35 Spanish Baby Names That Are Perfect for Your Future Babe

By | May 28, 2020

Full transparency: I used to think people were crazy when they had their baby names picked out before they were pregnant. My cousin had a list of 10 full names (first and middle) stashed away on the notes app in her phone before she was even of legal drinking age. At the time I thought she was losing it, but now I realize that when you find a name you like, it’s worth noting.

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No matter what stage you’re at in the process—or even if you just have a deep appreciation for cute-ass baby names and need something good in your life—it never hurts to do some searching. And honestly, what better route to go than with names of Spanish descent? You could take inspiration from children of celebs like Madonna and Penelope Cruz or you could go with the more classic and timeless names that always top the popularity charts.

So whether you’ve found yourself here bc you’re expecting and looking for a cute ass bb name (congrats!) or you’re planning out your future family with a guy you went on two dates with (we’ve all been there) look below for some of that much needed inspo. Apologies in advance that it will be literally impossible to narrow down your choices.

1. Yamilet

    This name, used by Daddy Yankee and wife Mireddys González for their middle daughter, means beautiful and elegant. I’m sure we’d all like to think our child will be beautiful and elegant, but if we go with Yamilet, we’re literally ensuring it.

    2. Alejandro

    A consistently popular choice for baby boys, Alejandro means “defending men.” It’s also the name of a very popular Lady Gaga song, and if that’s not enough convincing for you, I don’t know what is.

    3. Fernando

    Also a featured name in Lady Gaga’s hit “Alejandro,” this name is another great option that means “bold voyager.” Perfect for a future lil traveler and ABBA fan.

    4. Santiago

    Taking the meaning, “of St. James,” Santiago is somehow the Spanish version of the name James…Eva Longoria and Jose Baston gave this name to their beautiful baby boy.

    5. Diego

    Another Spanish name translating to the English name James, Diego started gaining popularity for boys in the 1980’s and reached the top 100 baby boy names in 2002. Childhood.com has even named it #35 on their list of up and coming baby names for 2020, if you’re tryna be a trendsetter.

    6. Carmen

    This name translates to “garden” in Spanish, which is great for raising a lover of nature. Alec and Hilaria Baldwin gave this name to their oldest daughter.

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    7. Jose

    This name is about as classic as they come, always maintaining a spot in the top Spanish names for boys. When translated, it means “God will increase.”

    8. Valentina

    The first half of Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault’s daughter’s name means strength and health. It’s also a reminder of Valentine’s Day, so a perfect name for a loving and strong girl.

    9. Paloma

    Although it most likely reminds you of a delicious tequila cocktail, the second half of Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault’s daughter’s name means “dove.”

    10. Manuel

    Manuel translates to “God is with us,” and has maintained its popularity in the middle of the pack for Spanish baby names. And if you’re a broadway fan, this would be a perfect name for your newborn as an ode to Lin-Manuel Miranda, genius extraordinaire.

    11. Juan

    This is another Spanish classic and it translates to “God is gracious.” Bachelor fans will think of the worst Bachelor, Juan Pablo, but don’t let that deter you from choosing this name for your future babe.

    12. Miguel

    Mike Tyson gave his son this name (as a way to honor himself, perhaps?) This name is the Spanish equivalent to the English “Michael” and means “Who is like God?”

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    13. Lucia

    This beautiful name translates to “light,” which is why it was traditionally given to babies who were born around the break of daylight.

    14. Esmerelda

    This name means “Emerald” and was given to the first-born of Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling. You may recognize this name from Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in which Esmeralda is the name of the Gypsy heroine. Who doesn’t love a Disney reference for their future princess?

    15. Antonio

    If you’re looking for a popular name but want something with a little bit of flair, this name is for you (or rather, your future child.) Antonio, meaning “priceless one,” has been in the Top 100 Spanish bb names lists since 1880. It’s also great for Shakespeare lovers- it’s been featured in at least five different plays.

    16. Maceo

    Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez chose this name for their son which translates to “Gift of God.”

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    17. Francisco

    Traditionally a Spanish and Portugese name, this name means “Frenchman” or “free man.” It has gained more popularity in the U.S. likely due to parents starting to name their children after more creative things, like…cities. We love Francisco, but please don’t put the San in front of it (or do, it’s your baby!).

    18. Joaquin

    This name, meaning “God will judge,” has gained popularity over the years due to various celeb mentions. From the rise of actor Joaquin Phoenix and the naming of Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa’s son, Joaquin has become a trendy name for baby boys.

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    19. Alicia

    This name is the Latinized version of the name Alice, originally of German descent meaning “noble.” Actress Alicia Silverstone and singer Alicia Keys are great representations for this beautiful, feminine name.

    20. Maria

    You may generally think of this as strictly a girl’s name, but Maria is actually a unisex name in Spanish culture. It’s considered a timeless classic and translates to “bitter or wished-for child.”

    21. Cristian

    This name quite literally means “follower of Christ.” Marc Anthony & Dayanara Torres gave this name to their son, while soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo also sports a variation of the name.

    22. Sofia

    This is a popular one all around the world. Carrying the meaning of “wisdom,” this name hits the top of the baby name charts in countries such as Italy, Spain, and the U.S. It’s also popular amongst celebs, given to people like our April 2020 cover star, Sofia Richie, and Modern Family favorite Sofia Vergara.

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    23. Jaime

    Another great option for a unisex name, Jaime is the Spanish version for the English name James. It can be pronounced differently depending on which gender you’re going with.

    24. Luna

    Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz named their daughter Luna which directly translates to “the moon.” Not sure if they’re fans of astrology, but this is a great option for those who are.

    25. Rafael

    Alec and Hilaria Baldwin chose this for one of their son’s which carries the meaning “God has healed.” Also the name of successful tennis star Rafael Nadal, you could be willing a hot tennis star to your fam with this name.

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    26. Hugo

    This name has a hefty cultural background. Originating from Germany, Portugal, and Spain, it carries on the meaning of “mind, intellect.” So maybe you want to bless your baby with some natural brain power, or maybe you want them to be as successful as Hugo Boss. There’s many directions you can go with this one.

    27. Lourdes

    Originally of Basque origin meaning “craggy slope,” we prefer the more modern reference that the name has for the Virgin Mary. I can only assume that Madonna and Carlos Leon, who named their daughter Lourdes, are more Virgin Mary fans than craggy slope as well.

    28. Carlos

    This is another Spanish name that translates to “free man.” It continually climbs the charts of popularity, but narrowly misses the Top 100 every year. Fun fact: Charlie Sheen’s given name is Carlos Irwin Estevez.

    29. Catalina

    Although the meaning of this name is “pure” we can’t help but think of the hit classic Step Brothers and their Catalina Wine Mixer scene. Honestly, nothing more pure than that.

    30. Vida

    This girl’s name chosen by Matthew McConaughey and Camilla Alves for their daughter, carries the meaning “life.” If it’s good enough for Matthew and Camilla, it’s sure good enough for me.

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    31. Angel

    This name originates from Greece, but reached peak popularity as a boy’s name from 2005-2007 due to Spanish-speaking families in the U.S. The original meaning of the word is “messenger from God.”

    32. Lola

    Translating to “lady of sorrows,” this name has only gotten more popular as the years go on. This is evidenced by celebs like Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, Lisa Bonet, and Chris Rock all naming their daughters Lola.

    33. Mateo

    This name also means Gift of God (see: Maceo) but it is much more popular for baby boy names than the one given to Halle Berry’s son. It can also be spelled a variety of ways (Matteo, Matheo) so you can get creative when choosing this name!

    34. Cruz

    Victoria and David Beckham used this name for their third son which means “cross.” Although not a classic name, Cruz is becoming trendier, especially for those that are looking for a unisex name.

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    35. Manolo

    The name of the shoes you wish you could afford AND the name of Joe Gonzalez and Sofia Vergara’s son, Manolo translates to “God is with Us.”

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