Latin Baby Names

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.
  • Santiago

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    Santiago is a spirited Spanish name with great crossover potential: a place-name (it's a city in Chile), a surname, and the patron saint of Spain. In the past decade it has climbed more than 100... Read More 

  • Sergio

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    Widely heard in both Italian and Spanish households, it is most identified with spaghetti western director Sergio Leone. Read More 

  • Valentina

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    Valentina is a more exotic and artistic ballerina-type successor to Valerie; a pretty, recommended choice. Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek and husband Francois-Henri Pinault named their daughter... Read More 

  • Valeria

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    Valeria -- the original form of the name, used by early Christians -- is now more popular than the Franco-American Valerie. Read More 

  • Xavier

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    Xavier is one of the only X names most people know and use, often as a middle name following Francis, as in Saint Francis Xavier, cofounder of the Jesuit order, who got his name from the... Read More 

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