Latin American Names: los nombres del bebe con salsa
The term Latin American, of course, takes in a number of countries and cultures, with both shared name histories and trends and distinctly individual ones. The names in Portuguese-speaking Brazil are, for example, quite different from those in the various Spanish-speaking cultures. Some currently popular names prove to be international favorites: right now, the biblical Benjamin is the top name in both Argentina and Chile, and the U.S. Number 1 Jacob is also found at Number 2 in Argentina.
Here are some attractive names gleaned from the available lists of recently or currently popular choices in some Latin American countries that might be unfamiliar in el Norte, but are still eminently adoptable .
Florencia —Number 1 in Uruguay; Chile
Sebastián—Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico
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on November 3rd, 2011 at 8:24 am
I would love to have a little Diego or Joaquin.
on November 3rd, 2011 at 8:58 am
I love, love love Valeria & Bruno! I like Martin a fair bit too. a Martin of mine would be Tino! (but how ridiculous would a 6’2″ Tino be?!)
Leticia has long been a favorite but I prefer the ancient: Laetitia. And swoony Rolando! Oooh! I love simple Roland beyond reason, but Rolando makes my heart beat faster. 🙂
Some lovely names here, not that I can use most. Some of them sound ridiculous with my three syllable, girly Scottish surname.
on November 3rd, 2011 at 9:18 am
There are some names that are popular among hispanics in America that aren’t necessarily popular in Latin America. From my experience (supported by NYC’s popularity list) Genesis and Ashley for girls and Erick and Oscar for boys are examples.
on November 3rd, 2011 at 10:46 am
Most of my favourite Hispanic names aren’t on the girls list but there are a few gems like Fernanda, Beatriz, Emilia, Lisandra and Valeria. I just wish that Carmen, Dolores, Guadalupe, Soledad, Pilar and Paloma were included. The boys list is wonderful and I love Diego, Joaquin, Adrian, Agustin, Ezequiel, Luis, Francisco, Gustavo, Mateo, Rodrigo, Sebastian, Tomas and Vicente.
on November 3rd, 2011 at 12:12 pm
If I could claim even a drop of Spanish blood I would use Santiago in a split second. I love it do much.
The rest didn’t really do much for me, but then I live in a predominantly Mexican community and I hear names like this daily.
on November 3rd, 2011 at 12:58 pm
Love so many of these names . . . Of the girls- Beatriz, Constanza, Esmeralda, Marisol, Valentina, and Ximena. On the boys side- Alejandro is so handsome, but it immediately makes me sing in my head, “Don’t call my name, don’t call my name . . . 🙂 Diego, Eduardo, Maximiliano (!!), Rodrigo and Santiago. I would add Catalina, Genoveve, Fabiana, Domingo, and Octavio.
on November 3rd, 2011 at 1:49 pm
* Genoveva* 🙂
on November 3rd, 2011 at 11:23 pm
I currently have Hispanic students: Casilda, Tiffany, Gerardo, Amuon, Braulio, Alondro, Thalia, Asia, Rafael.
I love Belen and Joaquin, and would add Graciela, Ignacio, Raquel, and Efrain.
on November 4th, 2011 at 1:38 pm
These are great lists. Would you mind sharing the sources for the lists of popular names in these countries that you used? I have come across a number of young children named Valentina, Martina, Bautista and Thiago in Argentina, but never a Jacob.
on November 4th, 2011 at 11:52 pm
I am the mother of a Mexican Romina. I did not realize that the name was becoming popular here. Oops!
on January 19th, 2012 at 6:45 pm
Ana Paula – I believe it will become more popular in Mexico since it is the name of the main character in a Mexican soap opera.
Alondra – this sounds pretty usable. Nature name. A Mexican soap opera name in 90’s decade.
Camila – true. It’s so used this days. A friend of mine had little Camila, she is 2 weeks old now. It is also a Boy-band name. A Mexican soap opera name in 80’s decade.
Santiago –usable in Mexico, but not in the North when it is a municipality name.
Not surprising, a lot of names in this list are of Italian origin……like Leonardo, Alejandro, Emiliano, Alvaro, Valentino for boys…..Adriana, Antonella, Constanza, Florencia (spanish for the Italian city of Florence) for girls.
This list remembered me about a combo I used to love in junior high – Luis Angel =)
on April 27th, 2012 at 10:34 am
I think Portuguese names should get their own list! There are a lot of really great ones.
I’m not sure what the title of this post is trying to say. It would literally translate as The Baby Names with Sauce. Did they think salsa means spice? Salsa just means sauce. And not all L. American countries like it spicey.
on June 30th, 2012 at 3:43 pm
I have many Spanish friends, most whose names aren’t on this list. My Bolvian BFF is named Valeria, and her brother is Alejandro. I love their names so much! I also know other people like Mellisa, Ximena, and too far more. My name, Veronica, is also Spanish, and I love the way my name is pronounced- Ver-oh-nee-kuh
on August 14th, 2015 at 10:56 am
I know several Carmens, a Dayonara, Aracely, Giselle, Catalina, Agustina, Florencia, Patricia, Consuelo, Iris (“ee-reese”) and Mayra.
on September 4th, 2016 at 7:40 pm
I’m Hispanic, and my name is Sol, which literally means “sun” in Spanish. I personally love it because, unlike many other names popular in Hispanic countries, it’s not directly related to Christianity 🙂
on March 2nd, 2017 at 11:25 pm
Not Vitór (in Brazil at least). It’s Vítor or just Vitor.
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