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.

  • Cesar

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    Cesar is the sleeker version of Caesar, as in emperor Julius, used in the US most frequently by Hispanic parents who put the emphasis on the second syllable. With ancient Roman names back in... Read More 

  • Cristian

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  • Dulce

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    Popular Portuguese and Spanish name that refers to "dulce nombre de Maria" -- the sweet name of the Virgin Mary. English variant Dulcie has a different pronunciation.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. One celebrity who chose it for his daughter is Christian Slater.

    A... Read More 

  • Emiliano

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    Emiliano and Emilio are the appealing Latinate version of Emil. Emiliano Zapata Salazar was a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, who helped establish modern Mexico.Read More 

  • Esmeralda

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    This Portuguese and Spanish version of the jewel-like Emerald has long been popular with Hispanic parents.

    In the 1831 Victor Hugo novel Notre-Dame de Paris, aka The... Read More 

  • Fernando

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    Can you hear the drums Fernando? Although 58% of Nameberries prefer Ferdinand to Fernando, the Iberian variant has a softer, more romantic feel that makes it a better fit with all those Javiers,... Read More 

  • Guadalupe

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    Popular Spanish name that relates to the patron saint of Mexico. It could conceivably, like Soledad and Consuelo, cross the border into multicultural territory, but the name's decline since the... 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... Read More 

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