname Londy for her new baby.

London has skyrocketed over the past decade, currently ranking at No. 94 as a girl's name and No. 561 for boys. Neal McDonough chose London Jane for his baby girl in 2010 and Dr. Phil's grandson was named London Phillip last year. Place names are often used as inspiration for baby names, especially among celebrities. A few years ago we did a round up of celebrities with interesting place names here and here.

This year we have already seen several of the more popular names taken from cities and states, such as Georgia, Indiana, Phoenix and Virgina. There have also been some other interesting additions to the list:

  • Moroccan Scott Cannon, one of Mariah Carey's twins born last year
  • Morocco Elijah Tyson, similar to Moroccan was chosen by Mike Tyson even earlier in 2011
  • Adalaide Marie Hope is the name Katherine Hiegl recently chose for her second child, an alternate spelling of Adelaide, which is a popular city in Australia
  • Kingston Michael Lynche, American Idol alum Michael Lynche reaffirmed the popularity of the name Kingston with the birth of his son earlier this year
  • India Rose Hemsworth, the first child of actor Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky 

What do you think of London? What are some of your favorite place names?

--A.F.

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May 31, 2012 10:00 AM
By BL (not verified)

Kenya was fairly popular when I was growing up (80s). Definitely more an African-american thing but Kingston's popularity reminds me of it.

June 4, 2012 6:08 AM
By Rhea Weathers (not verified)

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June 6, 2012 5:56 PM
By Sarah (not verified)

I really dislike London as a first name. It's a fine name for a city, but as a given name, I find it pretentious.

June 7, 2012 4:37 AM
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They chose the name as a nod to Ray's family, who hail from the London area. The couple also visited the city two years ago and fell in love with it. People magazine points out that White is also quite fond of the nickname Londy for her new baby.

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They chose the name as a nod to Ray's family, who hail from the London area. The couple also visited the city two years ago and fell in love with it. People magazine points out that White is also quite fond of the nickname Londy for her new baby.

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