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100 Famous Cuban Names

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Discover the best of island life for your little one with these creative Cuban names ahead.

When you delve into the world of Cuban names, you’re in for a real adventure! The tiny island is home to a myriad of rich cultural combinations, as are their names. There are many versions, spellings, and nicknames behind each one, making it almost impossible to navigate.

You can find the best Cuban names for your little one by checking out our fascinating list of Cuban names for boys and girls below. Let the warmth of sunny Cuba wash over you and inspire your baby’s best name.


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100 Popular Cuban Names for Boys and Girls

Keep reading for the cutest Cuban names for your little Cubanos and Cubanas.

Adoncia

Adoncia is one of the more unique Cuban female names and specifically means “as sweet as honey.” With a gorgeous name like this, your baby girl can stay super sweet throughout her life.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Sweet
  • Pronunciation: Aa-DOWN-cee-Ah
  • Popularity: Adoncia is extremely rare worldwide, while in the U.S., less than 5 girls were named Adoncia in 2018.
Pretty, Cute

Alejandro

Alejandro is the Spanish version of the Greek Alexander. It also means “warrior” and proves a traditional and imposing name for powerful young boys.

  • Origin: Spanish, Greek
  • Meaning: Defender of men
  • Pronunciation: Ah-ley-HHAAN-DRow
  • Variations: Alajandro
  • Namesakes: Alejandro Lanusse, the president of the Argentine Republic between 1971 and 1973. Alejandro Astete, a Peruvian pilot and the first man to fly over the Andes.
  • Popularity: Alejandro ranked 300th worldwide and is most popular in Mexico, where it ranked 19th.
Masculine, Strong

Álvaro

Álvaro also means “guardian” in Spanish and “elf warrior” in Norse. The Spanish saint Álvaro is associated with engineers, but it’s all over the map as far as cool meanings go.

  • Origin: Spanish, German
  • Meaning: Noble ruler
  • Pronunciation: Ael-VAA-Row
  • Variations: Alvarro
  • Namesakes: Álvaro de Figueroa y Torres-Sotomayor, the Prime Minister of Spain three times between 1912 and 1918. Álvaro Morata-Martín, a Spanish footballer for the Spain national team.
  • Popularity: Álvaro ranked 1,080th worldwide, is most popular in Columbia, and is a top 10 name in Spain.
Traditional, Common

Andrés

Andrés is the Spanish variation of Andrew, taken from the Greek Andreas, meaning “manly.” It appears as a French and German surname but is a strong, short male name for international young boys.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Warrior
  • Pronunciation: AAN-Dreyz
  • Variations: Andras, Andrez
  • Namesakes: Andrés Oppenheimer, an Argentinian editor with The Miami Herald. Andrés Calamaro, an Argentinian musician and Latin Grammy winner with over 1.3 million records sold.
  • Popularity: Andrés ranked 565th worldwide and 218th in the U.S. in 2021.
Traditional, Popular

Basilio

Basilio is the Spanish and Portuguese version of Basil, from the Latin Basilius. It originally meant “royal” or “brave,” which you’d likely love your baby boy to become when he grows up.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: King
  • Pronunciation: Baa-ZIY-Lyow
  • Variations: Basilie, Basile, Basil
  • Namesakes: Basilio Basili, the Director and Chorus Master of the Italian opera in Madrid in 1844. Basílio do Nascimento Martins, the East Timorese Roman Catholic Bishop of Baucau.
  • Popularity: Basilio is uncommon worldwide, mainly used in the Philippines, and is ranked 273rd in Paraguay.
Strong, Ancient

Bembé

Bembé also means “child of prophecy” in Jamaica and “bird” in Zambia. It’s also the name of a percussion instrument used in Cuban religious gatherings, so your little boy best finds his spiritual rhythm asap.

  • Origin: Aztec, Spanish
  • Meaning: Prophet
  • Pronunciation: BEHM-Beh
  • Popularity: Bembé is very rare worldwide, mostly used in Mauritania, where it ranked 1,103rd.
Cute, Unusual

Benita

Benita comes from the Latin “benedictus,” meaning “the blessed one.” It’s the female form of Benedict, Benito, and Benicio, so it’s come a long way to lay at your little girl’s feet.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Blessed one
  • Pronunciation: BEH-niy-Taa
  • Variations: Benite, Benitta, Bennita
  • Namesakes: Benita Haastrup, a Danish drummer, composer, and member of the all-female jazz group Sophisticated Ladies. Benita Sanders, a Canadian painter, featured in the National Gallery of Canada.
  • Popularity: Benita ranked 4,655th worldwide, is most popular in Mexico and ranked 213th in Bolivia.
Feminine, Unique

Blanca

Blanca is the Spanish version of the French Blanche and the Italian Bianca. It may have once referred to a blond baby girl, but your Blanca can have any hair color and still be one gorgeous gal.

  • Origin: Spanish, French
  • Meaning: White, pure
  • Pronunciation: BLAENGK-aa
  • Variations: Bianca
  • Namesakes: Blanca Osío, a Venezuelan beauty contestant and Miss Venezuela 1956. Blanca Castellon, a Nicaraguan poet and winner of the Instituto de Estudios Modernistas of poetry in Valencia, Spain.
  • Popularity: Blanca ranked 355th worldwide, is most popular in Mexico and Colombia, and 9th in El Salvador.
Feminine, Popular

Camila

Camila is based on the Latin “camillus,” meaning “priest’s helper.” The Camillus assisted the Roman priest in the ancient religious service, so hopefully, your Camila can help around the house too.

  • Origin: Latin, Spanish
  • Meaning: Ceremonial attendant
  • Pronunciation: Kaa-MIY-laa
  • Variations: Camilla, Camille
  • Namesakes: Camila Roldán, an Argentine musician and member of the pop-rock band Erreway. Camila Giorgi, an Italian tennis player and the current Italian No. 2.
  • Popularity: Camila ranked 1,933rd worldwide and 32nd in the U.S., up from 80th in 2009 and 660th in 2000.
Traditional, Pretty

Caridad

Caridad also means “dear” and “beloved” in Latin. More than a beautiful example of Cuban names for girls, Caridad is a name used for the Virgin Mary in Cuba. It also means “benevolence,” bringing a spiritual sense to unique baby girls.

  • Origin: Cuban, Spanish
  • Meaning: Charity
  • Pronunciation: Kaa-riy-DAAD
  • Variations: Caridade
  • Namesakes: Caridad Castellanos, a Spanish sprint hurdler who competed in the 2021 European Indoor Championships. Caridad Sanchez-Babao, a Filipina actress known for the TV series based on Gulong ng Palad.
  • Popularity: Caridad ranked 4,951st worldwide and is most popular in Cuba, where it ranked 5th.
Unusual, Common
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Carlito

Herodoto is a Spanish nickname for Carlo or Carlos. It originally meant “free man” and “strong,” but your little Carlito might be the best recipient of this adorable name.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Little man
  • Pronunciation: Kaar-LIY-tow
  • Variations: Carlos
  • Namesakes: Carlito Joaquin Cenzon, a Filipino bishop and the first bishop of the Diocese of Baguio from 2004 to 2016. Carlito Galvez Jr., a Philippine Army general and a Presidential Adviser from 2018 to 2022.
  • Popularity: Carlito is uncommon worldwide and was used 1,215 times in the U.S. from 1880 to 2018.
Traditional, Cute

Castillo

Castillo began as a surname based on the Latin “castellum,” also meaning “castle.” It was a place name for land that included a castle, which is anywhere your little boy lives.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Castle
  • Pronunciation: Kae-STIHL-oh
  • Popularity: Castillo is very rare worldwide, mostly used in the U.S., and ranked 634th in Aruba.
Unique, Rare

Chaves

Chaves was once a Portuguese surname based on the Latin “clavis,” meaning “keys.” It was given to someone who made keys for a living but can be used for your little guy, who holds the key to your heart.

  • Origin: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Meaning: Keys
  • Pronunciation: CHAH-vehs
  • Variations: Chavez, Chevez
  • Popularity: Chaves is rare worldwide and mostly used in Angola, where it ranked 1,764th.
Unusual, Rare

Clara

Clara originated as the Latin “clarus,” meaning “clear.” It also means “famous” and can adorn your little Spanish flower girl with classic femininity.

  • Origin: Spanish, Latin
  • Meaning: Bright
  • Pronunciation: KLAER-ah
  • Variations: Clare
  • Namesakes: Clara Ayres, an American nurse in the U.S. Army during the First World War. Clara Hughes, a Canadian cyclist, speed skater, and bronze medalist in the 1996 Summer Olympics.
  • Popularity: Clara ranked 730th worldwide and in the top 100 names in the U.S. in 2015, 2017, and 2019.
Feminine, Traditional

Cordano

Cordano is mostly used as a surname, a derivative of Cordo, and a nickname for Accordino. It’s based on “accordo,” meaning “agreement,” bringing Cordano a long way into your little boy’s life.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Harmony
  • Pronunciation: Kaor-DAA-now
  • Popularity: Cordano is extremely rare worldwide, mostly used in the U.S., the Dominican Republic, and Italy.
Unique, Rare

Dalila

Dalila also means “fragile,” “guide,” and “model.” It’s another version of the Hebrew Delilah, the name of the temptress who cut Samson’s hair in the Bible. Dalila is an Arabic-formed, Hebrew-inspired, and Afro-used name with many lovely meanings.

  • Origin: Spanish, Arabic
  • Meaning: Delicate
  • Pronunciation: Dah-LIY-laa
  • Variations: Dalilia, Delila, Dalia
  • Namesakes: Dalila Bela, a Canadian actress known for the PBS series Odd Squad (2014 to 2015). Dalila Ippolito, an Argentine footballer for the Argentina national team.
  • Popularity: Dalila ranked 3,674th worldwide and is most popular in Algeria, where it ranked 55th.
Pretty, Common

Desiderio

Desiderio comes from the Latin Desiderius, taken from “desiderium,” meaning “desire” or “longing.” It’s a name that connotes the highest level of devotion to God, making it one of the more meaningful Cuban names for boys.

  • Origin: Latin, Italian
  • Meaning: Yearning
  • Pronunciation: Dey-Siy-DEH-riy-Ow
  • Variations: Desiderios, Desiderius
  • Namesakes: Desidério Costa, an Angolan politician who was Minister of Petroleum from 2002 to 2008. Desiderio “Desi” Arnaz, a Cuban-American actor, bandleader, and entertainer best known as the husband and co-star of Lucille Ball.
  • Popularity: Desiderio is uncommon worldwide, primarily used in the Philippines, and is ranked 604th in Argentina.
Unusual, Uncommon

Dominga

Dominga also means “of the Lord.” It’s the Spanish version of the French Dominique and works for any young girl, no matter what day of the week she’s born.

  • Origin: Latin, Spanish
  • Meaning: Born on Sunday
  • Pronunciation: Daa-MIYNG-aa
  • Variations: Dominika
  • Namesakes: Dominga Orzúa, a three-time First Lady of Venezuela. Dominga Castillo, a Chilean filmmaker and the first woman awarded the Leopard for Best Direction at the Locarno Film Festival.
  • Popularity: Dominga is ranked 3,226th worldwide, is most popular in Mexico, and ranked 108th in Guatemala.
Feminine, Common

Dunia

Dunia comes from the Arabic “dunyā.” It also means “to be satisfied” and “good reputation”- ideal for the most well-behaved little girl you know.

  • Origin: Spanish, Arabic
  • Meaning: World, life
  • Pronunciation: DUWN-iy-Ah
  • Variations: Dunya
  • Namesakes: Dunia Ayaso, a Spanish screenwriter who wrote with her husband Félix Sabroso, best remembered for their first movie, Fea. Dunia Susi, an English footballer who competed at the World University Games.
  • Popularity: Dunia is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in Honduras, where it ranked 81st.
Unique, Uncommon

Edita

Edita also means “strife for wealth” in English and “wealth” in Italian. It’s an alternate variant of Edith but isn’t as typical for the baby girl you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Joyous
  • Pronunciation: Eh-DIY-taa
  • Variations: Edith, Editha
  • Namesakes: Edita Adlerová, a Czech opera singer and winner of the Czech Music Fund Award. Edita Raková, a Slovakian ice hockey player for the national women’s team at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
  • Popularity: Edita is uncommon worldwide and ranked 3,373rd in the U.S. in 2022.
Pretty, Cute
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Edmundo

Edmundo is the Latin version of Edmund, based on the Old English Eadmund. It consists of “ead,” meaning “prosperity,” and “mund,” meaning “protection,” so Edmundo is ready and able to mind everything you hold dear.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Wealthy protector
  • Pronunciation: Ehd-MUWN-Dow
  • Variations: Edmondo, Edmund
  • Namesakes: Edmundo Farolán, a Filipino-Canadian author and recipient of the Premio Zobel in 1982. Edmundo de Jesús, an Ecuadorian footballer who plays for El Nacional.
  • Popularity: Edmundo ranked 4,781st worldwide and has been used 3,197 times in the U.S. from 1880 to 2018.
Traditional, Masculine

Eilan

Though another version of the Hebrew Elon, Eilan also means “forever” in African culture. It also appears as the Hebrew surname Alon and can mean “evergreen tree”- perfect for boys who like to climb trees.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Oaktree
  • Pronunciation: Iy-LAEN
  • Variations: Ilan, Elan, Eilon
  • Popularity: Eilan is very rare worldwide and is primarily used in the United Arab Emirates, where it ranks 4,822nd.
Rare, Unique

Elena

Elena is an Italian and Spanish version of Helen, originating as the Greek Helene, meaning “torch.” With this gorgeous name, you also have a wide selection of nicknames, from Lena and Ellie to Nena.

  • Origin: Spanish, Greek
  • Meaning: Shining light
  • Pronunciation: Eh-LEH-Naa
  • Variations: Elana
  • Namesakes: Elena Grushina, a Ukrainian ice dancer and the 2006 Olympic bronze medalist. Elena Méndez, a Spanish politician, elected as Deputy Prime Minister of Spain in 2011.
  • Popularity: Elena ranked 31st worldwide while ranking in the top 100 names in the U.S. from 2016 and 55th in 2020.
Popular, Pretty

Emeterio

Emeterio is a mysterious name based on the Latin Emeterius‎, a well-known Roman legionary and martyr. It refers to “one who deserves affection,” which is the ideal way to think of your baby boy.

  • Origin: Spanish, Greek
  • Meaning: Demands affection
  • Pronunciation: Ih-Miy-TIH-riy-Ow
  • Namesakes: Emeterio Arrese, a post-romantic Basque-language poet known for Basque bertsolaritza singing. Emeterio Silva, a Cuban javelin thrower who competed in the 2005 Central American and Caribbean Championships.
  • Popularity: Emeterio is uncommon worldwide, most used in Mexico, and ranked 699th in Bolivia.
Unusual, Masculine

Emilio

Emilio comes from the Latin surname Aemilius, a powerful Roman family name. It means “eager” or “emulating.” Despite this background, it also means “eager to please,” as your sweet boy will surely be.

  • Origin: Spanish, Latin
  • Meaning: Rival
  • Pronunciation: Eh-MIY-LYow
  • Variations: Emelio, Emielo, Emileo
  • Namesakes: Emilio Rodríguez, a Cuban weightlifter and gold medalist at the 1991 Pan American Games. Emilio Menéndez del Valle, a Spanish politician and the Spanish ambassador to Jordan and Italy.
  • Popularity: Emilio ranked 1,402nd worldwide and 219th in the U.S. in 2021.
Strong, Common

Ernesto

Ernesto is the Spanish form of the German Ernest, based on “eornost,” meaning “serious” or “resolute.” It also means “capable” and “resolute,” all good traits for the best Cuban male names to have.

  • Origin: Spanish, Latin
  • Meaning: Sincere
  • Pronunciation: Ehr-NEHS-Tow
  • Variations: Earnesto, Earnest, Erneste
  • Namesakes: Ernesto “Che” Guevara, an Argentine Marxist revolutionary and major leader of the Cuban Revolution. Ernesto Geisel, the Brazilian President of Brazil from 1974 to 1979.
  • Popularity: Ernesto ranked 556th worldwide and in the top 1,000 names in the U.S. in 2021.
Traditional, Masculine

Esmeralda

Esmeralda is the literal Spanish word for “emerald.” It became famous as a character in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which has kept it popular in the U.S. and Spanish-speaking world thanks to Disney.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Emerald
  • Pronunciation: Ehz-mah-RAAL-Dah
  • Variations: Esmaralda, Esmarelda, Esmerelda, Esmiralda
  • Namesakes: Esmeralda Negrón, a Puerto Rican-American footballer for the Puerto Rico women’s national team. Esmeralda Pimentel, a Mexican actress, appearing in the telenovela Verano de amor in 2009.
  • Popularity: Esmeralda ranked 3,264th worldwide, in the top 100 girl’s names in Mexico for a century, and in the top 500 names in the U.S. since 1973.
Feminine, Common

Estefania

Estefania derives from the Greek Stephanos, meaning “honor.” It’s the Spanish version of Stephanie and also means “wreath” for the little girl who reigns supreme.

  • Origin: Spanish, Greek
  • Meaning: Crown, garland
  • Pronunciation: Eh-Steh-FAE-nyah
  • Variations: Stefania
  • Namesakes: Estefanía Ruiz, an Argentine footballer for the Argentina women’s national team. Estefanía Villarreal, a Mexican actress known for the telenovela Rebelde.
  • Popularity: Estefania is extremely rare worldwide and was used 6,335 times in the U.S. from 1880 to 2018.
Feminine, Rare

Euxenio

Euxenio also means “born into royalty” and is more common than Eugenio. This version uses the original Greek spelling, which may sound weird as Cuban names go, but it’s one to remember.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Born into nobility
  • Pronunciation: Yuw-ZIYN-iy-Ow
  • Popularity: Euxenio is extremely rare worldwide and was only used four times in 2014 in the Philippines.
Unusual, Rare

Federico

Federico is the Spanish version of the German Frederick. It’s made up of the German “fridu,” meaning “protection” and “rihhi,” meaning “powerful.” Federico also means “peace-keeper” for the powerful man of peace that starts as your lovable boy.

  • Origin: Spanish, Italian
  • Meaning: Peaceful ruler
  • Pronunciation: Feh-deh-RIY-Kow
  • Variations: Federigo
  • Namesakes: Federico Fellini, an Italian film director best known for his 1963 film 81⁄2. Federico Pinedo, the provisional president of the Argentine Senate between 2015 and 2019.
  • Popularity: Federico ranked 1,952nd worldwide, is most popular in Mexico, and ranked 70th in Uruguay.
Traditional, Masculine
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Fernando

Fernando also means “bold voyager.” It’s a Spanish version of the German Ferdinand, composed of “farð,” meaning “expedition,” and “nanð,” meaning “daring.” It’s well known as an Abba song but becomes the perfect journey for your baby boy to take.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Adventurous
  • Pronunciation: Fehr-NAAN-Dow
  • Variations: Ferdinand
  • Namesakes: Fernando Huerta, a Spanish competition rower and silver medalist at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Fernando Chelech, a Chilean journalist and sports anchor on TVN.
  • Popularity: Fernando ranked 115th worldwide, is most popular in Brazil and Mexico, and 12th in Mozambique.
Traditional, Popular

Fidel

Fidel comes from the Latin “fidelis,” meaning “faithful.” The most famous Fidel is the Cuban revolutionary leader and president Fidel Castro, which means you’re choosing an unforgettable part of Caribbean history when you choose Fidel.

  • Origin: Spanish, Latin
  • Meaning: Faithful
  • Pronunciation: Fiy-DEHL
  • Variations: Fidelo, Fidelio
  • Namesakes: Fidel Castro, the Cuban President from 1976 to 2008. Fidel Gamboa, a Mexicana long-distance runner and gold medalist at the 1963 Pan American Games.
  • Popularity: Fidel ranked 2,239th worldwide, is most popular in Mexico, and ranked 102nd in Cuba.
Unique, Common

Filiberto

Filiberto is based on the German Filibert. It’s made up of the German “filu,” meaning “much” and “beraht,” meaning “very illustrious.” Filiberto became most popular in Italy but can be the offbeat moniker for your bright boy.

  • Origin: Spanish, German
  • Meaning: Very bright
  • Pronunciation: Fiy-Liy-BEHR-Tow
  • Variations: Filibert, Filebert
  • Namesakes: Filiberto Fernández, a Mexican wrestler who competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics. Prince Filiberto of Savoy, the 4th Duke of Genoa and a member of the House of Savoy.
  • Popularity: Filiberto is uncommon worldwide, mostly used in Mexico, and ranked 627th in Cuba.
Ancient, Uncommon

Floramaria

Floramaria is one of the more religious Cuban names for girls on the list. It refers to the flowers of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. When you name your little girl after one of the first female figures of history, she’ll have much to live up to with this gorgeous name.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Flower of Mary
  • Pronunciation: FLAO-Rah-meh-RIY-Ah
  • Popularity: Floramaria is extremely rare worldwide and is primarily used in the U.S. and Brazil.
Feminine, Unique

Fredo

Fredo is the Italian and Spanish nickname for the German Frederick. It originally meant “peaceful ruler,” but it also became “magical counsel” for mystical young boys.

  • Origin: Spanish, Italian
  • Meaning: Elf counsel
  • Pronunciation: FREY-Dow
  • Variations: Frido
  • Namesakes: Fredrick Givens II (known as Fredo Bang), an American rapper best known for his tracks “Oouuh” and “Top” from his studio album Most Hated. Fredo Viola, an American singer/songwriter known for the YouTube hit “The Sad Song” in 2004.
  • Popularity: Fredo is very uncommon worldwide, mainly used in Madagascar, and ranked 455th in Haiti.
Cute, Uncommon

Geraldo

Geraldo is the Spanish form of the German Gerald, its root “gâr” meaning “spear.” It specifically means “one who rules by the spear” for your top baby boy.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Spear rule
  • Pronunciation: HHeh-RAAL-Dow
  • Variations: Giraldo
  • Namesakes: Geraldo Rivera, an American journalist and host of the talk show Geraldo from 1987 to 1998. Geraldo Filho, a Brazilian politician and Governor of São Paulo from 2001 to 2006 and 2011 to 2018.
  • Popularity: Geraldo ranked 1,622nd worldwide and is mostly used in Brazil, where it ranked 48th.
Masculine, Strong

Gertrudes

Gertrudes is a Spanish version of the German Gertrude. It’s composed of “ger,” meaning “spear” and “thrud,” meaning “strength,” perfect for the spear-wielding warrior girl you love.

  • Origin: Spanish, German
  • Meaning: Spear maiden
  • Pronunciation: GEHR-truw-Dez
  • Variations: Gertrude
  • Popularity: Gertrudes is uncommon worldwide and peaked in the U.S. in 1917 with 6,300 occurrences.
Strong, Uncommon

Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe is one of the most famous apparitions of the Virgin Mary and a beloved religious event. It originated as the name of a river in Mexico, but it’s used all over the Spanish-speaking world with great respect.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Valley of the wolves
  • Pronunciation: Gwah-daa-LUW-Pey
  • Variations: Guadaloope, Guadalope, Guadaloupe
  • Namesakes: Guadalupe Buzo, a Spanish scientist and one of the Top 100 Women Leaders in Spain in 2017. Guadalupe Canseco, a Mexican diver and bronze medalist at the 1983 Pan American Games.
  • Popularity: Guadalupe ranked 630th worldwide and is most popular in Mexico, where it ranked 14th.
Cool, Popular

Gutierre

Gutierre is based on the Spanish surname Gutierrez, originally meaning “son of Walter.” It functions today as the Spanish variation of Walter, and a much cooler Walter at that.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: He who rules
  • Pronunciation: Guw-tiy-EHR-eh
  • Variations: Gutierrez
  • Namesakes: Gutierre de Miranda, the interim governor of Spanish Florida in the late 16th-century. Gutierre Tibón, an Italian-Mexican writer elected to the Academia Mexicana de la Lengua as an honorary member in 1987.
  • Popularity: Gutierre is very rare worldwide and mainly used in Brazil, where it’s ranked just over the top 10,000 names.
Strong, Unusual

Herodoto

Herodoto is a Spanish version of the Greek Hēródotos. It’s composed of “hḗrōs,” meaning “hero” and “present.” The Old Greek Herodotus might be the most famous storyteller of all time, but your Herodoto can get started telling tales asap.

  • Origin: Spanish, Greek
  • Meaning: Storyteller
  • Pronunciation: Heh-row-DOW-Tow
  • Variations: Herodotus
  • Popularity: Herodoto is extremely rare worldwide and primarily used in Brazil.
Ancient, Rare
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Isabel

Isabel also means “pledged to God.” It became a popular version of Elizabeth in the Middle Ages, often used for the Spanish royal family- perfect for your little queen in the making.

  • Origin: Spanish, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my oath
  • Pronunciation: IHZ-ah-Behl
  • Variations: Isabelle, Isabell, Isobel
  • Namesakes: María Isabel Macedo, an Argentine actress and the First Lady of Salta Province from 2016 to 2019. Isabel Ge Mahe, a Chinese businesswoman and a vice president of Apple Inc.
  • Popularity: Isabel ranked 230th worldwide and 182nd in the U.S. in 2022.
Pretty, Traditional

Itxaro

Itxaro can also mean “wait” in Spanish. It isn’t used much outside of Spain, so your Itxaro may be the only one around for miles.

  • Origin: Spanish, Basque
  • Meaning: Hope
  • Pronunciation: IHTKAARow
  • Variations: Itxarro
  • Popularity: Itxaro is very uncommon worldwide and primarily used in Spain, where it ranked 6,280th.
Obscure, Unusual

Javiero

Javiero is an alternative version of the Spanish Javier. It’s based on Xavier, originally used for Saint Xavier’s birthplace. It also means “castle,” to house the little boy you love most.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: New house
  • Pronunciation: HAV-ee-Ay-roh
  • Variations: Javier
  • Popularity: Javiero is extremely rare worldwide and mostly used in Mexico.
Masculine, Rare

Joaquin

Joaquin is the Spanish form of the German Joachim. In Hebrew, it means “lifted by Yahweh,” but this ancient name is trending just fine in the modern world, from Havana to New York City.

  • Origin: Spanish, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God will judge
  • Pronunciation: Hwaa-KIYN
  • Variations: Joachim
  • Namesakes: Joaquin Phoenix, an American actor named one of the greatest of the 21st century by the New York Times. Joaquín Ricardo, the President of the Dominican Republic, for three non-consecutive terms from 1960 and 1996.
  • Popularity: Joaquin ranked 2,058th worldwide, mostly used in Mexico and Spain, but ranked 306th in the U.S. in 2020.
Unique, Common

Jorge

Jorge is the Spanish version of George. It’s based on the Greek Georgios, from “georgos,” meaning “earth-worker.” It’s more popular than George in the Spanish-speaking world, which makes it a unique choice for boys wherever they are.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Farmer
  • Pronunciation: HHOWR-Heh
  • Variations: Jorges
  • Namesakes: Jorge Carreño, a Chilean footballer for the Chile national football team. Jorge Álvarez, a Spanish poet, nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times.
  • Popularity: Jorge ranked 54th worldwide and is typically ranked in the top 100 boys’ names in the U.S., especially in California and Texas.
Masculine, Popular

Juan

Juan is a much-celebrated Spanish version of John. It’s been used since the Middle Ages and originated as the Hebrew Yohanan. You can nickname your young boy Juanito for short.

  • Origin: Spanish, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Pronunciation: HHWAAN
  • Variations: Juane, Juano
  • Namesakes: Juan Manzano, the mayor of Manatí, Puerto Rico for 40 years. Juan Trippe, an American commercial aviation pioneer, and Pan American World Airways founder.
  • Popularity: Juan ranked 19th worldwide and is most popular in Mexico, Argentina, and Spain, where it ranked between 2nd and 3rd.
Traditional, Popular

Julio

Julio also means “Jove’s child” and “downy-bearded,” which speaks to its Roman association with “youth.” It’s the Spanish version of the Latin Julias, used initially for Julius Caesar and now for the little king, you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Devoted to God
  • Pronunciation: HHUW-liy-Ow
  • Variations: Julian, Julius
  • Namesakes: Julio Meda, a Guatemalan racewalker and bronze medalist at the 1995 Pan American Games. Julio García, the 24th President of Costa Rica from 1920 to 1924.
  • Popularity: Julio ranked 192nd worldwide, primarily used in Mexico, and 562nd in the U.S. in 2014.
Traditional, Popular

Karmina

Karmina means “orchard” in Scandinavian culture and “song” in Latin. Mount Carmel in Palestine is known for its fruit gardens. Karmina is based on the Hebrew Carmen and is rare among Cuban female names for girls with green thumbs.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Garden
  • Pronunciation: Kaar-MIY-nah
  • Variations: Karmena, Karmen
  • Popularity: Karmina is rare worldwide, primarily used in Indonesia, and ranked 3,661st in Mexico.
Feminine, Unique

Lázaro

Lázaro was first a Spanish surname based on the Hebrew “Elazar,” meaning “God helps.” It may also be connected to the Lazarus of the Bible, which gives it new life for the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Spanish, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God has helped
  • Pronunciation: LAA-Zaa-Row
  • Variations: Lasaro, Lazzaro
  • Namesakes: Lázaro Batista, a Cuban-American chess grandmaster who competed at the Chess Olympiads between 2000 and 2014. Lázaro Francisco y Angeles, a Filipino writer named a National Artist of the Philippines for Literature in 2009.
  • Popularity: Lázaro ranked 2,705th worldwide and is primarily used in Brazil, Mexico, and Cuba, where it ranked 31st.
Unique, Common

Leonardo

Leonardo is a Spanish version of the German Leonard, made up of “leo,” meaning “lion,” and “hard,” meaning “brave.” It can also be summed up as “lion-hearted” for your powerful little guy.

  • Origin: Spanish, Italian
  • Meaning: Strong as the lion
  • Pronunciation: Liy-ah-NAAR-Dow
  • Variations: Leonard
  • Namesakes: Leonardo da Vinci, an Italian artist and engineer and the most famous artisan of the Renaissance. Leonardo DiCaprio, an American actor and winner of an Academy Award and three Golden Globe Awards.
  • Popularity: Leonardo ranked 422nd worldwide and is mainly used in Brazil, while it ranked 145th in the U.S. in 2022.
Masculine, Popular
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Leya

When spelled “Lea,” it means “lion.” It’s made up of the Spanish “ley,” meaning “law,” but whether your young lioness lives by the letter of the law is up to her (and you)!

  • Origin: Spanish, Arabic
  • Meaning: Loyal to the law
  • Pronunciation: LEY-aa
  • Variations: Leia, Leyah, Leah
  • Namesakes: Leya Buchanan, a Canadian sprinter who competed at the 2017 World Championships.
  • Popularity: Leya is uncommon worldwide and primarily used in DR Congo and Zambia, where it ranked 377th.
Pretty, Unique

Lidio

Lidio is a Spanish name that initially referred to a person “from Lydia,” now modern-day Turkey. Despite being a boy’s name, Lidio also means “a woman of purple,” since Lydians were known for selling purple cloth.

  • Origin: Portuguese, Greek
  • Meaning: Ancient
  • Pronunciation: LIH-Diy-ow
  • Variations: Lideo, Lidiyo, Lydeo, Lydio
  • Namesakes: Lidio Cipriani, an Italian anthropologist known for the book In Africa from the Cape to Cairo in 1932.
  • Popularity: Lidio is uncommon worldwide, mainly used in Brazil, yet ranked 455th in Paraguay.
Unusual, Uncommon

Lisandra

Lisandra is the female version of Alexander and Lysander. It also means “man’s defender,” so it can be short for Alexandra or stand out as Lisandra for your lady protector.

  • Origin: Greek, Spanish
  • Meaning: Liberator
  • Pronunciation: Lih-SAHN-Drah
  • Variations: Lissandra, Lysandra
  • Namesakes: Lisandra Valdés, a Cuban chess player and International Master (IM 2018). Lisandra Salvador, an Angolan handball player who competed at the 2013 World Women’s Handball Championship.
  • Popularity: Lisandra is very uncommon worldwide and mainly used in Brazil and Angola, while it ranked 269th in Puerto Rico.
Feminine, Cool

Lola

Lola is a Spanish diminutive of Dolores, one of the titles of the Virgin Mary. Despite its “Our Lady of Sorrows” association, Lola has stayed somewhat popular as one of the cutest Cuban names any little girl would love.

  • Origin: Spanish,
  • Meaning: Lady of sorrows
  • Pronunciation: LOW-Lah
  • Variations: Lolita
  • Namesakes: Lola Almudevar, a British journalist and reporter for BBC News. Lola Pagnani, an Italian actress who hosted the Rai International program PoP Italia.
  • Popularity: Lola ranked 3,990th worldwide, mostly used in Uzbekistan and the U.S., ranking 260th in 2021.
Cute, Popular

Lur

Lur is a unique Basque name with mysterious origins. It’s also the name of a horn instrument, an ancient Etruscan deity, and a people in Iran, but for you, Lur is a modern name for the coolest earthy girl you love best.

  • Origin: Spanish, Basque
  • Meaning: Earth
  • Pronunciation: LER
  • Popularity: Lur is extremely rare worldwide and primarily used in Spain, where it ranked 2,543rd.
Unusual, Modern

Maceo

Maceo is also a Spanish surname prominently appearing in Cuba. As a first name and the Spanish variation of Matthew, Maceo sounds more modern and exotic among Cuban names for boys.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Pronunciation: MAH-Siy-ow
  • Namesakes: Maceo Parker, an American jazz saxophonist known for his work with James Brown in the 1960s. Maceo Rigters, a Dutch footballer for the Netherlands Under-21 team.
  • Popularity: Maceo is rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S.
Unusual, Rare

Manuela

Manuela is the female form of Manuel, taken from the Hebrew Emanuel. It also means “God accompanies us” in German, and you can use Manu, Nela, or Lala as nicknames.

  • Origin: Spanish, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God with us
  • Pronunciation: Maa-nuw-EH-Laa
  • Variations: Mannela, Manuala, Manuella
  • Namesakes: Manuela Groß, a German pair skater and a two-time Olympic bronze medalist. Manuela García-Saavedra, a Peruvian writer and one of the most prominent poets of the 1870 generation.
  • Popularity: Manuela ranked 698th worldwide, is most popular in Germany and ranked 37th in Guatemala.
Feminine, Popular

Mariposa

Mariposa is Spanish for “butterfly” and has been used as a place name from Peru to California and Ontario, Canada. Mariposa is also the name of a North American lily, which makes it quite evocative of place and nature.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Butterfly
  • Pronunciation: Meh-rih-POW-Sah
  • Variations: Maraposa, Mareposa, Marriposa
  • Popularity: Mariposa is extremely rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 1,285th in 2022.
Pretty, Rare

Marquesa

In Spanish, Marquesa means “she who works with a hammer.” It’s also the Italian royal title based on the French Marquise, so your baby girl can grow up to be a royal, a hard worker, or both.

  • Origin: Italian, Spanish
  • Meaning: Royalty
  • Pronunciation: Maar-KEY-sah
  • Variations: Marquise
  • Popularity: Marquesa is rare worldwide and primarily used in Argentina and Colombia.
Unique, Feminine

Martez

Martez was a Spanish surname based on Martin. It may be connected to the Latin Martinus and based on the Roman Mars, the god of fertility and war. Martez was once named after the patriarch, but it can start a new tradition for your baby boy.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: God of war
  • Pronunciation: MAAR-Tehz
  • Variations: Marteze, Martes
  • Namesakes: Martez Wilson, an American football player for the New Orleans Saints in the NFL. Martez Harrison, an American basketball player, named the 2015 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
  • Popularity: Martez is rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., where it ranked in the top 10,000 names.
Unusual, Rare
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Miguel

Miguel is the traditional Spanish form of Michael. It’s made up of the Hebrew “Mikha’el,” meaning “who,” “k-,” meaning “as,” and “el,” meaning “God.” Miguel remains popular in Spanish-speaking communities and for boys with a divine quality.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Who is like God
  • Pronunciation: Miy-GEHL
  • Namesakes: Miguel Brugueras del Valle, a Cuban politician who directed the Cuban news agency, Prensa Latina. Miguel Vázquez, a Puerto Rican boxer who competed at the 2000 Olympics.
  • Popularity: Miguel ranked 67th worldwide, primarily used in Mexico and 7th in Argentina.
Traditional, Masculine

Miranda

Miranda also means “to be wondered at,” from the Latin “miror,” meaning “to admire.” It also means “marvelous” and can remain at your lovely little lady’s side from the start.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Admirable
  • Pronunciation: Mih-RAEN-daa
  • Variations: Mirranda, Myranda
  • Namesakes: Miranda Richardson, an English actress and winner of a BAFTA Award for Damage. Diana Miranda (known as Miranda), a Colombian singer with Miranda & the Soul Band nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
  • Popularity: Miranda is common worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 634th in 2022.
Pretty, Common

Montez

Montez comes from “montes,” a place name that means “of the mountain.” It’s also a Spanish surname that corresponds to the Italian Monte, but Montez is one of those Cuban male names ready to rock for a distinguished and funny young lad.

  • Origin: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Meaning: Mountain dweller
  • Pronunciation: Mown-TEHZ
  • Variations: Montes, Monteze, Montiz
  • Popularity: Montez is very rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., where it’s been given 3,681 times between 1880 and 2018.
Unique, Rare

Nando

Nando is a Spanish and German short form of Fernando. It’s often used in Italy and Switzerland, giving it an international flair and an adorable nickname.

  • Origin: Spanish, German
  • Meaning: Bold voyager
  • Pronunciation: NAEN-Dow
  • Variations: Nandor
  • Namesakes: Fernando “Nando” Parrado, one of the Uruguayan survivors of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 that formed the basis of the book and film Alive. Nando de Colo, a French basketball player and winner of the EuroLeague title in 2016 and 2019.
  • Popularity: Nando is uncommon worldwide and primarily used in Mozambique, where it ranked 816th.
Cute, Uncommon

Neoma

Neoma means “pleasantness” in Hebrew, possibly connected to Naomi. It also means “new month,” which brings excitement while you await your baby girl’s arrival.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: New moon
  • Pronunciation: NEH-ow-Maa
  • Variations: Neomi
  • Namesakes: Neoma Judge, an American actress of the 1930s and one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1934.
  • Popularity: Neoma is rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., ranking 6,422nd.
Unusual, Rare

Nestor

Nestor originally meant “one who returns from travels.” In Greek mythology, Nestor was the King of Pylos in Homer’s Odyssey, but he can make his way to your baby boy’s life as a unique name.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Traveler
  • Pronunciation: NEHS-Towr
  • Variations: Nester, Nestore
  • Namesakes: Nestor Forster Júnior, a Brazilian diplomat and Ambassador to the United States. Néstor Candamil, a Galician teacher and member of the Congress of Deputies of Spain.
  • Popularity: Nestor ranked 906th worldwide and is most popular in Argentina, where it ranked 55th.
Ancient, Popular

Nina

In addition to being the Russian version of Anne, Niña means “little girl” in Spanish. Nina is a common nickname in Spain and Russia, a Babylonian ocean goddess, and an Incan fire goddess, but it can work wonders for your little Nina.

  • Origin: Spanish, Russian
  • Meaning: Little girl
  • Pronunciation: NIY-Nah
  • Variations: Neena, Ninah, Ninna
  • Namesakes: Nina Bang, a Danish politician and the first international female government minister in 1924. Niña Pastori, a Spanish flamenco singer and winner of four Latin Grammys.
  • Popularity: Nina ranked 519th worldwide, is most popular in Russia and ranked 15th in Moldova.
Cute, Popular

Novia

Novia also means “new” in Latin but is best known as the Spanish word for “sweetheart.” It’s associated with youth and is the perfect term of endearment for the baby girl you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Spanish, Latin
  • Meaning: Girlfriend
  • Pronunciation: NOW-viy-Ah
  • Variations: Novea
  • Namesakes: Novia Kolopaking, an Indonesian actor best known for the TV series Keluarga Cemara. Novia Lin, a Tawainese actress, appearing in the film Legend of the T-Dog (2012).
  • Popularity: Novia is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in Indonesia, where it ranked 731st.
Pretty, Uncommon

Oriole

Oriole is based on the Latin ”oriolus,” meaning “the golden one.” It’s named after the Oriole bird, known for bringing luck with its visit, just as your baby girl can bring you all the luck!

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Golden
  • Pronunciation: AOR-iy-Owl
  • Variations: Orialle, Oriel, Oriele, Orielle
  • Popularity: Oriole is extremely rare worldwide, primarily used in the Congo, followed by the U.S.
Modern, Cool

Pablo

Pablo is the Spanish version of Paul, meaning “small” and “humble” in Latin. Like Paulo does for Italy, Pablo honors Spanish culture while providing the most adorable name for your little guy to enjoy.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Little
  • Pronunciation: PAE-Blow
  • Namesakes: Pablo Etulain, an Argentinian field hockey player who competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Pablo de Sarasate, a Spanish violinist, best known for the Spanish Dances in the Romantic period.
  • Popularity: Pablo ranked 306th worldwide, is most popular in Mexico, and 24th in Argentina.
Cute, Traditional
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Pedro

Pedro comes from the Latin “petra,” meaning “stone.” It’s the Spanish and Italian version of Peter, yet it remains one of the most popular Cuban names for boys who are like your rock.

  • Origin: Spanish, Latin
  • Meaning: Rock
  • Pronunciation: PEH-Drow
  • Variations: Padrae
  • Namesakes: Pedro Paredes, a Mexican politician who served as the 38th President of Mexico for less than one hour, the shortest presidency in history. Pedro Figueredo (known as Perucho), a Cuban poet and 19th-century freedom fighter.
  • Popularity: Pedro ranked 50th worldwide, is most popular in Brazil, and 3rd in Portugal.
Traditional, Popular

Pirro

Pirro also means “red-haired” in Greek, taken from Pyrrhos. It can also mean “blaze” for the fiery little guy you adorn with this cool name.

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: Rock
  • Pronunciation: PIH-Row
  • Variations: Piro, Pyro, Pyrro
  • Namesakes: Pirro Del Balzo, a 15th-century Italian nobleman famous for his resistance against the House of Trastámara. Pirro Vaso, an Albanian architect known for his work on the Skanderbeg Museum in Krujë.
  • Popularity: Pirro is extremely rare worldwide and primarily used in Albania, where it ranked 2,486th.
Unusual, Cute

Placido

Placido derives from the Latin “placidus,” meaning “placid-tempered.” It also means “calm” and “peaceful,” perfect for the young man who’s as cool as a cucumber.

  • Origin: Spanish, Latin
  • Meaning: Serene
  • Pronunciation: PLAES-iy-Dow
  • Variations: Placid, Placydo, Plasedo
  • Namesakes: Plácido Domingo, a Spanish opera singer who’s recorded more than a hundred operas. Gabriel de la Concepción Valdés (known as Plácido), a 19th-century Cuban poet and revolutionary.
  • Popularity: Placido is uncommon worldwide, mainly used in Mexico, and ranked 638th in Argentina.
Masculine, Uncommon

Posidio

Posidio refers to Poseidon, the ancient Greek sea god. It’s also a surname but can be a mighty name for your deity-in-training, whether by land or sea.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Devoted to Poseidon
  • Pronunciation: Pah-ZIH-diy-Ow
  • Variations: Pausidio
  • Popularity: Posidio is extremely rare worldwide and primarily used in Columbia, where it ranked in the top 10,000 names.
Obscure, Rare

Quito

Quito is the Latin word for “fifth,” but you can name your baby boy Quito no matter where he is on the list of siblings. It’s also the name of the capital city of Ecuador, the second-highest capital in the world.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Fifth
  • Pronunciation: KWIY-Tow
  • Variations: Quentin
  • Popularity: Quito is rare worldwide, mostly used in Egypt, and ranked 1,713rd in Mozambique.
Cool, Rare

Ramira

Ramira also means “judicious” and is the feminine form of Ramiro, taken from the Latin Ramirus. Ramira may also come from the German Raginmar, but wherever it’s from, Ramira is a cute, unusual choice for your young sage.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Wise, famous
  • Pronunciation: Rah-MIHR-ah
  • Variations: Rameara, Rameera, Ramirah
  • Popularity: Ramira is rare worldwide, mainly used in Brazil, and ranked 2,871st in Mexico.
Pretty, Rare

Ramon

Ramon also means “wise protector.” It’s the Spanish version of the Germanic Raginmund, made up of “ragin,” meaning “advice,” and “mund,” meaning “protector.” You might best recognize it as another form of Raymond, with a twist.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Counsel protection
  • Pronunciation: Raa-MOHN
  • Variations: Raymond
  • Namesakes: Ramon Dekkers, a Dutch kickboxer and an eight-time Muay Thai world champion. Ramon Magsaysay, the seventh president of the Philippines from 1953 to 1957.
  • Popularity: Ramon ranked 265th worldwide, is most popular in Argentina, and 8th in Cuba.
Strong, Masculine

Raniero

Raniero is the Spanish and Italian version of the German Raginheri, made up of “ragin,” meaning “advice,” and “heri,” meaning “army.” It was once a surname, but this warrior name is thoughtful and strong for baby boys.

  • Origin: Spanish, German
  • Meaning: Deciding warrior
  • Pronunciation: Rae-niy-EHR-Ow
  • Variations: Rainerio, Renjeero, Renjeryo
  • Namesakes: Raniero Cantalamessa, an Italian Catholic cardinal and preacher to the Papal Household since 1980. Raniero Vanni d’Archirafi, the Italian ambassador to Spain and the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • Popularity: Raniero is extremely rare worldwide and mainly used in Italy, where it ranked 1,047th.
Unique, Strong

Rio

Rio is the Spanish word for “river” and is best known for Rio de Janeiro, the capital city of Brazil. It’s also a Japanese girl’s name, but your Rio can rule all the rivers there are.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: River
  • Pronunciation: RIY-ow
  • Namesakes: Rio Mavuba, a French footballer for the French national team at the 2014 World Cup. Rio Shimamoto, a Japanese writer who won the Gunzo Prize for New Writers.
  • Popularity: Rio is uncommon worldwide and ranked 1,530th in the U.S. in 2022.
Cute, Unique

Roberto

Roberto is the Spanish and Portuguese variant of the German Robert. It originated as the Old German Hruodoberht, composed of “hruod,” meaning “glory,” and “beraht,” meaning “bright.”

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Bright, shining
  • Pronunciation: Row-BEHR-Tow
  • Variations: Robert
  • Namesakes: Roberto Luongo, a Canadian ice hockey player for the New York Islanders. Roberto Moreno, a Brazilian racing driver who competed in 75 Formula One Grands Prix races.
  • Popularity: Roberto ranked 99th worldwide, mainly used in Mexico and 3rd in Cuba.
Traditional, Popular
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Rodolfo

Rodolfo is the Spanish version of the German Rudolf. It consists of “hruod,” meaning “glory,” and “olf,” meaning “wolf.” It also means “legendary wolf” for young pups ready for fame.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Famous wolf
  • Pronunciation: Row-DAAL-fow
  • Variations: Rodolpho, Rudolfo, Rudolpho
  • Namesakes: Rodolfo di Valentina d’Antonguolla (known as Rudolph Valentino), an Italian silent film actor called the “Latin Lover.” Rodolfo Vela, a Mexican astronaut and the second Latin American to travel to space.
  • Popularity: Rodolfo ranked 751st worldwide, primarily used in the Philippines and 82nd in Cuba.
Strong, Masculine

Romeo

Romeo came from the Latin Romaeus, meaning “pilgrim to Rome.” It’s another term for a Roman citizen but is best remembered as the lovelorn leading man in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Roman
  • Pronunciation: Row-MEY-ow
  • Variations: Romio, Romero
  • Namesakes: Romeo Challenger, an English musician, and drummer for the rock band Showaddywaddy since 1973. Romeo Jozak, a Croatian football manager for the Kuwait national team.
  • Popularity: Romeo ranked 1,538th worldwide and 308th in the U.S. in 2022.
Cool, Common

Ruyan

Ruyan is a diminutive of the Spanish “rey,” meaning “king.” It’s also considered a Celtic name, shares the same meaning in Hindi, and is unique among Cuban names that center around a royal title.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Little king
  • Pronunciation: RUW-Yahn
  • Variations: Ryan
  • Popularity: Ruyan is rare worldwide and mainly used in Taiwan.
Unusual, Rare

Salamon

Salamon is a Spanish variation on the Hebrew Solomon and appears as a surname. It also means “health” and “prosperity,” which become thoughtful wishes for the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Slavic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Peaceful
  • Pronunciation: SAEL-aa-Maan
  • Variations: Solomon, Salaman, Salomon
  • Popularity: Salamon is rare worldwide, mainly used in India, and ranked 988th in Hungary.
Ancient, Rare

Samara

Samara was once the Hebrew Samaria, a biblical place name for the capital of Israel in the ancient world. It also means “protected by God,” so it comes with a meaningful history already attached.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Arabic
  • Meaning: Guardian
  • Pronunciation: Saa-MEYR-aa
  • Variations: Samarah, Samarra, Sammara
  • Namesakes: Samara Downs, the principal British ballerina with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Samara Almeida, a Brazilian volleyball player who competed at the 2012 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship.
  • Popularity: Samara is uncommon worldwide, primarily used in Brazil, and ranked 373rd in the U.S. in 2021.
Feminine, Uncommon

Seleste

Seleste is an alternate spelling of Celeste, taken from the Latin “caelestis,” meaning “celestial.” It also refers to the blue color of the sky that watches over your little Seleste.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Heavenly
  • Pronunciation: Seh-LEHST
  • Variations: Celeste
  • Popularity: Seleste is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in the U.S., where 18 girls were named Seleste in 2021.
Feminine, Unique

Severa

Severa comes from the Latin Severus, meaning “strict” or “stern.” It also means “austere,” but it appears as one of the more pretty Cuban female names than its meaning would have you believe.

  • Origin: Spanish, Latin
  • Meaning: Severe
  • Pronunciation: Sey-VEH-rah
  • Variations: Severah, Severra, Severya
  • Popularity: Severa is rare worldwide, mainly used in Mexico, and ranked 934th in Argentina.
Pretty, Unique

Silvana

Silvana is the female version of the surname Silva, originating from the Latin Silvanus, meaning “from the woods.” Silvanus was the Roman god of the forest and “uncultivated lands,” so Silvana is ideal for your wild child to enjoy.

  • Origin: Latin, Italian
  • Meaning: Forest
  • Pronunciation: Siyl-VAA-naa
  • Variations: Sylvana, Silvanna, Sylvana, Sylvanna
  • Namesakes: Silvana Paternostro, a Colombian journalist and contributing editor of Bomb magazine. Silvana De Mari, an Italian writer, known for the children’s book L’ultimo Elfo (2004).
  • Popularity: Silvana ranked 1,573rd worldwide, primarily used in Brazil, and 46th in Albania.
Feminine, Common

Sofia

Sofia (spelled Sophia) is the personification of wisdom and represents the Holy Spirit of the Christian trilogy. It’s based on the Greek “sophia,” the literal word for “wisdom.”

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Wisdom
  • Pronunciation: Sow-FIY-ah
  • Variations: Sophia, Sofiya
  • Namesakes: Sofia Berntson (known as Sofia), a Swedish singer who competed in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 and 2009. Sofia Coppola, an American filmmaker, and daughter of film director Francis Ford Coppola.
  • Popularity: Sofia ranked 656th worldwide and was the top name for girls in the U.S. from 2009 to 2020, but fell to 5th in 2021.
Pretty, Popular

Tajo

Tajo is the name of the longest river in Spain. It’s the Spanish word for “day,” but it’s a cool name for your baby boy, whether he arrives during the day or night.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Day
  • Pronunciation: TAA-how
  • Variations: Taio
  • Popularity: Tajo is very uncommon worldwide, mainly used in India, and ranked 2,200th in Pakistan.
Unusual, Uncommon
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Urbana

Urbana was a surname initially derived from the Latin “Urbanus.” It’s made up of “urbs,” meaning “town” or “city.” Urbana refers to anyone who’s a “big city dweller,” which your little girl may grow up to be.

  • Origin: Latin, Italian
  • Meaning: From the city
  • Pronunciation: Uwr-BAA-Naa
  • Variations: Urbanah, Urbanna
  • Popularity: Urbana is uncommon worldwide, mostly used in Mexico, and ranked 1,406th in Bolivia.
Unique, Uncommon

Vertia

Vertia is a female form of the Latin “veritas,” meaning “truth.” It’s related to the English girl’s name Verity, but with a Spanish angle.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Truth
  • Pronunciation: VER-tiy-Yah
  • Variations: Verita
  • Popularity: Vertia is extremely rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S.
Unique, Pretty

Vicente

Vincente is the Spanish and Portuguese version of Vincent. It’s based on the Latin Vincentius, composed of “vincere,” meaning “to conquer.” It also means “victorious,” which makes it a winner among Cuban male names.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Victorious
  • Pronunciation: Viy-SEHN-Teh
  • Variations: Vincent
  • Namesakes: Vicente Quesada, the 62nd president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. Vicente Aleixandre y Merlo, a Spanish poet, and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1977.
  • Popularity: Vicente ranked 610th worldwide, mainly used in Mexico and 46th in Ecuador.
Traditional, Masculine

Vinita

Vinita also means “knowledge” in India and refers to “venus.” In Spanish, it’s a diminutive of Davina, is another name for Vina, and can grow like a vine alongside your baby girl.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Vineyard
  • Pronunciation: Viy-NIY-Taa
  • Variations: Vanita
  • Popularity: Vinita ranked 1,135th worldwide and is mostly used in India, where it ranked 420th.
Pretty, Common

Xeronimo

Xeromino uses the original Greek spelling of Jerome but is more recognizable today as Geronimo. It also means “sacred” and is special enough for your Xeronimo to be the only one around.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Holy, pure
  • Pronunciation: Geh-RAH-ni-Mow
  • Variations: Xerome
  • Popularity: Xeronimo is extremely rare worldwide and only occurred six times in Mexico in 2014.
Obscure, Rare

Yago

Yago began as a Hebrew name, meaning “holder of the heel” and taken from “’akáv,” meaning “to follow.” It’s another version of Iago, the famous Shakespearean villain, but Yago can still be your good little guy.

  • Origin: Spanish, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Supplanter
  • Pronunciation: YAA-Gow
  • Variations: Iago
  • Namesakes: Yago Felipe, a Brazilian footballer for Fluminense. Yago Lange, an Argentine sailor who competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
  • Popularity: Yago is uncommon worldwide, primarily used in Brazil, and ranked 531st in Spain.
Unique, Uncommon

Yanet

Yanet is a Hispanic spelling of Janet, taken from the Hebrew John. It originally meant “God is merciful” but became a new example of standout Cuban names for girls.

  • Origin: Spanish, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Merciful
  • Pronunciation: YAE-Neht
  • Variations: Yaneth
  • Namesakes: Yanet Acosta, a Cuban judoka and silver medalist at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Yanet Mojarena, a Cuban tennis player who won 5 doubles titles on the ITF tour.
  • Popularity: Yanet ranked in the top 10,000 names worldwide, mainly used in Mexico, and 164th in Cuba.
Feminine, Unique

Yenifer

Yenifer is the Spanish form of Jennifer. It also means “white phantom” in Welsh (spelled Yennefer), so Yenifer has more to offer your baby girl than just a uniquely spelled name.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: White wave
  • Pronunciation: YEH-nih-Fer
  • Variations: Yennefer, Yennifer
  • Namesakes: Yenifer Gamboa, a Venezuelan footballer for the Venezuela women’s national team.
  • Popularity: Yenifer is uncommon worldwide and primarily used in Venezuela, where it ranked 314th.
Feminine, Strong

Zamira

Zamira also means “good voice” or “sweet voice” in Albanian. Its Arabic meaning is “conscientious,” but your Zamira’s name can sing like the most adorable baby bird.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Nightingale
  • Pronunciation: Zah-MIHR-aa
  • Variations: Zemira, Zemirah
  • Namesakes: Zamira Hajiyeva, an Azerbaijani-UK expatriate and the first recipient of a wealth order under a UK anti-corruption law.
  • Popularity: Zamira is uncommon worldwide and mainly used in Uzbekistan, where it ranked 84th.
Pretty, Unique

Zanna

Zanna is also a nickname used for Susanna. In Hebrew, it means “God’s gift,” but, in combination with its Latin floral meaning, it is the ultimate short and sweet feminine name for baby girls.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Lily
  • Pronunciation: ZAAN-Naa
  • Variations: Zana
  • Namesakes: Zanna Proniadou, a Greek volleyball player with the Greece women’s national team. Zanna Rassi, a British-American fashion journalist and the current Fashion-Editor-at-Large for Marie Claire.
  • Popularity: Zanna is uncommon worldwide, mostly used in Nigeria, and ranked 128th in Armenia.
Pretty, Unusual
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Maryana Vestic is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and food photographer with a background in entertainment Business Affairs. She studied film at NYU, Irish Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin, and has an MFA in Creative Writing Nonfiction from The New School. She loves cooking, baking, hiking, and horror films, as well as running a local baking business in Brooklyn with her boyfriend.
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