Cruz was a meaningful name even before David and Victoria Beckham gave it to their youngest son in 2005. It’s a Spanish and Portuguese name meaning “cross” and refers specifically to Jesus’s crucifix, on which he was nailed and died. Cruz comes from the Latin word “crusis” and is pronounced “krooz.” Popular since the 1920s as a first name, it also has many surname champions, including football star Victor, US Senator Ted and beloved singer Celia.
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