Finding a name for our child can be overwhelming, but at the end of the day, parents should remember that there's no right or wrong way to pick a name for their baby. They just need to keep in mind that the given name reflects the values and qualities they aspire to see in their child. If for some reason the name does not quite fit into their hearts or minds, maybe they should continue with the search.
Experts always suggest making a list of topics, as this helps parents to find different sources of inspiration, and will help them to find names that match what they are looking for. In addition to that, it is always important to remember some basic rules when it comes to picking a given name, such as meanings in other countries, how it sounds with their last name, possible nicknames, spelling, pronunciation, origins, and what their loved ones will think about it
Many times those qualities and values are found in people we met or characters from books or movies. And today we are going to focus on that- those character from our favourites chick flicks from the 2000s that not only took our breath away but also stole our hearts when we watched those movies for the first time. So, if parents-to-be are hopeless romantics, maybe this baby name list could be the ideal source of inspiration they need to find the perfect name for that little ball of joy who is about to come to their lives.
25 Andrew- Sweet Home Alabama
"Sweet Home Alabama" is a movie from 2002 starring by Reese Witherspoon (Melani), Josh Lucas (Jake), and Patrick Dempsey (Andrew).
The plot tells the story of Melanie a successful fashion designer who is about to get married to Andrew, the son of the New York Mayor. But the only problem is that Melanie is still married to someone else, so she goes alone to Alabama to tell her parents about her engagement and to also get a divorce from her estranged husband, Jake.
Andrew is a masculine name that has diverse roots such as Latin and English roots. Today name can be found as a feminine name too, but it's more common to hear it as a masculine name in the English-speaking world. Currently, Andrew is ranked number 29 in the popularity charts.
24 Benjamin- How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
"How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" is a 2003 romantic comedy film, starring Kate Hudson (Andie) and Matthew McConaughey (Benjamin). The movie tells the story of Andie, a journalist, who is assigned to write an article about "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," and Ben, an advertising executive, who bets he could make any woman fall in love with him if he wanted to.
But, let's face it! Matthew McConaughey stole our hearts with that movie, and we all will love to see some of the qualities of the character in our baby boy. And how to forget that memorable quote "A diamond is no one-night stand. A diamond is a long-term commitment," from the movie.
Benjamin is a baby boy name that has origins such as English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Biblical. This name means "Son of the right hand." Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 11 in the popularity charts.
23 Bridget- Bridget Jones's Diary
Bridget Jones is probably the most empathetic character as she connected to the audience, showing a more human and realistic side of many women today.
"Bridget Jones's Diary," is a 2001 film that is based on a book of the same name by Helen Fielding. The movie tells the story of Bridget Jones (played by Renée Zellweger), a 32 years old, single, and kind of dorky woman who's still trying to figure it out her life, especially in the romantic field. The reason why we love her is simple: Bridget represents what many women think about life and love in a more realistic way.
Bridget is a feminine name that has diverse origins such as Irish, and English. In Irish mythology, Bridget was the name of the goddess of fire, poetry and wisdom, and the daughter of the god Dagda. The name means "exalted one," and currently is ranked in the position number 734 in the popularity charts.
22 Carmen - The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
"The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" is a 2001 comedy-drama film. The plot tells the story of a group of friends who are living in different parts of the world and found a pair of jeans that for some weird reason fit all of them, despite their very different measurements.
The girls decide to buy and share pants equally over the course of the summer, while we follow their lives and their experiences. The movie is starring by Alexis Bledel (Lena Kaligaris), America Ferrera (Carmen Lowell), Amber Tamblyn (Tabitha "Tibby" Tomko-Rollins), and Blake Lively (Bridget Vreeland).
Carmen is a feminine name that has Spanish, English, Italian, and Romanian roots. This name is the Medieval form of the name Carmel, and means "song." Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 589 in the popularity charts.
21 Duke - She's the Man
"She's the Man" is a 2006 American romantic comedy film, starring Amanda Bynes (Viola), Channing Tatum (Duke), Laura Ramsey (Olivia) and Emily Perkins ( Eunice).
This movie tells the story of Viola, a girl who is really good at soccer, but when her team gets cut, she decides to steal the identity of her twin brother. He was supposed to enroll at Illyria, an elite boarding school, but he rather secretly goes to London with his band instead. So, Viola decides to pretend to be her brother for a while so that she can play in the school's soccer team. She later proves her point that women can also play soccer as good as guys. The movie it's inspired by William Shakespeare's play "Twelfth Night."
Duke is a masculine name that has English and Latin roots. The name comes from the noble title duke, which was originally derived from Latin dux, which means "leader." Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 786 in the popularity charts.
20 Declan - Leap Year
"Leap Year" is a 2010 Irish-American romantic comedy film, starring Amy Adams (Anna Brady), Jeremy Sloane (Adam Scott), and Matthew Goode (Declan O'Callaghan).
The movie follows the story of Anna, a successful real estate stager, who's frustrated that her boyfriend, Jeremy, still has not proposed to her after four years together. So, she finds out about this Irish tradition and it's a tradition that a man who is proposed to on a leap day must accept the proposal. Thus, she decides to travel to Dublin where her boyfriend was for business to propose to him.
Unfortunately, things don't go as expected and she ended up at a small seaside village called Dingle, due to a storm. This is where she meets Declan, an Irish innkeeper, who will teach her more about life and love than what she expected. Declan is a masculine name that has American, and Irish roots. The name means "man of prayer," or "full of goodness." Currently is ranked in the position number 111 in the popularity charts.
19 Emmett - Legally Blonde
Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film, starring Reese Witherspoon (Elle Woods), Luke Wilson (Emmett Richmond), Selma Blair (Vivian Kensington), and Matthew Davis (Warner Huntington III).
The movie follows the story of Elle a wealthy girl who attempts to win back her ex-boyfriend by getting a law degree at Harvard. The movie is also based on Amanda Brown's novel of the same name.
Emmett is a masculine name that has diverse origins such as German, American, and English. The name is a masculine form of the feminine name Emma, and it means "hard worker," and "powerful." Currently, Emmett is ranked in the position number 138 in the popularity charts.
18 Emily- The Devil Wears Prada
"The Devil Wears Prada" is a 2006 American comedy-drama film, starring Meryl Streep (Miranda Priestly), Anne Hathaway as (Andrea "Andy" Sachs), Emily Blunt (Emily Charlton), and Stanley Tucci (Nigel Kipling), among others big celebrities.
The plot tells the story of Andy, a young journalist, who is trying to pursue her dreams of write for an important newspaper, but somehow she ends up working as one of the assistants of Miranda Priestly, a powerful fashion magazine editor. Andy does everything possible to keep the job, which is why she must face the harsh demands of Miranda, and the unbearable behaviour of her co-worker Emily, Miranda's assistant principal who can't wait to get Andy out of her way. But more than fashion, this film talks about personal growth and how hard it can be sometimes the fashion industry.
Emily is a feminine name that has diverse origins such as French, German, Teutonic, and English. The name means 'industrious,' and currently, the name is ranked in the position number 19 in the popularity charts.
17 Gigi - He's Just Not That Into You
"He's Just Not That Into You" is a 2009 American romantic-comedy film that follows the story of different couples in different stages of their relationships. The cast includes celebrities like Ben Affleck (Neil), Jennifer Aniston (Beth), Drew Barrymore (Mary), Jennifer Connelly (Janine), Kevin Connolly (Connor), Bradley Cooper (Ben), Ginnifer Goodwin (Gigi), Scarlett Johansson (Anna), and Justin Long (Alex).
I sincerely believe that this film is a masterpiece, which shows us a much more sincere side about the vision of men about love. Moreover, the best moment of the movie is when Alex, a bar manager, explains to the sweet and innocent Gigi, the rules about love and how men brush off women.
Gigi is a feminine name that has Greek, and French roots. The name is the diminutive form of names such as Georgine or Virginie, and it's more common to hear as a nickname. Currently, the name is ranked in the position 2.105 in the popularity charts.
16 Gracie - Miss Congeniality
"Miss Congeniality" is a 2000 American action comedy film, starring Sandra Bullock (Gracie), Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt (Victor), William Shatner (Eric), Ernie Hudson (Harry), and Candice Bergen (Kathy).
The movie follows the story of Gracie, an FBI Agent, who is assigned to participate undercover in the upcoming 75th annual Miss United States beauty pageant in order to capture a notorious domestic criminal.
Gracie is a feminine name that has Irish, Latin and American roots. The name is the diminutive form of the given name Grace, which means " love," and refers to a person who is graceful. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 195 in the popularity charts.
15 Henry - 50 First Dates
I don't know about you, but I think that Adam Sandler movies are not valued enough by people. Adam usually offers us with an excellent sense of humour, and interesting reflections on life, love and relationships. "50 First Dates" is one of those cases.
This 2004 romantic-comedy movie tells the story of Henry (Adam Sandler) a veterinarian who meets Lucy (Drew Barrymore), a young woman who has a rare case of amnesia. He falls in love with her, and tries to make her fall in love with him every day as if it were the first time because she doesn't remember him.
Henry is a masculine name that has diverse origins such as German, English, and American. This name means " rules the home," and it was popular among continental royalty, being the name of seven German kings. The name is currently ranked in the position number 22 in the popularity charts.
14 Hannah - Crazy, Stupid Love
"Crazy, Stupid, Love" is a 2011 romantic comedy film, starring Steve Carell (Cal Weaver), Ryan Gosling (Jacob Palmer), Julianne Moore (Emily Weaver), Emma Stone (Hannah Weaver), Marisa Tomei (Kate Tafferty), and Kevin Bacon (David Lindhagen).
The film follows Cal, a recently divorced man, who finds himself trying to rediscover his manhood and learn how the dating market works today. One day, Cal meets Jacob, a playboy, who teach him how to pick up women at bars. Both create a friendship and learn about each other as the movie progresses.
Hannah is a feminine name that has English, Hebrew, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Arabic, and Biblical roots. This name means "favour," or "grace," and as an English name, Hannah was not used until after the Protestant Reformation. Currently, the name is ranked number 43 in the popularity charts.
13 Iris - The Holiday
"The Holiday" is a 2006 American romantic comedy film, starring Cameron Diaz (Amanda Woods) and Kate Winslet ( Iris Simpkins), as two women from opposite sides of the world who arrange a home exchange to escape their lives during the Christmas season. Jude Law (Graham Simpkins) and Jack Black (Miles Dumont) were cast as the new love interests of the women after they make the exchange.
Iris is a feminine name that has various origins and roots such as Greek Mythology, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, French, Spanish, and Greek. The name means "bringer of joy," and "rainbow," while in Greek mythology, Iris was the goddess of the rainbow, a messenger for Zeus and Hera who surrounded the rainbow as a multicoloured bridge from heaven to earth. The name is currently ranked in the position number 122 in the popularity charts.
12 Jenna - 13 Going on 30
"13 Going on 30" is a 2004 romantic -comedy film, starring Jennifer Garner (Jenna), and Mark Ruffalo (Matt).
The movie tells the story of Jenna, a 13-year-old girl who dreams of being popular and accepted. During her birthday party, she is embarrassed by the most popular girls from her school, so she hides in her closet and she wishes that she could be 30 years old. After her wish, she finds herself in a strange place as a 30-year-old woman. Eventually, Jenna will find out that maybe the life she wanted wasn't exactly what she needed to be happy.
Jenna is a feminine name that has origins such as English and Finnish. This name is a variation of Jennifer and Jenny, and currently, the name is ranked in the position number 701 in the popularity charts.
11 John - Dear John
"Dear John" is a 2010 romantic drama film, starring Amanda Seyfried (Savannah) and Channing Tatum (John).
This movie follows the story of John, a soldier who falls in love with Savannah, a college student building homes with a group of co-eds for Habitat for Humanity. When John is deployed to the war again, they decide to exchange letters as a way to keep in touch. After that, we begin to witness how certain events in their lives seem to separate them more, although deep inside them, they still have feelings for each other. This movie is also an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' 2006 novel of the same name.
John is probably the most common masculine name in the English-speaking world, but we still love it, and that's why it remains as one of the favourites in the popularity charts. The name means "the grace or mercy of the Lord," and currently is ranked in the position number 60 in the charts.
10 Kate -The Lake House
"The Lake House" is a 2006 romantic drama film, starring Keanu Reeves (Alex Wyler), Sandra Bullock (Kate Forster), and Christopher Plummer (Simon J. Wyler).
The movie is focused on the relationship Kate and Alex develop through letters left in a mailbox at the lake house. The curious part is that both live in the same house at separate points in time, with a difference of two years. They fall in love and try to meet each other in the future.
Kate is a feminine name that has English, Croatian, French, Latin, Greek, Irish. This name is usually used as a nickname for women who bear the name Katherine, and it means "pure." Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 361 in the popularity charts.
9 Kevin - 27 Dresses
"27 Dresses" is a 2008 romantic comedy film starring Katherine Heigl (Jane Nichols), and James Marsden (Kevin Malcolm Doyle).
The movie follows the story of Jane, a wedding planner, who has been a bridesmaid for 27 weddings. One night, when she is attending two weddings almost simultaneously, she meets Kevin, a reporter who writes wedding announcements, and who is about to write about the wedding of Jane's sister and her boss George (Edward Burns), who is also her secret love.
Kevin is a masculine name that has diverse origins such as Gaelic, Celtic, English, and Irish. This name means "gentle," or "handsome," and it became popular in the English-speaking world outside of Ireland in the 20th century. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 220 in the popularity charts.
8 Landon - A Walk to Remember
Raise your hand if you cried watching "A Walk to Remember." This is a 2002 romantic drama film inspired on Nicholas Sparks' 1999 novel of the same name. The film stars Shane West (Landon Rollins Carter), Mandy Moore (Jamie Elizabeth Sullivan-Carter), Peter Coyote (Reverend Hegbert Sullivan), and Daryl Hannah (Cynthia Collins Carter).
The plot tells the story of Landon a rebellious teenager who finds himself involved in an accident after a prank went wrong. Landon is forced to complete several service projects, like participate in the school play, and it's there when he meets Jamie, the local minister's daughter with whom he falls in love.
Landon is a masculine name that has American and English roots. The name comes from a surname which was derived from an Old English place name meaning "long hill." Currently, Landon is ranked in the position number 75 in the popularity charts.
7 Mike - The Ugly Truth
"The Ugly Truth" is a 2009 romantic comedy film, starring Katherine Heigl (Abby Richter) and Gerard Butler (Mike Chadway).
The movie follows the story of Abby a morning show TV producer who firmly believes in true love and is a big supporter of complex self-help books. One day, after a terrible date, she sees a segment on a local TV show featuring Mike Chadway, who has a more cynical perception of love and relationships. Abby calls to argue with him on-air. But the later the next day, she finds out that the station owner has hired Mike for a new segment on the show.
Mike is a masculine name that has diverse origins such as Hebrew, American, and English. This name is a variation of the name Michael, which means "'Who is like God?" Currently, Mike is ranked in the position number 1.805 in the popularity charts.
6 Margaret - The Proposal
"The Proposal" is a 2009 romantic comedy film, starring Sandra Bullock (Margaret Tate), Ryan Reynolds ( Andrew Paxton), Betty White ( Andrew's grandmother Annie), Mary Steenburgen ( Grace Paxton), and Craig T. Nelson (Joe Paxton).
The plot of the story focuses on Margaret, a Canadian executive, who learns that she may face deportation from the U.S. because of her expired visa. But Margaret is not going to lose her position as Editor-in-Chief after working so hard to get there, which is why she forces her assistant Andrew to marry her in exchange for publishing his manuscript and promoting it. At the end, both ended up falling in love.
Margaret is a feminine name that has English, Persian, Greek, and Irish roots. This name means "pearl," and it's currently ranked in the position number 361 in the popularity charts.
5 Noah - The Notebook
"The Notebook" is a 2004 romantic drama film inspired by the novel by Nicholas Sparks from 1996. The film stars Ryan Gosling (Noah) and Rachel McAdams (Allie), a young couple who fall madly in love.
Their story is narrated from the present day by an elderly man telling the tale to a fellow nursing home resident. We travel from the present to the past and see what's going on in this complicated relationship, how they fell apart, and how their paths cross again.
Noah is a baby boy name that has different origins such as English, Hebrew, and Biblical, which means "repose," or "consolation." Experts also explain that this name has been used as an English Christian name since the Protestant Reformation, being common among the Puritans. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number one in the popularity charts.
4 Regina - Mean Girls
"Mean Girls" is a 2004 teen comedy film which is partially based on Rosalind Wiseman's 2002 self-help book. The movie is focused on how hard high school can be for some girls, who have to deal with Queen Bees, try to fit, and find themselves, which can be more complicated than what many think.
The story follows the life of Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan), a sixteen-year-old homeschooled girl and her zoologist parents Betsy and Chip Heron, who decided to return to the U.S. On her first day of school, Cady faces the struggles of finding her place there. Quickly, Cady makes a friendship with Janis Ian (Lizzy Caplan), and Damian (Daniel Franzese), who educate Candy about the existing social groups in the school and warn her to avoid the "Plastics," the most popular girls who are lead by queen be Regina George.
Regina is a feminine name that has diverse origins such as English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Lithuanian, and Polish, among others. This name means "queen," and currently is ranked in the position number 764 in the popularity charts.
3 Sam- Love Actually
"Love Actually" is a 2003 Christmas-themed romantic film. The story begins five weeks before Christmas and shows us the relationships of diverse characters in the different stages of life. We go through a weekly countdown until the holiday, followed by an epilogue that takes place one month later in the lives of each character.
One of the most memorable moments of the movie was given to us by Sam (Thomas Sangster), a kid who has fallen in love for the first time for an American classmate, called Joanna (Olivia Olson). Sam with the help of his stepfather, decides to learn the drums so he can impress the girl he likes. Sam is the representation of pure, innocent, and young love, something that we forget sometimes when we growth up.
Sam is a name that can be used for both sexes, girls and boys. The name has Hebrew, and English roots, and means "listen" or "name of God," it's also the abbreviation of names like Samantha, Samson, or Samuel. Currently, the name is in the position number 975 in the popularity charts.
2 Tom- 500 Days Of Summer
"500 Days of Summer" is a 2009 romantic comedy-drama film, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Tom Hansen) and Zooey Deschanel (Summer Finn).
The movie is focused on Tom's memories of a failed relationship with Summer, and how sometimes people tend to idealize certain relationships. The film also focuses on all states after a break up, until it reaches the point of completely healing the heart.
Tom is a masculine name that has diverse origins such as English, Dutch, German, Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish. This name is a short form of the name Thomas, which means "twin." Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 849 in the popularity charts.
1 Zoe - Coyote Ugly
"Coyote Ugly" is a 2000 romantic comedy-drama film, starring Piper Perabo (Violet Sanford), Adam Garcia (Kevin O'Donnell), and Tyra Banks.
The movie follows the life of Violet, a young woman who is trying to make it as a singer, who decides to move to New York to follows her dreams. Violet ended up working as a bartender and dancer at the Coyote Ugly saloon, as a way to make money in the meantime. Zoe was one of the dancers with whom Violet developed a friendship, and she was played by Tyra Banks.
Zoe is a feminine name that has diverse origins such as English, Italian, and Ancient Greek. This name means "life" in Greek, and from early times it was adopted by Hellenized Jews as a translation of Eve. Currently, the name is ranked in the position number 44 in the popularity charts.