9 Beautiful Spanish Names
Spanish baby names are muy caliente—especially for the girls! The most popular recent baby girl names (Sophia, Isabella, Eva/Ava) all have the Spanish flair. We've rounded up the best of them. Find one you love for your little amor.
A handsome name with many notable bearers throughout history, from Mexican filmmakers to Argentinean presidents, this Spanish form of Alexander, meaning “defender,” has risen in popularity in recent years.
The not-so-obvious Spanish equivalent of James, Diego has made a steady climb in the States since the 1970s, and is now in the top 100 list. Its best-known namesake is Diego Rivera, the famous Latin-American painter, and the name’s worldly, yet recognizable, appeal extends well beyond Spanish-speaking circles.
This ever-popular Hispanic name entered the American mainstream via Disney’s animated film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and is now widely popular in the US. Meaning “emerald,” and also spelled Esmerelda, Esme makes for a super-cute nickname; Emmy is a subtler option.
This Spanish variation of Eve, meaning “life,” has suddenly skyrocketed in the States, perhaps thanks to the fame of actresses Eva Mendes and Eva Longoria. For a slight twist on this name, try Avait’s ranked as the fifth most popular baby girl’s name for 2011.
The second most popular girl’s name of 2011 in the US, Isabella’s rise has been fairly recent (it was #1 in 2010). A classic Italian and Spanish name, many European queens have worn it well; it also has literary cred, from Shakespeare to the Twilight series. Nickname possibilities include Izzy and Bella. Cute!
A Biblical name meaning “hero of god,” Gabriel is the angel who presides over Paradise. Landing in the 24th most popular spot in 2011, the traditionally Spanish name has become a celeb-parent favorite—Mia Farrow and Mick Jagger both chose it for their sons—and shortens to nickname Gabe.
The most common name in all Spanish-speaking countries and the Latin form of Mary, Maria has a longstanding popularity in the US, as well. Cross-culturally current, with an enduring appeal (who doesn’t love the famous West Side Story song?), Maria will be well-loved for many generations to come.
A combination of the names Maria and Sol, this long popular Hispanic name means “sun.” The name given to one of the American Girl dolls, Marisol’s unusual sound and worldly appeal make it ripe for going mainstream.
Popular in Spanish-speaking countries, Natalia is a cross-cultural name (it’s also popular in Russia!) that adds interest to the more straight-forward Natalie. Meaning “born on Christmas Day”, this name has a festive feel, and shortens to nickname Talia.
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