Invented Baby Names in Cuba

Some imaginative baby names that have been bestowed in Cuba in the last few decades:

  • Adianez – Zenaida backwards
  • Ailed – Delia backwards
  • Boris – from the foreign name trend
  • Aledmys
  • Danyer – from the English word “danger”
  • Dayesi
  • Disami
  • Geyne – combination of Geronimo and Nelly
  • Hanoi – geographical term
  • Katia – from the foreign name trend
  • Leydi – from the English word “lady”
  • Maivi – from the English word “maybe”
  • Mayren – combination of Mayra and Rene
  • Migdisray – combination of Migdalia and Raymundo
  • Odlanier – Reinaldo backwards
  • Olnavy – from “Old Navy”
  • Orazal – Lazaro backwards
  • Robelkis – combination of Roberto and Belkis
  • Tatiana – from the foreign name trend
  • Usnavi – from “U.S. Navy”
  • Widayesi
  • Yadel – from the y-name trend
  • Yakarta – geographical term (from Jakarta)
  • Yamisel – from the y-name trend
  • Yander – from the y-name trend
  • Yaneymi – combination of Yanet and Mijail
  • Yanisey – from the y-name trend
  • Yasnaya – geographical term (maybe from Yasnaya Polyana?)
  • Yirmara – from the y-name trend
  • Yoanni – from the y-name trend
  • Yoelkis – from the y-name trend
  • Yohendry – from the y-name trend
  • Yolaide – from the y-name trend
  • Yordanka – from the foreign name trend
  • Yosbel – from the y-name trend
  • Yotuel – from the Spanish words “yo, tu, el” (I, you, he)
  • Yovel – from the y-name trend
  • Yulieski – from the y-name trend
  • Yumara – from the y-name trend
  • Yumilsis – from the y-name trend
  • Yunier – from the y-name trend
  • Yuri – from the foreign name trend
  • Yuset – from the y-name trend

I harvested all of these from yesterday’s Julio or Juliabe? Inventing Baby Names Popular in Cuba — an article that shouldn’t surprise any of us, as we’ve been discussing imaginative Latin American names for a while now. Here are two posts about Cuba specifically: Y-name Generation, Hiroshima & Nagasaki.


One thought on “Invented Baby Names in Cuba

  1. I’ve noticed that Latin Americans are as guilty of inventing names as Americans, or using surnames as first names (this is very prevalent among Brazilians). I wonder if this phenomenon has something to do with just being in the “New World” in general.

    I wouldn’t consider Boris and Tatiana as invented names. Cuba did receive a few Russian immigrants, some came pre-Castro, looking for a better life; some were fellow Communists looking for businesss venture during the Soviet Era, this might explain the usage of Boris & Tatiana. Though, I was explaining to a Russian woman the other day that the usage of Tatiana exploded outside the Russian community when the perfume came out in the 80s.

    I know a Venezuelan girl named Hanoi, (pronounced ah-NOY). All her sisters are named for places. Her parents had no special affinity to the city. She said they spinned the globe and that is where her father’s finger landed.

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