Choosing a name for your baby is a big deal.  It's something they'll carry with them for life, so it's no wonder many parents find it tough to decide!

My name is Emily... the most basic name on the planet.  If I could change my name without paying thousands of dollars I totally would.

Expecting moms and dads, now's your chance to make a statement with the name you choose when your baby arrives!

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Unique names are so much more appealing and nearly a quarter of kids have rare names today.  Give this list of Illinois city-inspired names a try.  Sounds odd, but sometimes the most uncommon words resonate the most with you!

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City Vibes: 31 Unique Baby Names Inspired By Illinois Towns

  • Lena
  • Salem
  • Dakota
  • Sterling
  • Galena
  • Huntley
  • Savanna
  • Aurora
  • Kingston
  • Alton
  • Quincy
  • Morris
  • Bradley
  • Joliet
  • Zion
  • Addison
  • Byron
  • Dixon
  • Ashland
  • Paxton
  • Benson
  • Warren
  • Casey
  • Cary
  • Champaign
  • Winslow
  • Sidney
  • Roscoe
  • Rochelle
  • Clare
  • Berkeley

There were so many funny suggestions like Effingham, Sandwich, Paw Paw, Belvidere, and my favorite: Boody.  I don't suggest using any of those for your child's name or they'll be forever bullied all through school.


Read More: 10 Unique & Adorable Illinois-Inspired Baby Names 

If you're wanting even more unique names, I created a list of more meaningful baby names that'll make all your friends say, "Awww!"  So go ahead, take a peek and let the inspiration flow. Who knows, you might just find the perfect name for your bundle of joy!

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