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Indiana’s Top Baby Names: Revealed

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Indiana’s Top Baby Names: Revealed

When considering the best name for your future baby, looking at the most popular names can help! For starters, it allows you to garner what names will be popular as your child grows up. This is especially helpful if you are trying to give your child a unique name that not many children in their class will have. Additionally, looking at the top baby names may enlighten creativity and help you find the right baby name with the perfect meaning. After all, a name speaks for itself. Below are the top baby names in Indiana as of 2023. 

Indiana's Top Baby Names for Boys

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The top baby names for boys in Indiana range from Oliver to Lincoln.

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1. Oliver

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Oliver has been hovering at the top of the baby boy name list since 2020, and finally, it has made its way to the top of the list, at least in Indiana! 

The meaning of Oliver is “peace” or “kind one.” Typically, the name will give the impression of sweetness or meekness. Oliver has quite a few different origin stories. These stories include coming from Latin origin and the word “olivarious,” meaning olive tree planter. French and Old Norse origin stories also state that Oliver descends from the names “Olivier” and “Aliefr.” Regardless of the origin story, the name Oliver has been around since at least Medieval times when it became popular even then. 

2. Liam

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Liam is a top charting boy name that has stood at the front of the list since 2013. While it often varies between the first and third spots, its popularity continues. 

The name Liam has Irish heritage. Additionally, this name means “helmet of will” and “guardian.” With these meanings, it's no wonder the name Liam ignites an image of a protector. 

Liam has often been a nickname for names such as William, yet it stands pretty strong on its own.

3. Theodore

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Theodore is a Greek name that means “gift of God,” “gift,” and “divine.” While this name has existed for some time, it gained popularity when President Theodore Roosevelt took office. Since then, it has seen its share of time on the most popular baby name list. 

The origin of Theodore comes from the name “Theodoros” in Greek. When translating the Greek origin of the two combinations theo and doros, you get the definition “gift of God.” While Theodore is primarily a boy's name, a female version of Theodora has the same meaning. 

4. Henry

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Henry has slowly reached the top of the list of baby boy names through the 21st century. The last time it was this popular was in the early 1900s. 

Henry means “estate ruler” or “home ruler” and has German heritage. It was a name often used by German royalty, and then it traveled through France and England and became popular amongst royalty in these areas. The modern name Henry comes from the traditional German name “Heimirich,” which was turned into “Heinrich,” and the French version Henry later came about. 

5. Noah

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Noah is a name with Biblical roots. It may elicit images of Noah, the animals, and the ark withstanding the rough journey through the great flood. You may also picture Noah Calhoun as he hangs dangerously off a Ferris wheel in The Notebook or Noah Puckerman, the character on the hit television show Glee. Regardless of who you picture when you hear the name Noah, it is a firm name that has been topping the charts since 2009, when it took a spot on the top 10 list. 

Noah means “peace” or “rest,” and it comes from the Hebrew name “Noach.” The connection between the Hebrew words Nach and nuach and the Biblical Noah is strong. God provided rest to Noah and his family during the flood.

Noah can also be gender neutral, with many girls having this name recently. 

6. Elijah

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Elijah is a Biblical name meaning “the Lord is my God.” It is an ancient Hebrew name that was popular throughout the Middle Ages and the Protestant church and is still quite popular today. 

Elijah was a Biblical prophet whose life is outlined in the Old Testament books 1 and 2 Kings. This name has been among the top 50 baby boy names since 2001.

7. Hudson

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Hudson is an adventurous name that has garnered popularity since 2012. Before then, the name almost completely fell by the wayside in popularity. 

The meaning of Hudson is “son of Hudd,” which takes an English and German surname. The English meaning is also “son of heart, mind, and spirit.”

8. Asher 

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Asher is a popular baby boy name of Hebrew heritage with several meanings. These meanings are “abundance.” “happy one,” “blessed,” and “fortunate.” 

Asher is also a Biblical name, a son of Jacob, the eighth to be exact. Additionally, Asher has an Arabic origin. The meaning of this name in Arabic is “knowledgeable,” “wise,” and “lucky.” Asher held a spot in the top 50 baby boy names from the early 2000s until 2019. 

9. Levi

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Levi is a Biblical name that has been popular for quite some time in the United States. One reason for this popularity is partly due to the company Levi jeans taking center stage in the 1940s. 

The meaning of Levi is “joined” or “united.” It is of Hebrew origin and can be traced back to one of Jacob's sons in the Bible. 

10. Lincoln

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When one hears the name Lincoln, chances are they picture President Abraham Lincoln—a picture of stoic pride and intelligence. 

Lincoln is of old English origin and means “town by the pool.” Lincoln is originally from the Roman town of Lindum Colonia. 

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Regardless of the type of name you are looking for, any name on this list can be wonderful for your son to carry around.

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  1. Oliver 
  2. Liam
  3. Theodore
  4. Henry
  5. Noah
  6. Elijah
  7. Hudson
  8. Asher 
  9. Levi
  10. Lincoln
  11. Benjamin
  12. William 
  13. Owen
  14. James
  15. Jack 
  16. Maverick 
  17. Jason 
  18. Wyatt 
  19. Lucas 
  20. Michael
  21. Cooper 
  22. Carter 
  23. Ezra 
  24. Jackson 
  25. Samuel 
  26. Waylon 
  27. Daniel 
  28. Mason 
  29. Leo 
  30. Alexander 
  31. John 
  32. Joseph
  33. David 
  34. Everett 
  35. Gabriel 
  36. Isaiah 
  37. Isaac 
  38. Aiden 
  39. Sebastian 
  40. Ethan
  41. Thomas 
  42. Luke
  43. Jameson 
  44. Elias 
  45. Jacob
  46. Mateo
  47. Weston 
  48. Charles 
  49. Easton 
  50. Brooks

Indiana's Top Baby Names for Girls

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The names on this list for baby girls are sweet, feminine, gender-neutral, and more.

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1. Charlotte

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Charlotte is a French name meaning “petite” or “free man.” This name derives from its male counterpart, Charlot or Charles. 

Charlotte is a popular name amongst royalty and has spiked in recent years, possibly due to the birth of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. More famous people or characters with the name Charlotte include Charlotte from Charlotte's Web, Charlotte Pickles in the show Rugrats, and Charlotte Bronte, a 19th-century English novelist and poet.

2. Amelia

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Amelia is a popular girl name that is of Hebrew origin. This name means “to work.” The popularity of the name has existed as early as the 17th century. 

Amelia also has an English variation, Amalia, and has held its spot in the top baby girl names since 2013.

One of the most famous Amelia's is Amelia Earhart, an aviator. However, you may have also heard of Amelia Lily and Amelia Vega. 

3. Olivia

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Olivia is an Old English name and variant of the male counterpart Oliver. The Latin meaning of Olivia is “olive branch.” The name takes on the symbolism of peace. 

Several famous faces donne the name Olivia. These include Olivia Newton-John, Olivia Holt, and Olivia Wilde. 

4. Emma

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Emma is a German name that has existed since at least the 1000s. It became famous by way of Queen Emma of Normandy when the Norman Conquest was taking place. Additionally, Jane Austen's book Emma helped pave the way for Emma to garner more popularity in the 1800s. 

Emma means “whole” and “universal.” It is a short name that doesn't require a nickname. This name took its spot on the top 20 baby names in 1999 and has since climbed to the top. 

5. Ava

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Ava is a sweet and feminine girl's name with several origins and meanings. Variations of Ava have been around for quite some time. Popular faces that carry the name Ava include Ava Gardner, Ava Koci, and Ava Vidal—the Roman Catholic Saint Ava and the daughter of Pepin II of Aquitaine.

The meanings and origin of Ava include: 

Hebrew: “breath” or “life.”

Persian: “sound” or “voice.”

Latin: “bird.”

German: “island,” “desire,” or “water.”

6. Eleanor

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Eleanor is an old French name whose origin is quite a mystery. The name itself can be traced back to Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Popular faces with this name include Eleanor Roosevelt, Eleanor of Sicily, and Eleanor Greenwich. 

While the origin of the name Eleanor is a mystery, it is the consensus that it derives from the French name Alienor. With these origins, it is commonly assumed that Eleanor means “old north,” “shining light,” “sun ray,” or “light-hearted.” 

7. Harper 

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Harper is a baby name that became popular in 2015 and has stayed popular. It is traditionally a surname, meaning “harp player” or “person who plays the harp.” In the Middle Ages, surnames were related to traditional occupations.

Harper has literary connections with Harper Lee, who wrote “To Kill A Mockingbird”. This name also has connections to musical talent with Harper Simon.

8. Sophia

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Sophia is of Greek origin and means “wisdom” and “wise.” Interestingly, the word Sophia is the literal word in Greek for wisdom, meaning the word existed even before the name Sophia. 

A popular variant of Sophia is Sofia; both of these names have been on the top baby girl list since 2006. 

9. Evelyn

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Evelyn can be a gender-neutral name. However, it is very popular as a baby girl name. Evelyn's name originates from Norman French, meaning “desired” and “water.” 

Evelyn is a variant of the name Aveline. This name has been on the top baby names list since 2013.

10. Isabella

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Isabella is of Hebrew origin and means “God is my oath.” The name is a variant of the Biblical name Elizabeth and the Latin name Isabel.

Isabella has been on the top 20 baby names list since 2002. Some famous faces include Isabella Tobias, Isabella Hadid, and Isabella Rice.

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Any one of the names on this list would be perfect for your baby girl!


  1. Charlotte
  2. Amelia
  3. Olivia
  4. Emma
  5. Ava
  6. Eleanor
  7. Harper
  8. Sophia
  9. Evelyn
  10. Isabella
  11. Scarlett 
  12. Nova 
  13. Mia 
  14. Hazel 
  15. Willow 
  16. Luna 
  17. Nora 
  18. Violet 
  19. Aurora 
  20. Avery 
  21. Elizabeth 
  22. Ellie 
  23. Ella 
  24. Paisley 
  25. Penelope 
  26. Layla 
  27. Chloe 
  28. Lillian 
  29. Grace 
  30. Addison 
  31. Isla 
  32. Abigail 
  33. Ivy 
  34. Emily 
  35. Lucy 
  36. Ruby 
  37. Aria 
  38. Caroline 
  39. Lily 
  40. Gianna 
  41. Lydia 
  42. Stella 
  43. Delilah 
  44. Mila 
  45. Zoey 
  46. Naomi 
  47. Natalie 
  48. Sofia 
  49. Kinsley 
  50. Everly 
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