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Spanish Names for Boys

by Pamela Redmond

Spanish names for boys are more popular in the US than ever before, with Spanish boys’ names used both in the Latinx community and crossing over to achieve widespread popularity.

The most popular Spanish names for boys in the US include Mateo, Angel, Jose, and Santiago. Many of the most familiar Spanish boys’ names end with the letter O, which in itself has been a major trend and has helped boost the popularity of baby names of Spanish origin. A

long with Mateo and Angel, other Spanish boy names in the US Top 1000 include Leonardo, Diego, Luis, Antonio, Miguel, Gael, Alejandro, and Lorenzo.

Popular Names

  • Mateo

    Mateo is the Spanish form of Matthew, which derived from the Hebrew name Mattiyahu, consisting of the elements mattan, meaning “gift” and yah, which references the Hebrew God.... Read More 

  • Santiago

    Santiago is a spirited Spanish name with great crossover potential: a place-name (it's a city in Chile), a surname, and the patron saint of Spain. It's a name on the rise in the charts. ... Read More 

  • Jose

    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 Read More 

  • Leonardo

    For centuries this name was associated primarily with the towering figure of Italian Renaissance painter-scientist-inventor Leonardo da Vinci, and was scarcely used outside the Latin culture. But... Read More 

  • Diego

    The energetic Diego is rising rapidly along with a lot of other authentically Spanish baby names that work perfectly well with... Read More 

  • Carlos

    Notable namesakes include musician Santana, writers Fuentes and Castaneda, and numerous athletes. Carlos Irwin Estevez is the birth name of Charlie Sheen.Read More 

  • Juan

    Juan, the Spanish version of John, is ubiquitous in the Spanish-speaking world, and is familiar to all ethnicities via such references as Don Juan and San Juan.

    Juan has countless... Read More 

  • Antonio

    Antonio is a Shakespearean favorite -- the Bard used it in no less than five of his plays, and has long been a ubiquitous classic in Spanish-speaking countries, where the nickname Tonio is also... Read More 

  • Lorenzo

    Latinizing Lawrence gives it a whole new lease on life. Like Leonardo, Lorenzo has been integrated into the American stockpot of names, partly via actor Lorenzo Lamas. Other associations are with... Read More 

  • Miguel

    Mike Tyson put a twist on his own name by naming a son Miguel. It's the first name of Cervantes, the great Spanish novelist and poet who wrote Don Quixote.Read More