If you took away the meanings of all of these words, they'd actually make really adorable baby names.  Oh, they're all Illinois-inspired, too!

One of the first, and most important, decisions you'll make as a parent is choosing the forever name of your newborn baby.  If you're on the hunt for the perfect name but don't care for common names like Noah, Ava, Liam, and Emma, keep on reading.

10 Unique & Adorable Illinois-Inspired Baby Names You'll Love

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Let's find a name that stands out in the crowd!  I hope my list can give you a little inspo!

River - The most gender-neutral name, in my opinion.  Named after the many rivers that flow through Illinois, it's gaining popularity this year.

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Lincoln - History lovers, I had to honor Abraham Lincoln who began his political career in Illinois.  I know many parents naming their kids Lincoln lately - it's a strong, powerful name choice.

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Violet - The Illinois state flower blooms in the summer and doubles as a name that fits perfectly for a baby and into adulthood.

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AuroraThis town is nicknamed "City of Lights" which gives this place a vibrant energy, just like the baby girl you're having.  Aurora is also the Goddess of Dawn - she is the first to wake and bring forth the dawn across the sky.

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Oakley - Did you know there are 20 species of oak tree native to Illinois?  Add "ley" to the end of oak and you've got yourself a versatile baby name!

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Willow - Willow trees are one of the most recognizable trees in the Chicago area and this is a perfect gender-neutral name.

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Geneva - This city is known for its charming lakeside setting.  Who doesn't love the breathtaking views of a lake?  "Gigi" could be a cute nickname!

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Sterling - Sterling, Illinois is known for its historic downtown district and scenic Rock River. The name has a very distinguished sound and suitable for parents looking for a more sophisticated and stylish name.

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Quincy - Inspired by the city of Quincy, Illinois, and its historic architecture and riverfront.  "Cece" would make a great nickname, too.

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Cloud - "The Bean" in Chicago is called 'Cloud Gate'.  Imagine telling your friends your name is inspired by one of the most famous attractions in Illinois!

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If you're wanting even more options, maybe check out the most popular gender-neutral baby names trending this year!  So many options and one major decision to make.  Picking a name is more difficult than you think!

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