Spanish Background

Currently spoken by 470 million people mainly in Spain and Latin America, Spanish is the second-most-spoken language in the world after Mandarin. Originally from Castile, Spain it evolved from Vulgar Latin in 210 BC and was taken to America via Spanish colonization. Officially spoken in 22 countries and being one of the 6 official languages of the United Nations, Spanish is the language of Hispanic/Latino culture, infamous for Spanish Inquisition, and famous for Miguel de Cervantes and Gabriel García Marquéz, salsa and flamenco, Mexican Mariachi, sangría and margarita, sombreros and tortillas. As a part of Indo-European language family, Spanish is a Romance language and uses the Latin script. Parents all over the world choose from Spanish baby names for their royal ancestry, regional diversity, profound etymology and melodic pronunciation.