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Baby Names: Celebrities from 2000-2010
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Ryan ranked at No. 15 on Social Security's list of the most popular baby names of the 2000s. A number of famous Ryans from the decade helped enhance the popularity of this title—Gosling, Reynolds, Seacrest and Phillippe (seen here) to name a few.
As with Ryan, the decade saw a rise in the number of babies named Jessica thanks to the influence of several celebs. Singer Jessica Simpson and actresses Jessica Biel ("7th Heaven"), Jessica Alba ("Sin City," seen here) and Jessica Capshaw ("Grey's Anatomy") helped inspire parents to pick this popular label.
Usually shortened to "Matt," this baby name is shared by "Bourne" actor Matt Damon. The Oscar winner had a slew of hit films between 2000 and 2010 as well as a hilarious mock "feud" with late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel that began in 2006 continues to this day.
Nicole's spot in the top baby names of the decade was helped "Moulin Rouge" actress Nicole Kidman. The Oscar winner starred in some of the most critically acclaimed films of the decade, including "The Hours" and "Cold Mountain." Kidman is still making films and splits her time between her native Australia, Los Angeles and Nashville with her family and husband Keith Urban.
The playful name Owen ranks in the top baby names of the decade with an assist from Owen Wilson. The "Marley & Me" star is known for his fun-loving attitude and comedy chops, which makes this celeb-inspired name perfect for any little guy.
Jacob was the No. 1 boys' baby name between 2000 and 2010, according to the Social Security's list. Perhaps it became so popular because of its fun-loving nickname, Jake, but we prefer to think it's due to the name's exposure as Jacob Black, the werewolf character from the "Twilight" series, played in the films by Taylor Lautner (seen here).
Angelina Jolie is one of the world's most recognized figures, so it makes sense that parents were inspired to name their baby girls after the actress and humanitarian. Under constant media scrutiny in the 2000s, Jolie managed to make several films, a few of which she also directed. Her latest project, "Unbroken," is set to hit theaters this Christmas.
Elijah ranks No. 34 on the Social Security list of top baby names from the 2000s. Actor Elijah Wood stoked a trend when he stared as Frodo Baggins, the lead in Peter Jackson's adaptions of J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Nowadays Wood is still acting and has most recently stared in the FX series "Wilfred."
Leonardo lands in the top baby names of the 2000s thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio. His film career started in the early '90s, and he hit it big with "Titanic." In the early 2000s, however, DiCaprio's career really started to take shape with such films as "The Aviator," "The Departed" and "Catch Me If You Can."
The revival of George Lucas's "Star Wars" series with his prequel trilogy revived some names too, like Natalie. Natalie Portman starred in all three films of the trilogy while also attending Harvard. Portman continued acting throughout the decade, and in 2011 she won an Oscar for her role in "Black Swan."
Names on the small screen
The 2000s were full of TV shows that became cultural phenomenons. Shows like "Sex and the City" and "The O.C." inspired baby names like Samantha (Kim Cattrall's "Sex" character) and Seth, Marissa and Summer ("O.C." characters played by Adam Brody, Mischa Barton and Rachel Bilson).
Reality television was a major staple of the 2000s with shows like "Laguna Beach" and "The Hills." The star of both shows, Lauren Conrad, helped fuel a baby name trend. Lauren is in the top 20 baby names of the decade, according to Social Security.
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Ethan Hawke was in films throughout the '90s, but it was his role in 2001's "Training Day" alongside Denzel Washington that really boosted his name. Hawke received an Oscar nomination for that role and has since enjoyed other Oscar nominations, including two for best adapted screenplay for "Before Sunset" and its sequel "Before Midnight."
Taylor appears on the list of top baby names from the decade for both boys and girls thanks in large part to country-pop superstar Taylor Swift. Swift has a slew of hit records and Grammy awards. Her last album "Red" sold 1.21 million copies in its first week, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. Swift is rumored to be releasing her fifth album sometime this year. Male Taylors of the decade included "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks and actor Taylor Lautner.
The film version of Nicholas Sparks' novel "The Notebook" is now a classic among romantic movie fans. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams' characters in the 2004 movie have boosted the popularity of baby names Noah and Allison, which can be shortened to "Allie," like the character in the movie.
Always a classic, this name got a modern boost from singer-songwriter John Mayer. Mayer is known for his acoustic rock and blues style as well as his personal life and controversial interviews.