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.
YMA f Quechua (?)
Yma Sumac was the stage name of Peruvian soprano Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo (1922-2008). She based it on her mother's name, which was derived from Quechua ima shumaq
meaning "how beautiful!", although in interviews Sumac claimed it meant "beautiful girl" or "beautiful flower".... [more]
YODANIS f Spanish (Latin American)
A combination name, meshing the name's of Yolanda and Daniel to create one name using the intials of both names and the NIS to make the name more feminine
YORLENY f Spanish (Latin American)
Apparently from the English phrase Yours LENNY
, signed at the end of letters by a sailor named Lenny Smith to his Costa Rican wife, hence why usage of this name is mainly concentrated in that country.... [more]
YOTUEL m Spanish (Caribbean), Spanish (Latin American)
Mainly seen in Cuba, where there is a clear trend for parents to be creative with names. One might think one element of this name is derived from Hebrew el
"God", but that is not so: rather, this name is made up of the Spanish pronouns yo
"you" and el
YUNA m Brazilian
In Brazilian Portuguese, it means "dark river", and is derived from Tupi 'y
, water, + un
YUREYMI f Spanish (Rare)
"The will of the God of light" Probably derived from Yuri
, yuri meaning "light of God" in Hebrew and mi "who will" in Hebrew or "not yet gentle" In Japanese, yu meaning Tenderness or gentleness and mi meaning not yet.
ZAFIRO f Spanish (Modern)
Spanish feminine name derived from the word zafiro
meaning "sapphire". This is a modern coinage.
ZARCO m Spanish (Rare)
This first name is predominantly found in South America, although it is not very common there: one is much more likely to encounter the name as a surname there instead. Because of that, it is possible that the bearers' parents were inspired to give their sons the surname as a first name, just like it is done in English-speaking countries these days... [more]
ZICO m Brazilian
Nickname (stage name?) of soccer coach and footballer Arthur Antunes Coimbra.
ZOCUECA f Spanish (Rare)
From the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary, La Virgen de Zocueca
, meaning "The Virgin of Zocueca," venerated at the sanctuary in Guarromán in the Andalusian province of Jaén in southern Spain.
ZULEMA f Spanish, Medieval Basque, Catalan (Rare), Galician
Possibly a Spanish feminine form of SULEIMAN
. This name was borne by Argentine actress Zulema "Zully" Moreno (1920-1999). It was also in use in the Basque Country during the Middle Ages where it was recorded from the 1200s onwards.