Latino Popular Culture Heavily Influences American Baby Name Popularity
DENVER, June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Name expert and co-founder of BabyNames.com, Dr. Mallory Moss, has identified Latino popular culture as "one of the strongest influences on rising baby name popularity" as interpreted from Social Security Administration data.
"Using the data from the Social Security Administration, 30% of the top 10 names increasing in popularity are of Latino origin. Last year's number one rising girl's name was Aranza, the name shared by the Mexican singer who performed the theme song for the ultra-popular Telenovela, Mirada de Mujer. In 2013, the fastest rising girl name was Daleyza, a name made fashionable by American Spanish-language musician Larry Hernandez and his girlfriend, Kenia Ontiveros. In 2014, Daleyza ranked 8th, showing the ongoing influence of Latino popular culture and celebrity. The popularity of Ariadne (7th) is reflective of Ariadne Diaz, Mexican actress and former model, with recent appearances on Mexican television shows, including La Mujer del Vendaval. Other Spanish-language girl names rising on the list include Frida, Amia, Naya, Nova, and Amina," states Dr. Moss.
Dr. Moss goes on to state that "male Spanish-language names are not as frequently represented on the list of names that increased in popularity, but there are 5 male Spanish-language names in the Social Security Administration's list of the top 100 popular boy's names of 2014. These names include Angel, Dominic, Jose, Juan, and Luis. In contrast, Sophia and Isabella are in the top 10 popular girl's names of 2014 (#3 and #4, respectively). In the top 150, there are several names that are distinctly Latina, such as Ximena, Valentina, Maria, Liliana, and Luna."
Dr. Moss concludes, "It is my prediction that as the American Latino population continues to grow, so will Latino popular culture's influence on American baby names and its diversity."
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