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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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  • Karina

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    This sweet and loving name, favored in recent years by a mix of Hispanic-American parents and Bob Dylan fans, was chosen for her daughter by TV actress Melina Kanakaredes.  Read More 

  • Leonardo

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    For centuries this name was associated primarily with the towering figure of Italian Renaissance painter-scientist-inventor Leonardo da Vinci, and was scarcely used outside the Latin culture. But ... Read More 

  • Liliana

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    This melodious and feminine Latin variation of the Lily family is a favorite in the Hispanic community and would work beautifully with an Anglo surname as well. The late Sopranos star James Gando... Read More 

  • Luis

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    Luis is one of the most popular Hispanic names in America. It's familiar, yet would add an exotic touch to an unexotic surname. Luis has many notable namesakes, from film director Luis Bunuel to ... Read More 

  • Manuel

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    A staple of Hispanic naming, the Spanish variation of the English Emmanuel.  Read More 

  • Marco

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    Simple and universal, Marco is a Latin classic that would make a much livelier namesake for an Uncle Mark. It was used for her son by actress Jill Hennessy, and goes well with any straightforward s... Read More 

  • Mariana

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  • Miguel

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    Miguel's just outside the U. S. Top 100, suggesting that perhaps not only Latinos are using this Spanish classic.  Read More 

  • Penelope

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    Penelope's former image of an elderly British gardening lady in large-brimmed hat has of late been counterbalanced by the dramatic sensuality of Spanish actress Penelope Cruz. Penelope's popularity... Read More 

  • Rodrigo

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    Rhythmically appealing international spin on the stiff original.  Read More 

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