When Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their third child "Chicago," they were either clueless or desperate, or maybe no one alerted them that we've got a lot better names than that for a kid among the locales in Central New York.

Now, you can turn almost anything into a person's name. Just ask Moon Unit Zappa or Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's kids, Scout and Rumer. But, if you're going to go with a town or city, we've got some better ideas right here. Literally, right here.

Located on the Mohawk River, adjacent to the New York State Thruway, near Canajoharie, it sounds like a name Dr. Frasier Crane might bestow on his egghead offspring, but just plain Nell could also work.

Cold Brook
It possesses a certain Native American ring. Definitely male. Do you, Cold Brook, take Whispering Stream as your lawful, wedded wife?

A focal point in the Adirondacks, it's like something out of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Roaring Twenties. Most certainly female, right?

Just east of Herkimer and Little Falls. If the full name doesn't stick, an easy fallback would be Dan.

A little northeast of Rome. Only problem with this one: it might land you on a no-fly list.

Off of Route 81, between Syracuse and Cortland. The beauty here is it sounds kind of distinguished, but you can always just shorten it to Ned.

Located north of Syracuse and bordered by the Oswego River and the Erie Canal. The official pronounciation of SKROO-ple would make you Skroop for short.

If you've already named your kid after a town or if you have any other nominations, we'd love to hear about 'em.


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