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Portuguese Girl Names

Portuguese Girl Names
Portuguese names for girls are frequently mistaken for Spanish or Italian names, with similar choices popular in all the Latinate countries of Europe and South America: from the classic Maria and Sofia to newcomers Jacinda and Mara. Portuguese forms of internationally well-known girls' names include some that could be from many countries — Rosa and Teresa, for instance — and some with distinctly Portuguese forms or spellings, such as Susana or Paoletta. Intriguing Portuguese options for baby girls include Mafalda, a witchy name used in Harry Potter, and Luzia.

Here is our complete list of Portuguese names for baby girls. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.

AnaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Hannah
  • Meaning:

    "grace"
  • Description:

    Pared-down form loses none of the name's grace or power. Ana is one of the most popular Spanish names for girls in the US.

EsmeraldaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Portuguese
  • Meaning:

    "emerald"
  • Description:

    Esmeralda came into use as an applied use of the Spanish word for emerald, esmeralda. In the 1831 Victor Hugo novel Notre-Dame de Paris, also known as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, the heroine was born Agnes, but called La Esmeralda in reference to the jewel she wears around her neck. The name Esmeralda got increased visibility via the Disney version of the story.

AdelinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Slavic variation of Adeline
  • Meaning:

    "noble, nobility"
  • Description:

    Adelina is back in the Top 1000 after an absence of nearly a century, thanks to the meteoric rise of her sister name Adeline -- along with Adelaide, Adele, and Ada. Some parents choose Adelina because they want to get to cute vintage nickname Addie, but others favor it as a slightly more unusual form of this sweet vintage girls' name. A lot of attention was focused on it recently via the women's figure skating gold medal winner at the Sochi winter olympics--Adelina Sotnikova.

    While Adeline is usually pronounced in the U.S. with a long i in the last syllable, to rhyme with mine, Adelina is pronounced with the long e sound at the end, as in 'lee-na'.

FernandaHeart

  • Origin:

    Feminine variation of Fernando, Spanish and Portuguese version of German Ferdinand
  • Meaning:

    "bold voyager"
  • Description:

    Fernanda is very popular in the Latino community, with a lot more charm than its male counterpart. The standard nickname is Nanda, and variations include Ferdinanda and Fernandina.

RosaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latinate variation of Rose
  • Meaning:

    "rose, a flower"
  • Description:

    As sweet-smelling as Rose but with an international flavour, Rosa is one of the most classic Portuguese, Spanish and Italian names, which is also favored by upper-class Brits, having an ample measure of vintage charm. Rosa has been on the popularity charts for every year that's been counted, especially popular from the 1880s through the beginning of the twentieth century.

TeresaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "to harvest"
  • Description:

    Teresa, the simpler phonetic form of this name, was the most popular variation for its early life, when it was used exclusively in Spain and Portugal. Teresa and all its variations are far off their mid-20th-century peak now, though the name has many worthy namesakes including Saint Teresa and Mother Teresa. Short forms Tess and Tessa are now more fashionable. Other spellings to check out: Theresa, the usual English form, and the French Therese.

PaulaHeart

  • Origin:

    Feminine variation of Paul
  • Meaning:

    "small"
  • Description:

    Paula still seems somewhat stuck in the era of duo Paul and Paula bopping out the song "Hey, Paula." Two pronunciations are possible—the English "PAW-la" and the Portuguese "POW-la."

LindaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish, Portuguese and Italian word name meaning "pretty"
  • Meaning:

    "pretty"
  • Description:

    Linda will live forever in baby name history for toppling Mary from its four hundred year reign as Number 1. Queen of Names in 1947, Linda has fallen even further in favor than Mary today.