Introduction
The 2000s decade marked the advent of a new millennium in Western culture along with widespread social, economic, and environmental changes. Many anthropologists and sociologists believe that the growth and use of the internet caused globalization to define this decade, and popular names from the 2000s reflect globalization with a desire for mainstream Western culture to remain at the helm.

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The Rise of the Internet
Internet use greatly affected social behavior during the period. Global online activity grew from only five percent of the world's population in the year 2000 to nearly one-third of the world's population by the year 2009.

The increased use of the internet meant that more people searched for information online, shopped online, and could communicate with people in different locations with greater ease. Widespread adoption social media sites like Facebook in 2004 or email tools like Gmail in 2005 sharply altered the way people interacted online and presented themselves to others.

The Impact of Social and Economic Changes
This decade also underwent social upheaval, including the devastating tragedy of September 11, 2001, the War on Afghanistan and Iraq in 2003, the Indonesian tsunami of 2004, and Hurricane Katrina of 2005. In addition, economic changes such as the Financial Crisis of 20072008 changed the way many viewed home mortgages and banking while quickly ushering millennials into adulthood.

The most popular 2000s names reflecting these changes while showing reverence for the most celebrated notions of the past. For example, the names tended to look great in text (reflecting a new internet era) while remaining representative of some of the most important cultural icons of the previous decades and centuries.

Top 100 Baby Names for the 2000s

Popular 2000s Girl Names

Popular 2000s girl names include classic Anglo-Germanic names like Emily and Emma. Both names initially gained popularity in the English-speaking world in the 18th century, and the names remain common into the 21st century due to their classy connotations and attractiveness in print.

Other common names include Madison, Hannah, and Abigail. Using “Madison” as a given feminine name first gained notoriety due to the movie Splash (1984), and millennials continued use of the name as they entered parenthood. At least three of the top 10 girl names are biblical in origin, reflecting the pervasiveness of the King James Bible in popular culture.

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Popular 2000s Boy Names

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Popular 2000s boy names include originally biblical names like Jacob, Joshua, Michael, Matthew, and Andrew. These names show the impact of Anglo-Saxon Protestant religion on popular culture, and they are also easy to shorten into practical nicknames like “Jake,” “Josh,” “Mike,” “Matt,” or “Drew.”

Other popular 2000s baby names include those traditionally associated with European aristocracy of the previous centuries (such as Nicholas or Christopher). Like other common names of the decade, these choices are attractive in full-length and easily shorten to nicknames like “Nick” and “Chris.”

Top 100 Baby Names by Decade

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