Celebrity baby names have a tendency to be obscure. Alicia Keys welcomed her son, Egypt, on Oct. 14, 2010. While it’s not a name commonly seen every day, we don’t think “Egypt” is too high on the weird baby name meter, especially since Alicia has good reason for choosing the moniker. According to an interview with Complex magazine, Alicia knew her child’s name would be Egypt whether it was a girl or a boy—a name she chose based off of a life-changing trip she took to the country in 2006.
She told the magazine, “I took an important trip for myself to Egypt. There were a lot of things that needed to change. I was not as experienced then, so I felt close to a breakdown. I went to Egypt, and I went alone. I sailed down the Nile and I saw the temples, the tombs and the pyramids. It was powerful.”
“When we found out I was pregnant, my husband said, ‘Egypt was such an important time for you. That really changed your life. Wouldn’t that be an amazing name?’”
It seems like Keys’ trip to Egypt is something she holds onto very strongly—it’s sweet she chose that for her child’s name.
Here is a list of other unique baby names designated after places.
York (English): From the yew settlemenet
Phoenix (Greek): A dark-red color; In mythology, an immortal bird
Morocco (English): Country located in North Africa
Nile (Irish): Champion
Savannah (English): From the open, grassy plain
Eden (Hebrew): Place of pleasure; In the Bible, the first home of Adam & Eve
London (English): From the capital of England
Arizona (Native American): From the little spring; From the state of Arizona