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The origin of the term ' Hispanic '
The word Hispanic originates from the Latin hispanicus, from Hispania Iberian Peninsula, Spain
Hispanic can be used in referring to Spain and its history and culture. A native of Spain residing in the United States can also be referred to as Hispanic. The most general use of the term Hispanic is related to a person of Latin American descent living in the U.S. especially one of Spanish, Cuban, Mexican, or Puerto Rican origin. Our list of Hispanic Baby name's is a combination from all four cultures.
The Importance of a First Name!
We respond to our names throughout our lives. People associate us with our first name, it forms part of our identity. They help to distinguish us from one to another. Other people gain immediate and sometimes totally subconscious views of people, just from hearing a name they can therefore give us a distinct advantage in life, or conversely, a disadvantage! The choice of an Hispanic Baby name is, therefore, incredibly important. And those of us who choose a baby's name are taking on a responsible task!
Hispanic naming traditions
Naming traditions include a patronymic system (meaning "son of") by deriving an individual's last name by adding one of the patronymic forms "ez" , "iz", or "az" , to the father's first name. Thus we have "Fernandez" - meaning "son of Fernando.
The Origins of Hispanic baby names
The origins of this these include place names, those related to mythology and history, origins from colours, plants and other types of nature, Fictional origins, historical origins, characteristic and religious origins. We then move on to the genre which can be classed as Descriptive, Place, Speciality and finally unique (or created name's). Place name's were used or added as a second surname, preceded by the word "de" or "del" ("from" or "from the") for example "del Monte" ("from the mountain").
Hispanic maiden names
In Hispanic cultures wives often retain their maiden name when they marry. They can legally add their husband's surname after their own, preceded by the word "de" ( implying wife of ).
Questions about meanings!
At one time or another most of us have posed some the following questions about our own names...
- Why did my parents choose the name?
- Are there any strong Hispanic family connections to my name?
- Where did my name originate?
- Why was I given such a popular name?
- Why was I given such an unusual name?
What baby name shall I give to my baby?
Will the Hispanic baby name suit my baby? Should it be traditional, unusual, unique, exotic, popular or cool? Will it be suitable throughout all life phases ( "A Name isn't just for a birthday - it's for life!"). Will it be appropriate throughout a full life cycle starting with baby - toddler - school child - teenager - young adults - parents - middle age - retirement and ending with old age. Will it suit a pensioner as well as a baby? Will the schoolchild be teased mercilessly about a name? What will your baby think of your choice?
Help is at hand when making a choice from Hispanic baby name's!
The various sections included in www. babynames. org. uk accessed via the Site Map will provide answers to all of your questions regarding the choice of first names. And our exclusive Name Evaluator will help you avoid any of the many pitfalls!
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