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Whether you are looking for a popular name for your baby boy or a name that not many families have chosen, you're in the right place! (And if you already have a name picked out for your son, you can see whether it's in the top 100!)
Interested in seeing the most popular boy names from 2018? Check out our most recent top 100 list of Hispanic baby names.
2016 trends and choices in boys' names
our site en Español did a baby names survey of more than 17,000 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 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).
Latino parents inspired by celebrities tended to pick religious or spiritual names, as well as names of musicians, artists, and historical figures for their baby boys.
The winners (and losers) of 2016
So what's the most popular boys' name of 2016?
For nine years, Santiago has been the favorite of our site moms, and we were starting to think it would be that way forever! But this year we have a new champion: Mateo. Could it be because it means "gift of God"?
Almost all of 2015's most popular names made it into the top 10 this year. The only changes were Samuel, which dropped out, going from 7th place to number 15; and Lucas, which flew into the top 10, rising from 16th place in 2015 to number 9 in 2016.
Names that saw a surprising uptick in popularity this year were Adrián (up 39 spots), Izan (up 24), Salvador (up 22), and Hugo (up 20).
On the other hand, some of the names that were on the minds of future moms in 2015 haven't been chosen as much this year, including Juan, Ethan, Alonso, Máximo, and Damián.
If you're looking for a name that wasn't popular before but had a strong showing in 2016, you might be interested in these:
Leonel, Jacob, Sergio, and Marcos. Or if, on the contrary, you want a name that's not on the top 100 list, we can tell you that several names that start with "C" or "D" fall into this category: Caleb, Ciro, Derek, and Dominic.
The importance of baby name meanings
According to our survey, 56 percent of parents expecting boys wanted a name that inspired strength. Other qualities they looked for in a boys' name included intelligence, kindness, and leadership.
Here are some examples of names with those qualities:
- Aarón (Hebrew, means "strength on the mountain")
- Conan (Scottish, means "intelligent")
- Kurunakar (India, means "very kind")
- Prince (English, means "prince" or "leader")
This year's top 100 Hispanic baby boy names
What's the ideal name for your baby? Check out our list of 100 most popular names for boys in 2016 and tell us if your favorite name is here.
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.
- Juan José
- Juan Pablo
- Juan Martín
The baby name you're looking for is here
Use the our site en Español search engine to look for more Hispanic baby names and their origin, meaning, popularity, and characteristics according to numerology.
You'll find these, for example:
- Amos: Boy's name of Hebrew and Spanish origin. Means "strong." Its personality number according to numerology is 3.
- Fin: Boy's name of Scottish origin. Comes from the Gaelic name Fionnlagh, from the Gaelic "fionn," which means "white" or "handsome" and laogh, which means "warrior." Its personality number according to numerology is 2.
- Jaques: Boy's name of French origin. French variant of Jacob, from the Hebrew name Yaakov, from the word akev, or "heel," "he who replaces" or "he who supplants." Its personality number according to numerology is 22.
- Omarán: Boy's name of Indian origin. Means "era." Its personality number according to numerology is 8.
- Sandro: Boy's name of Spanish origin. Derived from Alejandro. From the Greek alenxandros, meaning "defender, protector." Its personality number according to numerology is 8.
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