South American names
include those from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
MAZIEL f Spanish
From Hebrew origins. The name means she who comes down from the stars.
MELITÓN m Spanish (Rare), Galician
Spanish and Galician form of MELITON
. A known bearer of this name was the Peruvian naval commander and government official Melitón Carvajal (1847-1935).
MELOSA f History, Spanish
The name of an obscure saint martyred in Thessalonica. It coincides with a Spanish word meaning "honeyed, sweet, tender".
MEQUITA f Spanish
Perhaps a variant of Mezquita, also called the Great Mosque of Córdoba or the Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady, a medieval Islamic mosque that was converted into a Roman Catholic Christian cathedral in the Spanish city of Córdoba, Andalusia.
MESSALINA f Ancient Roman, Italian, Spanish, Catalan
Feminine diminutive of the Roman family name Messalla
, which was originally an agnomen derived from the place name Messana
, applied to the 3rd-century BC Roman general Manius Valerius Maximus Corvinus to commemorate his victory at the city of Messana in Sicily... [more]
MI f Portuguese (Rare)
A diminutive of Maria. It is often used to form diminutives of composed names, such as Milu or Zemi.
MIMOSA f English, Finnish, French, Spanish, Danish, Filipino, Italian
, a genus of plants that are sensitive to touch. The best known plant from that genus is the Mimosa pudica
, better known in English as the touch-me-not
. The plant genus derives its name from Spanish mimosa
, which is the feminine form of the Spanish adjective mimoso
MIRTHA f Spanish (Latin American)
Variant of MIRTA
. Rosa María Juana Martínez Suárez (1927-), known by her stage name Mirtha Legrand, is an Argentine actress and television presenter.
MISERICORDIA f Spanish, Roman Mythology
Means "compassion" in Latin, ultimately from miser
"poor, wretched" and cor
"heart". In Roman mythology Misericordia was the personification of mercy, pity and compassion, equivalent to the Greek goddess ELEOS
MONSALUD f Spanish (Rare)
From the Spanish titles of the Virgin Mary, La Virgen de Monsalud
and Nuestra Señora de Monsalud
, meaning "The Virgin of Monsalud" and "Our Lady of Monsalud" respectively, venerated at a hermitage located in the municipality of Alfarnate in Andalusia's Málaga province in southern Spain.
MONSERRATE m & f Spanish
Spanish form of MONTSERRAT
, usually taken from from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de Monserrate
, the patron saint of Orihuela in the Province of Alicante in Spain.
MONSITA f Spanish (Latin American)
Spanish diminutive of MONTSERRAT
and its variant MONSERRAT
. A known bearer of this name is Monsita Ferrer (b. 1958), a daughter of the Puerto Rican actor José Ferrer (1912-1992) and the American singer and actress Rosemary Clooney (1928-2002).
MONTEVIRGEN f Spanish (Rare)
From the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de Montevirgen
, meaning "Our Lady of Mount Virgin," dedicated at the Convento de Montevirgen (Convent of Mount Virgin) in the municipality of Villalba de los Barros, located in Extremadura's Badajoz province in western Spain.
MOYA f Spanish
Meaning "estate of Modius" from the Latin Modianus, with Modius derived from the Latin modus meaning 'measure'. Traditionally a Spanish surname deriving from Moya, in Cuenca, or similarly named places in Valencia, Lugo, and the Canary Island.
MUMADONA f Portuguese (Archaic)
Portuguese form of the compound name Muniadomna
, which is likely not genuinely Latin but instead a latinization of a name that was probably of either Basque or Germanic origin. Even so, compare the Latin words munia
meaning "duties, functions" and domna
meaning "lady, mistress".... [more]
MUSSASA f South American
A famous bearer of this name is Queen Mussasa, who was a 17th century Jaga queen.
ÑAMANDU m Tupi
Meaning "God" in Tupí, this name is popular in North-Eastern Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.
NARDA f English, Spanish, Popular Culture
Perhaps derived from the English word "nard", referring to "a fragrant oil formerly much prized from the plant (spikenard)". From the Latin nardus
, from the Ancient Greek nardos
NATERCIA f Portuguese
Natercia is the anagram of the name Caterina ( old form. of modern Catarina) createart by the portuguese famoso poét. Luis de Camões in 16th century. ... [more]
NATIVIDADE f Portuguese, Galician
Derived from Portuguese and Galician natividade
, ultimately from Latin nativitas
"birth, nativity; Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ".
NÁYADE f Spanish (Rare)
From the Spanish word náyade
meaning "Naiad", which is a river nymph in Greek and Roman mythology; it derives from Greek Ναιάς (Naias)
(plural Ναϊάδες (Naiades)
), itself a derivative of the verb νάω (nao)
NEANDRO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Neandros
. A known bearer of this name was Neandro Schilling Campos (1875-1949), a prominent Chilean educator... [more]