American place name, Algonquin
"wild garlic"

Chicago Origin and Meaning

The name Chicago is a girl's name meaning "wild garlic".

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have done it again for their third child: Chosen a name that feels iconic yet strangely inevitable. They named North and Saint's younger sister Chicago, after Kanye's hometown. The name Chicago derives from a Native American word for "wild garlic," which once grew plentifully in the Illinois city, the third most populous in the US.

Though one of the distinctly American names, Chicago has almost never been used as a first name before. The Social Security Administration reported six baby girls and five baby boys named Chicago in 2018, following the starbaby birth. In the years that have followed, Chicago has always been given to more boys than girls.

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Famous People Named Chicago

  • Chicago "Chi" West (b. 2018)daughter of rapper Kanye West and TV personality Kim Kardashian (nickname pronounced "shy")
  • Kenneth "Chi" McBrideAmerican male actor (nicknamed Chi because he hails from Chicago)

Chicago in Pop Culture

  • "Chicago" American musical
  • ChicagoIllinois, USA

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