A part of the culture of each country is hidden behind the names of its inhabitants. The etymology behind the most common names in Latin America and Spain can tell you about the history of not only each country, but of each people.
Over the centuries we can see that the most common given names in Spain vary very little and that even today we still prefer to be traditional and preserve the culture that defines us.
There are some organisations that help you to know the history of each name or surname so that you can learn a little more about your origins or those of a person important to you. Sit down and read today’s article about the identity of people in Spain and Latin America.
Common Male Names in Spain
As time goes by, we see that most common first names in Spain are repeated almost year after year and through generations. Although we are in a time when foreign names are on the rise, most families still choose to preserve the exclusive and original identity of their origins:
1. Antonio: there is no Spanish family without an Antonio! However, its feminine variant, Antonia, is not so common.
2. Manuel: in regions such as Andalusia, this name is poetry.
3. José: biblical names are still a classic.
4. Francisco: a name that accompanies great Spanish literary figures, such as Francisco de Quevedo.
5. David: has gained ground in recent years to enter the list of the top ten most popular names for men.
6. Juan: as with our number one, there is no family that does not have a Juan among its members.
7. Javier: a mixture of phonemes in a singular name.
8. Hugo: nothing traditional about it but has become very fashionable.
Most Popular Female Names Spain
The most frequent names for women in Spain have evolved further since many of the traditional names have negative connotations because they are derived from the patron virgins of each municipality.
9. María: I’m sure you’ve guessed this one. The explanation is that, at the time of baptism, the priests “advised” that girls should have this name, now it’s just a tradition.
10. Carmen: a name that is becoming more and more common among Spanish girls.
11. Ana: a very international and beautiful name.
12. Laura: names with diphthongs add a musical rhythm that makes you fall in love.
13. Isabel: it seems a bit obvious because of the historical background.
14. Sofia: royalty made it fashionable.
15. Pilar: the patron saint of Spain gives her name to many girls in the country.
16. Dolores: traditional name par excellence that gave rise to the diminutive Lola, widely used internationally.
Most Popular Boy Names in Latin America
It is difficult to generalise when talking about Latin America, as it is made up of many countries in a vast territory, but here is a list of common names found in many Spanish-speaking countries in the New World.
17. Carlos: exported from Spanish royalty, very common in many countries.
18. Luis: a name with a diphthong that adds a sweet rhythm to any man who bears it.
19. Alejandro: an international name with a very powerful meaning.
20. Miguel: usually passed down from father to son in a gesture of tradition and tenderness.
21. Pedro: biblical name that identifies a multitude of boys in Latin America.
22. Fernando: very common combined with another middle name.
23. Eduardo: name coming from the Spanish high society and very widespread in the New World.
24. Joaquín: at last, a name with a hiatus makes it to the lists.
Common Names for Women in Latin America
Many of the most common names for women in Latin America coincide with those in Spain, nevertheless we have been a little more poetic so that you can understand the diversity of Latin America:
25. Carolina: an international name in its Spanish variant.
26. Andrea: although in some Mediterranean countries it is used as a masculine name, in Spanish it is a woman’s name.
27. Gabriela: like other names on the list, it is imported from Spanish high society.
28: Natalia: very popular name, especially in the southern countries.
29: Valentina: imported from Italy.
30. Patricia: name with a catchy rhythm.
31. Daniela: there is also the masculine variant, Daniel, very extended that could be easily added to the male list.
32. Jessica: most probably influenced by the United States.
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Many names in Spain and Latin America are combined to form compound names, such as José Antonio or Ana María. A long time ago, people of a higher social status would name their kids with up to seven names, that’s right, seven! One was the name they wanted to give the baby, followed by the name of the father or mother, grandfather or grandmother, priest who baptised the baby, godfather or godmother and even an uncle or aunt.
This also coincides with the compound surnames that are still used today by people with noble titles. iScribo embraces the cultural diversity of Spanish. Our tool detects different registers and corrects your documents according to your linguistic needs. Have you tried it yet? Tell us about it in the comments.