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Latin culture is having an important influence on the United States, and that includes Latin baby names. Baby names that a generation ago might have been used exclusively by Hispanic parents are now filtering into the mainstream. Here, some Latin baby names increasing in popularity.
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  • Cesar

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    Cesar is the sleeker, more modern version of Caesar, as in emperor Julius, used in the U.S. most frequently by Hispanic parents who put the emphasis on the second syllable. With ancient Roman name... Read More 

  • Cristian

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  • Dulce

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    Popular Spanish name that refers to "dulce nombre de Maria" -- the sweet name of the Virgin Mary.  Read More 

  • Eduardo

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    A stalwart of Latin nomenclature that could work just as well for Anglos.  Read More 

  • Eliana

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    Eliana is a lilting, rhythmic choice, which has begun to catch on here along with many other El-starting names; it is now in the Top 150, and rising. One celebrity who chose it for his daughter is ... Read More 

  • Emiliano

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    Emiliano and Emilio are the appealing Latinate version of Emil, best know these days as the brother name of the megapopular Emily. Read More 

  • Esmeralda

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    This Spanish version of the jewel-like Emerald has long been popular with Hispanic parents, and has now climbed to Number 358 on the U.S. list, where it first appeared in 1951. In the 1831 Victor ... Read More 

  • Fernando

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    Quintessential Latin lover.  Read More 

  • Guadalupe

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    Popular Spanish name that relates to the patron saint of Mexico; could conceivably, like Soledad and Consuelo, cross the border into multicultural territory.  Read More 

  • Hector

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    Previously used primarily by Latino families, this name of the great hero of the Trojan War as related in Homer's Iliad is beginning to be considered more seriously by others seeking noble ancient ... Read More 

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