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Baby Names: Celebrities from the 1990s
Whether baby names were based on popular television characters or bubblegum pop stars, celebrity-inspired labels were easy to spot in the 1990s. Here is a list of some of the popular baby names you might consider naming your little "Pretty Woman" or "Fresh Prince."
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Jonathan appeared in the top baby names of the '90s for one reason: Jonathan Taylor Thomas. The "Home Improvement" actor ruled the '90s with his adorable smile and comedy chops. Thomas also starred in several hit movies of the decade, like "The Lion King" and "Man of the House."
Mariah Carey is known for her five-octave vocal range and slew of hit singles, including "Vision of Love" and "We Belong Together." Her duet "One Sweet Day" with Boyz II Men is the longest-running No. 1 song in U.S. chart history.
"Beverly Hills, 90210" created a media firestorm during the decade, and some of the show's biggest stars inspired some of the most popular baby names. Brian Austin Green and Luke Perry sent Brian, Austin and Luke into the top 100 baby names, according to Social Security's popularity list. Jason Priestley and Shannon Doherty's characters on the show also inspired names: Brandon and Brenda.
Tiffany ranks No. 37 on Social Security's popularity list of '90s baby names. Tiffani Thiessen—or as she was known in the '90s, Tiffani Amber Thiessen—could be the reason. Thiessen starred in both "Saved by the Bell" and "Beverly Hills, 90210."
The classic name Sarah was ranked No. 4 overall during the '90s. "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Sarah Michelle Gellar helped make the name popular. For a fun twist on the title, drop the "h," like "Roseanne" actress Sara Gilbert.
Michael was the No. 1 baby name of the '90s, and several celebs inspired it. Music stars like Michael Jackson and Michael Bolton pushed the popularity of the name. Actors Michael J. Fox and Michael Keaton helped bring the name into mainstream media. Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan was every sports fan's hero.
Like Mariah Carey, Britney Spears created an instant celebrity-inspired baby name when she burst on the scene in the late '90s with "...Baby, One More Time." Since then, Spears has been making hit music and staying in the tabloids with her personal life. In 2013 she began her two-year residency show "Britney: Piece of Me" at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Britney's "Mickey Mouse Club" co-star Justin Timberlake also blossomed in the '90s with boy band 'N Sync, making Justin the No. 17 name during the decade according to the Social Security list. Timberlake has since enjoyed a successful career in acting and a return to music with his 2013 double album "The 20/20 Experience."
Bradley comes in as one of the top 100 baby names in the '90s, courtesy of Brad Pitt. The 1991 hit "Thelma & Louise" made Pitt an instant heartthrob. Today, he's big into humanitarian and political work, and his career includes blockbusters like "Moneyball" and the recent Oscar-winning film "12 Years a Slave."
Julia ranked 55 on the Social Security's list and was inspired by "Pretty Woman" star Julia Roberts. Roberts was one of the decade's biggest stars with films like "My Best Friend's Wedding" and "Notting Hill." She recently received her fourth Oscar nomination for her role in 2013's "August: Osage County."
The name William ranked No. 18 on the Social Security popularity list because of Will Smith. The actor/rapper made his career during the '90s, with hit albums like "Big Willie Style" and "Willennium" and films like "Independence Day" and "Men in Black." And we can't forget that he was also the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
The name Sabrina appears in the top 100 names due in part to Melissa Joan Hart's character on the popular TV series "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch." The rest may be due to the 1995 remake of the 1954 movie "Sabrina," which starred Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond and Greg Kinnear.
Christina ranks in the top celebrity-inspired baby names of the '90s because of another pop diva: Christina Aguilera was a game-changer in '90s pop, with songs like "Genie in a Bottle." Since her debut, Aguilera has enjoyed many successes, including her recent stint as coach on NBC's hit singing competition "The Voice."
Benjamin ranks in the top names of the '90s thanks to movie star Ben Affleck, who gained fame with 1997's "Good Will Hunting," which he co-wrote and starred in with his childhood friend Matt Damon. The film won the duo an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Nowadays, Affleck is acting, directing and winning more awards, most recently a Best Picture Oscar for his film "Argo."
The name Mark was ranked No. 48 on the Social Security popularity list in the '90s, and it might be because of Marky Mark, aka Mark Wahlberg. Before he was the Oscar-nominated actor we all know and love, Wahlberg was a rapper and Calvin Klein underwear model in the early '90s. Today he doesn't really like to talk about his rap career.