Tu nombre Your name
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One of the fun traditions of Spanish class is getting to choose a different name for yourself.  Take a look at the charts below and choose a name (nombre) that you'd like to be called in class. I've written many common nicknames in parentheses for you.  

In Spanish, when you talk about names, you use both the word nombre and the word apellidoNombre means 'first name'Apellido means 'last name.' So to ask someone's full name, you'll ask for his or her nombre and apellido 

 first name  nombre
 last name  apellido


Heard a Spanish name and not sure whether it's a boy's or girl's? 

Girls' and Boys' Names
A girl's name might end in any letter. A boy's name might end in any letter except -a.  If a name ends in -a, it's always a girl's name (like Alicia). If a name ends in -o, it's usually a boy's name, but not always (Rocío is a girl's name, for example).  

What about the origin of Spanish names? 

Influence of Other Cultures Within Spanish-Speaking Countries
In Central and South America, there are about 52 million indigenous people, many who speak their traditional languages.  Traditional names from these languages can be found throughout Latin America. And in Spain, not all Spaniards speak Spanish! Some other regional languages are Catalán, Gallego, and Euskera, and names in those regions will often be in those languages.  

Influence of Catholicism
Many common names come from the Catholic bible, because of the influence of Catholicism in the history of the Spanish-speaking world. Therefore, you'll hear the names Adán, Eva, Noé, Abraham, Sara, Ismael, Isaac, Raquel, José, Benjamín, Moises, Miriam, David, Isabel, Saúl, Esther, Daniel, Daniela, Ana, María, Marco, Mateo, Juan, Marta, Pablo, Timoteo, among others.  Children are sometimes named after Catholic saints.

Influence of Globalization and the Media
In Latin America, you'll find that some Spanish speakers have English names (like Elizabeth or Dylan), probably because of the influence of American media.

Choose your own nombre
Choose one for yourself!  Scan the list below and pick the name (or names, if you want 2) you'd like to use in Spanish class.

Note: I've written a nickname for some names.  There are often several possible nicknames for one person, though - Spanish speakers treat nicknaming like a sport!  On the other hand, you'll never find someone's nickname on a business card, like we do in English (e.g., Rob, Bill, Mike).

Women's names = Nombres de mujeres

 Dawn  Alba / Aurora
 Alice  Alicia (Licha)
 Andrea  Andrea
 Ann  Ana
 Antoinette  Antonia (Toñi)
 Barbara (Barb)  Bárbara (Bar)
 Beatrice  Beatríz
 Camille  Camila
 Carmen  Carmen (Camucha)
 Catherine (Cathy)  Catalina
 Claire  Clara
 Claudia  Claudia (Clau)
 Danielle  Daniela
 Diane  Diana 
 Eleanor  Leonor
 Ellen  Elena
 Elizabeth (Beth)  Isabel (Isa)
 Emma  Emma
 Gabrielle  Gabriela
 Giselle  Gisela
 Grace      Graciela (Chela)
 Helen  Elena
 Josephine  Josefa (Pepa)
 Julie  Julia
 Juliet  Julieta
 Laura  Laura
 Leora  Leora
 Lilian  Liliana
 Lucy  Lucía
 Marcie  Marcela (Chela)
 Margaret, Daisy  Margarita (Margot)
 Mary  María
 Martha  Marta
 Maya  Maya
 Mia  Mía
 Nereid  Nerea
 Olivia  Olivia
 Paula  Paula
 Rachel  Raquel
 Rebecca  Rebeca
 Renée  Renata
 Sarah  Sara
 Sophie  Sofía
 Tamar  Tamara
 Theresa  Teresa (Tere)
 none  Valentina
 Valerie  Valeria
 none  Ximena

Some women's names have meanings that might seem strange to you. For instance:

 faithfulness  Constanza (Coni)
 suffering  Dolores (Lola)
 hope  Esperanza (Espe)
 glory  Gloria
 light  Luz
 mercy  Mercedes (Merche)
 dove  Paloma
 morning dew  Rocío
 rose  Rosa
 loneliness  Soledad (Sole)
 victory  Victoria

Men's names = Nombres de hombres

 Adrian  Adrián
 Alexander (Alex)  Alejandro (Ale, Alex)
 Andrew (Andy)  Andrés
 Anthony  Antonio (Toni, Toño)
 Benjamin  Benjamín (Benja)
 Charles  Carlos
 Daniel (Dan)  Daniel 
 David  David 
 none  Diego
 Emmanuel (Manny)  Manuel (Manolo, Lolo) 
 Ephraim  Efraím
 Francis (Frank)  Francisco (Pancho, Paco)
 none  Gonzalo (Chalo)
 George  Jorge
 Ignatius (Iggy)  Ignacio
 Ivan  Iván
 James  Jaime
 Jared  Jared (Jare)
 John  Juan
 Jonah  Jonás
 Joseph (Joe)  José (Pepe)
 Joshua  Josué (Josu)
 Leonard  Leonardo
 Louis (Lou)  Luís (Lucho)
 Mario  Mario
 Mark  Marcelo (Chelo)
 Mark  Marcos
 Matthew  Mateo
 Matthias  Matías
 Max  Maximiliano (Max)
 Micah  Miqueas (Miqu)
 Michael (Mike)  Miguel
 Nathaniel (Nate)  Natanael (Natan)
 Nicholas (Nick)  Nicolás (Nico)
 Noah  Noé
 Oscar  Óscar
 Paul  Pablo
 Philip (Phil)  Felipe
 Samuel (Sam)  Samuel (Samu)
 Stephen (Steve)  Esteban
 Raymond (Ray)  Ramón (Moncho)
 Richard (Rich)  Ricardo (Chacho)
 Robert (Rob)  Roberto (Róbe)
 Ruben  Rubén
 Theodore (Theo)  Teodoro (Teo)
 Thomas (Tom)  Tomás
 William (Bill)  Guillermo (Memo)
 Xavier  Javier (Javi)
 Zachary (Zach)  Zacarías (Zaca)


Spanish last names date from the middle ages. In Spanish, they often follow a logical pattern. 

The last names TorresCastillo, and Ríos literally mean Towers, Castle and Rivers, and were given to people living near those landmarks.

The last names Córdoba or Mendoza mean that they were from the cities of Córdoba or Mendoza

The last names Martínez, Rodríguez and Fernández meant child-of MartínRodrigo and Fernando

The last names Herrera, Hidalgo and Guerrero mean BlacksmithNobleman, and Warrior.

The last names ToroFlores, and Rosas are names taken from nature, meaning Bull, Flowers, and Roses.

You'd Have 2 Last Names
If you had grown up in a Spanish-speaking country, you'd traditionally have 2 legal last names: your father's then your mother's.  
If someone told you just one of their last names, you would assume that it was their father's (same system as ours).

Nowadays, Spain's society is more gender-equal, and parents exercise more choices over their children's last names.


You already learned the most common titles: señorseñora and señorita.

And you remember that you don't know someone's name, you can just use the title to get their attention, as in señor, por favor...  

Cultural Tip: Don and doña are titles of respect still used, but uncommonly, in Spain and Latin American countries.  They're unlike señorseñora and señorita in that they're used with first names, not last (don Franciscodoña Marina).  In some places these titles are considered respectful and warm, in some places stuffy and overly formal.  I wouldn't recommend using these titles yourself, unless everyone else around you is. 

Drag and Drop!
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Play games to memorize the vocabulary.