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We love our skyline, the Cubs (OK, or Sox) and Lake Michigan, but not everybody is actually willing to name their kid Sears, Wrigley or Lake Effect. Still, certain names do rise to the top every year, and according to the Social Security Administration, these are the 20 most popular baby names in the state of Illinois. With some powerful girl names on the list, looks like the future is female. 

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No. 10

James
Derived from the Hebrew name Jacob, it means “supplanter” or “one who follows”...mom’s rules, let’s hope.

Amelia
This name comes from the Latin for “industrious” and “striving.” Who run the world?

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No. 9

Emily
A close cousin to “Amelia,” this one also means “industrious.” Looks like we have some future #girlbosses on our hands.

Mason
As it turns out, this name means what you’d guess: stoneworker. Solid and hardworking—nothing wrong with that.

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No. 8

Daniel
In the Bible, Daniel survives being thrown into a pit of lions, so landing in the laundry hamper should be no problem.

Abigail
In Hebrew, it means “the father’s joy.” Um, adorable.

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No. 7

Sofia
From the Greek for “wisdom.” Start saving for college.

Benjamin
The youngest of Jacob’s sons. Good luck choosing a nickname—Ben, Benji, Benny.

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No. 6

Ava
This is a variation of the name Eve, but it might also come from the Latin “avis” for “bird.” Either way, we think it’s lovely.

Michael
The patron saint of soldiers, but of course we still think of Jordan. Number 23 forever.

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No. 5

William
He’s not technically a prince, but he’s your prince.

Isabella
This name is a variation of Elizabeth. It’s also got some of our favorite nicknames. Quick: Izzie or Bella?

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No. 4

Mia
A variation on Maria, some believe the name means “rebellious.” Mama Mia, here we go again.

Jacob
One of the most important biblical patriarchs—we smell a natural born leader.

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No. 3

Alexander
As in, “The Great.” That’s all we need to say.

Sophia
That’s right. This name is so popular, its two different spellings are both on our list.

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No. 2

Emma
This name derives from the German word for “universal,” which is a fitting way to describe its popularity.

Liam
Whoa, did you realize this was a shortened version of William? Kinda cool.

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No. 1

Noah
Our minds go first to the ark. Little did we know this name also means “rest” and “comfort” (hopefully, for mom).

Olivia
Meaning “olive tree,” it symbolizes peace. No wonder it’s number one. 

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