Spanish (Canarian) Submitted Names

These names are a subset of Spanish names used more often on the Canary Islands.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ABENCHARA f Spanish (Canarian, Rare)
Of Guanche origin, possibly from *abănăšar(a) meaning "great tear" or "great separation". This was the name of the wife of TENESOR, the last guanarteme or king of Gáldar on the island of Gran Canaria, during the European conquest of the Canary Islands in the late 15th century... [more]
ABERBEQUEYE m Spanish (Canarian, Rare, Archaic)
From Guanche *aberəwwi-keyyă, meaning "dented skull".
ABIAN m Spanish (Canarian)
From Guanche *abbian, meaning "thief". This was the name of a pre-Hispanic warrior from Telde (Gran Canaria) who was known for stealing cattle.
ACAIME m Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *akăyəm, meaning "small".
ACORÁN m Spanish (Canarian)
Accented form of ACORAN, used in modern times.
ADASSA f Spanish (Canarian)
From Guanche *sseḍs, meaning "laughter".
ADISODA f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *adis-uda, meaning "satisfied belly" (stopped giving birth). This was recorded as the name of a 30-year-old Guanche woman who was sold at the slave market in Valencia in 1494.
AIRAM m Spanish (Canarian)
Originating from Guanche, of uncertain meaning.
AREGOMA f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *arəgum, meaning "pronounces sentences".
ARIDANE m Spanish (Canarian)
Possibly from the name of a valley on the island of La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain); the place name is of Guanche origin, a metathesis of *adiran meaning "base, foundation; bed (of a valley)"... [more]
ARMICHE m Spanish (Canarian, Rare)
From Guanche *arəmis meaning "prey, trophy, loot", literally "arrest, seizure". This was the name of the last aboriginal king of the island of Hierro (present-day Canary Islands, Spain), who was ousted, captured and enslaved by the French conquistador Jean de Béthencourt in 1405... [more]
ATENAI f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic), Guanche Mythology
From Guanche *aḍănay, meaning "recipient". This was the name of a goddess worshipped in Gran Canaria. She was represented as a black and red clay bowl.
ATTAGARES f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *hata-tagarest, meaning "here is the frost". This was recorded as the name of a 5-year-old Guanche girl from Tenerife who was sold at the slave market in Valencia in 1494.
ATTANATDA f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *hata-tanaṭda, meaning "here is the (personified) authority". This was recorded as the name of a 35-year-old Guanche woman from Tenerife who was sold at the slave market in Valencia in 1494.
ATTENERI f Spanish (Canarian, Rare)
Guanche name meaning "here is the beautiful young woman", derived from the Guanche demonstrative *hata and *teneriht "gazelle", used here to mean "beautiful girl". This was recorded as the name of a 10-year-old Guanche girl from the island of Tenerife (present-day Canary Islands, Spain) who was sold at the slave market in Valencia in 1495... [more]
ATTIDAMANA f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *atti-idamman, meaning "transmits legacy". This was the name of GUMIDAFE's wife.
AYOZE m Spanish (Canarian)
Derived from Guanche *ayuhsah meaning "he (who) arrives". Ayoze or Yose was a Guanche chieftain from Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands, at the time of Jean de Béthencourt's arrival to the island... [more]
AZEMEYEGUEGUA f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *aẓămăy-əgiwa, meaning "sutures wounds" (literally "cut-sewer"). This was recorded as the name of a 30-year-old Guanche woman from Tenerife who was sold at the slave market in Valencia in 1494.
BENEHARO m Spanish (Canarian)
The name of a late 15th-century Guanche king of Anaga on the island of Tenerife (present-day Canary Islands, Spain) according to the epic poem Antigüedades de las Islas Afortunadas de la Gran Canaria (1604) by Antonio de Viana... [more]
BENTEJUÍ m Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
Bentejuí Semidán was a warrior leader from Gran Canaria, who militarily resisted the conquest of the island by the conquerors sent by the Crown of Castile.... [more]
CATHAYSA f Spanish (Canarian)
Allegedly means "beautiful (big) daisy" in the Guanche language. Recorded as the name of a 7-year-old Guanche girl who was sold as a slave in Valencia in 1494. Cathaysa is also the title of a song recorded by singer Pedro Guerra in the 1980s.
CHABUTA f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *tabuḍt, meaning "navel". This was recorded as the name of a 12-year-old Guanche girl from Tenerife who was sold at the slave market in Valencia in 1495.
CHAXIRAXI f Spanish (Canarian), Guanche Mythology
Means "she who sustains the firmament" in the Guanche language (source: Dr. Ignacio Reyes García). This is the name of the mother goddess in Guanche mythology. After the conquest of the Canary Islands and their subsequent Christianization, Chaxiraxi became identified with the Virgin of Candelaria, an alleged appearance of the Virgin Mary on the island of Tenerife.
CHAYUGA f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic), Guanche Mythology
From Guanche *ta-jiwəg-ah, meaning "flowering". This was the name of a goddess venerated in Tenerife.
COBURA f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *kăbūr, meaning "swaying" (literally "slow jog"). This was recorded as the name of a 10-year-old Guanche girl from Tenerife who was sold at the slave market in Valencia in 1495.
COLLARAMPA f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *kuyya-ar-affaw, meaning "Venus (planet)" (literally "vertex down to dawn").
DÁCIL f Spanish (Canarian)
The name of a Guanche princess of Tenerife who lived during the 15th century. She is best known for her marriage to a Spanish conqueror of the island. According to the scholar Ignacio Reyes García, the name means "footprint, step" in the Guanche language.
DAIDA f Spanish (Canarian, Rare)
Possibly derived from Guanche *dăyda meaning "newborn lamb that is still being suckled by its mother". This name was listed in a baptismal register from Seville dating to the 15th century; the sex and age of the bearer were not recorded... [more]
DERQUE m Spanish (Canarian, Rare)
From Guanche *derk meaning "strength". This was recorded as the name of a nephew of a Guanche mencey (leader) of Adeje, a menceyato or kingdom on the island of Tenerife (present-day Canary Islands, Spain).
DORAMAS m Spanish (Canarian, Rare, Archaic)
Means "the one with wide noses".... [more]
ECHEDEY m Spanish (Canarian)
From Guanche ⵂⴻⴷⴻⵢ ‎(ehedey), from *ezădăy meaning either "to unite, join, reconcile" or "to know, recognize". Echedey or Ehedey was a mid-15th century mencey (aboriginal leader) of the kingdom of Tihuya on the island of La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain).
ECHEYDE m Guanche Mythology, Spanish (Canarian)
Echeide or Echeyde is the name that the Aboriginal Guanches gave to Teide, a volcano in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). As most of the chroniclers transmitted, the Guanches (aboriginal people from Tenerife) conceived of the mountain as the place that housed the forces of evil, mainly the evil figure of GUAYOTA... [more]
FAYNA f Spanish (Canarian)
Possibly derived from Guanche *fāh-inaɣ meaning "our light". According to Juan de Abréu Galindo's Historia de la conquista de las siete islas Canarias (published 1632), this was the name of the wife of Zonzamas, a Guanche king on the island of Lanzarote... [more]
FELGEDA f Spanish (Canarian, Rare)
From Guanche *fəlɣăd-(a), meaning "clear-headed". This was the name of a woman who was baptized in Seville around 1427.
GARA f Spanish (Canarian)
Derived from Guanche *gar "height", and taken from place name GARAJONAY. According to an unattested local legend, Gara and JONAY were a pair of young Guanche lovers who died together in a joint suicide at Garajonay peak.
GAZMIRA f Spanish (Canarian)
From Guanche *gazmir, meaning "reed".
GRIMANESA f Spanish (Rare), Medieval Portuguese, Spanish (Canarian)
Borne by an illegitimate granddaughter of Bartolomé Herrero, the first colonial alcalde of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the island of Tenerife (who had been appointed to the position in 1501 by the conquistador Alonso Fernández de Lugo), in whose case it possibly meant "forced" from Guanche *gərma-ənsa, literally "forced to spend the night"... [more]
GUACIMARA f Spanish (Canarian)
This name may come from Guanche masculine agent noun *wazimar meaning "strong, sturdy, powerful, able."... [more]
GUAÑON m Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *wahnūn, meaning "well-mannered one".
GUAYANFANTA f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *wayya-n-fanṭaz, meaning "proud" (literally "spirit of vanity").
GUAYARMINA f Spanish (Canarian)
Of Guanche origin, a name that referred to the Canopus star. She was one of TENESOR's daughters.
GUMIDAFE m Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *gummăḍ-axf, meaning "hunchback" (literally "deformed head"). This was the name of a Guanche warrior from Gran Canaria.
HAÑAGUA f Spanish (Canarian, Rare)
From Guanche ⴰⵐⴰⵓⴰ ‎(añawa), derived (through palatalisation) from aniawa, from *ha-nya-wa "this one is melody". This was the name of the wife of Bencomo, a 15th-century mencey (aboriginal Guanche leader) of the kingdom of Taoro on the island of Tenerife... [more]
HARIDIAN f Spanish (Canarian)
Derived from Guanche *asidd n wayyur meaning "moonlight". Another meaning is "goat", from Guanche *aridaman.
HIURMA f Spanish (Canarian, Rare)
This name was listed in a baptismal register from Seville dating to the 15th century. It is said to derive from Guanche yurma meaning "white pupil (leukocoria)", literally "moon of the pupil" from *hăyyūr "moon" and *əmma "pupil".
HUERTAYA f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *wər-tayyat, meaning "without support". This was recorded as the name of a 12-year-old Guanche girl from La Palma who was sold at the slave market in Valencia in 1497.
IBALLA f Spanish (Canarian, Rare)
Possibly from Guanche *ibbaya "lover". This was perhaps an epithet or nickname of the aboriginal Guanche lover of the conquistador Hernán Peraza, a woman from the island of La Gomera who was possibly a priestess... [more]
ICO f Spanish (Canarian)
From Guanche *iqqu, meaning "paleness" (literally "nausea").
IDAIRA f Spanish (Modern), Spanish (Canarian)
This was allegedly the name of a Guanche princess from the Canarian island of La Palma. It has perhaps been popularized in the Spanish-speaking world by the Canarian-born Spanish singer simply known as Idaira (1985-).
IMOBACH m Spanish (Canarian, Rare)
Popularly claimed to mean "green valley". Possibly derived from Guanche *iɣezran "valley".
IRIOME m & f Spanish (Canarian, Rare)
This name has been (rarely) used in the Canary Islands since the 1980s. A known male bearer is Spanish footballer Iriome González (1987-).
IRUENE f & m Guanche Mythology, Spanish (Canarian)
This is the name of a demon that manifested itself as a large black and woolly dog, mainly in Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Variant of YURENA.
ITAHISA f Spanish (Canarian)
Possibly derived from a Guanche word meaning "skeleton" or "bones". This was recorded as the name of a 6-year-old Guanche girl who was sold as a slave in Valencia in 1494. The name was revived in the Canary Islands in the 1970s... [more]
JANEQUA f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *jəneqa, meaning "hopeless". This was recorded as the name of a 9-year-old Guanche girl from La Palma who was sold at the slave market in Valencia in 1494.
JONAY m Spanish (Canarian), Folklore
Taken from GARAJONAY, a Canarian place name of Guanche origin. According to a local legend, GARA and Jonay were a pair of young Guanche lovers who died together in a joint suicide at Garajonay peak, the highest mountain on the Canarian island of La Gomera... [more]
MADAYA f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic), Hausa (Archaic), Berber (Archaic)
From Guanche *madăyya, meaning "beautiful thing to see". Besides the Canary Islands, this name was also used in Northern Africa.
MATI f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *măttəy, meaning "wanders". This was recorded as the name of a 7-year-old Guanche girl from Tenerife who was sold at the slave market in Valencia in 1495.
MEAGENS f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *m-aɣens meaning "thin, slender", literally "like a needle". This was recorded as the name of a 30-year-old Guanche woman from La Palma who was sold at the slave market in Valencia in 1494... [more]
MÍDENO m Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
Transferred use of the surname MÍDENO.
MONEIBA f Spanish (Canarian, Rare), Guanche Mythology
From Guanche *mənəy-ibba meaning literally "smoky glow". This was the name of a goddess worshipped by women on the island of Hierro (present-day Canary Islands, Spain), which was inhabited by a people known as the Bimbache.
NAIRA f & m Spanish (Canarian)
Recorded ca. 1484 by Pedro Gómez Escudero as the name of a Guanche (male) warrior from Telde. According to the scholar Ignacio Reyes García, the name means "front" or "to guide" in the Guanche language.... [more]
NAUZET m Spanish (Canarian)
Possibly derived from Guanche *(a)nuhazzeṭ meaning "the most elegant". According to Antonio de Viana's epic poem Antigüedades de las Islas Afortunadas de la Gran Canaria (1604), Nauzet or Nuhazet was a Guanche warrior who fought in the battle of Acentejo in the army of the mencey Bencomo.
NISAMAR f Spanish (Canarian)
Possibly derived from Guanche *(a)nəssamar meaning literally "man who invites, lets someone pass or grants passage to someone; man who presents or submits something". This was listed in a baptismal register from Seville dating to the 15th century; the sex and age of the bearer were not recorded... [more]
ORCHENA f Spanish (Canarian, Rare)
From Guanche *oršena, meaning "young woman". This was the name of TENESOYA's maid.
PINITO f Spanish (Canarian)
Diminutive of PINO (see user-submitted name).
PINO f Spanish (Canarian)
Means "pine" in Spanish and it is taken from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary Nuestra Virgen del Pino. She appeared among some pine trees in 1481 in the town of Teror, in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands.
RAMAGUA f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *ramag, meaning "thunder".
RAYCO m Spanish (Canarian)
Possibly derived from the Guanche word *răyyək, referring to a member of the Irăyyăkăn, a noble tribe of the Adrar des Ifoghas area of Mali. According to Antonio de Viana's epic poem Antigüedades de las Islas Afortunadas de la Gran Canaria (1604), this was the name of a late 15th-century Guanche captain and ambassador who served under Beneharo, the king of Anaga on the island of Tenerife (present-day Canary Islands, Spain), at the time of the Spanish conquest of the island.
SIBISSE f Spanish (Canarian, Rare)
From Guanche *sibissəy meaning "armhole (in clothing); cleavage, neckline; theft". This was recorded as the name of a 16-year-old Guanche girl from Tenerife who was sold at the slave market in Valencia in 1495.
TAGAYACTE f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *tagayakt, meaning "farmer". This was recorded as the name of a 22-year-old Guanche woman who was sold at the slave market in Valencia in 1494.
TAMONANTE f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *tamannant, meaning "woman who knows to read" (literally "she who spells"). Tamonante was the daughter of TIBIABIN, a priestess.
TANA f Spanish (Canarian, Rare), Catalan
Variant of TANIA, diminutive of CAYETANA, and a form of TANIT.
TARA f Spanish (Canarian), Guanche Mythology
From Guanche taṛa, meaning "love". This was the name of a goddess of fertility in Guanche mythology. Alternatively, it may be derived from Guanche tara, meaning "tree", and referring to a pre-Hispanic village ubicated in Telde, Gran Canaria.
TAZAGUISA f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *tazagzaw, meaning "immature" (literally "green"). This was the name of a woman who was baptized in Seville around 1427.
TAZIRGA f Spanish (Canarian, Rare)
From Guanche *tazirga, meaning "she who leads to the water".
TENEFIRA f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *tenăfirah, meaning "huffs". This was the name of a woman who was baptized in Seville around 1427.
TENERISTE f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *tennerist, meaning "she rests". This was the name of a woman who was baptized in Seville around 1427.
TENESOR m Spanish (Canarian, Rare)
Of Guanche origin, meaning "you precede (others)", "lead the way" or "you stay ahead". This was the name of an Aboriginal chieftain from Gran Canaria who converted to Christianism and allied with the Spaniards, aiding them in the conquest of the Canary Islands... [more]
TENESOYA f Spanish (Canarian, Rare)
Of Guanche origin, possibly from *tenəsuy(ăh) meaning "she who dives" or "this one is submerged". This was borne by a niece of Tenesor, the last guanarteme or king of Gáldar on the island of Gran Canaria.
TENTAGAYS f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *te-n-tagayəst, meaning "great bustard" (Guanche symbol). This was recorded as the name of a 20-year-old Guanche woman who was sold at the slave market in Valencia in 1494.
TIBIABIN f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *tibəyt-abən, meaning "prayer". Tibiabin was the mother of TAMONANTE.
TINABUNA f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *ti-n-abuna, meaning "beautiful" (literally "goodness").
TINDARA f Spanish (Canarian, Rare)
From Guanche *te-n-dara, meaning "she from the small village".
TINGUAFAYA f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic)
From Guanche *ti-n-ggafayah, meaning "climber".
TINIZARA f Spanish (Canarian, Archaic), Tuareg (Archaic)
From Guanche *tinzar, meaning "promontories" (literally "noses"). In Tuareg it meant "honour".
VIDINA f Spanish (Canarian)
Feminine form of MÍDENO.
XANTENA f Spanish (Canarian, Rare), Guanche Mythology
From Guanche *šan-əḍănay, meaning "twin recipient". In Guanche mythology, she was the mother of all humans.
XERACH m Spanish (Canarian)
Derived from Guanche *šərak, a masculine plural noun meaning "bad omens". This was recorded as the name of a 17-year-old Guanche girl from Tenerife who was sold at the slave market in Valencia in 1497... [more]
YÁIZA f Spanish (Canarian), Folklore, Literature
Origin and meaning unknown, perhaps from the name of a village on the Canarian island of Lanzarote, which may be of indigenous Guanche origin. Allegedly Yáiza was the name of a Guanche princess who inhabited the Canary Islands in pre-colonial times... [more]
YENEDEY m Spanish (Canarian)
Possibly from Guanche *yennayer "January".
YERAY m Spanish (Canarian)
This name has been used in the Canary Islands since the 1970s. It was apparently lifted from a Canarian place name, which is derived from a Guanche word meaning "big, grand". Perhaps coincidentally, the name of the Guanche god Xerax has also been incorrectly recorded as Yeray.
YURENA f Spanish (Canarian)
Canarian Spanish name of recent origin, in use since at least the 1970s. It is based on the Guanche word yruene meaning "demon, evil spirit" - which was first recorded incorrectly as yurena by the French naturalist and military officer Jean-Baptiste Bory de Saint-Vincent in his Essai sur les Îles Fortunées (1803)... [more]
ZEBEN m Spanish (Canarian)
Perhaps a short form of ZEBENZUÍ.
ZEBENZUÍ m Spanish (Canarian)
From an indigenous Guanche name which may be derived from *zăbb-ən-əswy "blowfly of the sandgrouse", composed of *əzăbb "gadfly; blowfly", the preposition *n, and *(a)səwəy referring to a species of sandgrouse, a type of bird from the genus Pterocles... [more]