How did Angelina Jolie influence baby names?

Actress Angelina Jolie in the movie "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (2001)
Angelina Jolie in “Tomb Raider

Actress Angelina Jolie was a rising star in the late ’90s and early 2000s, thanks to movies like Gia (1998), Girl, Interrupted (1999), Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).

But she wasn’t just becoming a familiar face in the movie theaters — she was also having a strong influence on baby names. In 2000, the name Jolie broke into the U.S. top 1,000 for the first time, and, a year later, the name Angelina entered the top 100 for the first time:

Girls named AngelinaGirls named Jolie
20034,271 (rank: 71st)377 (rank: 691st)
20023,979 (rank: 74th)412 (rank: 620th)
20013,368 (rank: 93rd)385 (rank: 655th)
20002,140 (rank: 157th)275 (rank: 820th)
19991,327 (rank: 237th)152 (rank: 1,241st)
19981,167 (rank: 268th)109 (rank: 1,536th)

Best of all, though, are the debuts of Anjolina and Anjolie — names that cleverly blend “Angelina” with “Jolie” — in 2000. I know of other actresses (e.g., Cyd Charisse, Pier Angeli) who popularized both their first and last names, but Angie is the only one I know of to inspire mash-ups like this.

Which name do you like better for a baby girl, Angelina or Jolie? (Or do you prefer one of the portmanteaus?)

Source: Angelina Jolie – Rotten Tomatoes

4 thoughts on “How did Angelina Jolie influence baby names?

  1. Angelina Ballerina books became a television series in 2001 which may have also influenced the usage.

  2. when I was a child I watched this popular childrens show Romper Room , at the end program the teacher would look in her magic mirror and say the names of the kids she saw through the tv. She would say I see Susie,Barbara,Linda ,Debbei, never Angela
    now I hear variations of my name all over the media,movies commercials.

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