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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Although the English version of this name, “Valerie” peaked in the 1970s and 80s, the Spanish version “Valeria” remains a popular name for girls.
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.
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.
This classic, refined name came from the ancient Roman goddess of victory but was made famous by the long-reigning British queen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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.