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Whether you're searching for the perfect name and are hoping to find it in our top 100 list, you've already picked a name and you're curious to see if it's super popular, or you want to make sure you don't choose a name that's too popular, you've come to the right place!
Interested in seeing the most popular girl names from 2018? Check out our most recent top 100 list of Hispanic baby names.
Choices and trends in girls' names
our site en Español did a baby names survey of more than 17,000 Latino parents in the United States, Latin America, and Spain to learn what parents are looking for in a name and why they choose the baby names they do.
The survey found, among other things, that most future parents chose a name simply because they liked it, because of its meaning, because of what it represents, or because it was original. More than half of parents surveyed said they did an online search for the name to make sure nothing negative came up.
Latino parents also looked for names that didn't sound too extravagant or complicated and went well with their last name. And they expressed a preference for shorter Spanish names (a number of longer English names were less popular this year than in 2015).
When choosing a name for a girl, they were drawn to names that had these qualities: intelligence, femininity, and beauty, in that order.
Winners (and losers) of 2016
Can you guess what the most popular name for baby girls was in 2016?
Some hints: It's the name of a popular Disney character who becomes a princess overnight. It's the name of a beautiful Colombian actress who has been very successful in the United States and Latin America. It's the name of singer Alejandra Guzmán's daughter. It's the name of a Spanish princess. And it's the name chosen most often by our site moms for the last 10 years.
It's Sofía! Did you guess right?
Following close behind is a name that could soon become the new champion: Isabella. This beautiful, romantic name started gaining popularity with the Twilight movies (the real name of the main character, Bella Swan, is Isabella) and was the second most popular name in 2015 and 2016. Do moms like the name so they can call their daughters Bella ("beautiful" in Spanish)?
It's worth mentioning that two versions of Isabella were popular with parents in 2016: spelled with two Ls and with just one: Isabela. The variation Izabela was not as common.
The top 10 names stayed the same in 2015 and 2016, but they changed position. For example, Lucía fell from 3rd to 6th place; Camila seems to be on its way out of the top 10, dropping from number 8 to number 10. Meanwhile, Valentina, Martina, Valeria, and Emma each moved up one spot.
Outside the top 10, some names rose dramatically in popularity compared with 2015. For example: Lola (up 34 spots), Carla (up 31), Julia (up 24) and Aitana (up 22).
And if you're looking for a less common name for your little one, you might like these names, which have plunged in popularity: Ariana (down 39 spots), Salomé (down 24), Rafaela (down 22), and Francesca (down 17).
Some names that made it onto the top 100 list for the first time in 2016 have an old-world, traditional and classy style: names like María Victoria, Candela, Carlota, and Trinidad.
Politics managed to make an appearance in baby girl names in 2016. Ivana (the first wife of president-elect Trump) is one of the top 50 names, while Michelle (Michelle Obama, at spot number 109) and Chelsea (Chelsea Clinton, Hillary and Bill Clinton's daughter) are on the list although they didn't make it into the top 100. President Obama's daughters' names, Malia and Sasha, didn't appear on the top 100 list, so if you want to use those pretty names, you don't have to worry that all the girls your daughter's age will have the same name.
Names inspired by nature also shined in 2016: Alba, Delfina, Luna, Jazmín, and Aurora are on our top 100 list.
This year's top 100 Hispanic baby girl names
Here's the list for 2016. Enjoy!
Note: This list is based on names of babies born between January and October 2016 whose names were registered on our Spanish-language site, our site en Español, by Hispanic parents in the United States and in 22 Spanish-speaking countries.
- María José
- Ana Sofía
- María Fernanda
- Ana Paula
- María Paz
- María Victoria
The baby name you're looking for is here
Use the our site en Español search engine to look for more Latino baby names and their origin, meaning, popularity, and characteristics according to numerology.
You'll find these, for example:
- Begoña: Girl's name of Spanish origin. It's the name of a flower brought to Europe by the botanist Begón. Its personality number in numerology is 8.
- Fiorela: Girl's name of Italian origin, from the Italian "flore," which means flower. Its personality number in numerology is 6.
- Irasema: Girl's name of Tupi origin (indigenous to Brazil). It means "out of honey." Its personality number in numerology is 3.
- Penélope: Girl's name of Spanish origin, from the Greek "pene" or thread, a reference to the fabric that the mythological character wove by day and undid by night. Its personality number in numerology is 7.
- Tabitá: Girl's name of Hebrew origin. It means "fragile like a gazelle." Its personality number in numerology is 8.
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