The Illinois Social Security Administration compiled all the birthing data for 2022, and that's how we get the list of the most popular baby names in the state.

Why Naming a Baby is So Difficult?


Personal preferences

Different tastes need to be worked through

Cultural and Family Influence

There could be naming traditions that need to be considered

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Significance and Meaning

It's very common for much thought to be given to the meaning behind a name or its historical significance.


This list might not be the most helpful resource if you're searching for a unique name.

The Playground Test

Does the unique name you've chosen, or the unique spelling, pass the most crucial test? The Playground Test won't make a lot of sense to someone with a common name, but you must think about whether you've just given your son or daughter a name that other kids will make fun of at school and on the playground.

The name's ease of pronunciation is important. Could a potentially awful nickname come from the name you chose and then become something that your child can never escape? Plus, make sure the name doesn't rhyme with anything inappropriate. All this kind of teasing can be pretty damaging.

The Most Popular Baby Names in Illinois

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Maksim Bukovski, ThinkStock

According to the Illinois Social Security Administration, Noah was the most popular name given to males born in 2022 in Illinois. The most popular name given to females born in 2022 in Illinois was Oliva.

Top Boy Names in Illinois

  • Noah
  • Liam
  • Oliver
  • Mateo
  • Theodore
  • Benjamin
  • Henry
  • James
50 famous baby names
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Top Girl Names in Illinois

  • Olivia
  • Sophia
  • Emma
  • Charlotte
  • Amelia
  • Mia
  • Isabella
  • Ava
  • Camila
  • Sophia

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