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Penelope Scotland? Celebs love location-themed baby names

Kourtney Kardashian gave birth to a daughter Sunday, and her name has an international flavor: Penelope Scotland Disick.Whatever you think of the Kardashians, using a place name as a child's name is far from a new celebrity trend. Paris Hilton came along in 1981, and Ireland Baldwin in 1995. Former "American Idol" singer Brooke White has a daughter named London, and proving that place names know
Kourtney Kardashian
Kourtney KardashianJason Merritt / Getty Images / Today

Kourtney Kardashian gave birth to a daughter Sunday, and her name has an international flavor: Penelope Scotland Disick.

Kourtney KardashianJason Merritt / Getty Images / Today

Whatever you think of the Kardashians, using a place name as a child's name is far from a new celebrity trend. Paris Hilton came along in 1981, and Ireland Baldwin in 1995. Former "American Idol" singer Brooke White has a daughter named London, and proving that place names know no gender, guitarist Slash has a son named London.

Singer Alicia Keys chose Egypt for her boy, reportedly after falling in love with that country while performing there, and Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon named their son Moroccan.

Some stars stick to American place names. David and Victoria Beckham have a son Brooklyn and Ashlee Simpson has a son named Bronx. Drea de Matteo's daughter is Alabama, and Ethan Hawke's is Indiana (kudos to the What to Expect baby-name slideshow for that info).

Surely some location-naming parents just like the sound of the place name, or feel a connection to that land. Others are blunter about their reasoning. The Beckhams supposedly named Brooklyn after his conception location. Actress Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of Ron Howard, famously was conceived in Dallas, and her siblings' middle names came about in similiar ways. Twins Jocelyn and Paige have the middle name Carlyle, supposedly because they were conceived at the Carlyle Hotel in New York, and son Reed Cross was named after a London street because "Volvo isn't a very good middle name," according to Howard's Wikipedia page.

While baby Disick's middle name is garnering more attention, her first name, Penelope, is also on the rise as a celebrity child name. Tina Fey's second daughter, born in 2011, is Penelope Athena, and one of singer Taylor Hanson's four kids is also named Penelope.

The Kardashian-Disick clan has yet to comment on the name choice, but Kourtney's mom Kris Jenner is of Scottish ancestry. And the baby's father's first name, of course, is "Scott."

Not everyone was thrilled by the name choice. Tweeted Eli Braden, "Kourtney Kardashian named her daughter 'Penelope Scotland Disick'. In a related story, Scotland intends to change name of country ASAP."

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