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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MÁXIMO m Spanish
Spanish form of MAXIMUS.
MAYTE f Spanish
Variant of MAITE (1).
MELANIA f Italian, Spanish, Polish, Late Roman
Italian, Spanish and Polish form of MELANIE.
MELCHOR m Spanish
Spanish form of MELCHIOR.
MELISA f Spanish, Bosnian
Spanish and Bosnian form of MELISSA.
MERCÈ f Catalan
Catalan form of MERCEDES.
MERCEDES f Spanish
Means "mercies" (that is, the plural of mercy), from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary, María de las Mercedes, meaning "Mary of Mercies". It is ultimately from the Latin word merces meaning "wages, reward", which in Vulgar Latin acquired the meaning "favour, pity".
MERCHE f Spanish
Diminutive of MERCEDES.
MERITXELL f Catalan
From the name of a village in Andorra where there is a sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The name of the village may derive from Latin meridies meaning "midday".
MICAELA f Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese feminine form of MICHAEL.
MIGUEL m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of MICHAEL. A notable bearer of this name was Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616), the Spanish novelist and poet who wrote 'Don Quixote'.
MIGUELA f Spanish, Portuguese
Feminine form of MIGUEL.
MIGUEL ÁNGEL m Spanish
Spanish cognate of MICHELANGELO.
MIKEL m Basque
Basque form of MICHAEL.
MILAGROS f Spanish
Means "miracles" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de los Milagros, which means "Our Lady of Miracles".
MINTXO m Basque
Basque diminutive of FIRMIN.
MIQUEL m Catalan
Catalan form of MICHAEL.
MIREIA f Catalan, Spanish
Catalan form of Mirèio (see MIREILLE).
MIREN f Basque
Basque form of MARIA.
MIREYA f Spanish
Variant of MIREIA.
MIRIAM f Hebrew, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of MARY. It is used in the Old Testament, where it belongs to the elder sister of Moses and Aaron. She watched over the infant Moses as the pharaoh's daughter drew him from the Nile. The name has long been popular among Jews, and it has been used as an English Christian name (alongside Mary) since the Protestant Reformation.
MIRTA f Spanish, Italian, Croatian
Spanish, Italian and Croatian cognate of MYRTLE.
MITXEL m Basque
Basque form of MICHAEL.
MODESTA f Spanish, Late Roman
Feminine form of MODESTUS.
MODESTO m Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of MODESTUS.
MOISÉS m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of MOSES.
MÓNICA f Spanish, Portuguese (European)
Spanish and Portuguese form of MONICA.
MÒNICA f Catalan
Catalan form of MONICA.
MONTSE f Catalan
Short form of MONTSERRAT.
MONTSERRAT f Catalan
From the name of a mountain near Barcelona, the site of a monastery founded in the 10th century. The mountain gets its name from Latin mons serratus meaning "jagged mountain".
MORENA f Italian, Spanish
Feminine form of MORENO.
MORENO m Italian, Spanish
Derived from Italian moro or Spanish moreno meaning "dark-skinned".
NACHO m Spanish
Diminutive of IGNACIO.
NACIO m Spanish
Short form of IGNACIO.
NAGORE f Basque
From the name of a Basque village where there is a sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
NAHIA f Basque
Means "desire" in Basque.
NAIA f Basque
Means "wave, sea foam" in Basque.
NAIARA f Basque
From the Basque name of the Spanish city of Nájera, which is Arabic in origin. In the 12th century there was a reported apparition of the Virgin Mary in a nearby cave.
NANDO m Spanish
Short form of FERNANDO.
NARCÍS m Catalan
Catalan form of NARCISSUS. This is also the Catalan word for the narcissus flower.
NARCISO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of NARCISSUS. This is also the word for the narcissus flower in those languages.
NATÀLIA f Catalan
Catalan form of Natalia (see NATALIE).
NATALIO m Spanish
Masculine form of NATALIA.
NATANAEL m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of NATHANAEL.
NAYARA f Spanish
Spanish form of NAIARA.
NAZARET f & m Spanish, Armenian
From Nazareth, the town in Galilee where Jesus lived. This name is feminine in Spanish and masculine in Armenian.
NAZARIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of NAZARIUS.
NEIZAN m Spanish (Modern)
Spanish form of NATHAN, reflecting the English pronunciation.
NEKANE f Basque
Means "sorrows" in Basque. It is a Basque equivalent of Dolores.
NÉLIDA f Literature, Spanish
Created by French author Marie d'Agoult for her semi-autobiographical novel 'Nélida' (1846), written under the name Daniel Stern. It was probably an anagram of her pen name DANIEL.
NERE f Basque
Means "mine" in Basque.
NEREA f Basque
Variant of NERE.
NEREIDA f Spanish
Derived from Greek Νηρειδες (Nereides) meaning "nymphs, sea sprites", ultimately derived from the name of the Greek sea god NEREUS, who supposedly fathered them.
NÉSTOR m Spanish
Spanish form of NESTOR.
NEUS f Catalan
Catalan cognate of NIEVES.
NICO m Italian, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese
Short form of NICHOLAS (or sometimes NICODEMUS).
NICODEMO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of NICODEMUS.
NICOLÁS m Spanish
Spanish form of NICHOLAS.
NICOLASA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of NICHOLAS.
NICOLAU m Portuguese, Galician, Catalan
Portuguese, Galician and Catalan form of NICHOLAS.
NIDIA f Spanish
Variant of NYDIA.
NIEVES f Spanish
Means "snows" in Spanish, derived from the title of the Virgin Mary Nuestra Señora de las Nieves meaning "Our Lady of the Snows".
NIKOLE f Basque, English
Basque form of NICOLE, as well as an English variant.
NIL m Catalan, Russian (Rare)
Catalan and Russian form of NEILOS (and also of the Nile River). This name was borne by a 15th-century Russian saint, Nil Sorsky.
NILDA f Spanish, Portuguese
Short form of BRUNILDA.
NILO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of NEILOS (and also of the Nile River).
NOA (1) f Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Biblical
Modern Hebrew form of NOAH (2), the daughter of Zelophehad in the Bible. It is also the form used in several other languages, as well as the spelling used in some English versions of the Old Testament.
NOELA f Galician
Galician feminine form of NOËL.
NOELIA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of NOËL.
NOEMÍ f Spanish
Spanish form of NAOMI (1).
NOHEMI f Spanish
Spanish form of NAOMI (1).
NORBERTO m Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of NORBERT.
NÚRIA f Catalan, Portuguese
From a Catalan title of the Virgin Mary, Nostra Senyora de Núria, meaning "Our Lady of Nuria". Nuria is a sanctuary in Spain in which there is a shrine containing a famous statue of Mary.
NURIA f Spanish
Spanish form of NÚRIA.
NYDIA f English (Rare), Spanish, Literature
Used by British author Edward Bulwer-Lytton for a blind flower-seller in his novel 'The Last Days of Pompeii' (1834). He perhaps based it on Latin nidus "nest".
OBDULIA f Spanish
Meaning unknown. This was the name of a saint from Toledo, Spain. The details of her life are unknown.
OCTAVIA f English, Spanish, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of OCTAVIUS. Octavia was the wife of Mark Antony and the sister of the Roman emperor Augustus. In 19th-century England it was sometimes given to the eighth-born child.
OCTAVIO m Spanish
Spanish form of OCTAVIUS.
ODALIS f & m Spanish
Spanish form of ODILIA.
ODALYS f Spanish
Variant of ODALIS.
OFELIA f Spanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of OPHELIA.
OIER m Basque
Meaning unknown, of Basque origin.
OIHANA f Basque
Means "forest" in Basque.
OLALLA f Spanish
Spanish variant of EULALIA. This was the name of two 4th-century saints from Spain.
OLEGARIO m Spanish
Spanish form of a Germanic name, possibly Aldegar, derived from the elements ald "old" and ger "spear". This was the name of a 12th-century saint, a bishop of Barcelona.
OLGA f Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Latvian, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Czech, Slovene, Serbian, Bulgarian, Greek
Russian form of HELGA. The Varangians brought it from Scandinavia to Russia. The 10th-century Saint Olga was the wife of Igor I, grand prince of Kievan Rus (a state based around the city of Kiev). Following his death she ruled as regent for her son for 18 years. After she was baptized in Constantinople she attempted to convert her subjects to Christianity.
OLIMPIA f Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Polish, Hungarian (Rare)
Form of OLYMPIAS in several languages.
OLIVER m English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Catalan, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Czech, Slovak
From Olivier, a Norman French form of a Germanic name such as ALFHER or an Old Norse name such as Áleifr (see OLAF). The spelling was altered by association with Latin oliva "olive tree". In the Middle Ages the name became well-known in Western Europe because of the French epic 'La Chanson de Roland', in which Olivier was a friend and advisor of the hero Roland.... [more]
OLIVIA f English, Italian, Spanish, German, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
This name was first used in this spelling by William Shakespeare for a character in his comedy 'Twelfth Night' (1602). Shakespeare may have based it on OLIVER or OLIVA, or perhaps directly on the Latin word oliva meaning "olive". In the play Olivia is a noblewoman who is wooed by Duke Orsino but instead falls in love with his messenger Cesario.... [more]
OMAR (1) m Arabic, English, Spanish, Italian
Alternate transcription of Arabic عمر (see UMAR). This is the usual English spelling of the 12th-century poet Umar Khayyam's name. In his honour it has sometimes been used in the English-speaking world, notably for the American general Omar Bradley (1893-1981).
ONA (2) f Catalan
Short form of MARIONA. It also coincides with a Catalan word meaning "wave".
ONOFRE m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of ONUPHRIUS.
ORFEO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of ORPHEUS.
ORIANA f Italian, Spanish
Possibly derived from Latin aurum "gold" or from its derivatives, Spanish oro or French or. In medieval legend Oriana was the daughter of a king of England who married the knight Amadis.
ORIOL m Catalan
From a Catalan surname meaning "golden". It has been used in honour of Joseph Oriol, a 17th-century saint.
OROITZ m Basque
Means "memory" in Basque.
ORTZI m Basque
Means "sky" in Basque.
OSANE f Basque
Means "cure, remedy" in Basque. It is a Basque equivalent of Remedios.
ÓSCAR m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of OSCAR.
ÒSCAR m Catalan
Catalan form of OSCAR.
OSVALDO m Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of OSWALD.
OVIDIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Ovidius (see OVID).
PABLO m Spanish
Spanish form of Paulus (see PAUL). Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a famous bearer of this name.
PACA f Spanish
Diminutive of FRANCISCA.
PACÍFICA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of the Late Latin name Pacificus meaning "peacemaker".
PACO m Spanish
Diminutive of FRANCISCO.
PALOMA f Spanish
Means "dove, pigeon" in Spanish.
PANCHO m Spanish
Spanish diminutive of FRANCISCO. This name was borne by Pancho Villa (1878-1923), a Mexican bandit and revolutionary.
PÁNFILO m Spanish
Spanish form of PAMPHILOS.
PAOLA f Italian, Spanish
Italian feminine form of PAUL.
PAQUITA f Spanish
Diminutive of FRANCISCA.
PAQUITO m Spanish
Diminutive of FRANCISCO.
PASCUAL m Spanish
Spanish form of PASCAL.
PASCUALA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of PASCAL.
PASTOR m Spanish, Late Roman
From a Late Latin name meaning "shepherd". This was the name of at least three saints.
PASTORA f Spanish
Feminine form of PASTOR.
PATRICIA f English, Spanish, German, Late Roman
Feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK). In medieval England this spelling appears in Latin documents, but this form was probably not used as the actual name until the 18th century, in Scotland.
PATRICIO m Spanish
Spanish form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATXI m Basque
Basque form of FRANCIS.
PAU m Catalan, Occitan
Catalan and Occitan form of PAUL. It also coincides with the Catalan word for "peace".
PAULA f German, English, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Romanian, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Latvian, Croatian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL). This was the name of a 4th-century Roman saint who was a companion of Saint Jerome.
PAULINO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of the Roman family name Paulinus, which was itself derived from Paulus (see PAUL). Saint Paulinus of Nola was a 5th-century nobleman from Gaul who gave up his wealthy lifestyle and became bishop of Nola. He was also noted for his poetry. Another saint by this name was a 7th-century missionary to England who became the first bishop of York.
PAULO m Portuguese, Galician
Portuguese and Galician form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PAZ (1) f Spanish
Means "peace" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de la Paz, meaning "Our Lady of Peace".
PEDRO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of PETER. This was the name of the only two emperors of Brazil.
PEIO m Basque
Basque form of PETER.
PELAYO m Spanish
Spanish form of PELAGIUS.
PEPE m Spanish
Spanish diminutive of JOSEPH.
PEPITA f Spanish
Spanish feminine diminutive of JOSEPH.
PEPITO m Spanish
Spanish diminutive of JOSEPH.
PERE m Catalan
Catalan form of PETER.
PERLA f Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish cognate of PEARL.
PERLITA f Italian, Spanish
Diminutive of PERLA.
PERPETUA f Spanish (Rare), Late Roman
Derived from Latin perpetuus meaning "continuous". This was the name of a 3rd-century saint martyred with another woman named Felicity.
PERU m Basque
Basque form of PETER.
PETRI m Finnish, Basque
Finnish and Basque form of PETER.
PETRONA f Spanish
Possibly a feminine form of PETRONIUS.
PÍA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of PIUS.
PIEDAD f Spanish
Means "mercy, piety" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin pietas.
PILAR f Spanish
Means "pillar" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, María del Pilar, meaning "Mary of the Pillar". According to legend, when Saint James the Greater was in Saragossa in Spain, the Virgin Mary appeared on a pillar.
PILI f Spanish
Diminutive of PILAR.
PÍO m Spanish
Spanish form of PIUS.
PLÁCIDO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PLINIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Plinius (see PLINY).
POL m Catalan
Catalan form of PAUL.
PONCIO m Spanish
Spanish form of PONTIUS.
PORFIRIO m Italian, Spanish
Derived from the Greek name Πορφυριος (Porphyrios), which was derived from the word πορφυρα (porphyra) meaning "purple dye". This was the name of several early saints.
PRIMITIVA f Spanish, Late Roman
Feminine form of PRIMITIVUS. Saint Primitiva was an early martyr from Rome.
PRIMITIVO m Spanish
Spanish form of PRIMITIVUS.
PRISCILA f Portuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of PRISCILLA.
PRÓSPERO m Spanish (Rare)
Spanish form of PROSPER.
PRUDENCIA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of PRUDENTIUS.
PRUDENCIO m Spanish
Spanish form of PRUDENTIUS.
QUERALT f Catalan
From the name of a Spanish sanctuary (in Catalonia) that is devoted to the Virgin Mary.
QUIM m Portuguese, Catalan
Short form of JOAQUIM.
QUIQUE m Spanish
Diminutive of ENRIQUE.
QUIRINO m Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of QUIRINUS.
RAFA m Spanish
Spanish short form of RAFAEL.
RAFAEL m Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Slovene, Hebrew
Form of RAPHAEL in various languages.
RAFAELA f Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of RAPHAEL.
RAIMON m Catalan
Catalan variant form of RAYMOND.
RAIMUNDO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of RAYMOND.
RAINERIO m Spanish
Spanish form of RAYNER.
RAMIRO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Ramirus, a Latinized form of a Visigothic name derived from the Germanic elements ragin "advice" and mari "famous". Saint Ramirus was a 6th-century prior of the Saint Claudius Monastery in Leon. He and several others were executed by the Arian Visigoths, who opposed orthodox Christianity. This name was subsequently borne by kings of León, Asturias and Aragon.
RAMÓN m Spanish
Spanish form of RAYMOND.
RAMON m Catalan
Catalan form of RAYMOND.
RAMONA f Spanish, Romanian, English
Feminine form of RAMÓN. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by Helen Hunt Jackson's novel 'Ramona' (1884), as well as several subsequent movies based on the book.
RAQUEL f Spanish, Portuguese, English
Spanish and Portuguese form of RACHEL.
RAÚL m Spanish
Spanish form of Radulf (see RALPH).
RAÜL m Catalan
Catalan form of Radulf (see RALPH).
RAYMUNDO m Spanish, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Spanish and Portuguese form of RAYMOND.
REBECA f Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of REBECCA.
REGINA f English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Lithuanian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Late Roman
Means "queen" in Latin (or Italian). It was in use as a Christian name from early times, and was borne by a 2nd-century saint. In England it was used during the Middle Ages in honour of the Virgin Mary, and it was later revived in the 19th century. A city in Canada bears this name, in honour of Queen Victoria.
RÉGULO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of REGULUS.
REINA (1) f Spanish
Means "queen" in Spanish.
REINALDO m Portuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of REYNOLD.
REMEDIOS f Spanish
Means "remedies" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, meaning "Our Lady of the Remedies".
REMEI f Catalan
Means "remedy" in Catalan, a Catalan equivalent of REMEDIOS.
REMIGIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Remigius (see RÉMY).
RENATO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Croatian
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of RENATUS.
RENÉ m French, German, Spanish, Slovak, Czech
French form of RENATUS. A famous bearer was the French mathematician and rationalist philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650).
REYES f & m Spanish
Means "kings" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, La Virgen de los Reyes, meaning "The Virgin of the Kings". According to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to King Ferdinand III of Castile and told him his armies would defeat those of the Moors in Seville.
REYNA f Spanish
Variant of REINA (1).
REYNALDO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of REYNOLD.
RICARD m Catalan
Catalan form of RICHARD.
RICARDA f Spanish, German
Spanish and German feminine form of RICHARD.
RICARDO m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of RICHARD.
RICO (1) m Spanish
Short form of RICARDO.
RITA f Italian, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Hungarian, Spanish, Portuguese
Short form of MARGHERITA and other names ending in rita. A famous bearer was American actress Rita Hayworth (1918-1987).
ROBERTA f English, Italian, Spanish
Feminine form of ROBERT.
ROBERTINA f Italian, Spanish
Feminine diminutive of ROBERTO.
ROBERTO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ROBERT. Saint Roberto Bellarmine was a 16th-century cardinal who is regarded as a Doctor of the Church. Another famous bearer was Roberto de Nobili, a Jesuit missionary to India in the 17th century.
ROC m Catalan
Catalan form of ROCCO.
ROCÍO f Spanish
Means "dew" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary María del Rocío meaning "Mary of the Dew".
RODERIC m Catalan (Rare)
Catalan form of RODERICK.
RODOLFITO m Spanish
Spanish diminutive of RODOLFO.
RODOLFO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of RUDOLF. This is the name of the hero in Puccini's opera 'La Bohème' (1896).
RODRIGO m Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Galician
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of RODERICK. A notable bearer was Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, also known as El Cid, an 11th-century Spanish military commander.
ROGELIO m Spanish
Spanish form of the Late Latin name Rogelius, which was possibly derived from the name Rogatus, which was itself derived from Latin rogatus "request".
ROGER m English, French, Catalan, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch
Means "famous spear" from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and ger "spear". The Normans brought this name to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Hroðgar (the name of the Danish king in the Anglo-Saxon epic 'Beowulf'). It was a common name in England during the Middle Ages. By the 18th century it was rare, but it was revived in following years. The name was borne by the Norman lords Roger I, who conquered Sicily in the 11th century, and his son Roger II, who ruled Sicily as a king.
ROI (1) m Galician
Galician short form of RODRIGO.
ROLANDO m Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of ROLAND.
ROLDÁN m Spanish
Spanish form of ROLAND.
ROMÀ m Catalan
Catalan form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMÁN m Spanish, Hungarian (Rare)
Spanish and Hungarian form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
RÓMULO m Spanish
Spanish form of ROMULUS.
ROQUE m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of ROCCO.
ROSA (1) f Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, English
Generally this can be considered a Latin form of ROSE, though originally it may have come from the Germanic name ROZA (2). This was the name of a 13th-century saint from Viterbo in Italy. In the English-speaking world it was first used in the 19th century. A famous bearer was civil rights activist Rosa Parks (1913-2005).
ROSALÍA f Spanish, Galician
Spanish and Galician form of ROSALIA.
ROSALINA f Portuguese, Spanish
Latinate form of ROSALINE.
ROSALINDA f Spanish, Italian
Latinate form of ROSALIND.
ROSALVA f Spanish
Variant of ROSALBA.
ROSARIO f & m Spanish, Italian
Means "rosary", and is taken from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary Nuestra Señora del Rosario meaning "Our Lady of the Rosary". This name is feminine in Spanish and masculine in Italian.
ROSENDA f Spanish
Feminine form of ROSENDO.
ROSENDO m Spanish
Spanish form of a Visigothic name composed of the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and sinths "path". This was the name of a 10th-century Galician saint, also known as Rudesind.
ROSER f Catalan
Catalan (feminine) form of ROSARIO.
ROSITA f Spanish
Spanish diminutive of ROSA (1).
ROXANA f English, Spanish, Romanian, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latin form of Ρωξανη (Roxane), the Greek form of the Persian or Bactrian name روشنک (Roshanak), which meant "bright" or "dawn". This was the name of Alexander the Great's first wife, a daughter of the Bactrian nobleman Oxyartes. In the modern era it came into use during the 17th century. In the English-speaking world it was popularized by Daniel Defoe, who used it in his novel 'Roxana' (1724).
RUBÉN m Spanish
Spanish form of REUBEN.
RUBÈN m Catalan
Catalan form of REUBEN.
RUFINO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of RUFINUS.
RUPERTA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of RUPERT.
RUPERTO m Spanish
Spanish form of RUPERT.
RUT f Spanish, Icelandic, Swedish, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Form of RUTH (1) in several languages.
RUTH (1) f English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Spanish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From a Hebrew name that was derived from the Hebrew word רְעוּת (re'ut) meaning "friend". This is the name of the central character in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament. She was a Moabite woman who accompanied her mother-in-law Naomi back to Bethlehem after Ruth's husband died. There she met and married Boaz. She was an ancestor of King David.... [more]
RUY m Portuguese, Spanish
Medieval Portuguese and Spanish short form of RODRIGO. It is another name of the 11th-century Spanish military commander Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, also known as El Cid.
SABAS m Spanish, Late Greek
From a Greek name that was derived from Hebrew סַבָא (sava') meaning "old man". Saints bearing this name include a 4th-century Gothic martyr, a 5th-century Cappadocian hermit, and a 12th-century archbishop of Serbia who is the patron saint of that country.
SABELA f Galician
Galician form of ISABEL.
SABINA f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovene, Russian, Croatian, Swedish, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Sabinus, a Roman cognomen meaning "Sabine" in Latin. The Sabines were an ancient people who lived in central Italy, their lands eventually taken over by the Romans after several wars. According to legend, the Romans abducted several Sabine women during a raid, and when the men came to rescue them, the women were able to make peace between the two groups. This name was borne by several early saints.
SALOMÉ f French, Spanish, Portuguese
French, Spanish and Portuguese form of SALOME.
SALUD f Spanish
Spanish cognate of SALUT.
SALUT f Catalan
Means "health" or "cheers" in Catalan.
SALVADOR m Spanish
Spanish form of the Late Latin name Salvator, which meant "saviour". A famous bearer of this name was the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí (1904-1989).
SAMANTA f Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of SAMANTHA.
SAMUEL m English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Jewish, Biblical
From the Hebrew name שְׁמוּאֵל (Shemu'el), which could mean either "name of God" or "God has heard". As told in the Books of Samuel in the Old Testament, Samuel was the last of the ruling judges. He led the Israelites during a period of domination by the Philistines, who were ultimately defeated in battle at Mizpah. Later he anointed Saul to be the first king of Israel, and even later anointed his successor David.... [more]
SANCHA f Spanish
Feminine form of SANCHO.
SANCHIA f Spanish
Feminine form of SANCHO.
SANCHO m Spanish, Portuguese
Possibly a Spanish and Portuguese form of the Late Latin name Sanctius, which was derived from the word sanctus meaning "saintly, holy". Alternatively, Sancho and Sanctius may be derived from an older Iberian name. This was the name of a 9th-century saint who was martyred by the Moors at Cordoba. It was also borne by several Spanish and Portuguese kings. Miguel de Cervantes used it in his novel 'Don Quixote' (1605), where it belongs to the squire of Don Quixote.
SANDALIO m Spanish
Spanish form of Sandalius, a Latinized form of the Gothic name Sandulf meaning "true wolf", derived from sand "true" and ulf "wolf". This was the name of a 9th-century Spanish saint martyred by the Moors.
SANDRA f Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Czech, Romanian
Short form of ALESSANDRA. It was introduced to the English-speaking world by author George Meredith, who used it for the heroine in his novel 'Emilia in England' (1864) and the reissued version 'Sandra Belloni' (1887). A famous bearer is the American actress Sandra Bullock (1964-).
SANTIAGO m Spanish, Portuguese
Means "Saint James", derived from Spanish santo "saint" combined with Yago, an old Spanish form of JAMES, the patron saint of Spain. This is the name of the capital city of Chile, as well as several other cities in the Spanish-speaking world.
SANTOS m Spanish
Means "saints" in Spanish.
SARITA (1) f Spanish
Spanish diminutive of SARAH.
SATURNINA f Ancient Roman, Spanish
Feminine form of SATURNINUS. This was the name of a legendary saint who was supposedly martyred in northern France.
SATURNINO m Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of SATURNINUS.
SEBASTIÁN m Spanish, Czech
Spanish form and Czech variant of Sebastianus (see SEBASTIAN).
SEGISMUNDO m Spanish
Spanish form of SIGISMUND.
SELENA f Spanish, Russian, Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of SELENE. This name was borne by popular Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla (1971-1995), who was known simply as Selena.
SENDOA m Basque
Means "strong" in Basque.
SERAFINA f Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish (Rare)
Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Polish form of SERAPHINA.
SERGI m Catalan
Catalan form of SERGIUS.
SERGIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of SERGIUS.
SEVE m Spanish
Spanish diminutive of SEVERIANO or SEVERINO.
SEVERIANO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of the Roman cognomen Severianus, which was derived from SEVERUS.
SEVERINO m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of SEVERINUS.
SEVERO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of SEVERUS.
SIGFRIDO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of SIEGFRIED.
SILVESTRE m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of SILVESTER.
SÍLVIA f Portuguese, Catalan
Portuguese and Catalan form of SILVIA.
SILVIA f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, English, German, Late Roman, Roman Mythology
Feminine form of SILVIUS. Rhea Silvia was the mother of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. This was also the name of a 6th-century saint, the mother of the pope Gregory the Great. It has been a common name in Italy since the Middle Ages. It was introduced to England by Shakespeare, who used it for a character in his play 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' (1594). It is now more commonly spelled Sylvia in the English-speaking world.
SILVIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of SILVIUS.
SIMÓN m Spanish
Spanish form of SIMON (1). This name was borne by the South American revolutionary Simón Bolívar (1783-1830).
SOCORRO f Spanish
Means "succour, help, relief" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary María del Socorro meaning "Mary of Perpetual Succour".
SOFÍA f Spanish
Spanish form of SOPHIA.
SOFRONIO m Spanish
Spanish form of SOPHRONIUS.
SOL (1) f Spanish, Portuguese
Means "sun" in Spanish or Portuguese.
SOLEDAD f Spanish
Means "solitude" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, María de Soledad, meaning "Mary of Solitude".
SORAYA f Persian, Spanish, French, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Persian form of THURAYYA. It became popular in some parts of Europe because of the fame of Princess Soraya (1932-2001), wife of the last Shah of Iran, who became a European socialite.
SORNE f Basque
Means "conception" in Basque. It is a Basque equivalent of Concepción.
SOSIMO m Spanish
Spanish form of ZOSIMUS.
SUSANA f Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of SUSANNA.
SUSANITA f Spanish
Spanish diminutive of SUSANNA.
SUSANNA f Italian, Catalan, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Dutch, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
From Σουσαννα (Sousanna), the Greek form of the Hebrew name שׁוֹשַׁנָּה (Shoshannah). This was derived from the Hebrew word שׁוֹשָׁן (shoshan) meaning "lily" (in modern Hebrew this also means "rose"), perhaps ultimately from Egyptian sšn "lotus". In the Old Testament Apocrypha this is the name of a woman falsely accused of adultery. The prophet Daniel clears her name by tricking her accusers, who end up being condemned themselves. It also occurs in the New Testament belonging to a woman who ministers to Jesus.... [more]
TÁCITO m Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish (Rare)
Portuguese and Spanish form of TACITUS.
TADEO m Spanish
Spanish form of THADDEUS.
TAMARA f Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Hungarian, English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian
Russian form of TAMAR. Russian performers such as Tamara Karsavina (1885-1978), Tamara Drasin (1905-1943), Tamara Geva (1907-1997) and Tamara Toumanova (1919-1996) introduced it to the English-speaking world. It was also borne by the Polish cubist painter Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980).
TANCREDO m Spanish
Spanish form of TANCRED.
TATIANA f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Greek, Georgian, English, Russian, Bulgarian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of the Roman name Tatianus, a derivative of the Roman name TATIUS. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint who was martyred in Rome under the emperor Alexander Severus. She was especially venerated in Orthodox Christianity, and the name has been common in Russia (as Татьяна) and Eastern Europe. It was not regularly used in the English-speaking world until the 1980s.
TECLA f Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of THEKLA.
TELMO m Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from a misdivision of Spanish Santelmo meaning "saint ELMO". This name is given in honour of Pedro González Telmo, a 13th-century Spanish priest.
TEO m Italian, Spanish, Croatian
Short form of TEODORO and other names that begin with Teo.