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.

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 2017.

Top 15 Boy Names of 2017 for Illinois

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

Top 15 Girl Names of 2017 for Illinois

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

Here are the 15 boy names for Missouri

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

And lastly, the top girl names for Missouri

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

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