Isabella, Sofia, Santiago and Sebastián are just a few of the most popular names Latino parents in the United States gave their babies in 2012. And chances are, little Isabella will eventually make a friend with the name Mateo or Mia, as these names also made BabyCenter en Español’s annual list of the top 100 baby names.
The baby names – submitted to BabyCenter en Español by Latina moms of babies born in 2012 – include more than a few surprises.
“Teenagers weren’t the only ones watching ‘Twilight,’” says Erika Cebreros, deputy editor at BabyCenter en Español. “Latin moms loved the franchise so much that the name Isabella pushed Camila from the number one spot.”
Latina mommies weren’t just into vampires in 2012: they were also tuning into popular reality shows like “Pequeños Gigantes,” a talent competition broadcast on Univision. The competition’s fashionable co-host, Jimena, proved to be an inspiration for moms-to-be watching the show, making “Ximena” the 6th most popular name.
And the second most popular name for girls – Sofia/Sophia – has been a long-time favorite of Hispanic parents, and may have even proved to be the inspiration for Disney’s very first Latina princess.
“I think Disney has been reading our lists,” jokes Cebreros. “But the truth is that it’s a short, very elegant, bilingual name that has been popular for years in part because it’s easy to pronounce in English and Spanish.”
Bilingual names continue to be a strong trend for baby boys as well with Santiago, Sebastian, Mateo, Matias and Nicolás round out the top 5 names.
“We want people from all backgrounds to be able to pronounce our children’s names, while at the same time honoring our roots,” explains Cebreros. “I think particularly with the Hispanic presence in deciding the outcome of this year’s political election, we’re especially proud of our culture and where we’ve come from – and we want everyone to recognize that.”
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