Bonita, Feliciti, Eldora- don’t these names sound sugary sweet? What’s more, they have wonderful meanings. What are they? We’ll tell you in our list of the most beautiful Spanish girls’ names!
Spanish is spoken not only in Spain but also in Central and South America. This makes Spain one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. There are about 330 million native speakers in Spain and South America. If you add those who speak Spanish as a second or third language, you get as many as 420 million people worldwide. By comparison, German is “only” spoken as a native or second language by 130 million people worldwide.
Spanish first names are therefore widespread in many countries. We are also familiar with Spanish first names through international series and films. Nevertheless, they are rare in this country – and therefore special.
Often Spanish first names have a religious background. Names with biblical origins are very popular in Catholic Spain. Some names are also known from mythology or inspired by Spanish royalty. In addition, Spanish first names can also be traced back to places or plants.
We have listed our favorites below – including their meaning.
- Adora: the adored, the desired one
- Agueda Iberian variant of Agatha; meaning: the kind-hearted one
- Alba dawn, daybreak
- Aldonza the good-natured, the lovely
- Aleja Spanish female short form of Alejandro, the Spanish variant of Alexander; meaning: the one who fends off (foreign) men, the protector
- Alejandra Spanish female variant of Alexander; meaning: the (foreign) man repeller, the protector
- Alma the soul
- Ana Spanish variant of Anna; meaning: the graceful, the lovely, the graced one
- Ángela angel
- Arabella the graceful beauty, the small/beautiful Arabian, the Arabian beauty
- Blanca Spanish variant of Bianca; meaning: the white one, the shining one, the radiant one
- Bonita the beauty, the pretty
- Buena the good
- Candela the shining one, the fiery one; also: spanish name for the feast of Maria Lichtmess
- Carmen the praise song, also: the orchar
- Cayetana tree ring
- Chiquita the little girl
- Concepción conception, the conceived one; refers to Mary’s immaculate conception
- Conchita conceived, the conception; refers to the immaculate conception of Mary
- Cristina the Christian, the Christian woman
- Duena the protective attendant
- Eldora the one coming from El Dorado, the golden one, also: gift of the sun
- Elodia wealth, prosperity, God’s fullness in form
- Esmeralda emerald, (green) gemstone
- Estrella star
- Felicidad happiness
- Feliciti great luck
- Fermina the strong
- Fernanda spanish female variant of Ferdinand; meaning: the bold protector
- Filia the daughter
- Francisca Spanish feminine variant of Francis; meaning: the little Frenchwoman, belonging to the tribe of the Franks
- Imelda Catalan variant of Irmhild; meaning: the great fighter
- Inés Spanish variant of Agnes; meaning: the pure, the holy, the consecrated one
- Inocencia the innocent
- Isabelita God’s oath
- Jacinta the pearl
- Jimena sometimes translated as Simone; meaning: the one heard by God
- Juana Spanish feminine variant of John/Johannes; meaning: God is gracious
- Leticia the joy, the cheerful one
- Lucia, Lucía the shining one, the light-bringer, the one born at dawn
- Luna moon
- Lupita short form of Guadalupe, originally the name of a place in Spain; meaning: river of wolves
- Luz the shining one, the light
- Macaria the blessed, the blessed one
- Manuela Spanish female variant of Emanuel/Immanuel; meaning: God is with us
- Marisol daughter of the sun, beloved child of the sun, also: lonely Maria
- Montserrat jagged mountain; derived from the name of a mountain near Barcelona (Mons Serratus)
- Nuria, Núria the light-bearer, the light of God
- Palmira the pilgrim
- Paloma the dove
- Perla the pearl
- Pita short form of Lupita; meaning: wolf river
- Querida darling, my love
- Ramira Spanish female variant of the Old High German name Reinmar/Reimar; meaning: the wise and famous, the famous army leader, the decision maker
- Ramona Spanish female variant of Raimund; meaning: the advisor, the protector, the fighter in the army
- Raquel Spanish variant of the biblical-Hebrew name Rachel; meaning: the ewe
- Reyna the queen
- Ricarda Spanish female variant of Richard; meaning: the powerful ruler
- Rocío morning dew
- Sierra mountains, mountain range
- Sol sun
- Verda the truth
- Ximena the one heard by God
- Yesenia the flower, like a flower
- Ynez, Ynéz the pure, the holy, the consecrated one
The peculiarity of Spanish girls’ names
Spanish belongs to the Romance languages and contains many vowels. Therefore, Spanish first names sound particularly melodic and beautiful.
Occasionally, Spanish first names have accents. This marks the accentuation (for example Ynéz). These accents give a name a special character. However, these accents can also lead to spelling mistakes. After all, they are rather unusual in Germany. You should therefore consider whether you choose a name with or without an accent. You can also adjust the spelling and omit accents to avoid misunderstandings.
Either way: Before you decide on a Spanish first name, you should be clear about the correct pronunciation. The pronunciation is very different from ours. At best, you should ask a native speaker to help you with the pronunciation.
Why Spanish girls’ names are a good choice
Since many Spanish names have their origins in Christianity, Latin or ancient Greek, they are often found in similar variants in other European languages. As an example: Alejandra – Alexandra. Therefore, they sound special, yet familiar to our ears. They are fresh and modern and a great alternative to rather dusty classic names in this country. In Spanish, many names simply sound more melodic.
By the way
Until 1994, it was forbidden in Spain to give newborns foreign first names, as long as there was a common version of the name in Spanish. As an example: Alexandra – Alejandra. However, names for which no Spanish form exists were allowed.
In general, Spaniards are more restricted in naming than German parents. The following rules, among others, apply to naming:
- First names must not harm the child (although this should be self-evident anyway).
- The gender must be clear from the name.
- A maximum of two simple or one compound first names may be given. More than two first names are not allowed.
- Siblings must have different first names (different variants of the same name are also not allowed).