Spanish Names

Spanish names are used in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries (such as those in South America). See also about Spanish names.
gender
usage
Plácida f Spanish (Rare)
Spanish feminine form of Placidus (see Placido).
Plácido m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Placidus (see Placido).
Plinio m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Plinius (see Pliny).
Poncio m Spanish (Rare)
Spanish form of Pontius.
Porfirio m Spanish, Italian (Rare)
Derived from the Greek name Πορφύριος (Porphyrios), which was derived from the word πορφύρα (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.
Pura f Spanish
From Spanish pura meaning "pure", also used as a diminutive of Purificación.
Purificación f Spanish
Means "purification" in Spanish. This name is given in reference to the ritual purification of the Virgin Mary after her childbirth.
Quintín m Spanish
Spanish form of Quintinus (see Quentin).
Quique m Spanish
Diminutive of Enrique.
Quirino m Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of Quirinus.
Quiteria f Spanish (Rare), Late Roman
Meaning uncertain, possibly a form of Kythereia. Saint Quiteria was a semi-legendary 2nd-century Iberian martyr.
Rafa m Spanish
Spanish short form of Rafael.
Rafael m Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Romanian, Slovene, Hebrew
Form of Raphael in various languages. A famous bearer is the Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal (1986-).
Rafaela f Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of Raphael.
Raimundo m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Raymond.
Rainerio m Spanish (Rare)
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.
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).
Raymundo m Spanish (Latin American), Portuguese (Brazilian)
Spanish and Portuguese variant form of Raymond.
Rebeca f Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian
Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian form of Rebecca.
Regina f English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Lithuanian, Estonian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, 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.
Regla f Spanish
Means "rule" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de Regla, meaning "Our Lady of the Rule". This name is especially common in Cuba.
Régulo m Spanish, Portuguese (Rare)
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".
Remigio m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Remigius (see Rémy).
Renato m Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Croatian
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish 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.
Ricarda f Spanish, German
Spanish and German feminine form of Richard.
Ricardo m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Richard.
Rico m Spanish, Italian
Short form of Ricardo, Enrico and other names ending in rico.
Rita f Italian, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Estonian, Hungarian, Spanish, Portuguese, Latvian, Lithuanian
Short form of Margherita and other names ending in rita. Saint Rita (born Margherita Lotti) was a 15th-century nun from Cascia, Italy. Another famous bearer was the American actress Rita Hayworth (1918-1987).
Robertina f Spanish, Italian (Rare)
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.
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".
Rodolfito m Spanish (Rare)
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".
Rolando m Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of Roland.
Roldán m Spanish
Spanish form of Roland.
Román m Spanish, Hungarian
Spanish and Hungarian form of Romanus (see Roman).
Romualdo m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Romuald.
Rómulo m Spanish, Portuguese (European)
Spanish and European Portuguese form of Romulus.
Roque m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Rocco.
Rosa 1 f Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, German, English
Generally this can be considered a Latin form of Rose, though originally it may have come from the unrelated 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.
Rosa María f Spanish
Combination of Rosa 1 and María.
Rosana f Portuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of Roxana.
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.
Rosaura f Spanish
Means "golden rose", derived from Latin rosa "rose" and aurea "golden". This name was (first?) used by Pedro Calderón de la Barca for a character in his play Life Is a Dream (1635).
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.
Rosita f Spanish
Spanish diminutive of Rosa 1.
Roxana f English, Spanish, Romanian, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latin form of Ῥωξάνη (Rhoxane), 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.
Rufino m Spanish, Portuguese, Italian (Rare)
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian 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, Estonian, 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
From the Greek name Σάββας (Sabbas), which 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.
Sabina f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovene, Russian, Croatian, Swedish, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Sabinus, a Roman cognomen meaning "a 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.
Sabrina f English, Italian, German, French, Spanish
Latinized form of Habren, the original Welsh name of the River Severn. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Sabrina was the name of a princess who was drowned in the Severn. Supposedly the river was named for her, but it is more likely that her name was actually derived from that of the river, which is of unknown meaning. She appears as a water nymph in John Milton's masque Comus (1634).... [more]
Salomé f French, Spanish, Portuguese
French, Spanish and Portuguese form of Salome.
Salud f Spanish
Spanish cognate of Salut.
Salvador m Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan
Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan form of the Late Latin name Salvator, which meant "saviour", referring to Jesus. A famous bearer of this name was the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí (1904-1989).
Samanta f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Latvian, Polish
Variant of Samantha used in several languages.
Samu m Hungarian, Finnish, Spanish
Hungarian, Finnish and Spanish diminutive of Samuel.
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 (Rare)
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 Córdoba. 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-).
Santi m Spanish, Italian
Short form of Santiago or a variant of Santo.
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. It is used in reference to the Christian festival Día de Todos los Santos (All Saints' Day) celebrated on November 1.
Sarai f Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Hebrew, Spanish
Means "my princess" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, this was Sarah's name before God changed it (see Genesis 17:15).
Saray f Spanish
Spanish variant of Sarai.
Sarita 1 f Spanish
Spanish diminutive of Sara.
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 (Rare), Portuguese (Rare)
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of Saturninus.
Saúl m Spanish
Spanish form of Saul.
Sebastián m Spanish, Czech
Spanish and Czech form of Sebastianus (see Sebastian).
Sebastiana f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese feminine form 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.
Serafina f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Rare), Polish (Rare)
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish form of Seraphina.
Sergio m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Sergius.
Seve m Spanish
Spanish diminutive of Severiano or Severino.
Severiano m Spanish
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, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Severus.
Sigfrido m Italian (Rare), Spanish (Rare)
Italian and Spanish form of Siegfried.
Silvestre m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Silvester.
Silvia f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, German, Dutch, English, 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).
Sixta f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of Sixtus.
Sixto m Spanish
Spanish form of Sixtus.
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".
Sócrates m Spanish (Rare), Portuguese (Rare)
Spanish and Portuguese form of Socrates.
Sofía f Spanish
Spanish form of Sophia.
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".
Sonsoles f Spanish
From a Spanish title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de Sonsoles, meaning "Our Lady of Sonsoles". Sonsoles is a sanctuary in the Spanish province of Ávila, which contains a famous statue of Mary.
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.
Sosimo m Spanish (Rare)
Spanish form of Zosimus.
Susana f Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Susanna.
Susanita f Spanish (Rare)
Spanish diminutive of Susana.
Tácito m Portuguese (Rare), Spanish (Rare)
Portuguese and Spanish form of Tacitus.
Tadeo m Spanish
Spanish form of Thaddeus.
Tamara f Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Hungarian, English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Lithuanian, Georgian
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 rapidly grew in popularity in the United States starting in 1957. Another famous bearer was the Polish cubist painter Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980).
Tatiana f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, French, 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 (Rare)
Italian and Spanish form of Thekla.
Telesforo m Spanish
Spanish form of Telesphoros (see Télesphore).
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 & f Spanish, Italian, Croatian, Slovene, Georgian
Short form of Teodoro and other names that begin with Teo. In Georgian this is a feminine name, a short form of Teona.
Teobaldo m Spanish, Portuguese (Rare), Italian (Rare)
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of Theobald.
Teodoro m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Theodoros (see Theodore).
Teodosio m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Theodosius.
Teófila f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of Theophilus.
Teófilo m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Theophilus.
Tercero m Spanish (Rare)
Means "third" in Spanish. This name was traditionally given to the third child born.
Tere f Spanish
Spanish short form of Teresa.
Teresa f Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan, Polish, Lithuanian, Finnish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English
Form of Theresa used in several languages. Saint Teresa of Ávila was a 16th-century Spanish nun who reformed the Carmelite monasteries and wrote several spiritual books. It was also borne by the Albanian missionary Saint Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), better known as Mother Teresa, who worked with the poor in India. She adopted the name in honour of the French saint Thérèse of Lisieux, who is the patron of missionaries.
Teresita f Spanish
Spanish diminutive of Teresa. It is most common in the Philippines and Latin America.
Thais f Ancient Greek, Spanish
Alternate transcription of Ancient Greek Θαΐς (see Thaïs), as well as the usual Spanish form.
Tiburcio m Spanish
Spanish form of the Roman cognomen Tiburtius meaning "of Tibur". Tibur (now called Tivoli) was a resort town near Rome. Saint Tiburtius was a 3rd-century martyr from Rome.
Timoteo m Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of Timothy.
Tito m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Titus.
Tomás m Spanish, Portuguese, Irish
Spanish, Portuguese and Irish form of Thomas.
Tomasa f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of Thomas.
Toni 1 m Finnish, Croatian, Bulgarian, Spanish, Portuguese, German
Short form of Anttoni, Antun, and other related names.
Toño m Spanish
Spanish diminutive of Antonio.
Toribio m Spanish
Spanish form of the Latin name Turibius, of unknown meaning. This name has been borne by three Spanish saints, from the 5th, 6th and 16th centuries (the latter being an archbishop of Lima).
Triana f Spanish (Modern)
From the name of a neighbourhood in the city of Seville, of uncertain meaning.
Trini f Spanish
Short form of Trinidad.
Trinidad f & m Spanish
Means "trinity" in Spanish, referring to the Holy Trinity. An island in the West Indies bears this name.
Tristán m Spanish
Spanish form of Tristan.
Tulio m Spanish (Rare)
Spanish form of Tullio.
Ulises m Spanish
Spanish form of Ulysses.
Urbana f Spanish
Feminine form of Urban.
Urbano m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Urbanus (see Urban).
Úrsula f Spanish, Portuguese (Rare)
Spanish and Portuguese form of Ursula.
Valente m Italian, Spanish (Mexican), Portuguese (Rare)
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Valens.
Valentín m Spanish, Slovak
Spanish and Slovak form of Valentinus (see Valentine 1).
Valentina f Italian, Russian, Lithuanian, German, Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovene, Romanian, Spanish, Greek, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Valentinus (see Valentine 1). A famous bearer was the Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova (1937-), who in 1963 became the first woman to visit space.
Valeria f Italian, Spanish, Romanian, German, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Valerius. This was the name of a 2nd-century Roman saint and martyr.
Valeriano m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Valerianus (see Valerian).
Valerio m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Valerius.
Valero m Spanish
Spanish variant of Valerius.
Vanesa f Spanish, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian
Form of Vanessa in several languages.
Vanessa f English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Dutch
Invented by author Jonathan Swift for his 1726 poem Cadenus and Vanessa. He arrived at it by rearranging the initial syllables of the first name and surname of Esther Vanhomrigh, his close friend. Vanessa was later used as the name of a genus of butterfly. It was a rare given name until the mid-20th century, at which point it became fairly popular.
Vasco m Portuguese, Spanish, Italian
From the medieval Spanish name Velasco, which possibly meant "crow" in Basque. A famous bearer was the 15th-century Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, the first person to sail from Europe around Africa to India.
Vega 1 f Spanish
Means "meadow, plain" in Spanish. It is taken from a title of the Virgin Mary, La Virgen de la Vega, meaning "The Virgin of the Meadow". She is the patron saint of several Spanish municipalities, such as Salamanca.
Venceslás m Spanish (Rare)
Spanish form of Václav, via the Latinized form Wenceslaus.
Vera 1 f Russian, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Romanian, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Belarusian, Georgian
Means "faith" in Russian, though it is sometimes associated with the Latin word verus "true". It has been in general use in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century.
Verónica f Spanish, Portuguese (European)
Spanish and European Portuguese form of Veronica.
Vicenta f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of Vincent.
Vicente m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Vincent.
Víctor m Spanish, Catalan
Spanish and Catalan form of Victor.
Victoria f English, Spanish, Romanian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Late Roman, Roman Mythology
Means "victory" in Latin, being borne by the Roman goddess of victory. It is also a feminine form of Victorius. This name was borne by a 4th-century saint and martyr from North Africa.... [more]
Victoriano m Spanish
Spanish form of Victorianus.
Victorino m Spanish
Spanish form of Victorinus.
Vidal m Spanish, Catalan
Spanish and Catalan form of Vitalis (see Vitale).
Vinicio m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of the Roman family name Vinicius, which was possibly derived from Latin vinum "wine".
Violeta f Romanian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian, Lithuanian
Form of Violet in several languages.
Virgilio m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Virgil.
Virginia f English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Greek, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of the Roman family name Verginius or Virginius, which is of unknown meaning, but long associated with Latin virgo "maid, virgin". According to a legend, it was the name of a Roman woman killed by her father so as to save her from the clutches of a crooked official.... [more]
Virtudes f Spanish
Means "virtues" in Spanish.
Visitación f Spanish
Means "visitation" in Spanish. This name is given in reference to the visit of the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth.
Vito m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Vitus.
Viviana f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Late Roman
Feminine form of Vivianus (see Vivian). Saint Viviana (also known as Bibiana) was a Roman saint and martyr of the 4th century.
Wálter m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese variant form of Walter, more common in South America than Europe. It is often written without the diacritic.
Wenceslao m Spanish
Spanish form of Václav, via the Latinized form Wenceslaus.
Wilfredo m Spanish
Spanish form of Wilfred.
Wilson m English, Spanish (Latin American), Portuguese
From an English surname meaning "son of William". The surname was borne by Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), the American president during World War I.
Xavier m English, French, Portuguese, Catalan, Spanish
Derived from the Basque place name Etxeberria meaning "the new house". This was the surname of the Jesuit priest Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552) who was born in a village by this name. He was a missionary to India, Japan, China, and other areas in East Asia, and he is the patron saint of the Orient and missionaries. His surname has since been adopted as a given name in his honour, chiefly among Catholics.
Ximena f Spanish
Feminine form of Ximeno. This was the name of the wife of El Cid.
Xiomara f Spanish
Possibly a Spanish form of Guiomar.
Yadira f Spanish (Latin American), American (Hispanic)
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from an Arabic name. It has been used in Mexico since at least the 1940s, perhaps inspired by the Colombian actress Yadira Jiménez (1928-?), who performed in Mexican films beginning in 1946.
Yago m Spanish
Spanish form of Iacobus (see James). The form Santiago refers more specifically to the New Testament apostles.
Yair m Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, Spanish (Latin American)
Hebrew form of Jair, as well as a Spanish variant.
Yaiza f Spanish
From the name of a town in the Canary Islands, Spain. It was used by the novelist Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa for the main character in his Ocean trilogy of books (beginning 1984).
Yamila f Spanish (Latin American)
Form of Jamilah used especially in Latin America.
Yanira f Spanish
Spanish form of Ianeira.
Yaritza f Spanish (Latin American)
Elaborated form of Yara 1 or Yara 2 (using the same suffix as Maritza).
Yasmin f Arabic, Hebrew, Urdu, English (Modern), Spanish (Modern), Portuguese (Modern)
Means "jasmine" in Arabic and Hebrew, derived from Persian یاسمین (yasamin). In modern times it has been used in the western world, as an Arabic-influenced variant of Jasmine.
Yenny f Spanish (Latin American)
Spanish variant of Jenny.
Yeray m Spanish (Canarian)
Canarian Spanish name of recent origin, possibly from a Guanche word or place name meaning "big, grand".
Yesenia f Spanish (Latin American)
From Jessenia, the genus name of a variety of palm trees found in South America. As a given name, it was popularized by the writer Yolanda Vargas Dulché in the 1970 Mexican telenovela Yesenia and the 1971 film adaptation.
Yésica f Spanish
Spanish form of Jessica.
Yéssica f Spanish
Spanish form of Jessica.
Yoel m Hebrew, Spanish, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Joel, as well as a Spanish variant.
Yolanda f Spanish, English
From the medieval French name Yolande, which was probably a form of the name Violante, which was itself a derivative of Latin viola "violet". Alternatively it could be of Germanic origin.... [more]
Ysabel f Spanish (Archaic)
Medieval Spanish form of Isabel.
Yunuen f & m Spanish (Mexican)
Meaning unknown, probably of indigenous (maybe Purépecha) origin. This is the name of an island on Lake Pátzcuaro in Mexico.
Yurena f Spanish (Canarian)
Canarian Spanish name of recent origin, derived from the Guanche word yruene meaning "demon, evil spirit". This word was first recorded incorrectly as yurena by the French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Bory de Saint-Vincent in 1803.
Zacarías m Spanish
Spanish form of Zechariah.
Zaida f Arabic (Rare), Spanish
Feminine form of Zayd. This was the name of a Muslim princess who took refuge at the court of (and perhaps married) Alfonso VI of León and Castile in the 11th century.
Zaira f Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Zaïre. It was used by Vincenzo Bellini for the heroine of his opera Zaira (1829), which was based on Voltaire's 1732 play Zaïre.
Zoraida f Spanish
Perhaps means "enchanting" or "dawn" in Arabic. This was the name of a minor 12th-century Spanish saint, a convert from Islam. The name was used by Cervantes for a character in his novel Don Quixote (1606), in which Zoraida is a beautiful Moorish woman of Algiers who converts to Christianity and elopes with a Spanish officer.
Zuleima f Spanish
Variant of Zulema.
Zulema f Spanish
Possibly a Spanish feminine form of Sulayman.