This year, for instance, Sofia and Isabella topped the list for girls and Sebastian and Santiago topped the list for boys. The trend in names points to ethnic pride, as well as the practical nature of Latinos, who while celebrating their heritage, also understand that to give their children a leg up mainstream society, bestowing their children with whimsical or hard to pronounce Spanish names may make them stand out but also be the potential focus of mockery, stigma or confusion. A BURDEN OR A JOY Names, of course, carry lots of baggage. They not only capture a person’s heritage, religion, culture, ethnicity and gender, but also class, level of education, family pedigree, parents’ literary, film, political, cartoon and musical heroes as well as fashion, automobile and liquor tastes. Consider the number of babies named Lexus, Chanel or Alize, a car, a fashion house and a French alcoholic beverage, respectively. Would you give a job to a woman named Tequila Gomez or a man named Hitler Martinez? For New Jersey residents Leonard Green and his wife Alicia, who have one-year old twins, Olivia and Emma, the decision was very much processed through a ten-point baby-naming checklist.