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Top 10 Most Popular Baby Names in Indiana

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 17, 2015

Making sure the pregnancy, labor and birth of your new baby is something that we know how to do well. What we can't help you with... naming your new bundle of joy!

Choosing the perfect name for your baby is no easy task. Some people like to use a family name and honor a special parent, aunt, uncle, or grandparent, or keep a name in the family for generations.


Name trends are interesting to watch. Some names become wildly popular for a season, become unpopular again, only to come back in style many generations later. Old fashioned, classic names seem to be in this position right now.

Around the world and across the country, popular baby names are different everywhere you go. But what about here in Indiana? What are our most popular baby names these days?

Here are the most popular baby names in Indiana according to the Social Security Administration's most current data from 2013.

Want more? Check out this chart that shows the top 100 most frequent given names for new little Hoosiers right here.


1. Sophia


Sophia is a Greek baby name and means "wisdom."

Famous Sophias: actress Sophia Loren, actress Sofia Vergara, director Sofia Coppolla.

2. Emma


The name Emma is a form of Emily. It is derived from the Germanic word ermen meaning "whole or universal", and was originally a short form of Germanic names that began with ermen.

Famous Emmas: actresses Emma Thompson, Emma Stone, Emma Watson, etc.

3. Olivia


This name was first used in this spelling by William Shakespeare for a character in his comedy 'Twelfth Night' (1602). Shakespeare may have based it on OLIVER or OLIVA, or perhaps directly on the Latin word oliva meaning "olive". In the play Olivia is a noblewoman who is wooed by Duke Orsino but instead falls in love with his messenger Cesario.

Famous Olivias: Actress and singer Olivia Newton-John; actress Olivia Wilde; and of course the character from the hit series Scandal, Olivia Pope.

4. Ava


It's difficult to find a certain origin and meaning for the name "Ava." Some sources say the name means "iniquity" and others claim it derives from Eve, a Hebrew name which means "life". 

Famous Avas: actress Ava Gardner, director Ava DuVernay.

5. Isabella


A variation of Isabel, itself a variation of Elizabeth, meaning "devoted to God" in Hebrew. England, France, Portugal, and Hungary all had royal Isabellas in their courts. Nicknames: Bella, Izzy, Izzie.

Famous Isabellas: actress Isabella Rossellini.


1. Liam


The name "Liam"has a great history. It is a short form of the Irish name "Uilliam", which derived from the Frankish, "Willahelm". The original name was a merging of the Old German elements, vila ("will" or "resolution") and helma ("helmet"), and therefore, means "helmet of will" and "Guardian."

Famous Liams: Actors Liam Neeson and Liam Hemsworth.

2. Noah


Noah, of Noah's Ark fame, is a Hebrew name that means "rest" and "comfort."

Famous Noahs: Author Noah Webster and actor Noah Wyle.

3. Mason


Mason is an English surname that has become a popular first name for boys. The meaning of the name Mason is "worker in stone."

Famous Masons: singer Mason Jennings, wrestler Mason Ryan.

4. William


William means "Strong-willed warrior." The name is of Old German origin but became popular in English after the Norman conquest of England in 1066.

Famous Williams: Several kings of England and U.S. presidents; William Shakespeare; Bill Gates; actor Will Smith.

5. Elijah

From the Hebrew name "Eliyyahu" meaning "my God is YAHWEH". Elijah was a Hebrew prophet of the 9th century BC, during the reign of King Ahab and his queen, Jezebel.

Famous Elijahs: Elijah the prophet; actor Elijah Wood; and politician Elijah Muhammad.

Now you know the most popular baby names in the Hoosier state, at least for now. Do you have a favorite? Share your favorite popular baby names in the comments below!