Its source is a Spanish expression meaning "Woman of Latin-American descent."
This girl's name is used in English and Spanish.
The name Latina ranked 3161st in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Linguists theorize that Latina (and its male equivalent Latino) developed as short forms of the Spanish expression latinoamericano, meaning ''Latin American.'' This name could be chosen for a child to honor the family's heritage.
However, some parents may choose this name as a synthesis of the popular name prefix La- and the name Tina, a short form of Christina.