The Name 'Roma' Is Poised to Be Big for Babies Next Year

Marisa LaScala
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From Good Housekeeping

There are lots of factors to that go into choosing the "right" baby name. Do you want something trendy or unusual? Do you want to find something new, or go with an old family name?

One way that some parents choose to honor their heritage is by picking a a name that comes from their culture. If you're in that mode and are looking for hispanic girl names, there's good news: There are tons out there to choose from.

Some are already popular, climbing the lists of the most popular names in the United States. Others are gaining steam with Spanish-speaking parents in the U.S., but haven't become so common that they're rising to the top of the most-popular lists. Still other names are popular in different Spanish-speaking countries, but haven't found their way over here yet, so you'll snag them before they're listed on every daycare cubby in every school across the country. No matter which one you pick, you'll have a beautiful name for your baby girl.

These are already some of the most popular baby girl names in the country.

When it comes to anything baby-name related, the foremost authority is the Social Security Administration, which keeps track of the popularity of the names in the United States. The SSA put out its list of the most-used names of last year, and there are some that broke into the top spots that are either Spanish or Latin in origin. These names include:

  1. Olivia

  2. Ava

  3. Isabella

  4. Emily

  5. Camila

  6. Luna

  7. Sofia

  8. Victoria

  9. Stella

  10. Aurora

For in interesting comparison, the SSA also keeps a separate list of the most-popular names in Puerto Rico. There, the top 10 names are Valentina, Victoria, Emma, Mia, Amaia, Isabella, Mikaela, Ainhoa, Amanda and Luna.

BabyCenter tracks the use of names from its Spanish-speaking audience.

BabyCenter keeps track of interest in baby names among its users. It also has a Spanish-language site, BabyCenter en Español, which is used by Hispanic parents in the United States and in 22 Spanish-speaking countries, the site notes. These were the most popular baby girl names on BabyCenter en Español in 2020 that don't already appear on the SSA most popular list for the United States or Puerto Rico.

  1. Sofía

  2. Emilia

  3. Martina

  4. Lucía

  5. Catalina

  6. Elena

  7. Julieta

  8. Luciana

  9. Renata

  10. Antonella

  11. Mía

  12. Sara

  13. Amelia

  14. Valeria

  15. Regina

  16. Aitana

  17. Ximena

  18. Daniela

  19. Samantha

  20. Julia

  21. Paula

  22. Lía

  23. Zoe

  24. María

  25. Natalia

In addition, BabyCenter reports that it's seeing big leaps in popularity in names that begin with A, like Ariana, Alana, Abril and Amalia.

These names are hot in Spain, but haven't become too common in the United States yet.

If you're looking for a unique hispanic girl name, Nameberry has found some names that are very popular in Europe, but haven't become as common in the United States as Isabella and Olivia. Their suggestions include.

  1. Alba

  2. Alma (there are those A names again)

  3. Carmen

  4. Eulalia

  5. Gael

  6. Laia

  7. Triana

  8. Vega

  9. Vera

  10. Yara (climbing in the U.S. thanks to Game of Thrones)

Or, if you're looking for a name that's more trendy than unusual, these Spanish names are also popular with Nameberry users:

  1. Maya

  2. Gabriella

  3. Liliana

  4. Ana

  5. Lola

  6. Mariana

  7. Arlo

  8. Angelina

  9. Cruz (also a good gender-netural name)

  10. Esmeralda

  11. Alicia

  12. Viviana

  13. Elisa

  14. Jimena

  15. Fernanda

  16. Sierra

  17. Alondra

  18. Alejandra

  19. Adelina

  20. Itzel

Closer to home, these are the most popular baby girl names in Mexico.

Pampers compiled a list of the most popular baby names in Mexico from 2019. Here are the ones that yet appeared on the lists we've included so far.

  1. Guadalupe

  2. Juana

  3. Margarita

  4. Josefina

  5. Verónica

  6. Leticia

  7. Rosa

  8. Francisca

  9. Teresa

  10. Martha

  11. Yolanda

  12. Patricia

  13. Gloria

  14. Silvia

  15. Luisa

  16. Antonia

  17. Araceli

  18. Andrea

  19. Irma

  20. Adriana

  21. Lupe

  22. Miranda

  23. Bianca

  24. Malena

  25. Carolina

Place names are hot, will continue to be big in 2021.

Another baby-naming trend that Nameberry has noticed for 2020, it's the use of city names as first names. Of these, one of the most the most popular of all the place names is Roma. If you think about it, Roma fits all the trends. It's the name of a city. It's a short, four-letter word, which is becoming the norm. It's a gender-neutral name. It's also floated around on the lists of the most popular names for Spanish speakers. If you're looking for the name that checks all the 2020 boxes Roma is it.

If Rome isn't your favorite destination, though, you can consider these other place names: California, Cuba, Havana, Savannah, Siena or Valencia.

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