DAILY DIRT: Most popular baby names in Illinois? Noah and Olivia lead the way


"(First) names have become more diverse and personalized over the years," says Kushal Tantry -- speaking of interesting first names -- who is the CEO of ourpublicrecords.org.

Daily Dirt for Sunday, May 5, 2024

Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 940 of The Daily Dirt.

1. There is arguably no better indicator of a cultural landscape than the first names that occupy it.

“(First) names have become more diverse and personalized over the years,” says Kushal Tantry — speaking of interesting first names — who is the CEO of ourpublicrecords.org.

Ourpublicrecords.org recently analyzed data involving 10,000 names given to U.S. babies, which Tantry said showed “fascinating insight in the attitudes of parents when it comes to naming babies,” plus how “traditional naming practices still hold significance for many families”.

The ourpublicrecords.org results revealed that Illinois’s most popular male name for a baby since 1992 is Noah, while Olivia is the most popular female name. The following are currently the most popular baby names in Illinois:


  • 1. Noah                
  • 2. Liam                 
  • 3. Oliver               
  •  4. Mateo              
  • 5. Theodore          
  • 6. Benjamin         
  •  7. Henry               
  •  8. James              
  • 9. William              
  • 10. Sebastian


  • 1. Olivia
  • 2. Sophia
  • 3. Emma
  • 4. Charlotte
  • 5. Amelia
  • 6. Mia
  • 7. Isabella
  • 8.Ava
  • 9. Camila
  • 10. Sofia

Tantry says it is no accident there is an interesting mix of newer-type names and those with more of a traditional feel.

“Zendaya is a great example of a unique name (that is becoming more popular, though it did not make the top 10), thanks to cultural inspiration,” Tantry said. “Georgina is an older, more traditional name (that also did make the top 10) that has also greatly increased in popularity, showing how names never really go extinct and how most names will see fluctuations in popularity over time.”

For the record, ourpublicrecords.org said that on a national level the most popular male baby name right now is Liam, with Noah ranking second. On the distaff side, Olivia is also the most popular female name nationally.

2. Did you know (Part 7) …

That in 1980 David Bowie was performing in “The Elephant Man” on Broadway, and in the front row there were three empty seats. Two of those seats belonged to Yoko Ono and John Lennon. Lennon had been shot and killed on the streets of New York the night before. The third empty seat belonged to Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon. 

That former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson played bass guitar on the Divinyls’ 1990 song “I Touch Myself”.

That the Monty Python movie “The Holy Grail” was funded by George Harrison, Led Zeppelin, Genesis and Pink Floyd.

3. More potential nicknames are surfacing for the NHL team that is relocating from Arizona to Utah. Here’s the latest:

Utah Latter-Day Skates: This one is gold, whether you may be Mormon or not.

Utah Jambalaya: Remember when Utah stole the New Orleans Jazz NBA team? Now it can steal something else from New Orleans for this nickname. Of course, neither nickname makes any sense in Utah, which is the beauty of it all.

Utah Jazz Hands: Jazz Hands! It’s been a while since this term has been mainstream. But it might just work, since the hockey team would be a partner to the Utah Jazz NBA club.

Utah Pyramids: OK, it seems Utah is the home to multi-level marketing firms (and pyramid schemes), so … maybe we don’t really need to celebrate that.

Steve Thought O’ The Day – It’s comforting to know that Chuck Norris can speak every language, including dolphin.

Steve Eighigner writes daily for Muddy River News. What about the Utah Johnnies?

I am an FBI agent.

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