Gender: Female Pronunciation: a-RAN-tza; a-RAN-za Meaning of Aranza: "Among the thorns" Origin of Aranza: Basque

Aranza Origin and Meaning

The name Aranza is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "Among the thorns".

The name of a popular Mexican singer and a telenovela character, Aranza incredibly rose out of obscurity to become Number 607 in the US in 2014.

The name comes from Arantzazu, a shrine associated with the Virgin Mary in Basque Country, Spain. Legend has it that a shepherd discovered a statue of Mary in a hawthorn bush in 1468 and exclaimed, "Arantzan? Zu?"—"You? Among the thorns?" It's been a pilgrimage site ever since, and occasionally a given name, too.

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Blink Says:


Jumped right off the page at me when I first saw it!

JessicaRK467 Says:


Total place name for me in Texas...Port Aransas, Aransas Pass...can't do it

Zelliew Says:


I don't like the ZA ending

eveyalecia Says:


The story behind this name is really neat!