Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Latinate Boys of 2014: Spanish, Italian and Portuguese Names in the Top 1000

Leonardo da Vinci

There is a very large Latin presence in the United States these days. Did you know that there are several Spanish, Italian and Portuguese names for boys that rank within the Top 1000 most popular names?

My favorite of the bunch is listed as the "Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Leonard" on
Behind the Name. Leonardo fits all three origin categories with ease and yet it is familiar enough to English ears that it could be considered for American boys who do not have Latin origins. The part-Italian Leonardo DiCaprio has helped make the name more mainstream in America. Interestingly, his name was chosen when his pregnant mother felt him kick for the first time while his parents were viewing a painting by Leonardo da Vinci.

Leonardo isn't the only name that works across all three of these cultures though.  Below are all of the Latinate names and their popularity rank for the year 2014 in the US.

Let's take a look at the first half of the Top 1000 first:

Angel #67                                        
Jose #76
Juan #98
Luis #99
Mateo #106
Jesus #111
Leonardo  #114
Santiago #115
Carlos #117
Giovanni #125
Diego #129
Antonio #139
Miguel #146
Alejandro #157
Luca #185
Jorge #207
Javier #216
Andres #222
Lorenzo #227
Francisco #232
Emiliano #254
Ricardo #256
Eduardo #261
Fernando #263
Manuel #265
Josue #269
Mario #270
Cristian #273
Cesar #279
Emilio #280
Cruz #290
Rafael #293
Sergio #307
Marco #308
Angelo #315
Fabian #325
Joaquin #326
Romeo #341
Roberto #343
Maximiliano #344
Pedro #354
Enzo #369
Adan #373
Matteo #375
Thiago #390
Esteban #392
Pablo #396
Armando #400
Gerardo #402
Marcos #404
Enrique #414
Raul #423
Leonel #430
Hugo #438
Julio #452
Jaime #468
Gustavo #482
Rodrigo #488
Within the Top 500, there are many very handsome, strong and stylish names for boys. Even though these are all of Spanish, Italian or Portuguese origin, some are no doubt given to boys who do not have those ancestries. For example, I could see a blond, blue-eyed boy sporting the names Luca, Cruz or Hugo these days.  It would be inaccurate to claim that all of these Latinate names belong only to those with the corresponding heritage. Do you know anyone with these names?

Here are the names in the second half of the Top 1000 chart in the US for 2014:

Matias #503                                    
Alberto #513
Gianni #515
Arturo #518
Alfredo #524
Alonzo #525
Arlo #539
Isaias #547
Neymar #548
Luciano #568
Ezequiel #569
Mauricio #577
Matthias #580
Mathias #582
Salvador #600
Lucian #608
Alessandro #623
Santino #632
Aldo #645
Ramon #647
Ernesto #651
Carmelo #653
Tomas #658
Guillermo #678
Alonso #708
Felipe #713
Lucca #740
Marcelo #741
Vicente #744
Aron #745
Ulises #749
Jadiel #756
Valentino #765
Giovani #769
Rogelio #780
Leandro #784
Vincenzo #812
Franco #817
Giancarlo #823
Alfonso #849
Jairo #865
Crisiano #872
Agustin #879
Rey #884
Santana #887
Ramiro #890
Salvatore #899
Rolando #905
Santos #909
Jovani #920
Maximo #921
Alvaro #922
Jovanni #943
Rodolfo #945
Eliseo #952
Camilo #962
Efrain #963
Deangelo #968
Giovanny #969
Dario #971
Osvaldo #989
While most of these names are still very handsome, strong and stylish, they are also a bit more on the unusual side than the names at the top of the charts.  The one name that stands out in this bunch is Arlo. It is a Spanish name but it has been climbing the charts rapidly in the last couple years which indicates that more than just Spanish boys are being given the name. Do you have any favorites in this bunch?

Unless I missed any, that makes 119 Spanish, Italian or Portuguese names for boys within the Top 1000! Which names do you love, which are you not keen on?

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