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Do you know how many Spanish-speaking countries there are?
There are more than 20 countries that use Spanish as their official language, most of them as their primary, native language as well.
Thanks to the expansion of the Spaniards during the middle centuries and making Spanish colonies all over the world, today, Spanish is the 4th most spoken language on the planet.
Even one whole continent (except two countries) considers Spanish as their official and national language.
Therefore, no wonder why Spanish female and male names can be found all over the world, no matter if that country is part of the Hispanic world or not.
Many Spanish names also became so popular that they got an ‘international badge,’ so today, many people don’t know that names such as Sofia, Sebastian, or Martina are actually Spanish names.
That’s why, in this post, we will show you the 22 most popular Spanish names and meanings, both for girls and boys, so whether you’ve just started learning Spanish with Spanish tutors, have Spanish roots, or simply want to expand your knowledge about different cultures, you are in the right place.
And now, let’s dive in.
First, we’ll start with the 11 most common Spanish male names and their meanings.
Here they are.
Meaning: Protector and defender of humankind
Famous men: Musician Alejandro Escovedo, director Alejandro González Iñárritu
Are you singing Lady Gaga’s hit ‘Alejandro?’ We do, too, but the name became international long before Lady Gaga. It originates from Spain, but nowadays, it can be found in every country and place on the planet.
Meaning: praiseworthy, priceless
Famous men: football player Antonio Brown, actor Antonio Banderas
This name is a quite traditional Spanish name and one of the top 100 most popular names for over a century.
Famous men: actor Carlos Pena, musician Carlos Santana
There are many different variations of this name, such as Carlo, Carlito, Karlos.
It is the equivalent of the English ‘Charles.’
Meaning: the one who follows, comes after
Famous men: actor Diego Velázquez, actor Diego Gonzale, famous football player Diego Maradona
Here’s one more name that has roots in Spanish tradition and it is one of the favorite male names for over a century. Not only that it is so popular in the Hispanic countries, especially in Puerto Rico and Mexico, but this name got into the top 100 in the USA, as well.
Meaning: Wealthy defender
Famous men: soccer player Eduardo Carvalho
No matter which variation of the name people uses, such as Eduard, Edwardo, or Eddie, it has been one of the 100 most popular male names.
Meaning: ruler of the house
Famous men: singer Enrique Iglesias, former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto
Whether it is Ricco, Enrico, or Henry, this name is still among the favorites not only in Hispanic countries but in the USA as well.
Meaning: sincere and determined
Famous men: guerilla lider Ernesto Guevara or Che Guevara, soccer player Ernesto Farías
Even though it comes from the Spanish world where it is one of the commonly used male names, it is also quite popular in different countries and in different languages as Erno, Earnest, Ernie, Nesto, and many more.
Meaning: One who loves and befriends horses
Famous men: the King of Spain Felipe VI, race car driver Felipe Nasr
This name is the Spanish variant of the name ‘Phillip.’
It is a classical name for boys and it is among the most popular ones for more than 100 years.
Meaning: new house
Famous men: actor Javier Munoz, baseball player Javier Baez
A typical Spanish male name, which is quite popular in Spain, actually has Basque roots as a variation of ‘Xavier.’
Famous men: artist Pablo Picasso, baseball player Pablo Sandoval, soccer player Pablo Zabaleta
The Spanish variant of the name ‘Paul’ actually became worldwide famous and commonly used after Pablo Picasso, an amazing artist, and sculptor of the 20th century.
Meaning: solid, dependable like a stone or rock
Famous men: baseball player Pedro Martinez, actor Pedro Pascal
One of the top names in Argentina, Spain but also in the USA, Pedro is derived from the Latin word ‘petra’ in the meaning ‘stone, rock.’
Meaning: named after Saint James
Famous men: Olympic athlete Santiago Lorenzo, actor Santiago Cabrera
Even though for the past several years the popularity of this name has dropped, it is the classic Spanish male name, which was very popular for more than a century, especially in Latin America.
Luckily, from 2018, it again has risen in Mexico and Portugal.
The name ‘Santiago’ is also the name of the main character, a fisherman in the novel ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ by Ernest Hemingway.
Meaning: Protector and defender of humankind.
Famous women: Olympic athlete Alejandra Garcia, Singer Alejandra Guzmán
This one is the most popular female Spanish name which slowly became international as well. Since 1993, it has become very popular in the Hispanic world.
Famous women: Boxer Cecilia Braekhus, actress Cecilia Freire
Besides being one of the favorite names in the past several decades, Cecilia is also the patron saint of music.
Meaning: the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary
Famous women: Bullfighter Concepción (Conchita) Cintrón
The other variations of this name are ‘Concita’ or ‘Concha,’ so in the streets, you will often hear these names. It was popular after World War II a lot when it slowly faded away. In the last decade, the name slowly rose among the favorite ones.
Meaning: One who gives comfort and provides consolation.
Famous women: Fashion editor Consuelo Crespi, comedian Consuelo Duval
Even though nowadays you won’t hear girls named Consuelo, this name remains as one of the Spanish classics.
Meaning: Beautiful bright shining light
Famous women: actress Elena Kampouris
For the past twenty years, the name ‘Elena’ became popular again. Before that, for over a century it was forgotten.
Famous women: musician Esperanza Spalding, Artist Esperanza Martinez
For more than 100 years, the name ‘Esperanza’ was one of the most popular ones in Spanish- speaking countries.
Meaning: glory, glorious, full of praise
Famous women: designer Gloria Vanderbilt, singer Gloria Estefan
Gloria is one of the favorite names in Latin America, especially Venezuela. This name was introduced to the English-speaking countries through the novel ‘Gloria’ by E. D. E. N. Southworth.
Meaning: the patron saint Guadalupe, the Guadalupe River
Famous women: Olympic athlete Guadalupe Canseco
In the 16th century, the patron saint Lady of Guadalupe came in one of the visions of a Mexican man and since then, she has been a patron saint of the Latino Americans.
Meaning: joy, happiness
Famous women: TV actress Leticia Castro, Skateboarder Leticia Bufoni
Even though it is most popular in the Hispanic world, the name can also be found among the Portuguese and Italians. In the past several decades, this name became one of the favorites beyond Spanish-speaking countries.
Meaning: the solitude of the sun, the sea, and the Virgin Mary
Famous women: artist Marisol Escobar, actress Marisol Nichols
This name is shortened from ‘Maria de Soledad’, a Virgin Mary’s title.
Even though it is popular in all Spanish-speaking countries, in Mexico it is most commonly used.
Meaning: beautiful dove, peaceful
Famous women: singer Paloma Faith, designer Paloma Picasso
Besides the meaning ‘dove,’ the name ‘Paloma’ can also be understood as the Holy Spirit symbolized in a dove.
Choosing to mention only 22 popular Spanish names and their meanings is a hard task because there are at least twice as many nice and popular names.
But these most commonly used and loved male and female Spanish names and their meanings can give you a general overview of the Spanish culture and the way Spanish names appeared.
For more interesting names, as well as other fun facts about the Hispanic world we gladly recommend Spanish tutors, native Spanish speakers who can give you a complete and detailed tour of the Spanish names and meanings.
Alejandro, Antonio, Carlos, Diego, Enrique, Ernesto, Felipe, Javier, Pablo, Pedro
Alejandra, Cecilia, Concepcion, Consuela, Elena, Esperanza
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