Spanish Names

Spanish names are used in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries (such as those in South America). See also about Spanish names.
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EDU m Spanish, Portuguese
Short form of EDUARDO.
EDUARDO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of EDWARD.
EFRAÍN m Spanish
Spanish form of EPHRAIM.
ELADIO m Spanish
Spanish form of HELLADIUS.
ELBA f Spanish
Possibly a Spanish variant form of ALBA (3).
ELENA f Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovak, Lithuanian, Estonian, Russian, Greek, German, English, Medieval Slavic
Form of HELEN used in various languages, as well as an alternate transcription of Russian Елена (see YELENA).
ELEUTERIO m Spanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of ELEUTHERIUS.
ELI (3) f Spanish, Norwegian, Danish
Spanish, Norwegian and Danish short form of ELISABET or ELIN.
ELIANA (1) f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English (Modern)
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ÉLIANE.
ELÍAS m Spanish, Icelandic
Spanish and Icelandic form of ELIJAH.
ELIGIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of ELIGIUS.
ELISABET f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Catalan, Spanish, Biblical Greek
Scandinavian and Finnish form of ELIZABETH. It is also used in Spain alongside the traditional form Isabel.
ELISEO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of ELISHA.
ELODIA f Spanish
Spanish form of ALODIA.
ELOÍSA f Spanish
Spanish form of ELOISE.
ELOY m Spanish
Spanish form of ELIGIUS.
ELPIDIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of ELPIDIUS.
ELVIRA f Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Russian
Spanish form of a Visigothic name, possibly composed of the Germanic elements ala "all" and wer "true". This is the name of a character in Mozart's opera Don Giovanni (1787).
EMA (1) f Spanish, Portuguese, Slovene, Czech, Slovak, Croatian
Form of EMMA used in various languages.
EMELINA f Spanish
Spanish form of Amelina (see EMMELINE).
EMIGDIA f Spanish (Rare)
Spanish feminine form of Emygdius (see EMIDIO).
EMIGDIO m Spanish
Spanish form of Emygdius (see EMIDIO).
EMILIANO m Spanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of the Roman cognomen Aemilianus, which was itself derived from the family name Aemilius (see EMIL).
EMILIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
EMMA f English, French, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish, Dutch, German, Hungarian, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names that began with the element ermen meaning "whole" or "universal". It was introduced to England by Emma of Normandy, who was the wife both of King Ethelred II (and by him the mother of Edward the Confessor) and later of King Canute. It was also borne by an 11th-century Austrian saint, who is sometimes called Hemma.... [more]
EMPERATRIZ f Spanish
Means "empress" in Spanish.
ENCARNA f Spanish
Short form of ENCARNACIÓN.
ENCARNACIÓN f Spanish
Means "incarnation" in Spanish. This is given in reference to the Incarnation of Jesus in the womb of the Virgin Mary.
ENEIDA f Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish (Latin American)
From the Portuguese and Spanish name of the Aeneid (see AENEAS).
ENRIQUE m Spanish
Spanish form of Heinrich (see HENRY).
EPIFANIO m Spanish, Italian
From the Latin name Epiphanius, which was from the Greek name Ἐπιφάνιος (Epiphanios), itself derived from the Greek word ἐπιφάνεια (epiphaneia) meaning "appearance, manifestation". This name was borne by a few early saints. It is associated with the event known in English as the Epiphany (Spanish Epifanía, Italian Epifania, Latin Epiphania), the coming of the three Magi to visit the infant Jesus.
ERASMO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ERASMUS.
ERCILIA f Spanish (Rare)
Spanish form of HERSILIA.
ERIC m English, Swedish, German, Spanish
Means "ever ruler", from the Old Norse name Eiríkr, derived from the elements ei "ever, always" and ríkr "ruler, mighty". A notable bearer was Eiríkr inn Rauda (Eric the Red in English), a 10th-century navigator and explorer who discovered Greenland. This was also the name of several early kings of Sweden, Denmark and Norway.... [more]
ERNESTO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ERNEST.
ESMERALDA f Spanish, Portuguese, English, Literature
Means "emerald" in Spanish and Portuguese. Victor Hugo used this name in his novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831), in which Esmeralda is the Gypsy girl who is loved by Quasimodo. It has occasionally been used in the English-speaking world since that time.
ESPERANZA f Spanish
Spanish form of the Late Latin name Sperantia, which was derived from sperare "to hope".
ESTANISLAO m Spanish
Spanish form of STANISLAV.
ESTEBAN m Spanish
Spanish form of STEPHEN.
ESTEFANÍA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of STEPHEN.
ESTELA f Portuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of ESTELLE.
ESTHER f English, French, Spanish, Dutch, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Jewish, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Possibly means "star" in Persian. Alternatively it could be a derivative of the name of the Near Eastern goddess ISHTAR. The Book of Esther in the Old Testament tells the story of Queen Esther, the Jewish wife of the king of Persia. The king's advisor Haman persuaded the king to exterminate all the Jews in the realm. Warned of this plot by her cousin Mordecai, Esther revealed her Jewish ancestry and convinced the king to execute Haman instead. Her original Hebrew name was Hadassah.... [more]
ESTRELLA f Spanish
Spanish form of STELLA (1), coinciding with the Spanish word meaning "star".
ETELVINA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of ADALWIN.
EUFEMIA f Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of EUPHEMIA.
EUGENIA f Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Polish, English, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Feminine form of Eugenius (see EUGENE). It was borne by a semi-legendary 3rd-century saint who escaped persecution by disguising herself as a man. The name was occasionally found in England during the Middle Ages, but it was not regularly used until the 19th century.
EUGENIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Eugenius (see EUGENE).
EULALIA f Spanish, Italian, English, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek εὔλαλος (eulalos) meaning "sweetly-speaking", itself from εὖ (eu) meaning "good" and λαλέω (laleo) meaning "to talk". This was the name of an early 4th-century saint and martyr from Merida in Spain. She is a patron saint of Barcelona.
EULOGIA f Spanish (Rare)
Spanish feminine form of EULOGIUS.
EULOGIO m Spanish
Spanish form of EULOGIUS.
EUSEBIA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of EUSEBIUS.
EUSEBIO m Spanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of EUSEBIUS.
EUSTAQUIO m Spanish
Spanish form of Eustachius (see EUSTACE).
EUTIMIO m Spanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of EUTHYMIUS.
EUTROPIO m Spanish
Spanish form of EUTROPIUS.
EVA f Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, English, Czech, Slovak, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Estonian, Danish, Icelandic, Faroese, Greek, Slovene, Bulgarian, Croatian, Russian, Georgian, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin
Form of EVE used in various languages. This form is used in the Latin translation of the New Testament, while Hava is used in the Latin Old Testament. The name appears in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) belonging to the character Little Eva, whose real name is in fact Evangeline.... [more]
EVA MARÍA f Spanish
Combination of EVA and MARÍA.
EVANGELINA f Spanish, English
Latinate form of EVANGELINE.
EVARISTO m Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of EVARISTUS.
EVELIA f Spanish
Elaborated form of EVA.
EVITA f Spanish, Latvian
Diminutive of EVA.
EZEQUIEL m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of EZEKIEL.
FABIÁN m Spanish
Spanish form of Fabianus (see FABIAN).
FABIANA f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Fabianus (see FABIAN).
FABIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of FABIUS.
FABIOLA f Italian, Spanish, Ancient Roman
Diminutive of FABIA. This was the name of a 4th-century saint from Rome.
FABRICIO m Spanish
Spanish form of Fabricius (see FABRICE).
FACUNDO m Spanish (Latin American)
From the Late Latin name Facundus, which meant "eloquent". This was the name of a few early saints, including a 3rd-century Spanish martyr.
FANNY f English, French, Spanish, Swedish
Diminutive of FRANCES, FRANÇOISE or STÉPHANIE. In the English-speaking world this has been a vulgar slang word since the late 19th century, and the name has subsequently dropped out of common use.
FÁTIMA f Portuguese, Spanish
From the name of a town in Portugal, which was derived from the Arabic feminine name FATIMAH, apparently after a Moorish princess who converted to Christianity during the Reconquista. The town became an important Christian pilgrimage center after 1917 when three local children reported witnessing repeated apparitions of the Virgin Mary.
FAUSTINO m Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of the Roman cognomen Faustinus, which was itself derived from the Roman name FAUSTUS. Faustinus was the name of several early saints.
FAUSTO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of FAUSTUS.
FEBE f Dutch, Spanish, Italian
Dutch, Spanish and Italian form of PHOEBE.
FEDERICO m Spanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of FREDERICK. Spanish poet Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) and Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini (1920-1993) are famous bearers of this name.
FELICIA f English, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Dutch, Swedish, Late Roman
Feminine form of the Latin name Felicius, a derivative of FELIX. In England, it has occasionally been used since the Middle Ages.
FELICIANA f Spanish, Italian, Late Roman
Feminine form of Felicianus (see FELICIANO).
FELICIANO m Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of the Roman name Felicianus, which was itself derived from the Roman name FELIX.
FELICIDAD f Spanish
Spanish form of FELICITAS. It also means "happiness" in Spanish.
FELIPA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of PHILIP.
FELIPE m Spanish, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese form of PHILIP.
FELISA f Spanish
Spanish form of FELICIA.
FÉLIX m French, Spanish, Portuguese
French, Spanish and Portuguese form of FELIX.
FERMÍN m Spanish
Spanish form of FIRMIN.
FERNANDA f Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian feminine form of FERDINAND.
FERNANDO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of FERDINAND.
FIDEL m Spanish
From the Late Latin name Fidelis meaning "faithful". A famous bearer was revolutionary leader Fidel Castro (1926-2016), the former president of Cuba.
FIDELA f Spanish
Feminine form of FIDEL.
FIDELIA f Spanish (Rare)
Feminine form of FIDEL.
FILOMENA f Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of PHILOMENA.
FITO m Spanish
Diminutive of ADOLFO or RODOLFO.
FLAVIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of FLAVIUS.
FLOR f Spanish
Either directly from Spanish flor meaning "flower", or a short form of FLORENCIA.
FLORA f English, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Roman Mythology
Derived from Latin flos meaning "flower". Flora was the Roman goddess of flowers and spring, the wife of Zephyr the west wind. It has been used as a given name since the Renaissance, starting in France. In Scotland it was sometimes used as an Anglicized form of Fionnghuala.
FLORENCIA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of Florentius (see FLORENCE).
FLORENCIO m Spanish
Spanish form of Florentius (see FLORENCE).
FLORENTINO m Spanish
Spanish form of FLORENTINUS.
FLORIÁN m Slovak, Czech, Spanish
Slovak, Czech and Spanish form of Florianus (see FLORIAN).
FLORINDA f Spanish, Portuguese
Elaborated form of Spanish or Portuguese flor meaning "flower".
FLORO m Italian (Rare), Spanish (Rare), Portuguese (Rare)
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of FLORUS.
FORTUNATO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of the Late Latin name Fortunatus meaning "fortunate, blessed, happy". This was the name of several early saints and martyrs.
FRAN m & f Spanish, English, Croatian, Slovene
Short form of FRANCIS, FRANCES or related names.
FRANCISCA f Spanish, Portuguese, Late Roman
Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
FRANCISCO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS). This is the Spanish name of Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552). Other notable bearers include the Spanish painter and engraver Francisco de Goya (1746-1828) and the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco (1892-1975).
FRANCISCO JAVIER m Spanish
Combination of FRANCISCO and JAVIER, referring to Saint Francis Xavier.
FULGENCIO m Spanish
Spanish form of the Late Latin name Fulgentius, which meant "shining" from Latin fulgens. Saint Fulgentius was a 6th-century bishop from Tunisia who was a friend of Saint Augustine.
GABINO m Spanish
Spanish form of Gabinus (see GAVINO).
GABRIEL m French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Catalan, English, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
From the Hebrew name גַבְרִיאֵל (Gavri'el) meaning "God is my strong man", derived from גֶּבֶר (gever) meaning "strong man, hero" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". Gabriel is an archangel in Hebrew tradition, often appearing as a messenger of God. In the Old Testament he is sent to interpret the visions of the prophet Daniel, while in the New Testament he serves as the announcer of the births of John to Zechariah and Jesus to Mary. According to Islamic tradition he was the angel who dictated the Quran to Muhammad.... [more]
GAEL m Breton, English (Modern), Spanish (Modern)
Probably from the ethno-linguistic term Gael, which refers to speakers of Gaelic languages.
GALA (2) f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of GALLUS.
GALO m Spanish
Spanish form of GALLUS.
GASPAR m Spanish, Portuguese, Judeo-Christian Legend
Spanish and Portuguese form of JASPER, as well as the Latin form.
GASTÓN m Spanish
Spanish form of GASTON.
GEMA f Spanish
Spanish form of GEMMA.
GENOVEVA f Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of GENEVIÈVE.
GERALDO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of GERALD.
GERARDO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of GERARD.
GERMÁN m Spanish
Spanish form of GERMANUS.
GERTRUDIS f Spanish
Latinized form of GERTRUDE.
GERVASIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of GERVASIUS.
GIL (1) m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of GILES.
GILBERTO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of GILBERT.
GINÉS m Spanish (Rare)
Spanish form of GENESIUS.
GISELA f German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese
German, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese form of GISELLE.
GLAUCO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of GLAUCUS.
GLORIA f English, Spanish, Italian, German
Means "glory", from the Portuguese and Spanish titles of the Virgin Mary Maria da Glória and María de Gloria. Maria da Glória (1819-1853) was the daughter of the Brazilian emperor Pedro I, eventually becoming queen of Portugal as Maria II.... [more]
GODOFREDO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of GODFREY.
GONZALO m Spanish
From the medieval name Gundisalvus, which was the Latin form of a Germanic name composed of gund meaning "war" and a second element of unknown meaning (with the spelling influenced by Latin salvus "safe"). Saint Gonzalo was an 11th-century bishop of Mondoñedo in Galicia, Spain.
GOYO m Spanish
Spanish diminutive of GREGORIO.
GRACIA f Spanish
Means "grace" in Spanish, making it a cognate of GRACE.
GRACIANA f Spanish, Portuguese
Feminine form of GRACIANO.
GRACIANO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Gratianus (see GRATIAN).
GRACIELA f Spanish
Elaboration of GRACIA.
GREGORIA f Spanish, Italian (Rare)
Feminine form of Gregorius (see GREGORY).
GREGORIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Gregorius (see GREGORY).
GRIMALDO m Spanish (Rare), Italian (Rare)
Spanish and Italian form of GRIMWALD.
GRISELDA f English, Spanish, Literature
Possibly derived from the Germanic elements gris "grey" and hild "battle". It is not attested as a Germanic name. This was the name of a patient wife in medieval tales by Boccaccio and Chaucer.
GUADALUPE f & m Spanish
From a Spanish title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, meaning "Our Lady of Guadalupe". Guadalupe is a Spanish place name, the site of a famous convent, derived from Arabic وادي (wadi) meaning "valley, river" possibly combined with Latin lupus meaning "wolf". In the 16th century Our Lady of Guadalupe supposedly appeared in a vision to a native Mexican man, and she is now regarded as a patron saint of the Americas.
GUALTERIO m Spanish (Rare)
Spanish form of WALTER.
GUILLERMO m Spanish
Spanish form of WILLIAM.
GUIOMAR f & m Portuguese, Spanish, Arthurian Romance
Possibly derived from the Germanic name Wigmar, which is formed of the elements wig "war, battle" and mari "famous". In the medieval Lancelot-Grail cycle he plays a minor role as a cousin of Guinevere, who banishes him after he becomes a lover of Morgan le Fey. In modern Portugal and Spain it is a feminine name.
GUSTAVO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of GUSTAV.
HAROLDO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of HAROLD.
HAYDÉE f Spanish, French (Rare)
Spanish and French form of HAIDEE, from Lord Byron's Don Juan (1819). It was later used by Alexander Dumas for a character in The Count of Monte Cristo (1844).
HÉCTOR m Spanish
Spanish form of HECTOR.
HELIODORO m Spanish, Portuguese
From the Greek name Ἡλιόδωρος (Heliodoros), derived from the elements ἥλιος (helios) meaning "sun" and δῶρον (doron) meaning "gift". Saint Heliodoro was a 4th-century bishop of Altino.
HERACLIO m Spanish
Spanish form of HERACLIUS.
HERBERTO m Spanish (Rare), Portuguese (Rare)
Spanish and Portuguese form of HERBERT.
HERIBERTO m Spanish, Portuguese (Rare)
Spanish and Portuguese form of HERBERT.
HERMENEGILDO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of a Visigothic name meaning "complete sacrifice", from the Germanic elements ermen "whole, entire" and gild "sacrifice, value". It was borne by a 6th-century saint, the son of Liuvigild the Visigothic king of Hispania.
HERMINIO m Spanish
Spanish form of HERMINIUS.
HERNÁN m Spanish
Short form of HERNANDO.
HERNANDO m Spanish
Medieval Spanish form of FERDINAND. A famous bearer of this name was Hernando Cortés (1485-1547), a Spanish conquistador.
HILARIO m Spanish
Spanish form of HILARIUS.
HILDA f English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Spanish, Anglo-Saxon (Latinized), Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of names containing the Germanic element hild "battle". The short form was used for both Old English and continental Germanic names. Saint Hilda of Whitby was a 7th-century English saint and abbess. The name became rare in England during the later Middle Ages, but was revived in the 19th century.
HIPÓLITO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of HIPPOLYTOS.
HORACIO m Spanish
Spanish form of HORATIUS.
HORTENSIA f Ancient Roman, Spanish
Feminine form of the Roman family name Hortensius, possibly derived from Latin hortus meaning "garden".
HUGO m Spanish, Portuguese, English, Dutch, German, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of HUGH. As a surname it has belonged to the French author Victor Hugo (1802-1885), the writer of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misérables.
HUMBERTO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of HUMBERT.
IBÁN m Spanish
Spanish form of IBAN.
ICÍAR f Spanish
Spanish variant of ITZIAR.
IGNACIA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of IGNATIUS.
IGNACIO m Spanish
Spanish form of IGNATIUS.
ILDEFONSO m Spanish
Spanish form of the Visigothic name Hildefons, which meant "battle ready", derived from the Germanic elements hild "battle" and funs "ready". This was the name of a 7th-century saint, an archbishop of Toledo.
ILEANA f Romanian, Spanish, Italian
Possibly a Romanian variant of ELENA. In Romanian folklore this is the name of a princess kidnapped by monsters and rescued by a heroic knight.
IMELDA f Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of IRMHILD. The Blessed Imelda was a young 14th-century nun from Bologna.
INÉS f Spanish
Spanish form of AGNES.
ÍNGRID f Spanish, Catalan
Spanish and Catalan form of INGRID.
ÍÑIGO m Spanish
Medieval Spanish form of ENEKO. This was the birth name of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, who changed it in honour of Saint Ignatius of Antioch. As such, this name is sometimes regarded as a form of IGNATIUS.
INMA f Spanish
Short form of INMACULADA.
INMACULADA f Spanish
Means "immaculate" in Spanish. This name is given to commemorate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.
INOCENCIO m Spanish
Spanish form of Innocentius (see INNOCENT).
IRENE f English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German, Dutch, Ancient Greek (Latinized), Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Εἰρήνη (Eirene), derived from a word meaning "peace". This was the name of the Greek goddess who personified peace, one of the Ὥραι (Horai). It was also borne by several early Christian saints. The name was common in the Byzantine Empire, notably being borne by an 8th-century empress, who was the first woman to lead the empire. She originally served as regent for her son, but later had him killed and ruled alone.... [more]
IRIS f Greek Mythology, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, French, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Greek
Means "rainbow" in Greek. Iris was the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow, also serving as a messenger to the gods. This name can also be given in reference to the word (which derives from the same Greek source) for the iris flower or the coloured part of the eye.
IRMA f German, English, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Italian, Georgian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Ancient Germanic
German short form of names beginning with the Germanic element ermen, which meant "whole, universal". It is thus related to EMMA. It began to be regularly used in the English-speaking world in the 19th century.
ISAAC m English, Spanish, Catalan, Jewish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name יִצְחָק (Yitzchaq) meaning "he will laugh, he will rejoice", derived from צָחַק (tzachaq) meaning "to laugh". The Old Testament explains this meaning, by recounting that Abraham laughed when God told him that his aged wife Sarah would become pregnant with Isaac (see Genesis 17:17), and later Sarah laughed when overhearing the same prophecy (see Genesis 18:12). When Isaac was a boy, God tested Abraham's faith by ordering him to sacrifice his son, though an angel prevented the act at the last moment. Isaac went on to become the father of Esau and Jacob with his wife Rebecca.... [more]
ISABEL f Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German, Dutch
Medieval Occitan form of ELIZABETH. It spread throughout Spain, Portugal and France, becoming common among the royalty by the 12th century. It grew popular in England in the 13th century after Isabella of Angoulême married the English king John, and it was subsequently bolstered when Isabella of France married Edward II the following century.... [more]
ISAÍAS m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of ISAIAH.
ISAURA f Portuguese, Spanish, Late Roman
Late Latin name meaning "from Isauria". Isauria was the name of a region in Asia Minor.
ISIDORA f Spanish, Portuguese, Serbian, Russian (Rare), Italian (Rare), English (Rare), Ancient Greek
Feminine form of ISIDORE. This was the name of a 4th-century Egyptian saint and hermitess.
ISIDORO m Spanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of ISIDORE.
ISIDRO m Spanish
Spanish variant of ISIDORE.
ISMAEL m Spanish, Portuguese, Biblical Greek
Spanish and Portuguese form of ISHMAEL. This is also the form used in the Greek Old Testament.
ITZIAR f Basque, Spanish
From the name of a Basque village that contains an important shrine to the Virgin Mary, possibly meaning "old stone".
IVÁN m Spanish, Hungarian
Spanish and Hungarian form of IVAN.
IZAN m Spanish (Modern)
Spanish form of ETHAN, reflecting the English pronunciation.
JACINTA f Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of HYACINTHUS.
JACINTO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of HYACINTHUS.
JACOBO m Spanish
Spanish form of Iacobus, the New Testament Latin form of JAMES. The apostles are also commonly denoted Santiago in Spanish.
JAFET m Spanish (Rare)
Spanish form of JAPHETH.
JAIME (1) m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Iacomus (see JAMES).
JAIR m Biblical, Biblical Portuguese, Spanish (Latin American), Portuguese (Brazilian)
Means "he shines" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of both a son of Manasseh and one of the ruling judges of the Israelites.
JAVI m Spanish
Short form of JAVIER.
JAVIER m Spanish
Spanish form of XAVIER.
JAVIERA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of XAVIER.
JENARO m Spanish
Spanish form of JANUARIUS.
JENNIFER f English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish
From a Cornish form of the Welsh name Gwenhwyfar (see GUINEVERE). This name has only been common outside of Cornwall since the beginning of the 20th century, after it was featured in George Bernard Shaw's play The Doctor's Dilemma (1906). It barely ranked in the United until the late 1930s, when it began steadily growing in popularity, accelerating into the early 1970s. It was the most popular name for girls in America between 1970 and 1984, though it was not as common in the United Kingdom.... [more]
JENNY f English, Swedish, Finnish, German, Dutch, Spanish
Originally a medieval English diminutive of JANE. Since the middle of the 20th century it has been primarily considered a diminutive of JENNIFER.
JEREMÍAS m Spanish
Spanish form of JEREMIAH.
JERÓNIMO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Hieronymos (see JEROME).
JESSICA f English, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish
This name was first used in this form by Shakespeare in his play The Merchant of Venice (1596), where it belongs to the daughter of Shylock. Shakespeare probably based it on the biblical name ISCAH, which would have been spelled Jescha in his time. It was not commonly used as a given name until the middle of the 20th century. It reached its peak of popularity in the United States in 1987, and was the top ranked name for girls between 1985 and 1995, excepting 1991 and 1992 (when it was unseated by Ashley). Notable bearers include actresses Jessica Tandy (1909-1994) and Jessica Lange (1949-).
JESÚS m Spanish
Spanish form of JESUS, used as a personal name.
JESUSA f Spanish
Feminine form of JESÚS.
JIMENA f Spanish
Variant of XIMENA.
JOAQUÍN m Spanish
Spanish form of JOACHIM.
JOAQUIN m Spanish (Americanized)
Unaccented form of JOAQUÍN used mainly in America.
JOAQUINA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of JOACHIM.
JOEL m English, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, Biblical
From the Hebrew name יוֹאֵל (Yo'el) meaning "YAHWEH is God", from the elements יוֹ (yo) and אֵל ('el), both referring to the Hebrew God. Joel is one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Joel, which describes a plague of locusts. In England, it was first used as a Christian name after the Protestant Reformation.
JONATAN m Spanish, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German (Rare)
Spanish and Polish form of JONATHAN, as well as a Scandinavian and German variant form.
JORDÁN m Spanish
Spanish form of JORDAN.
JORGE m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of GEORGE.
JOSE m Spanish (Americanized, Filipinize)
Unaccented form of JOSÉ used mainly in America and the Philippines.
JOSÉ m & f Spanish, Portuguese, French
Spanish and Portuguese form of JOSEPH, as well as a French variant. In Spanish-speaking regions it is occasionally used as a feminine middle name (or the second part of a double name), often paired with María. This was the most popular name for boys in Spain for the first half of the 20th century.
JOSÉ ÁNGEL m Spanish
Combination of JOSÉ and ÁNGEL.
JOSÉ ANTONIO m Spanish
Combination of JOSÉ and ANTONIO.
JOSEFA f Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of JOSEPH.
JOSEFINA f Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish
Spanish, Portuguese and Swedish feminine form of JOSEPH.
JOSÉ LUIS m Spanish
Combination of JOSÉ and LUIS.
JOSÉ MANUEL m Spanish
Combination of JOSÉ and MANUEL.
JOSÉ MARÍA m Spanish
Combination of JOSÉ and MARÍA, the names of the parents of Jesus.
JOSEPE m Spanish (Rare)
Spanish variant of JOSEPH.
JOSUÉ m French, Spanish, Portuguese
French, Spanish and Portuguese form of JOSHUA.
JOVITA f Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of the Roman name Iovita (masculine), which was derived from the name of the god JOVE. This was the name of an early saint and martyr, the brother of Faustinus.
JUAN (1) m Spanish, Manx
Spanish and Manx form of Iohannes (see JOHN). Like other forms of John in Europe, this name has been extremely popular in Spain since the late Middle Ages. It is borne by Don Juan, a character from Spanish legend who, after killing his lover's father, is dragged to hell by the father's ghost.
JUANA f Spanish
Spanish form of Iohanna (see JOANNA), making it the feminine form of JUAN (1). This name was borne by Juana the Mad, a 16th-century queen of Castile.
JUAN BAUTISTA m Spanish
Combination of JUAN (1) and BAUTISTA, given in honour of Saint John the Baptist.
JUAN CARLOS m Spanish
Combination of JUAN (1) and CARLOS.
JUANCHO m Spanish
Diminutive of JUAN (1).
JUANITA f Spanish
Diminutive of JUANA.
JUANITO m Spanish
Diminutive of JUAN (1).
JUAN JOSÉ m Spanish
Combination of JUAN (1) and JOSÉ.
JUANMA m Spanish
Contraction of JUAN MANUEL.
JUAN MANUEL m Spanish
Combination of JUAN (1) and MANUEL.
JUAN PABLO m Spanish
Combination of JUAN (1) and PABLO.
JUANTXO m Spanish
Diminutive of JUAN (1).
JUDIT f Hungarian, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German (Rare)
Form of JUDITH used in several languages.
JUDITH f English, Jewish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Spanish, French, Biblical
From the Hebrew name יְהוּדִית (Yehudit) meaning "Jewish woman", feminine of יְהוּדִי (yehudi), ultimately referring to a person from the tribe of Judah. In the Old Testament Judith is one of the Hittite wives of Esau. This is also the name of the main character of the apocryphal Book of Judith. She killed Holofernes, an invading Assyrian commander, by beheading him in his sleep.... [more]
JULIA f English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Spanish, Polish, Finnish, Russian, Ukrainian, Ancient Roman, Biblical
Feminine form of the Roman family name JULIUS. Among the notable women from this family were Julia Augusta (also known as Livia Drusilla), the wife of Emperor Augustus, and Julia the Elder, the daughter of Augustus and the wife of Tiberius. A person by this name has a brief mention in the New Testament. It was also borne by a few early saints and martyrs, including the patron saint of Corsica. Additionally, Shakespeare used it in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1594).... [more]
JULIÁN m Spanish
Spanish form of Iulianus (see JULIAN).
JULIANA f Dutch, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Iulianus (see JULIAN). This was the name of a 4th-century saint and martyr from Nicomedia, and also of the Blessed Juliana of Norwich, also called Julian, a 14th-century mystic and author. The name was also borne by a 20th-century queen of the Netherlands. In England, this form has been in use since the 18th century, alongside the older form Gillian.
JULIETA f Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of JULIET.
JULIO m Spanish
Spanish form of JULIUS.
JULIO CÉSAR m Spanish
Combination of JULIO and CÉSAR, referring to the Roman general Julius Caesar.
JUSTA f Late Roman, Spanish
Feminine form of JUSTUS. This was the name of a few early saints.
JUSTINA f English, Spanish, Slovene, Lithuanian, Late Roman
From Latin Iustina, the feminine form of Iustinus (see JUSTIN). This name was borne by several early saints and martyrs.
JUSTINO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Iustinus (see JUSTIN).
JUSTO m Spanish
Spanish form of JUSTUS.
KEVIN m English, Irish, French (Modern), Spanish (Modern), German (Modern), Dutch (Modern), Swedish (Modern), Norwegian (Modern), Danish (Modern)
Anglicized form of the Irish name Caoimhín meaning "handsome birth", derived from the older Cóemgein, composed of the Old Irish elements cóem "kind, gentle, handsome" and gein "birth". Saint Caoimhín established a monastery in Glendalough, Ireland in the 6th century and is the patron saint of Dublin. It became popular in the English-speaking world outside of Ireland in the middle of the 20th century, and elsewhere in Europe in the late 20th century.
KIKE m Spanish
Diminutive of ENRIQUE.
KIKO m Spanish
Diminutive of FRANCISCO or ENRIQUE.
LADISLAO m Spanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of VLADISLAV.
LADY f Spanish (Latin American)
From the English noble title Lady, derived from Old English hlæfdige, originally meaning "bread kneader". This name grew in popularity in Latin America after the marriage of Diana Spencer, known as Lady Di, to Prince Charles in 1981 and her death in 1997.
LALO m Spanish
Diminutive of EDUARDO.
LARA (1) f Russian, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian
Russian short form of LARISA. It was introduced to the English-speaking world by a character from Boris Pasternak's novel Doctor Zhivago (1957) and the subsequent movie adaptation (1965).
LAURA f English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Catalan, Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Lithuanian, Latvian, Late Roman
Feminine form of the Late Latin name Laurus, which meant "laurel". This meaning was favourable, since in ancient Rome the leaves of laurel trees were used to create victors' garlands. The name was borne by the 9th-century Spanish martyr Saint Laura, who was a nun thrown into a vat of molten lead by the Moors. It was also the name of the subject of poems by the 14th-century Italian poet Petrarch.... [more]
LAURITA f Spanish
Diminutive of LAURA.
LÁZARO m Spanish
Spanish form of LAZARUS.
LEANDRO m Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of LEANDER.
LEIRE f Basque, Spanish
Basque form and Spanish variant of LEYRE.
LEOCADIA f Spanish, Late Roman
Late Latin name that might be derived from the name of the Greek island of Leucadia or from Greek λευκός (leukos) meaning "bright, clear, white" (which is also the root of the island's name). Saint Leocadia was a 3rd-century martyr from Spain.
LEOCADIO m Spanish
Masculine form of LEOCADIA.
LEÓN m Spanish
Spanish form of LEON. León is also the name of a province in Spain, though the etymology is unrelated.
LEONARDO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of LEONARD. A notable bearer was Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), an Italian artist and scientist of the Renaissance. He is known as the inventor of several contraptions, including flying machines, as well as the painter of the Mona Lisa. Another famous bearer was Leonardo Fibonacci, a 13th-century Italian mathematician. A more recent bearer is American actor Leonardo DiCaprio (1974-).
LEONCIO m Spanish
Spanish form of LEONTIOS.
LEONEL m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of LIONEL.
LEONOR f Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of ELEANOR. It was brought to Spain in the 12th-century by Eleanor of England, who married King Alfonso VIII of Castile.
LEOPOLDO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of LEOPOLD.
LETICIA f Spanish
Spanish form of LETITIA.
LEYRE f Spanish
From the name of a mountain in Navarre in northern Spain, the site of the old monastery of San Salvador of Leyre. It is from Basque Leire, possibly derived from Latin legionarius meaning "pertaining to a legion".
LIBERATO m Italian, Spanish (Latin American), Portuguese (Brazilian)
Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese form of LIBERATUS.
LIDIA f Polish, Italian, Spanish, Romanian
Polish, Italian, Spanish and Romanian form of LYDIA.
LIGIA f Romanian, Spanish
Romanian and Spanish form of LIGEIA.
LILIA f Spanish, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian
Spanish and Italian form of LILY, as well as an alternate transcription of Russian Лилия or Ukrainian Лілія (see LILIYA).