[ 1 syll. cruz, cr-uz ] The baby boy name Cruz is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is KRUW-SH (Portuguese), KRUW-TH (Spanish), or KRUWS (Spanish-Latin American) †. Cruz is used predominantly in the English, Portuguese, and Spanish languages, and its origin is Spanish. The name refers to the Cross of the crucifixion. The Spanish 'cruz' is ultimately from the Latin 'crux' and genitive 'crucis'. It was chosen by the Beckhams for their third son Cruz David Beckham (2005-), who was born in Madrid, Spain.
See also the related form, Gurutz (Basque).
Cruz is fairly popular as a baby name for boys, and it is also viewed as fairly trendy. The name's popularity has been rising since the 1970s. At the modest peak of its usage in 2013, 0.062% of baby boys were given the name Cruz. It ranked at #278 then. In 2016, its usage was 0.050% and its ranking #341, and it was the most frequently used out of all boy names in its group. There were times from 1921 to 1936 when more girls than baby boys were named Cruz, but currently it is more often than not a baby boy name. In 1940, the name Cruz was given to 31% more baby boys than girls.
† Pronunciation for Cruz: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; UW as in "two (T.UW)" ; SH as in "she (SH.IY)" ; TH as in "theme (TH.IY.M)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"