I was mildly amused by Jeffrey Kluger’s article Adios, Juan and Juanita: Latin Names Trend Down. Not by the main message, which is plausible enough, but by two lines.
Though a fair number of Spanish names for both sexes will find asylum on American shores, the majority appear doomed.
Doomed? Now that’s a strong word.
I don’t think most Spanish names are “doomed.” (So fatalistic!) They may fall out of favor for a while, sure. But they’ll be back. In a few generations, the descendants of today’s Latin Americans will want to celebrate their ancestry, and they’ll start reusing those very “doomed” names to which the author refers. It’s just the nature of things.
We thus tagged [our daughters] with Elisa and Paloma — elegant, uncommon and undeniably Spanish.
Ahem. Elisa is not undeniably Spanish. Paloma, yes, but not Elisa. I’m surprised this statement made it into TIME.