The name Aranza is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "Among the thorns". Aranza is ranked #977 on our popularity charts and is often added to user-created lists like "A" Baby Names (Masterlist) and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".
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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.