Having a baby is the most exciting time in a couple's relationship, but picking out the perfect name can also be a pretty stressful experience.

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There are several books and websites with baby name ideas. I knew when I was pregnant that the middle names would be in honor of our grandmothers. But the first names were a bit more challenging. Social Security puts out an annual list of popular baby names for each state. So if you need an idea of what to name your baby (or maybe what NOT to name your baby), here are the top girl and boy names in the state of Illinois from 2020.

Top 15 Boy Names of 2020 for Illinois

  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. Alexander
  4. Jacob
  5. William
  6. Michael
  7. Benjamin
  8. Daniel
  9. Mason
  10. James
  11. Logan
  12. Ethan
  13. Aiden
  14. Anthony
  15. Henry

Top 15 Girl Names of 2020 for Illinois

  1. Olivia
  2. Emma
  3. Sophia
  4. Mia
  5. Isabella
  6. Ava
  7. Sofia
  8. Abigail
  9. Emily
  10. Amelia
  11. Charlotte
  12. Evelyn
  13. Grace
  14. Madison
  15. Avery

Here are the 15 boy names for Missouri

  1. Liam
  2. William
  3. Mason
  4. Henry
  5. Jackson
  6. Oliver
  7. Elijah
  8. Noah
  9. Carter
  10. James
  11. Wyatt
  12. Owen
  13. Lucas
  14. Logan
  15. Michael

And lastly, the top girl names for Missouri

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Harper
  5. Charlotte
  6. Sophia
  7. Amelia
  8. Abigail
  9. Evelyn
  10. Avery
  11. Lillian
  12. Nora
  13. Elizabeth
  14. Isabella
  15. Mia

So happy baby naming! To see the full list of names and states, click here.

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