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  • Name advice from Jennifer Moss,
    founder of BabyNames.com

Honoring Hispanic Heritage

Dear Jennifer,

My husband is first generation American and his last name is Guerrero. We are expecting (unsure of the sex) and we simply can’t agree on a name. Every name he suggests is Hispanic and quite frankly, hard for me to say or spell. I would like the first name to be American but he says that won’t flow well with his last name.

 Am I be inconsiderate of his heritage? Is there any compromise here? ☹

~ Shayna

Dear Shayna,

I, myself, have a half-Hispanic child. I also wanted to honor my husband’s heritage and had the same concerns as you (his mother’s name is Guillermina!)  When he told me his mother’s maiden name was Miranda, I said “That’s it!”  Miranda was one of those names that works in both Spanish and English.

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

There are many other names like Miranda–take Christina Aguilera, for example. Maybe you, too, could look into your husband’s family tree to see if you can find such names. The fact that you use a name from his side will show that you do want to honor your child’s ethnic heritage.

If you still can’t find what you like, do the Advanced Search on our site and see if any of these names strike your fancy.  I’m sure you’ll find something acceptable to the both of you.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Almonzo Wilder’s Name

Hi Jennifer!

 Thanks so much for babynames.com. I love to daydream about names, and your site is a treasure trove.

I’m also an avid reader, and I have been re-reading some of my childhood favorites, including the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. As you may know, Laura Ingalls married Almonzo Wilder. I became curious about the name Almonzo, but I don’t see it on your site. Do you know what it means?

 Thanks so much,

Chelsea Rothschild

Dear Chelsea,

Thank you for your kind words. It’s always nice to hear from a fan!  The name Almonzo is most likely a Spanish derivative of the Arabic name El-Mansur, which means “Victorious One.” We have added it to the BabyNames.com database.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

 

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