Call Me “Canned Meat.”

Immediately after the 1959 revolution in Cuba, there was a surge in the number of children named Fidel, Raul and Ernesto. But in the 1970s, imaginations really began to fly. That’s when the letter Y, rarely used in Spanish names, became a hit with parents competing for ever more exotic sounding creations – Yulieski, Yumilis, Yaraleidis. Even so-called normal names were hijacked. Daniel became Yaniel. It was an intriguing drive to be different in a country where the state controlled everything from education to diet.