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Top Portuguese Names for Boys

Portuguese names for boys include distinctive forms of many names well-known throughout the Latinate world of both Europe and South America: Alexio, Jaco, Matteus. Often, the difference between a Portuguese and a Spanish or Italian boys' name is a single letter or spin of pronunciation. Popular names in Portugal for boys include Rodrigo, Francisco, and Martim. In Brazil, popular Portuguese boys' names include Joao, Guilherme, and Thiago.

Our full list of Portuguese baby boy names is below. 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.
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JoseHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Portuguese version of Joseph
  • Meaning:

    "Jehovah increases"
  • Description:

    Jose is as widespread in the Hispanic community as Joseph and Joe are elsewhere in the U.S., though its numbers here are starting to decrease somewhat. Jose is one of those Spanish baby names that has never crossed over into the Anglo naming culture.

ThiagoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Tiago, diminutive of Santiago
  • Meaning:

    "supplanter"
  • Description:

    Some high-profile soccer stars, such as Thiago Silva, have contributed to its success. The correct Portuguese pronunciation is chee-AH-go.

JorgeHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Portuguese variation of George
  • Description:

    The classic Jorge is one of the most popular and classic Spanish names for boys in the US. Some Latine families pronounce it the same way as George.

AndreHeart

  • Origin:

    French and Portuguese variation of Andrew
  • Meaning:

    "strong and manly"
  • Description:

    One international form that's been familiar in the English-speaking world for decades yet still has not been Anglicized.

FranciscoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Portuguese variation of Francis
  • Meaning:

    "Frenchman or free man"
  • Description:

    Francisco is one of the more popular Spanish names for boys in the US, which is unsurprising given its popularity back in Spain and Portugal as well as Latin America, coupled with its classic status. It also has a cool hipster vibe to it, given the reputation of the city of San Francisco.
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RicardoHeart

  • Origin:

    Portuguese and Spanish variation of Richard
  • Meaning:

    "dominant ruler"
  • Description:

    Richard is far from fashionable, but Ricardo is one of the most popular Spanish names for boys in the US. And it does sound far more appealing that the English version.

FernandoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Portuguese variation of Ferdinand
  • Meaning:

    "bold voyager"
  • Description:

    Can you hear the drums Fernando? Although 58% of Nameberries prefer Ferdinand to Fernando, the Iberian variant has a softer, more romantic feel that makes it a better fit with all those Javiers, Lorenzos and Matteos.

HugoHeart

  • Origin:

    Latinized form of Hugh
  • Meaning:

    "mind, intellect"
  • Description:

    Hugo, the Latin form of Hugh, has more heft and energy than the original -- and of course we love names that end (or begin, for that matter) with an o. This one is especially appealing because it's backed up by lots of solid history and European style.

RobertoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese variation of Robert
  • Description:

    Standard Latin classic.

MarcosHeart

  • Origin:

    Portuguese and Spanish variation of Mark
  • Description:

    Another culture's slant on Mark, sometimes associated with former president of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos and his shoe-collecting wife, Imelda.
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ArmandoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of Herman, German
  • Meaning:

    "soldier"
  • Description:

    Armando takes the flat-footed Herman and makes it romantic. This is another of the Latin names we expect to be seeing more of.

MoisesHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Portuguese variation of Moses
  • Description:

    This variation on Moses got a boost from Moises Alou, a Dominican-American baseball player who spent 17 seasons in the National League.

RodrigoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Portuguese variation of Roderick
  • Meaning:

    "famous ruler"
  • Description:

    Rhythmically appealing international spin on the stiff original.

LeandroHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian variation of Leander
  • Description:

    Leandro is the Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish variant of the English name Leander. A blend of two Latin words (Leo "lion" and Andro "man"), Leandro is a name that suggests its bearer has strength and power. Despite this very masculine meaning, Leandro also has a long romantic history, beginning with the myth of Hero and Leander (Ero et Leandro in Latin) to being an important figure in the history of the beautiful Spanish city of Seville.

TomasHeart

  • Origin:

    German and Portuguese version of Thomas
  • Meaning:

    "twin"
  • Description:

    The pronunciation may be slightly different—toe-MAHS—though some parents use this as a phonetic spelling of Thomas.
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AlfredoHeart

  • Origin:

    Celtic "Wise counsellor"
  • Meaning:

    "Wise counsellor"
  • Description:

    Alfredo, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese variation of Alfred, is most familiar as the romantic lead in Verdi's evergreen opera La Traviata. On a less romantic note, Alfredo is also the name of a pasta sauce.

AlonsoHeart

  • Origin:

    Portuguese and Spanish variation of Adalfuns, German
  • Meaning:

    "noble and ready"
  • Description:

    Alonso is the Spanish and Portuguese diminutive version of Alfonso, itself deriving from an old Germanic name “Adalfuns” meaning "noble and ready." Although the Italian spelling Alonzo is more popular in the US, Alonso has its own strong history.

ErnestoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Italian variation of Ernest
  • Description:

    A Latin classic, widely used here and abroad, though in the U.S. it has fallen on the charts in recent years.