The Most Popular Celebrity Baby Names of the Millennium

Celebrities have tremendous influence in the U.S. They impact the clothes we wear, the food we eat and the hairstyles we choose. As it turns out, they’re also trendsetters when it comes to baby names.

Compared to the average American, celebrities are more experimental when it comes to naming their children (see: Blue Ivy). While some celebrity baby names catch on like fire others fail to gain traction.

Using data from the Social Security Administration, MooseRoots ranked the most popular celebrity baby names since 2000. Most of these names were either unpopular or nonexistent before getting their celebrity bump.

Without further ado, here are the trendiest celebrity baby names.

Meadow

Newborns Named Meadow | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Paul Walker & Rebecca Soteros

The name Meadow was almost nonexistent in the U.S. before Paul Walker announced the birth of his daughter in 1998. Since then, the name has risen in popularity. After a drop in the late 2000s, the name rebounded in 2014 after Walker’s death.

Bodhi

Newborns Named Bodhi | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green

Bodhi was already trending up, but Megan Fox and her husband gave the name a major boost when they announced the name of their son in late 2013. Bodhi’s middle name Ransom has yet to catch on.

Shiloh

Newborns Named Shiloh | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

The popularity of the girl’s name Shiloh exploded after Brangelina’s daughter was born in 2006. Shiloh is the first of three unusual baby names from the power-couple to make this list.

Moses

Newborns Named Moses | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin

Paltrow and Martin opted for a more “traditional” name when they decided on Moses; their first child is named Apple. While the name Moses has yet to gain serious traction in the U.S. it had a serious spike in 2006 after Paltrow and Martin revealed their child’s name.

Rocco

Newborns Named Rocco | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Madonna & Guy Ritchie

When Madonna and Guy Ritchie announced the birth of the their son Rocco in 2000, the name was barely in use. Since then, the number of Rocco’s in the U.S. has increased sevenfold, despite a recent downward trend.

River

Newborns Named River | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Kelly Clarkson & Brandon Blackstock

River is actually more common as a boy’s name, but Kelly Clarkson went against the grain and used it as her daughter’s name. The number of girls named River has risen rapidly over the last decade and is at an all-time high in the U.S.

Deacon

Newborns Named Deacon | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Reese Witherspoon & Ryan Phillipe

The name Deacon was already gaining momentum in the U.S. by the time Witherspoon and Phillipe named their son in 2003. The celebrity couple gave the name an even greater push.

Milan

Newborns Named Milan | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Shakira & Gerard Pique

After Milan Pique Mebarak was born in 2013, the popularity of the name skyrocketed in the U.S. The total number of boys named Milan has quintupled in just two years.

Ace

Newborns Named Ace | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson

As a boy’s name, Ace has gained substantial momentum in the U.S. Still, the name has struggled to gain popularity overseas.

Gia

Newborns Named Gia | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Matt Damon & Luciana

Gia peaked in 2011 with 1,055 total newborns in the U.S. and has since dropped off in popularity. Will the name be able to rebound from its recent dip?

Gideon

Newborns Named Gideon | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka went biblical with their son’s name. Although the name was already trending up, the couple certainly gave it a boost in 2010.

Romeo

Newborns Named Romeo | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Victoria & David Beckham

The boy’s name Romeo has become dramatically more popular in the last decade. The name has trended up in both the U.S. and England, where the Beckham’s are from.

Haven

Newborns Named Haven | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Jessica Alba & Cash Warren

Jessica Alba and Cash Warren may have saved this unusual name from losing steam. When the couple announced the birth of their daughter in 2011, the name recovered from its dip and became more popular than it had ever been before.

Knox

Newborns Named Knox | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

Looking at the graph, it’s easy to pinpoint when Knox Jolie-Pitt was born: 2008. Since then, the name has seen a remarkable rise in usage, reaching a high of 1,238 newborns in 2014.

Finn

Newborns Named Finn | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Owen Wilson & Caroline Lindqvist

Finn is trending up all over the world. Although the name has yet to crack the top 200 in the U.S. it is already in the top 100 in Belgium, Ireland, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Switzerland.

Everly

Newborns Named Everly | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan

As one of the biggest stars in Hollywood today, Channing Tatum boosted the popularity of the girl’s name Everly when he and his wife announced the birth of their child in 2013. The name continues to grow each year.

Luna

Newborns Named Luna | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem

There’s no doubting the star-power of Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. But some of Luna’s success is also likely attributable to the popular Harry Potter character Luna Lovegood.

Willow

Newborns Named Willow | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couples: Will Smith & Jada Pinkett-Smith/Pink & Carey Hart

When Will Smith announced the name of his daughter in 2000, he was one of the biggest movie stars in the world. The name received an extra boost in popularity after Pink and Carey Hart named their daughter Willow in 2011.

Jaden

Newborns Named Jaden | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Will Smith & Jada Pinkett-Smith

Although the name Jaden has been dropping in popularity since 2007, there’s no denying the remarkable success it had following the birth of Will Smith’s son in 1998. In 2007, an impressive 6,249 newborns were named Jaden, making it one of the most popular boy’s names in America.

Abel

Newborns Named Abel | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Amy Poehler & Will Arnett

The biblical name Abel has done well since the former couple named their son in 2010. Interestingly, the name Cain is trending up as well, but still lags behind Abel.

Maddox

Newborns Named Maddox | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

Pitt and Jolie are one of the most creative celebrity couples when it comes to baby names. Remarkably over 2,500 newborns were named Maddox in 2014, pushing this boy’s name to the number seven spot.

Axel

Newborns Named Axel | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Will Ferrell & Viveca Paulin

Will Ferrell and Viveca Paulin opted for popular Swedish names when naming their sons Axel, Magnus and Mattias. The name Axel may have also received an assist from Fergie and Josh Duhamel, who named their son Axl.

Poppy

Newborns Named Poppy | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer

The girl’s name Poppy has yet to gain any traction in the U.S. But the name is a hit in the U.K., where Stephen Moyer is originally from.

Roman

Newborns Named Roman | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Cate Blanchett & Andrew Upton/Debra Messing & Daniel Zelman

Both of these celebrity couples named their son Roman in 2004 so it’s difficult to see who had the bigger impact in the name’s popularity. What is clear is that the name is on the rise in the U.S.

Leo

Newborns Named Leo | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem

After ruling in the 1920s, the boy’s name Leo took a major dip for the rest of the century. But now Leo is making a comeback, thanks in part to the celebrity backing of Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

Levi

Newborns Named Levi | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Matthew McConaughey & Camila Alves

The number of newborns named Levi spiked after Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves announced the birth of their son in 2008. Levi is now the 45th most popular boy name in the U.S.

Mason

Newborns Named Mason | MooseRoots

Celebrity Couple: Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick

Kourtney Kardashian can’t take full credit for the popularity of Mason—the name had been trending up before she named her son in 2009. But there was an incredible spike after 2009, where the number of newborns named Mason nearly doubled in two years. In 2014, Mason was the third most popular baby name in the U.S.

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