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.
BRILLANTE m Spanish, Filipino
Means "brilliant, sparkly, gemstone" in Spanish. A notable bearer was Brillante Mendoza (1960-), a Filipino independent film director.
BRISA f Spanish
Previously a short form of BRISEIDA
, though it is now regarded as an independent name directly from the Spanish word brisa
"breeze". In Mexico this name was popularized by a character named Brisa (played by actress Margarita Magaña) on the telenovela "Por tu amor" (1999).
BUENSUCESO f & m Spanish (Rare), Filipino (Rare)
From a Spanish title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso
, meaning "Our Lady of the Good Event," referring to the Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Jesus.... [more]
CAIQUE m Tupi (Latinized, Modern, Archaic)
Caique seems to be an indigenous word, more specifically the extinct Tupi language, which means "aquatic bird." Other translations seem to refer to "he who glides on the waters".... [more]
CALIANDRA f Portuguese
Caliandra is the name of a flower, whose scientific name is Calliandra harrisii, and its denomination derives from the combination of the Greek elements Kallio (beautiful) and Andros (man), probably meaning "beautiful and masculine" or "beautiful and manlike".
CAMINO f & m Spanish
Meaning "path, way, road" Derivates from the "Virgen del camino", Pamplona's patron saint.
CAPILLA f Spanish
Means "chapel" in Spanish, taken from the Spanish titles of the Virgin Mary, La Santísima Virgen de la Capilla
and Nuestra Señora de la Capilla
, meaning "The Most Holy Virgin of the Chapel" and "Our Lady of the Chapel" respectively... [more]
CASILDA f Spanish, Galician, Portuguese (Rare), Literature, Theatre
Meaning uncertain. This is the name of the patron saint of Toledo, Spain. It might have an Arabic origin, considering the history - Saint Casilda of Toledo was born a Moorish princess - and perhaps comes from Arabic قصيدة (qaṣīda)
meaning "poem"... [more]
CÁTEDRA f Spanish (Rare)
Derived from Latin Cathedra Petri
, referring to the Chair of Saint Peter with its feast day being the 22nd of February (until 1962, it was also celebrated on the 18th of January).
CECI f Tupi
The meaning is debatable. It could mean "my mother" or "mother who cries" in Tupi.
CELESTITA f Spanish (Latin American)
Means "celestite" in Spanish. Also known as celestine, celestite is a colourless, orange or blue mineral with orthorhombic crystals, so named from Latin caelestis
"heavenly, pertaining to the sky" (compare CAELESTIS
) after its usual pale sky-blue shade.
CEVERO m Spanish
This name was used by a male on the 1930 Censo México (Mexico Census).
CH'ASKA f Incan Mythology, Quechua
In Incan mythology, Ch'aska ("Venus") or Ch'aska Quyllur ("Venus star") was the goddess of dawn and twilight, the planet Venus, flowers, maidens, and sex. She protected virgin girls. This name is of a separate etmology, with the Quechua ch'aska
referring to what they thought was the brightest star but was the planet Venus... [more]
CH’AYÑA f Quechua
Means "siskin" in Quechua. A siskin is a type of bird in the finch family.
CHENOA f Spanish (Modern)
Popularised by Argentine-Spanish music artist María Laura Corradini Falomir (1975-), popularly known as Chenoa, when she first appeared in the Spanish talent-search television show 'Operación Triunfo' in late 2001 and had her first album released in April of 2002.