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100 Charming Brazilian Names for Boys

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These Brazilian names for boys are as strong and interesting as the people of Brazil.

Looking for Brazilian boy names? Whether you want to keep your heritage alive, or you visited Brazil and love it, there are many choices for Brazilian names for boys! Brazil has influences from around the world, and the names that are popular there reflect the Portuguese, Italian, Latin American, African, and other influences on the country.

There are also lovely indigenous names that originated in Brazil itself. Whatever your family holds dear and important, you’re sure to find a Brazilian boy name that reflects your values and dreams for him.


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100 Popular Brazilian Names for Boys

These Brazilian boy names invoke the strength and beauty of this amazing country.

Abilo

A short, punchy name, Abilo reflects many admirable qualities! Parents who value a capable and successful son may want to consider this Brazilian boy name for their baby.

  • Origin: Portuguese
  • Meaning: One who is skilled and proficient in whatever he does
  • Popularity: Abilo is a rare name.
Inspirational

Abrahan

Although its variation Abraham is a more common name, Abrahan is a unique form. It would be perfect for a religious family, who may want to remember God’s promise to Abraham that he would be the father of many nations.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Father of a multitude
  • Variations: Abraham, Abram, Avraham, Ebrahim, Ibrahim
  • Popularity: Abrahan is a rare name.
Religious

Aemilio

This version of Emilio is a unique Brazilian name for boys! Aemilio is perfect for parents who value hard work and a go-getter attitude and who want to raise a badass boy with a great work ethic.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Eager, laborious, rival
  • Variations: Emilio, Emelio, Aimil
  • Popularity: Aemilio is a rare name.
Old-fashioned, Unusual

Afonso

Afonso was the first king of Portugal and has been used as a Portuguese noble name several times since. Thanks to the Portuguese influence on Brazil, it became a popular Brazilian Portuguese name. It’s a regal, noble name for a little boy!

  • Origin: Portuguese
  • Meaning: Noble and ready
  • Pronunciation: a-FON-soo
  • Variations: Alonzo
  • Namesakes: Afonso Alves, a Brazilian soccer player.
Classic, Heroic

Alexandre

Alexandre is a version of Alexander, popular in the French, Portuguese, Catalan, and Galician languages. Because of its definition and association with Alexandre Dumas and his novel The Three Musketeers, it’s a heroic-sounding name for a little guy!

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Defender of humanity
  • Variations: Alexander, Alex, Aleksander, Alessandro, Alejandro, Alastair
  • Namesakes: Alexandre Baptista, a Portuguese soccer player. Alexandre Dumas, a French writer. Alexandre Sarnes Negrão, a Brazilian race car driver.
Elegant, Heroic

Anastacio

Because of its religious meaning, Anastacio was often chosen by early Christians. It’s a beautiful name for parents who value the Christian faith and celebrate Christ’s resurrection.

  • Origin: Greek and Spanish
  • Meaning: Resurrection
  • Namesakes: Anastacio Martínez, a Dominican baseball pitcher. Anastacio Reyes, a Mexican basketball player
  • Popularity: Anastacio is a fairly uncommon name.
Religious

André

This variation of Andrew is popular in Brazil and comes from the Greek name Andreas, which often depicts warriors. It’s a strong, heroic name for a baby boy!

  • Origin: French, Portuguese
  • Meaning: The manly one
  • Variations: Andrew
  • Namesakes: Andre Agassi, a tennis player. Andre Braugher, an actor. Andre Benjamin, (better known as Andre 3000), an actor and musician.
  • Popularity: André is among the top 300 most popular names for baby boys in the U.S.
Strong

Antonio

Antonio is a popular name in countries that speak Romance languages. Since St. Anthony is a famous saint (and patron saint of lost things), Antonio is also a popular religious name.

  • Origin: Etruscan
  • Meaning: Invaluable, flower
  • Variations: Anthony, Antonello, Tonio, Nello, Nino, Totò, Tony, Anton
  • Namesakes: Antonio Banderas, a Spanish actor. Antonio Cavallucci, an Italian painter. Antônio Meneses, a Brazilian cellist.
  • Popularity: Antonio is one of the most popular boy names in Brazil.
Classic, Popular, Traditional

Arthur

Although Arthur sounds like a very English name, it’s popular in Brazil. The name is often used in literature for kings – the most famous being the legendary King Arthur. It’s an excellent name for a family that loves ancient stories and wants to impart a sense of nobility in their son’s name.

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Big bear, strong as a bear
  • Variations: Art, Artie, Artur, Arturo
  • Namesakes: Arthur Ashe, a tennis player. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a British writer. Sir Arthur Wellesley, the military commander who defeated Napoleon.
  • Popularity: Arthur is increasing in popularity in the U.S. and is now among the top 200 most popular names.
Classic

Augusto

Often, when a name becomes popular, as August did, parents will look for other versions, so Augusto is on the rise as well! It’s a majestic name fit for a king or your very own little prince.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Sacred, majestic
  • Pronunciation: ow-GOOS-too
  • Variations: August, Augustus, Augustine, Agustin, Auguste, Augustin
  • Namesakes: Augusto Bruno da Silva, a Brazilian soccer player. Augusto Inácio, a Portuguese soccer player.
Vintage
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Benício

Although Benício is an uncommon name, it spiked in popularity when actor Benicio del Toro became famous. It’s a lyrical-sounding name with a beautiful connotation and is a stunning choice for parents who want to impart a sense of grace and good character to their son.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: A blessed, good man, benevolent one
  • Pronunciation: Beh-NEE-syo
  • Variations: Benedict, Benito, Bennie, Bennito
  • Namesakes: Benecio del Toro, a Puerto Rican actor.
  • Popularity: Benício is a rare name.
Elegant, Unusual

Benison

Benison is an unusual name that’s not often heard outside of Brazil. It would be a great option if you’re looking for common nicknames like Ben, but want your child’s actual name to be special and unique.

  • Origin: Brazilian
  • Meaning: Blessing, benediction
  • Pronunciation: ben-uh-ZUHN
  • Popularity: Benison is a rare name.
Unique

Benjamim

Benjamim is a great option if you want a name that people will know how to pronounce, but want a unique twist on an old favorite. Because Benjamin was the youngest of Jacob’s sons, it’s also a good name for the youngest son in the family.

  • Origin: Portuguese
  • Meaning: Son of happiness, son of the right hand
  • Pronunciation: ben-ZHA-mim
  • Variations: Benjamin, Ben, Benny, Benito, Benj, Benji
  • Popularity: Although Benjamin is among the top 10 most popular boy names in the U.S., Benjamim doesn’t fall within the top 1000.
Unusual, Religious

Bento

Bento is a shortened version of Benedito, a lovely name that’s easy for little kids to spell and pronounce as they’re learning to write. Most parents want their children to be “well-spoken of,” so Bento could be perfect for a family that wants to encourage their child’s good character!

  • Origin: Portuguese
  • Meaning: Blessed, well-spoken of
  • Pronunciation: BEN-to
  • Variations: Benedito, Benedict
  • Namesakes: Bento Gonçalves da Silva, a Brazilian revolutionary and leader of the Ragamuffin War. Bento Teixeira, a Portuguese-Brazilian poet.
Cute

Bernardo

Bernardo is a Shakespearean character in Hamlet, and a character in West Side Story, based on another Shakespearean play. It’s a great name for a literature-loving family!

  • Origin: Portuguese
  • Meaning: Strong, brave as a bear
  • Namesakes: Bernardo Bertolucci, an Italian film director. Bernardo Frizoni, a Brazilian soccer player.
  • Popularity: Bernardo is the 6th most popular boys’ name in Brazil.
Classic

Bietio

Bietio is a variation of Benedict that isn’t heard much in the U.S. It’s a great, short name for a family that wants to celebrate the blessings of their little boy!

  • Origin: Galician
  • Meaning: Blessed
  • Pronunciation: bee-AY-to
  • Variations: Benedict, Ben, Benedictus, Bennie, Benny, Benito
Cute, Unusual

Bruno

Bruno wasn’t a popular name until the blockbuster song from the Disney movie Encanto – We Don’t Talk About Bruno. The character in the movie is quiet and perceptive, and it will be interesting to see if the song leads to a rise in popularity.

  • Origin: Old High German
  • Meaning: Tanned, brown, dark
  • Namesakes: Bruno Tonioli, an Italian dancer and Dancing With The Stars judge. Bruno Rezende, a Brazilian volleyball player
Classic

Caio

Caio is the Brazilian form of the Latin name Caius, which belonged to several prominent religious figures, including martyrs and saints. It’s a great, cheerful name and a nice one for a spiritual family.

  • Origin: Latin, Portuguese
  • Meaning: Joyful, rejoicing
  • Namesakes: Caio Blat, a Brazilian actor. Caio Collet, a Brazilian racing driver
  • Popularity: Caio is a rare name.
Free-spirited, Unusual

Carlos

Carlos belonged to four Spanish kings, making it a noble Brazilian boy’s name! It’s a trendy name in Spanish-speaking countries, but it’s also a popular name in the U.S.

  • Origin: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Meaning: Free-man
  • Pronunciation: KAHR-lohs
  • Variations: Charles, Carl, Carlo, Carlito
  • Namesakes: Carlos Santana, a Mexican musician. Carlos Mencia, a comedian.
  • Popularity: Carlos is most prevalent in Brazil, but the name is also in the top 200 most popular names in the U.S.
Popular, Classic

César

César was perhaps made most famous by Julius Caesar, ruler of the Roman Empire. Later, Caesar Octavianus ruled, and now the name Cesar is considered a noble name for a boy.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: The king with long hair
  • Pronunciation: SEH-zur
  • Namesakes: Cesar Millan, a TV personality and “dog whisperer.” Cesar Romero, a Cuban-American film and television actor.
Old-fashioned
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Cipriano

Cipriano belonged to a bishop who was an early Christian writer and martyr in the early days of the Church. It would be a memorable name for a family that valued learning and writing and wanted a name connected to religious role models.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Someone from Cyprus
  • Variations: Cipri, Cipro, Cipriani
Unusual

Cristiano

Cristiano began to rise in popularity when Cristiano Ronaldo became famous as a soccer player. It’s a variation of the name Christian and makes a good name for religious families or parents who love sport.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: A Christian man
  • Pronunciation: kri-stee-AA-noh
  • Variations: Christian, Cristian, Kristian, Christiaan, Krystian
  • Namesakes: Cristiano Ronaldo, a Portuguese soccer player.
  • Popularity: Cristiano didn’t appear on U.S. name charts until 2011, but it’s very popular in Brazil.
Religious

Damião

Damião is a more unusual variation of the more common name, Damian. It’s a fun, carefree name that celebrates victory. It would make a great Brazilian name for boys!

  • Origin: Portuguese
  • Meaning: Winner
  • Pronunciation: day-mee-OH
  • Variations: Damian
  • Namesakes: Damião de Góis, a Portuguese humanist philosopher. Damião Experiença, a Brazilian musician.
Unique

Davi

Davi may not be popular in the U.S., but it’s very popular in Brazil! It’s a great twist on a common name (David). If you want a name that will stand out without being completely unusual, Davi is a great option!

  • Origin: Portuguese, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Beloved
  • Pronunciation: DAH-vi
  • Variations: David, Davito, Dave, Davy
  • Namesakes: Davi Ramos, a Brazilian MMA fighter. Davi Moraes, a Brazilian musician.
  • Popularity: Davi is the 2nd most popular among Brazilian boy names.
Spiritual

Delmo

Delmo is a shortened version of Adalhelm and is meant to indicate that someone is noble and a patron or protector of others. It was popular in Europe and probably gained popularity in Brazil, thanks to the Portuguese influence.

  • Origin: Old High German
  • Meaning: Noble protector
  • Variations: Adelelmo, Adelmo, Aldelmo
  • Popularity: Delmo is an unusual name.
Strong

Diego

Diego is a popular name and a great choice for a family that values education! Diego means “teacher” or “adviser,” so it’s the perfect Brazilian boy’s name for a family that believes level-headed counsel is important.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: One who advises, teacher
  • Variations: Diogo, Santiago, Dago, Diago
  • Namesakes: Diego Rivera, a Mexican painter. Diego Torres, an Argentine singer, and composer.
  • Popularity: Diego has consistently been one of the 200 top boy names in the U.S. for the last 20 years.
Popular, Classic

Domingos

Domingos is considered a holy name. It would fit any family that believes their beautiful baby boy is a gift from God!

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: From God
  • Namesakes: Domingos Gomes, a Brazilian soccer player.
Religious

Duarte

Duarte is the Portuguese version of Edward. It would be a short, fun variation on a name more commonly heard in the U.S.

  • Origin: Portuguese
  • Meaning: Guardian of prosperity
  • Pronunciation: doo-AR-ti
  • Variations: Eduardo, Edward, Ed, Eddie, Ted, Teddie, Teddy
  • Namesakes: Duarte Nogueira, a Brazilian politician. Duarte Mendes, a Portuguese singer.
  • Popularity: Duarte is a rare name.
Strong, Stylish

Edgar

Although Edgar was originally a Scottish name, its popularity has spread, becoming a favorite among Latino families. Because of its connection with the 19th-century gothic writer Edgar Allen Poe, Edgar would be a great choice for a vintage-sounding name.

  • Origin: Scottish, English
  • Meaning: One who protects his wealth with a spear
  • Variations: Ed, Ned, Ted, Ed, Eddie, Edgardo, Edgardito
  • Namesakes: Edgar Allen Poe, a writer, and poet. Edgar Berlanga, an American boxer. Edgar Prado, a Peruvian-born American jockey.
Vintage

Eduardo

If Duarte is a fun, punchy version of Edward, Eduardo is a dignified, refined-sounding version. Although it’s been used in the U.S. since the 1800s, Eduardo is becoming more popular.

  • Origin: Portuguese, English
  • Meaning: Guardian of wealth
  • Variations: Edward, Duarte, Eduardo, Ed, Eddie
  • Namesakes: Eduardo, a Brazilian rapper. Eduardo Vargas, a soccer player.
  • Popularity: Eduardo is slowly increasing in popularity.
Stylish, Traditional
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Edvaldo

Edvaldo is probably a version of the Old English name Eadwald, which was the name of an 8th-century king. This would be a great Brazilian name for a boy in a family that enjoys medieval history and legends.

  • Origin: Portuguese, Anglo-Saxon
  • Meaning: One whose strength resides in wealth
  • Variations: Edualdo
  • Popularity: Edvaldo is a rare name.
Unusual

Eleuterio

Eleuterio is not a common name in the U.S. Its meaning makes it a heroic, victorious-sounding name that would be great for a family that values helping the less-powerful.

  • Origin: Portuguese
  • Meaning: The liberator
  • Namesakes: Eleuterio Fernández Huidobro, an Uruguayan politician, journalist, and writer. António Eleutério dos Santos, a former Portuguese soccer player.
  • Popularity: Eleuterio is a rare name.
Unique, Heroic

Emanuel

Emanuel is a beautiful religious name. It is one of the names of Jesus and is a good way for a religious family to remember that God is with them. Emanuel also has plenty of nicknames, which can be shortened when a little boy is young.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is with us
  • Pronunciation: ee-MAN-yoo-el
  • Variations: Immanuel, Manny, Mannie, Manuel, Manuelo
  • Namesakes: Emanuel Ungaro, a fashion designer. Emanuel Xavier, a writer. Emanuel Augustus, a boxer.
  • Popularity: Emanuel is most popular in Brazil, although it’s also climbing the charts in the U.S.
Religious

Eusebio

Eusebio is the Portuguese version of the Greek name Eusebius. Eusebius, the bishop of Caesarea, was a significant figure in the early Christian Church, making this a good name for a religious family.

  • Origin: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Meaning: Pious
  • Pronunciation: yoo-SAY-bee-ow
  • Variations: Eusabio, Esebio, Esabio
  • Popularity: Eusebio is a rare name.
Spiritual

Fábio

Fabio translates to “bean grower,” but can also mean “noble” – so it could indicate both a good provider and a man of good character. A generation ago, most people associated Fábio with the actor who posed for many romance novel covers in the 1980s and 90s, but that association is now fading.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Fava planter, noble
  • Pronunciation: FA-bee-yo
  • Namesakes: Fábio Lopes, a Portuguese soccer player. Fabio Lanzoni (known as Fabio), an Italian-American actor and model.
Heroic

Fernando

Fernando is a popular name in South America, and comes from the words for “journey” and “adventure.” It’s a great Brazilian male name for a family that values a spirit of exploration and adventure.

  • Origin: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Meaning: Adventurous, bold
  • Variations: Fernán, Hernando, Hernán, Fernão, Ferdinando
  • Namesakes: Fernando Valenzuela, a Major League Baseball pitcher. Fernando Collor de Mello, a Brazilian former president.
Elegant

Flávio

Flávio is a cool, exotic-sounding name that isn’t often heard in the U.S. It would be a great, unusual Brazilian name for a baby boy!

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Golden and blonde
  • Pronunciation: FLAH-vee-oh
  • Namesakes: Flavio Tosi, an Italian politician. Flavio Pimenta Alves, a Brazilian writer and film director.
Stylish

Francisco

Francisco is a popular name, especially in California, thanks to San Francisco. St. Francis is the patron saint of animals, and this would be a great Brazilian boy’s name for a baby in a family that loves animals. It also has a fun connotation that invokes the cool, hip vibe of San Francisco.

  • Origin: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Meaning: One who comes from France
  • Variations: Cesc, Paco, Pancho, Kiko, Chicho
  • Namesakes: Francisco Buarque de Hollanda (known as Chico Buarque), a Brazilian singer and writer. Francisco de Jesus, a Brazilian boxer.
  • Popularity: Francisco is among the top 300 most popular names in the U.S.
Popular, Stylish

Gabriel

Gabriel is the archangel in the Bible who announced to the Virgin Mary that she was chosen to bear the Son of God. It’s a popular religious name with many namesakes, including funny comedian Gabriel Iglesias. It can also be shortened to Gabs or Gabbie, making it a charming Brazilian name for a baby boy!

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my strength
  • Pronunciation: GAYB-ree-uhl
  • Variations: Gavril, Gabor, Gabe, Gabi
  • Namesakes: Gabriel Byrne, an Irish actor. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Colombian novelist.
  • Popularity: Gabriel is among the top five most popular Brazilian boy names.
Popular, Traditional

Gasper

Gasper is an unusual, exotic-sounding name. In the U.S., Jasper is more common, although both names aren’t heard too often. It will be a great Brazilian boy’s name if you’re looking for one that probably belongs to no one else!

  • Origin: Persian, Greek
  • Meaning: Bearer of treasure
  • Variations: Caspar, Jasper, Gaspard
  • Popularity: Gasper is a rare name.
Stylish
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Geraldo

Geraldo is a noble name that indicates a warrior. Currently, in the U.S., it’s most associated with reporter and media commentator Geraldo Rivera.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Lord of the spear
  • Pronunciation: her-AHL-doe
  • Variations: Gerald, Gearalt, Gerard
  • Namesakes: Geraldo Rivera, a journalist. Geraldo Dutra Pereira, a Brazilian soccer player.
  • Popularity: Geraldo is more popular in Brazil than anywhere else in the world.
Traditional, Stylish

Gilberto

St. Gilbert was a 12th-century English saint, and during the Middle Ages, it was often given to babies in devout families. Gilberto spread through the Iberian Peninsula and on to Brazil, where it’s a popular name today.

  • Origin: Iberian, Italian
  • Meaning: Bright pledge
  • Variations: Gilbert
  • Namesakes: Gilberto Galdino dos Santos (known as Beto), a Brazilian soccer player. Gilberto Gil, a Brazilian musician and former Minister of Culture
Elegant

Giovanni

Many popular Italian names made their way to Portugal and, from there, to Brazil. Giovanni is a religious name reminding people of the mercy of God, and would be a great Brazilian boy’s name for a spiritual family.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Mercy of God
  • Variations: Gianni, Giannetto, Giannino, Giovannino, Ioanni, Ianni
  • Namesakes: Giovanni Ribisi, an American actor. Giovanni da Verrazzano, an Italian explorer.
Elegant

Gustavo

Gustavo was a common name for Swedish monarchs, so it’s a strong and noble Brazilian name for boys! It’s also not very popular, so it’s a great choice if you want a name not everyone in his class will have.

  • Origin: Mexican, Swedish
  • Meaning: Staff of the gods, royal staff
  • Namesakes: Gustavo Alatriste, a Mexican actor, director, and producer. Gustavo Assis-Brasil, a Brazilian jazz guitarist.
Old-fashioned, Noble

Henrique

Henrique is a fun twist on the more typical Henry. Considered a noble Brazilian name for boys, Henrique offers plenty of nicknames if you want a shorter name when he’s young.

  • Origin: Old German, Portuguese
  • Meaning: Lord of home
  • Pronunciation: Ay-REE-ke
  • Variations: Henry, Enrique, Kiki, Kiko, Kike, Rick, Ricky, Kikin, Quique, Enriqueto, Enriquito
  • Namesakes: Henrique Campos, a Portuguese film director. Prince Pedro Henrique of Orléans-Braganza, emperor of Brazil.
Elegant, Traditional

Horácio

Horatio is the best friend of Hamlet in Shakespeare’s play. This variation on the name would be an excellent choice for a literature-loving family!

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Timekeeper
  • Variations: Horace, Horatio
  • Namesakes: Horacio Pagani, an Argentine sportswriter, and sportscaster.
Old-fashioned

Horado

Horado is an interesting Brazilian name for boys. It’s a lyrical name that reminds people of the value of time. It would be a great name for parents that value every minute of the time they have with their precious little one!

  • Origin: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Meaning: Timekeeper
  • Pronunciation: o-RAH-do
  • Variations: Horatius
  • Popularity: Horado is a rare name.
Unusual

Ian

Ian, which is the Scottish variation of John, is a popular name across the globe. It’s a short, strong name with plenty of famous role models to look up to. It also goes well with various last names, making it a fantastic choice for your little champ.

  • Origin: Scottish Gaelic
  • Meaning: God’s gift
  • Variations: Eion, Iain, John, Jon
  • Namesakes: Ian Fleming, a British novelist. Sir Ian McKellen, an actor.
  • Popularity: Ian is among the top 100 most popular boy names in the U.S.
Classic, Popular

Ilar

Ilar is a gender-neutral version of Hilary, although it’s more commonly used with boys. It’s perfect for a happy-go-lucky boy who brings cheer to the people around him!

  • Origin: Latin, Welsh
  • Meaning: Cheerful
  • Variations: Hilar, Ilari, Ilaria, Ilario, Ilarion, Illario
  • Popularity: Ilar is considered a very rare name.
Unusual

Inácio

Inácio is a beautiful name, perfect for a family that treasures a spunky, outspoken, go-getter little boy! It also has some adorable nicknames on offer, such as Iggy, Iggie, or Nacho. This makes a great Brazilian boy’s name that isn’t very common.

  • Origin: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Meaning: The fiery one
  • Pronunciation: ee-NAH-see-oh
  • Variations: Ignazio, Iñigo, Nacho, Iggy, Iggie, Ignacio
  • Namesakes: Manuel Inácio da Silva Alvarenga, a Brazilian poet. Luiz Inácio da Silva, the former president of Brazil.
Free-spirited
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Indibil

Indibil is a rare name that your son likely won’t share with anyone else in his class! It originates from an Iberian king who bravely defended his land, so it’s a bold, brave name to share.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Very dark-skinned
Unique

Israel

In the Bible, Israel was the name given to Jacob after he wrestled with God. It has long been an important name among Catholic and other Christian denominations. It would be a good, strong name for a little boy!

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God’s fighter
  • Pronunciation: iz-REE-uhl
  • Variations: Yisrael
  • Namesakes: Israel Machado, a Brazilian basketball player. Israel Vázquez, a Mexican boxer.
Religious, Strong

Jando

Jando is a popular name in Spanish-speaking countries and is a variation of Alexander. If you like the traditional feel of Alexander but want a less-heard, unique version of the name, Jando would be a great Brazilian boy’s name!

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Defender of mankind
  • Pronunciation: JHAAND-ow
  • Variations: Alexander
Unusual, Strong

Jaren

Jaren means a “cry of rejoicing” or “singing,” making it a beautiful Brazilian name for boys! This would be an adorable name for a family of musicians or for parents who enjoy singing to express how they feel.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Cry of rejoicing
Stylish, Free-spirited

Joaquim

Joaquim is a melodic-sounding Brazilian name for boys! It’s the Portuguese version of Joaquin, a name made famous by actor Joaquin Phoenix.

  • Origin: Portuguese
  • Meaning: Established by God
  • Variations: Joachim, Joakim, Jaquim, Quim, Quincas, Joaquín
  • Namesakes: Joaquim Gomes, a Portuguese road bicycle racer. Joaquim Leitão, a Portuguese film director.
Elegant

Jorge

Jorge is a stunning Brazilian name for boys, perfect for a family that loves nature and values growing things! George is the more popular variation of Jorge – a name well-known across the globe.

  • Origin: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Meaning: Farmer
  • Pronunciation: HOR-hay
  • Variations: George, Georgi, Giorges, Jurge
  • Namesakes: Jorge, a Brazilian musician, and singer. Jorge Garcia, an American actor, and comedian.
  • Popularity: In recent years, Jorge slid down the U.S. popularity charts but is still among the top 300 most popular boys’ names.
Traditional, Classic

José

Since José is a form of Joseph, best remembered as the father of Jesus, it’s a popular name among Christian cultures. It’s worth noting that José is pronounced differently in Portuguese than in Spanish, giving it a unique feel.

  • Origin: Spanish, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God will give
  • Pronunciation: zho-ZE
  • Namesakes: Jose Canseco, a baseball player. Jose Cuevas, a soccer player. Jose Yglesias, a novelist.
  • Popularity: José is slowly dropping on U.S. name charts but is still in the top 100 boys’ names.
Classic

Josue

Josue is rising in popularity in the U.S., probably because of the growing Latin American population and influence. It’s a beautiful name that, like many popular Brazilian male names, carries spiritual connotations.

  • Origin: Portuguese
  • Meaning: God of salvation
  • Pronunciation: haa-SWAY
  • Variations: Joshua
  • Popularity: Josue is a fairly popular name.
Classic

Juan

This variation of John is heard throughout Spanish-speaking countries and is a very popular name. It also works well paired with a longer middle name.

  • Origin: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Meaning: Graced by God
  • Variations: John, João, Juanito
  • Namesakes: Juan Domingo Perón, an Argentine general and politician. Juan Ponce de León, a Spanish explorer.
  • Popularity: Juan’s popularity has dropped recently in the U.S., but it’s still among the top 200 most popular boys’ names.
Traditional, Classic

Júlio

Júlio is pronounced differently in Portuguese than in Spanish and has the accent over the “u” to indicate how it should be pronounced. It’s a great, short Brazilian name for boys!

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Soft-haired, youthful
  • Pronunciation: ZHUW-liy-uw
  • Variations: Julius
  • Namesakes: Julio César Chávez, a Mexican boxer. Júlio Lópes, a Brazilian freestyle swimmer.
  • Popularity: Júlio has dropped in popularity in the U.S. in recent years, but remains pretty popular at #546 in 2020.
Classic
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Kauê

Kauê can be a Tupi greeting, but also means a “kind or intelligent man” – admirable attributes for a son! The name is likely a variant of the word used by the Tupi Indians for a bird of prey. Kauê became a popular name in Brazil in the 2000s and was given to the mascot of the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Origin: Indigenous Brazilian
  • Meaning: Kind man
  • Pronunciation: kaw-E
  • Namesakes: Guilherme Kaue Castanheira Alves, a Brazilian singer.
Unusual, Inspirational

Keyton

Although Keyton is an English name, it’s a very popular Brazilian name for boys! The meaning brings wide open prairies and sweeping vistas to mind, making it perfect for a nature-loving family.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Where hawks fly
  • Pronunciation: KEY-ton
  • Variations: Cayton, Keeton, Keaton
Nature-loving

Leandro

Leandro conjures up images of a strong, powerful man, and the fact that many sports figures have the name adds to the impression! This would be a great Brazilian boy’s name for a fierce little guy.

  • Origin: Italian, Spanish
  • Meaning: Lion-man
  • Variations: Leandros, Leander, Lysander, Léandre
  • Namesakes: Leandro Marcolini Pedroso de Almeida, a Brazilian-Hungarian soccer player. Leandro Joaquim Ribeiro, a Brazilian footballer.
Strong, Inspirational

Leonardo

Thanks to a brilliant inventor and artist, and a brilliant actor, Leonardo is often associated with creativity and art. It would be a great Brazilian boy’s name for parents if they value the arts and hope their child grows up to be innovative and original.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Brave as a lion
  • Variations: Leon, Leo, Nardo
  • Namesakes: Leonardo da Vinci, a famous artist and inventor. Leonardo DiCaprio, an American actor. Leandro & Leonardo, a Brazilian country music duo.
Old-fashioned, Elegant

Ligongo

Ligongo is a unique Afro-Brazilian name, but its lyrical pronunciation makes it a beautiful boy’s name! If you’re looking for a name that touches on the African influence in Brazil, and won’t be a popular name in school, Ligongo is a great one to consider.

  • Origin: African
  • Meaning: Who is this
Unusual

Lucas

“Bringer of light” is such a beautiful meaning, and any parent would be proud of a child who represents a source of light and love! Lucas can also be shortened to Luc or Luke, both wonderful nicknames.

  • Origin: Greek, Latin
  • Meaning: Bringer of light
  • Variations: Luc, Luke, Loucas, Lukas
  • Namesakes: Lucas Bryant, a Canadian-American actor. Lucas Leiva, a Brazilian soccer player.
  • Popularity: Lucas ranked a high of #8 from 2018 to 2020 in the U.S. top 1000 boy names.
Classic, Traditional

Lúcio

Another name that invokes the light, Lúcio means “luminous.” A luminous child would brighten everyone’s day and make the world a better place. Lúcio is an excellent option for any parent who values those ideas.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Luminous
  • Pronunciation: LU-siu
  • Namesakes: Lucio Battisti, an Italian singer.
Cute, Stylish

Luis

Luis is a popular name throughout Latin America and a great Brazilian name for boys! It belongs to several soccer players, and entertainers, making it one of those names that never really seems to go out of style.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Famous warrior
  • Variations: Louis, Aloysius, Ludwig, Luigi
  • Namesakes: Luís Fabiano, Brazilian soccer player. Luis Miguel, a Mexican singer.
  • Popularity: Although Luis has dropped in popularity in the U.S., it remains one of the top 200 most popular boys’ names.
Classic

Mancio

Mancio is a great name for a family that values foresight. Your son may not be able to tell the future, but understanding what actions will produce what results in the future, is an important skill and one that any parent would be proud of!

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: One who foretells the future
  • Pronunciation: Maan-CHi-yow
Unusual

Manuel

Manuel is a shorter version of Emanuel, and is a trendier way to invoke that name. This would be a special name for a family that values God’s promise to always be with them.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is with us
  • Pronunciation: MaaN-uw-EHL
  • Variations: Immanuel, Manny, Mannie, Emanuel, Manuelo
Traditional
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Marcos

Marcos is derived from the name for Mars, the god of war. You may not necessarily want to celebrate a tendency to war with people. Still, the strength and will that it takes to defend others is definitely a character trait worth celebrating!

  • Origin: Portuguese
  • Meaning: Warrior from Mars, the god of war
  • Variations: Marco, Marcus, Mark
  • Namesakes: Marcos Suzano, a Brazilian percussionist. Marcos Rey, a Brazilian writer.
Classic

Mateo

This is a fun, interesting twist on the more common Matthew, and a great Brazilian name for boys! It has religious connotations, not only because it means “gift of God,” but because Matthew was one of Christ’s 12 disciples and wrote the first book of the New Testament.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Variations: Matthew, Mattia
  • Namesakes: Matteo Carcassi, a famous guitarist. Mateo Kovačić, a professional soccer player.
Religious

Miguel

Miguel is a wonderful, traditional Brazilian name for boys, belonging to many famous men in the worlds of sports and entertainment. As a form of Michael, it also recalls the archangel mentioned in both the Bible and the Qur’an. Miguel is also consistently one of Brazil’s top male names every year.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Spanish
  • Meaning: Who is God?
  • Variations: Michael, Michel, Mikhail
  • Namesakes: Miguel de Cervantes, an author. Miguel Cabrera, a baseball player.
  • Popularity: Miguel is the most popular Brazilian boy’s name and ranked #188 in the U.S. in 2020.
Stylish

Naolin

Naolin is a unisex name given to both boys and girls. It refers to the Aztec god of the sun. It would be a great name to honor the indigenous people of Latin America.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Sun-god of Mexico
Strong

Neymar

Neymar is considered to be a recently invented name. It became more popular after Brazilian soccer star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior became famous.

  • Origin: Brazilian
  • Meaning: Neptune, Mars
  • Pronunciation: NAY-mar
  • Namesakes: Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, a Brazilian soccer player.
Modern

Nicolau

This inspiring name is a great name for a leader! Nicolau would make an excellent Brazilian boy’s name for a family that values leadership and wants to encourage their son to be a good leader.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: One who leads the people to victory
  • Variations: Nicholas, Nicolas, Niquito
  • Namesakes: Nicolau Coelho, a Portuguese explorer. Nicolau Tolentino de Almeida, a Portuguese satirical poet.
Vintage, Heroic

Norberto

If you consider that true north symbolizes the right path and the way noblemen travel, Norberto becomes a wonderful Brazilian name for boys! It embodies the characteristics of a morally upright man, and if that’s important to your family, you may want to consider this name for your little boy!

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Heroic, Bright north
  • Variations: Norbert
  • Namesakes: Norberto Araujo, an Argentine soccer player. Norberto Aroldi, an Argentine actor. Norberto Barba, an American director.
Old-fashioned, Heroic

Omar

Although Omar began as a popular name in Middle Eastern countries, it also became trendy in Spanish-speaking countries. In fact, its popularity has grown around the world, and you’ll find people in Nordic countries and Iceland named Omar, too.

  • Origin: Arabic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: One who has a long life
  • Variations: Umar, Omer,
  • Namesakes: Omar Sharif, an Egyptian actor. Omar Vizquel, a MLB player. Omar Espinosa, a musician.
Strong, Classic

Ovidio

Santo Ovidio is a Portuguese saint, which is another good name for a devout family. Ovid was also the name of a Roman poet, so this would be a good name for a family that enjoys literature, poetry, and the classical arts.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Sheepherder
  • Variations: Ovid, Ovidius
  • Namesakes: Gabriel Ovidio Curuchet, a road bicycle racer. Ovidio García, a Spanish alpine skier and Olympian.
Unusual

Pascoal

Because of its meaning, Pascoal would be a wonderful Brazilian name for a baby born in spring! It symbolizes the new life of spring and resurrection and is a name of hope for the future.

  • Origin: Portuguese
  • Meaning: Child of Easter
Elegant, Religious
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Paulo

Paulo can mean a “short man,” but also means “humble.” It’s usually paired with another, slightly longer name like Roberto or Henrique, making a lyrical combination.

  • Origin: Portuguese
  • Meaning: Humble, small
  • Variations: Paul, Faolo, Pauli, Paolo, Pablo
  • Namesakes: Paulo Almeida, a Brazilian soccer player. Paulo Coelho, a Brazilian writer.
Classic

Pedro

Pedro is in the top 5 most popular Brazilian boy names. It got a boost in popularity in the U.S. after the cult classic movie Napoleon Dynamite, which included the line, “Vote for Pedro.”

  • Origin: Spanish, Greek
  • Meaning: Rock
  • Variations: Peter, Pierre
  • Namesakes: Pedro Sánchez, a Spanish politician and Prime Minister of Spain. Pedro Diniz, a Brazilian racing driver. Pedro Almodóvar, a Spanish filmmaker.
  • Popularity: Pedro was popular in the U.S. and dropped in recent years, but remains very trendy in Brazil.
Strong

Rafael

Seeing Rafael means “God has healed,” it would be a lovely name for a family celebrating a baby after a loss or as a name to celebrate a rainbow baby.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Cured by God
  • Pronunciation: rah-FAY-ehl
  • Namesakes: Raphael, Refael
  • Popularity: Rafael is one of the top 10 most popular Brazilian boy names.
Elegant

Raimundo

Since Raimundo means “advisor” and “protector,” it would be a great name for the first baby in the family! It could indicate his role as an older brother, giving advice and wisdom to his siblings later on in life.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Advisor, protector
  • Pronunciation: ray-MOON-doh
  • Variations: Raymond, Ray, Mundo
Heroic, Inspirational

Rexford

Although Rexford is an Old English name, it’s seen in Brazil as well. Rexford would be a gorgeous name for a family interested in medieval history or fascinated with Old English writings and times.

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: The river crossing of the king
  • Variations: Rex, Rexforth
Old-fashioned

Rodrigo

Rodrigo is a noble name for a little boy! It’s a popular name in Brazil and Spanish-speaking countries and brings kings, rulers, and nobility to mind.

  • Origin: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Meaning: Famous king
  • Variations: Rigo, Ruy, Roddy, Rod, Roderick, Rodrego
  • Namesakes: Rodrigo Alves Soares, a Brazilian soccer player. Rodrigo Santoro, a Brazilian actor.
Strong, Heroic

Salvador

Salvador is another name for the savior or Messiah, but it’s also the name of the third-largest city in Brazil. Salvador, Brazil is a scenic, beachy city along the Bay of Saints, so this name is a beautiful way to celebrate a gorgeous part of Brazil.

  • Origin: Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Meaning: Savior
  • Variations: Sal, Salvator, Salvatore, Salvino
  • Namesakes: Salvador Allende, the deposed president of Chile. Salvador Dalí, a painter. Salvador Sánchez, a Mexican boxer.
  • Popularity: Salvador is a fairly popular name, ranked in the top 1000 boy names in the U.S. since 2000.
Classic

Santiago

Santiago is derived from the Hebrew name Jacob, first used to indicate James the brother of John in the Bible. Santiago is a popular name in Brazil, and along the Iberian Peninsula.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Spanish
  • Meaning: Supplanter
  • Pronunciation: san-tee-AA-gow
  • Variations: Iago, Thiago, Tiago, Santi, San
  • Namesakes: Santiago Amador, a Colombian road cyclist. Santiago Espinal, a Dominican Republic baseball player.
Stylish, Free-spirited

Sebastião

This beautiful Brazilian name for boys invokes a spiritual feel. Sebastião is a lyrical name, but also lends itself to shorter nicknames if your son chooses to do that.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Sacred, venerable
  • Variations: Sebastian, Bastian
  • Namesakes: Sebastião Tapajós, a Brazilian guitarist. Sebastião Rodrigues Soromenho, a Portuguese explorer.
Unusual, Spiritual

Tomás

Tomás would be a great Brazilian boy’s name if you’re expecting twins! It’s a classic name that goes well with many other names, so you have many choices for middle names or a second baby.

  • Origin: German, Portuguese
  • Meaning: Twin
  • Pronunciation: toe-MAHS
  • Variations: Thomas, Tom
Cute, Classic
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Tristao

Tristao is a variation of Tristan, who was a character in the legendary tragedy of Tristan and Isolde. The story has inspired countless variations over thousands of years, and Tristao would be an excellent name for a family that loves literature and classic stories.

  • Origin: Portuguese
  • Meaning: Tumultuous, an outcry, filled with sadness
  • Pronunciation: TRIHST-ow
  • Variations: Tristan
Stylish

Ubirajara

Ubirajara is an indigenous Brazilian name that celebrates heroism and brave fighters. It will be a stunning choice if you’re looking for something unique that no one else in your son’s class will have.

  • Origin: Indigenous Brazilian
  • Meaning: Lord of the spear
  • Pronunciation: You-BI-rah-jar-rah
Elegant, Unusual, Heroic

Ubiratan

Ubiratan is a beautiful, very unique Brazilian boy’s name. It’s a strong name, and you can be sure there won’t be other boys his age with the same one – it will be as rare as he is!

  • Origin: Afro Brazilian
  • Meaning: Strong spear
Unusual, Strong

Ulisses

Ulisses is a version of the Greek hero Odysseus, making it a great Brazilian boy’s name for a family that loves Greek mythology. It was also the first name of an American president, so it has a noble history!

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Wounded in the thigh
  • Variations: Ulysses, Odysseus
Classic, Old-fashioned

Vartan

Brazil has the second-largest Armenian community in Latin America, so it’s no wonder this beautiful Armenian name is a popular choice there. Vartan is a unique name with short syllables and is easy to pronounce – even for people who aren’t familiar with it.

  • Origin: Armenian
  • Meaning: From the green hill, giver of roses
  • Namesakes: Vartan Vahramian, an Iranian-Armenian artist. Vartan Ghazarian, a Lebanese-Armenian soccer player.
Nature-loving

Vicente

Vicente is a heroic name for parents who want to encourage a successful, thriving boy! It belonged to several politicians and sports figures and offers plenty of great nicknames to choose from.

  • Origin: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Meaning: Conquering, the one who wins
  • Pronunciation: vee-SEN-tay
  • Variations: Vincent, Vinny, Vinnie
  • Namesakes: Vicente Fox Quesada, former president of Mexico. Vicente Henriques, a Brazilian water polo player.
Classic, Heroic

Vitor

This variation of Victor portrays just what it says – meaning “victorious” and “conquering.” It’s an attractive option among Brazilian boy names and a unique twist on the more common version.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Winner, victorious
  • Variations: Victor, Vic, Viktor
Strong, Heroic

Yafeu

There is a strong Egyptian influence in Brazil, and Yafeu is evidence of that! This interesting Brazilian male name celebrates strength and boldness and is a unique choice for parents who want to foster a bold attitude in their son’s life.

  • Origin: Egyptian
  • Meaning: Bold
  • Pronunciation: yaa-FEY-uw
  • Variations: Yafeo, Yafeoh, Yafeuh
  • Popularity: Yafeu is a rare name in both Brazil and the U.S.
Unique, Strong

Zico

Zico is short and sweet and carries a unique sense of power when spoken! It makes a great Brazilian name for boys, perfect for a spunky kid.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Strength, power
  • Namesakes: Zico Bailey, an American soccer player. Zico Waeytens, a Belgian cyclist
Stylish

Zion

Zion is the Promised Land in the Bible. It strongly represents hope and promise and is a wonderfully optimistic option among these beautiful Brazilian boy names.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: The Promised Land
  • Namesakes: Zion Williamson, a basketball player. Zion Sensley, a TikTok star. Zion Foster, a singer.
Religious
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Laura Falin is a freelance writer from Colorado. She worked in TV news for more than ten years, and since then has written for publications and websites including BabyCenter, Colorado Parent Magazine, and Denver Parent. She loves being outdoors and reading.
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