The excitement of having a baby can be also overwhelming, especially when it comes to picking out a name.

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Baby names have become, what's the right word, unique in some ways. Maybe that's thanks to celebrities like The Kardashian, rock stars, and actors/actresses. I know when I was naming my daughters we have about three or four names picked out and when we first saw them each time we named them something different. It's that saying, I have to see them first before I name them. Well, if you are expecting, congratulations, but there are some names you CAN NOT name your child.

Who would have thought that there are specific names banned in the United States? There are a few according to today.com.  You can name your child:

    • III
    • Jesus Christ
    • Adolf Hitler
    • Santa Clause

All have been ruled illegal by courts in the United States. Do you mean to tell me that someone wanted to name their child @ and the U.S. saw enough people wanting to use the @ as a name and had to officially ban it? And who would want to name a child after a mass killer? I don't get it, guess I'm not in the cool crowd.

Not only does the U.S. have banned names, but there are some states that have some rules as well.

Arizonians must abide to a 141 character limit — 45 for the first name, 45 for middle, and 45 for last. And derogatory or obscene names are banned in California.

Social Security has not released to top baby names for 2021 just yet, but back in 2020 the top names for Illinois were:

  • Olivia
  • Emma
  • Ava
  • Isabella
  • Sophia

For Missouri:

  • Olivia
  • Emma
  • Charlotte
  • Harper
  • Ava

and for Iowa:

  • Harper
  • Evelyn
  • Emma
  • Charlotte
  • Olivia

The only advice I can give is to remember, that what may be cute when your child is five might not be cute when they are grown up.

KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state

Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

LOOK: The most popular biblical baby names

To determine the most popular biblical baby names, Stacker consulted the name origin site Behind the Name and the Social Security Administration's baby names database then ranked the top 50 names from Behind the Name's Biblical Names origins list of 564 names, based on how many babies had been given these names in 2019. Click through to find out which biblical names have stood the test of time.