Spanish Names

The Spanish usually have one Christian name (nombre) and two surnames (apellidos). In many cases, the Christian name is double-barrelled, such as María José or the popular Juan Carlos. Unlike many countries, the Spanish possess two surnames. This is because when a girl marries, she does not give up her surname but keeps it and just adds it to that of her husband. The two surnames are then passed on to the children. Spain is a Roman Catholic country, and a lot of importance has always been placed on a persons Saint Day or Name Day. In the past, they were more important than birthdays and babies names in Spanish often reflected this fact. Gifts and cards used to be given to a person on this day, although this practice is gradually dying out and the birthday is becoming the more important celebration. As with other Christian countries, many names in use today originate from the Bible. The practice of giving children the name of a famous saint or martyr has always been strongly encouraged by the Church. Some of these saints appear in the New Testament, where the names are generally either Hebrew (for example Juan and María) or Greek (such as Lucas or Pedro). Old Testament names, predominantly Hebrew in origin, include Adán (Adam), Eva (Eve) and Rut (Ruth). Being a Roman Catholic country, there is also a class of feminine names which are given in honour of the Virgin Mary. Dolores and Mercedes are taken from the titles of Mary, whilst others such as Concepción, Inmaculada and Anunciación refer to events in her life. Germanic tribes once ruled much of Spain and their influence on names still remains. Carlos, Luís and Matilda are Spanish equivalents of names adopted from the Germanic tribes. A long period of Muslim rule also left its legacy as far as names are concerned. The female name Almudena (as in the Cathedral of Almudena, Madrid) is derived from the Arabic al-madinat, meaning the city. Times are slowly changing and many present day Spaniards are adopting some of the more modern names used in other countries, including those of pop, film or sports stars.

Spanish Name Days

Certain names do appear several times, Juan (John) for example, as there were several saints called John (The Baptist, Bosco etc.)

January

1: Manuel, Emanuel, Jesús 2: Gregorio, Astrid, Basilio, Emma 3: Daniel, Genova/Genoveva, Jennifer, Florencio, Prisciliano 4: Eugenio 5: Amada, Simón, Simona, Emiliana 6: Baltasar, Gaspar, Reyes, Adoración, Epifanía, Raymundo 7: Amadeo, Raimundo, Aquiles, Luciano 8: Maximino, Eladio 9: Julián, Pedro 10: Gonzalo, Marciano, Alda, Aldo, Vilma, Hortensia 11: Alejandro, Guillermo, Hortensia, Higinia, Higinio, Modesto 12: Alfredo, Tatiana, Tania, Hilario 13: Verónica, Milagros 14: Félix, Gil 15: Mauro, Raquel, Marcelo 16: Odette, Oto, Priscila 17: Alba, Antonio, Mariana, Mariano, Alfredo 18: Florida, Beatriz, Mario, Pia 19: Mario, Vicente, Sebastián 20: Fabián 21: Vicente 22: Domingo, Imanol, Emma, Gaudencio 23: Alberto, Ildefonso, Alberta, Armando, María Paz, Xenia 24: Francisco, Paz, Feliciano 25: Elvira, Paula, Timoteo 26: Paula , Tito, Gonzalo 27: Ángela, Tomás, Valerio 28: Tomas, Pedro 29: Valeria, Valerio, Martina 30: Alejandro 31: Juan

February

1: Cecilio 2: Catalina, Aída, Felipe, Ayuda, Candelaria, Purificación, Néstor 3: Oscar, Blas, Adelina 4: Gilberto, Isidro, Verónica, Juana 5: Isaac, Ágata, Águeda 6: Gonzalo, Amando, Amanda, Silvano 7: Moisés, Ricardo 8: Jerónimo, Lucio, Elisanda 9: Donato, Sabino, Reinaldo, Apolonia 10: Guillermo, Amancio, Arnaldo, Arnau 11: Dante, Lourdes, Adolfo 12: Modesto, Eulalia 13: Cristian, Benigno 14: Dionisio, Valentín, Valentina, Odile 15: Georgia, Georgina, Faustino 16: Elías, Samuel, Isaías, Jeremías 17: Constanza, Rómulo, Alexis 18: Lucio, Simeón 19: Álvaro, Conrado, Almudina, Gabino, Gabina 20: Eleuterio 21: Irene, Pedro 22: Margarita, Leonor 23: Lázaro, Romance 24: Modesto 25: Cesáreo, Dióscoro 26: Néstor 27: Gabriel, Gabriela, Baldomero 28: Román, Leandro, Romano

March

1: Federico, Rosendo, Eudoxia, Eudoxio 2: Enrique, Pablo, Enriqueta, Heraclio 3: Medín, Rosendo 4: Francisca, Arcadio, Casimiro, Eugenio 5: Juan José 6: Humberto, Olegario, Judith, Nina 7: Clotilde, Felicidad 8: Juan 9: Cándido, Francisca 10: Andrés, Macario 11: Ramiro, Oria 12: Josefina, Maximiliano, Fina 13: Patricia, Rodrigo, Ramiro 14: Jacobo, Matilde, Florentina 15: César, Luis, Raimundo, Madrona 16: Abrahan, Clemente 17: Patricio 18: Narciso, Salvador 19: José, Marcos, Josefa 20: Alejandra, Claudia 21: Clemencia, Fabiola, Nicolás 22: Sergio, Octaviano 23: Fidel, Oriol, Victoriano, José 24: Delmiro, Edelmira, Edelmiro, Timolao 25: Abel, Gloria, Encarnación, Rebeca, Anunciación, Maite, Humberto 26: Braulio, Diego 27: Ruperto, Lilia, Alejandro 28: Esperanza, Gundelina 29: Jonas, Segundo 30: Quirino 31: Amós, Benjamín

April

1: Venancio 2: Ofelia, Francisco 3: Sixto 4: Isidoro, Platón 5: Emilia, Vicente 6: Celso, Diógenes 7: Donato, Juan 8: Dionisio, Amancio 9: Hugo, Casilda, Eusequio 10: Ezequiel 11: Gema, Oria, Estanislao 12: Andrés, Damián, Julio 13: Martín, Hermenegildo 14: Lamberto 15: Máximo, Aníbal 16: Engracia, Bernadeta 17: Rodolfo, Anicéto 18: Perfecto 19: León, Crescencio 20: Inés, Víctor 21: Anselmo 22: Teodoro, Alexander, Apeles 23: Adalberto, Jorge 24: Leoncio, Honorio, Honoria, Fidel 25: Antonio, Antonieta, Marco, Marcia, Erminío, Herminío 26: Basilio, Marcelino, Engracia, Isidoro 27: Montserrat, Zita 28: Amado, Pedro 29: Teodora, Karen, Katia, Wilfredo, Catalina 30: Jaime, Amador, Pía, Pío

May

1: Berta, Tamar, Tamara, Oroncio, Andeoro, Teodardo, Paciencia 2: Germán, Araceli, Atanasio, Vindemial, Exuperio, Zoé, Mafalda 3: Juvenal, Violeta, Evencio , Teódulo, Alejandro, Estela, Felipe 4: Florián, Froilán, Lidón, Silvano, Paulino, Porfirio 5: Adrián, Silvano, Niceto, Ángelica 6: Domingo, Evodio, Protógenes, Judith 7: Augusto, Flavio, Gisela 8: Acacio 9: Gregorio, Hermas, Geroncio 10: Job, Solange, Gordiano 11: Estela, Favio, Amparo, Poncio, Eudaldo, Iluminado, Anastasio 12: Domingo, Nerea, Nereo, Aquileo, Flavia, Domitila 13: Imelda, Fátima 14: Matías, Corona, Cora, Henedina, Alba, Gemma 15: Cecilio, Eufrasia, Isidro, Torcuato, Indalecio 16: Brenda, Ubaldo, Honorato 17: Eric, Erica, Pascual 18: Alejandra, Félix, Próspero 19: Celestina, Celestino, Crispín 20: Orlando, Baudilio, Asterio 21: Constantino, Virginia, Giselle, Valente 22: Emilio, Rita, Rosana 23: Miguel, Mercurial, Eufebio, Humildad, Desiderio 24: Rocío, Susana, Auxiliadora, Providencia, Ester 25: Valentín, Valentina, Sonia 26: Felipei, Zacarías 27: Carolina 28: Agustín, Bernardo, Emilio, Germán 29: Alejandro, Justo, Teodosia 30: Fernando, Estela, Fernanda, Hernán, Lorena, Hernando 31: Visitación, Petronila, Amelia, Avelina

June

1: Alta, Graciano, Laura, Candelaria, Gracia, Jimena, Inigo 2: Erasmo, Marcelino, Blandina, Edelmira, Ausonia 3: Oliva, Kevin, Cecilio, Davino, Clotilde, Luciniano 4: Emma, Quirino, Ruth, Saturnina, Noemí 5: Eloisa, Marcia, Igor, Valeria, Nicanor, Doroteo, Bonifacio 6: Norberto, Artemio, Amancio, Cándida, Ismael 7: Roberto 8: Giraldo 9: Blanca, Primo, Feliciano, Diana, Efraín 10: Amalia, Amelia, Getulio, Críspulo, Asterio, Trinidad, Máximo 11: Benito, Bernabé, Aléida 12: Nazario, Olimpo, Cirilo 13: Antonio, Antonia, Joel , Andoni 14: Félix, Eliseo, Digna 15: Lidia, Vito, Landelino, Libia, Benilde, Eutrópia, Crescencia 16: Ciro, Aquilino, Aureliano, Siro, Alina, Regina, Regis 17: Ismael, Isauro, Montano 18: Justo, Marceliano, Marina 19: Aurora 20: Elia, Silverio, Macario 21: Luis, Demetria, Terencio, Raul, Gina, Koldo, Rodolfo 22: Albano, Paulino 23: Alicia, Apolo, Inmaculada, Walter, Agripina 24: Juan, Juana, Ivana, Joan, Jon, Iván, Jean 25: Salomón, Guillermo 26: Virgilio, Pelayo, Antelmo, Alicia 27: Socorro, Zoilo, Ladislao, Anecto, Sansón 28: Marcela 29: Ciro, David, Siro, Paola, Pablo, Pedro 30: Marcial, Leonila

July

1: Aarón, Esther, Luz 2: Visitación, Martiniano, Vidal, Teodorico, Teobaldo 3: Tomás, Heliodoro, Jacinto, Amable, Enrique 4: Berta, Elizabeth, Laureano, Isabel, Inocencio 5: Filomena, Filomeno, Zoa 6: Isaías, Dominica, Rómulo 7: Fermín, Roberto, Odón, Germano, Peregrino 8: Adrián, Edgar, Marina, Priscila 9: Milagros, Verónica 10: Cristóbal, Silvano, Honorato 11: Benito, Olga, Abundio, Sabino 12: Paulina, Oliverio 13: Eugenio, Sara, Joel 14: Camila, Vladimiro, Camilo 15: Carmelo, Carmela, Hilario, Hilaria, Fausto 16: Carmen, Marcelina, Generosa 17: Elías 18: Emiliano, Federico, Luz 19: Aurea, Aureo 20: Elías, Elisa 21: Angelina, Angelines, Lorenza, Daniel, Julia 22: Teófila, Zoraida, Magdalena, Zaida, Primitiva 23: Brigida, Teresa, Boris 24: Cristina 25: Jaime, Santiago 26: Ana, Joaquín 27: Cucufate, Natalia 28: Celso 29: Marta, Olavo 30: Abdón 31: Ignacio

August

1: Alfonso, Dalmau 2: Angeles, Eusebio 3: Gustavo, Lídia 4: Juan María 5: Africa, Blanca, Nieves 6: Salvador 7: Cayetano 8: Domingo 9: Edith 10: Lorenzo 11: Clara, Filomena, Susana 12: Herculano 13: Aurora, Hipólito 14: Atanasia 15: Asunción, Estrella, María, Paloma, José 16: Roque 17: Isaac, Jacinto 18: Elena 19: Magín 20: Bernardo 21: Sidonio 22: Reina 23: Rosa 24: Bartolomé 25: Ginés 26: Ceferino 27: Mónica 28: Agustín 29: Sabina 30: Gaudencia 31: Raimón, Ramón

September

1: Arturo, Egidio, Gil 2: Raquel, Antolín 3: Dorotea 4: Moisés, Rosalía 5: Eudosio 6: Eva, Fausto 7: Regina 8: Adela, Meritxell, Nuria 9: Claustro, Felicia 10: Nicolás 11: Patiens 12: Dulce, María 13: Juan 14: Exaltación 15: Aurora, Dolores 16: Rogelio 17: Ariadna, Columba, Roberto 18: Sofía 19: Nilo 20: Eustaquio 21: Mateo, Mauricio 22: Digna, Inocencio 23: Tecla, Lina, Lino 24: Gerardo, Mercedes 25: Dalmacio 26: Cosme, Damián 27: Florentino, Vicente 28: Wenceslao 29:Gabriel, Miguel, Rafael 30: Jerónimo

October

1: Teresa 2: Angeles Custodios 3: Francisco, Cándido 4: Francisco 5: Gala, Plácido 6: Bruno 7: Rosario 8: Salud, Thaís 9: Abrahan, Dionisio 10: Tomás 11: Begona 12: Pilar, Serafín 13: Eduardo 14: Calixto 15: Teresa 16: Margarita, María 17: Ignacio 18: Lucas 19: Laura 20: Academia, Irene 21: Griselda, Ursula 22: Salomé 23: Servando 24: Antonio 25: Bernardo 26: Evaristo 27: Capitolina 28: Judas, Simón, Tadeo 29: Narciso 30: Bienvenida, Claudio 31: Quintin

November

1: Benigno, Penélope 2: Jorge, Gorka 3: Ermengol, Silvia 4: Carlos, Carlota, Carolina 5: Zacarías, Elisabet, Isabel 6: Leonardo 7: Carina, Ernesto 8: Severiano 9: Teodoro 10: Almudena, León 11: Martín 12: Aurelio 13: Leandro, Diego 14: Teodoto, Clemente 15: Alberto, Leopoldo 16: Edmundo, Margarita 17: Gertrudis, Hilda, Isabel, Victoria 18: Aurelio 19: Crispino, Fausto 20: Félix, Lucrecia, Ocatavio 21: Demetrio, Fructuoso, Piedad 22: Cecilia 23: Clemente 24: Flora 25: Erasmo 26: Juan 27: Auxilio 28: Rufo 29: Saturnino 30: Andrés

December

1: Adelaida, Eloy, Hugo 2: Elisa, Elsa 3: Francisco Javier, María 4: Bárbara 5: Crispina 6: Nicolás 7: Ambrosio 8: Concepción, Inmaculada, Pura 9: Juan 10: Eulalia 11: Dámaso 12: Chantal, Guadalupe 13: Lucía 14: Juan, Nicasio, Pompeyo 15: Fortunato, Cristina 16: Albina 17: Lázaro, Yolanda 18: Esperanza, Macarena 19: Darío 20: Ptolomeo 21: Pedro 22: Floro 23: Juan 24: Delfín, Társila 25: Belén, Eugenia, Natividad 26: Esteban 27: Teófanos 28: Abel 29: Davíd 30: Raúl 31: Silvestre