Hispanic American Baby Names Found on Top 100 Lists
While Jose, Luis, Juan and Carlos are evidence of Latino culture in America’s Top 100 Baby Names for 2012, Hispanic American parents are looking to other less traditional monikers to bestow their bi-cultural babies. Check out these bi-cultural baby names worthy of Top 100 status.
The Reign of Sophia Continues
Topping the charts for years, Sophia continues her reign as the queen of popularity on Top 100 lists for baby girl names. Latinos love the Sofía variation, which is in keeping with traditional Spanish spelling, but love the bicultural possibilities. Especially with the success of actresses like Sofia Vergara, the popular American namesake is one found in many Hispanic American homes as well.
The Many Sides of Daniel
In true bicultural fashion, names that can take on obvious cultural personalities without isolating others are appreciated by Hispanic American parents. As a strong American name, of Hebrew origination, Daniel tops the charts. Pronounced Dan-YEL in Spanish, the moniker offers ample opportunity to celebrate both cultures. Popular Barcelona fútbol star, born in Brazil’s state of Bahia, Daniel Alves is lovingly referred to as Dani—all variations easily shouted by adoring fans, regardless of chosen language.
Spanish Classic Turned Chic
Isabella is a staple in American Top 100 lists for baby girls, but did you know about its Spanish origination? As a variation of Elizabeth, it’s no wonder Isabella is found throughout history. Queen Isabella of Spain ruled Castile and Aragon with husband, Ferdinand, and the name has since littered the ranks of European royalty. The moniker also makes for an easy transition for bilingual speakers moving from classic Spanish to modern day English.
Spanish Literary Nod
With a Spanish origination and strong religious connection, Gabriel is an obvious choice for Latino families. However, for bicultural parents of the next Hispanic American generation, Gabriel is also a nod to one of our literary greats. Gabriel García Márquez, a Colombian born novelist, is revered in American culture. His novels, such as Love in the Time of Cholera, have been successfully adapted for America’s big screen. The namesake poses as a bicultural powerhouse, celebrating Latino roots while etching its way into America’s heart with endearing nicknames like Gabe.
Name All My Own
Taking a place in the Top 10 baby girl names, Mia is climbing her way up the ranks rather quickly. Noted as originating from everything but the Spanish language, bilingual parents get all warm and fuzzy inside when they hear this name. Mia, which in Spanish is translated as “mine”, creates a bicultural identity that linguistically resonates a sense of ownership for Hispanic American parents. Short and simple, Mia is a variation of the Latin name Maria with inclinations of beloved adoration.
Cloaked in Virtue
Ranking high among many lists for top baby boy names, Samuel translates as wholesome and biblical regardless of cultural leanings. In the Bible, Samuel was a prophet and a judge. Parents are drawn to those ideological associations when naming their heir. Today, Latinos like Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, who was recently on the cover of TIME magazine, are changing the fabric of religion and politics in America.
Hispanic Trend on Old English Classic
Long on American lists for top baby girl names, Olivia is garnering more attention from Hispanic American parents. As an Italian staple and an English strong hold, Olivia brings much of its own culture and identity, paving the way for a whole new perspective on the Hispanic American experience.
Twist On Tradition
Meaning youthful in Latin, the name Julian takes a new age approach on the traditional namesake, Julio. And with bicultural families sprouting up everywhere, what’s not to love about a new twist on an old classic? Julian Castro, the keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, represents the appellation well as a Latino political figure with a promising career.
A Play on Bilingualism
It’s hard not to notice the play on words, especially if you’re bilingual, but some of America’s most popular baby girl names are also words commonly used in the Spanish language. Like Mia, top ranking names like Bella (meaning beautiful) and Ella (Spanish for she), give homage to Latino roots while staying current on American trends.
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