Popular Spanish Names for Girls

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If you are expecting a bundle of joy wrapped in pink soon, you might be looking for a list of popular Spanish names for girls. Or perhaps you are a woman learning Spanish and have been tasked with choosing a “Spanish name”? This list of girl names in Spanish will help you choose something both beautiful and meaningful.

Top Girl Names in Spanish

Here is a list of 20 of the most popular girl names in Spanish. Certain names like Sofia, Isabel and Olivia have surged to the top of the charts over the last few years while others, such as María and Laura, are classics and have remained popular choices for decades. There are also a few spunky and exotic names, such as Ariana and Maya, which made it onto the list.

  1. Sofía
    A Greek saint as well as the name of several queens of Russia and Spain, Sofia is elegant and timeless. Famous Colombian actress Sofía Vergara shares this name.
  1. Isabel
    This name, borne by several queens of Spain, is the Spanish form of “Elizabeth” and has returned to the top of the name charts. Isabel has a few spelling variations such as Isabelle and Isabella. Renowned Chilean-American author, Isabel Allende, shares this name.
  1. Olivia
    Being the Latin word for “olive tree,” you wouldn’t think that “Olivia” would have reached such heights on the name charts. However, the name was popularized by the beautifully wealthy countess in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
  1. Alejandra
    This is the Spanish version of the name “Alexandra” and is regaining popularity after it peaked in the 1990s. Several Latin-American actresses and athletes have this name.
  1. Camila
    This ancient Roman name comes comes from the myth of Camilla, a maiden who became a warrior. Legend says she could run so fast across a field that she would barely bend a blade of grass.
  1. Valeria
    Although the English version of this name, “Valerie” peaked in the 1970s and 80s, the Spanish version “Valeria” remains a popular name for girls.
  1. Laura
    With a strong literary background, tried and true “Laura” is a strong, feminine name. Although it has dropped in favor among names in the United States, it remains a popular choice for girls in Spanish-speaking countries.
  1. Ximena/Jimena
    This Hebrew name is the equivalent to male name “Simon” and has gained popularity in Latin America over the last several years. A variety of Spanish-speaking actresses bear this name.
  1. Victoria
    This classic, refined name came from the ancient Roman goddess of victory but was made famous by the long-reigning British queen.
  1. Gabriela
    This is the feminine variation of the biblical name “Gabriel” and can also be spelled with a double L, “Gabriella.” As it says in the bible, the archangel “Gabriel,” appeared to announce Mary’s pregnancy with the Christ child. Argentine tennis star, Gabriela Sabatini, shares this name.
  1. Sara
    This classic, biblical name comes from the Old Testament, as Sara was the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac. “Sarah” is a more modern and popular spelling, especially in the United States.
  1. Daniela
    Riding the popularity wave of names such as Ella, Stella, Bella, Gabriella, and Isabella, Daniela, also spelled “Daniella” has become very modern over the last 20 years. Several Spanish-speaking actresses bear this name.
  1. Julieta
    From Shakespeare's beloved story of Romeo and Juliet, the timelessness of the name “Julieta” has kept it at the top of the name charts for many years. The American-born Mexican singer-songwriter, Julieta Venegas, wears this name proudly.
  1. Natalia
    The Spanish version of the English names, “Natalie” and “Natasha,” the more colorful sounding Natalia has become a popular choice in Spain, Portugal and even Russia. Several Slavic and Spanish actresses bear this name.
  1. María
    Arguably the most classic and timeless name, María, the Spanish version of “Mary,” remains a top contender as the most popular girl’s name in history. As many people of Latin American or Spanish heritage are given two names, María is most commonly the first name, followed by a more modern second name, such as María Isabella. The famous Italian educator and philosopher, María Montessori, bore this name.
  1. Maya/Maia
    This modern, mystical name means “great” in Latin and “illusion” in Sanskrit. It is a diminutive of the Spanish name “Amalia” but stands alone as a predominant first name among girls.
  1. Ariana
    The super trendy, Italian name Ariana, with it’s equally popular spelling “Arianna,” has drastically climbed the name charts along with the rising stardom of pop princess, Ariana Grande.
  1. Lucia
    The Latin word for “light,” the name Lucia was historically given to girls born at sunrise. This is the Spanish equivalent of the more short, peppy name “Lucy.”
  1. Andrea
    In Spanish speaking countries, this Greek name is the female version “Andrew.” However, in Italy, “Andrea” is the male form of the name “Andrew.” This gives “Andrea” some unisex qualities depending on the country you travel to.
  1. Catalina
    The Spanish variation of the classic name, “Catherine” and the more modern, “Caitlin,” Catalina has a more exotic sound. Historical figure, Catalina de Aragon, Spanish-born queen of England and first wife to King Henry VII, was adored by her people for being kind and pious. The popular Los Angeles Catalina Island has also brought about more use of the name.

These names, although not on the top 20 list, are still strong in popularity among Spanish speakers. Here you will find a variety of classic names like Renata and Antonia, as well as more modern ones like, Zoe and Alexa.

  1. Emma
  2. Regina
  3. Micaela
  4. Mariana
  5. Zoe
  6. Samantha
  7. Valentina
  8. Paula
  9. Nicole
  10. Fernanda
  11. Mia
  12. Ana Sofía
  13. Amanda
  14. Elena
  15. Renata
  16. Violeta
  17. Antonia
  18. Jazmín
  19. Julia
  20. Abigail
  21. Luciana
  22. Alma
  23. Guadalupe
  24. Miranda
  25. Juliana
  26. Alexa
  27. Elisa
  28. Luna
  29. Carla

Now that you have a variety of lovely Spanish girl names to choose from, you can pick the perfect one for yourself or for your little girl.