Boys, Girls

28 baby names for people who love New Orleans and Louisiana

Love New Orleans so much that you want your child’s name to reflect a little something of that Louisiana spirit? Here are some ideas for baby names that have a connection to south Louisiana.

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Acadia is a parish, and Acadiana is Cajun Country — the swath of South Louisiana settled by Acadian exiles from Canada. Lafayette Travel says the term Acadiana “has come to signify all that is great about south Louisiana. It encompasses the ‘joie de vivre’ so well-known in Cajun & Creole Country, the ‘work hard and play hard’ attitude exhibited by the people who live here, and the love of the land settled generations ago by our ancestors.”


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Calliope has a double meaning in New Orleans: It’s the Steamboat Natchez’s musical instrument that you can hear throughout the French Quarter, and one of the Greek muses that gave their names to local streets. Calliope was the muse of epic poetry. This name does present the dilemma of pronunciation — do you go with kal-ee-ope or ka-lie-op-ee?


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Clio was the muse of history in Greek mythology. Today, Clio Street runs parallel to part of the Pontchartrain Expressway. (Other Greek muse names are also available, if you want to go for the really unpronounceable. Click here for more on the New Orleans streets named after muses.)

Dauphine is a French feudal title, and a street that runs parallel to the Mississippi River in New Orleans.


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