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Gender: F Pronunciation: con-SWAY-lo Meaning of Consuelo: "she who brings consolation" Origin of Consuelo: Spanish from Latin

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Consuelo is a chic, highly sophisticated Spanish name that works well with Anglo surnames. It was regularly on the U.S. popularity list through 1983, reaching as high as Number 339 in 1930.

The name is a reference to the Virgin Mary, as Nuestra Senora del Consuelo--our lady of consolation.

Its most noted namesake in this country is Consuelo Vanderbilt, the beautiful only daughter of railroad millionaire William K. Vanderbilt. She was given the Spanish name in honor of her half-Cuban godmother. Another fashionable Consuelo was the American-born Italian countess Consuelo Crespi, the editor of Italian Vogue. In literature, Consuelo was used by George Sand for the title character of a novel about a beautiful Venetian singer. There have also been Consuelos in West Side Storyand Precious.

Consuelo is still well-used in Spanish-speaking countries, and is especially popular in Chile. The unusual o-ending for a girl's baby name adds to her appeal.

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Famous People Named Consuelo

Consuelo Vanderbilt, heiress and socialite
Consuelo Crespi, American-born countess and fashion editor
Consuelo de Saint Exupery, wife of Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Pop Culture References for the Name Consuelo

Consuelo, self-titled novel by George Sand
Consuelo, housekeeper on Family Guy
Consuelo, grandmother of Angie Lopez on "George Lopez"
Consuelo, character in Carlos Fuentes' "Aura"
Consuelo, character in "Woman on the Edge of Time"

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