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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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 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).
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.
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.
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 Σουσάννα (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, 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 was also borne by the Polish cubist painter Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980).
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.
TEOBALDO m Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
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, 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.
TERESE f Basque, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Basque and Scandinavian form of TERESA.
TERESITA f Spanish
Spanish diminutive of TERESA.
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 Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese 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.
TOMÀS m Catalan
Catalan 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.
TXOMIN m Basque
Basque form of DOMINIC.
UDANE f Basque
Derived from Basque uda meaning "summer".
ULISES m Spanish
Spanish form of ULYSSES.
UNAI m Basque
Means "cowherd" in Basque.
URBANO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Urbanus (see URBAN).
ÚRSULA f Spanish, Portuguese (Rare)
Spanish and Portuguese form of URSULA.
USOA f Basque
Means "dove" in Basque.
UXÍA f Galician
Galician form of EUGENIA.
UXÍO m Galician
Galician form of EUGENE.
UXUE f Basque
From the Basque name of the Spanish town of Ujué where there is a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Its name is derived from Basque usoa "dove".
VALENTÍN m Spanish, Slovak
Spanish and Slovak form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)).
VALENTINA f Italian, Russian, German, Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovene, Romanian, Spanish, Greek, Latvian, 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.
VALÈRIA f Catalan
Catalan form of VALERIA.
VALERIA f Italian, Spanish, Romanian, German, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of VALERIUS. This was the name of a 2nd-century Roman saint and martyr.
VALERIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of VALERIUS.
VALERO m Spanish
Spanish variant of VALERIUS.
VANESA f Spanish, Czech, Slovak
Spanish, Czech and Slovak form of VANESSA.
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.
VENCESLÁS m Spanish
Spanish form of VÁCLAV, via the Latinized form Wenceslaus.
VERA (1) f Russian, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian, Croatian, 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
Spanish form of VERONICA.
VICENÇ m Catalan
Catalan form of VINCENT.
VICENT m Catalan (Valencian)
Valencian form of VINCENT.
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.
VICTÒRIA f Catalan
Catalan form of VICTORIA.
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, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of VICTORINUS.
VIDAL m Spanish
Spanish 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]
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.
VÍTOR m Portuguese, Galician
Portuguese and Galician form of VICTOR.
VIVIANA f Italian, Spanish, 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.
WILFREDO m Spanish
Spanish form of WILFRED.
XABI m Basque
Basque diminutive of XAVIER.
XABIER m Basque, Galician
Basque and Galician form of XAVIER.
XACOBE m Galician
Galician form of Iacobus (see JAMES).
XAIME m Galician
Galician form of Iacomus (see JAMES).
XANTI m Basque
Basque form of SANTIAGO.
XAVI m Catalan
Catalan diminutive of XAVIER.
XAVIER m English, French, Portuguese, Catalan, Spanish (Archaic)
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 borne in a village of 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.
XESÚS m Galician
Galician form of JESUS, used as a personal name.
XIÁN m Galician
From Xulián, the Galician form of JULIAN.
XIANA f Galician
From Xuliana, the Galician form of JULIANA.
XIMENA f Spanish
Feminine form of XIMENO. This was the name of the wife of El Cid.
XIMO m Catalan
Valencian diminutive of JOAQUIM.
XIMUN m Basque
Basque form of XIMENO.
XIOMARA f Spanish
Possibly a Spanish form of GUIOMAR.
XOÁN m Galician
Galician form of JOHN.
XOANA f Galician
Galician feminine form of JOHN.
XÓCHILT f Spanish (Mexican, Rare)
Spanish variant form of XÓCHITL.
XOEL m Galician
Galician form of JOEL.
XOSÉ m Galician
Galician form of JOSEPH.
XUAN m Asturian
Asturian form of Iohannes (see JOHN).
XULIA f Galician
Galician form of JULIA.
XULIO m Galician
Galician form of JULIUS.
XURXO m Galician
Galician form of GEORGE.
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 JAMILA used especially in Latin America.
YENNY f Spanish (Latin American)
Spanish variant of JENNY.
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.
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.
ZACARÍAS m Spanish
Spanish form of ZECHARIAH.
ZAIRA f Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of ZAÏRE.
ZERU m Basque
Means "sky" in Basque.
ZIGOR m Basque
Means "punishment" in Basque.
ZOÈ f Catalan
Catalan form of ZOE.
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.
ZORION m & f Basque
Means "happiness" in Basque.
ZORIONE f Basque
Feminine form of ZORION.
ZURIÑE f Basque
Derived from Basque zuri "white".
ZUZEN m Basque
Means "just, fair" in Basque.
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