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Gender: Female Pronunciation: a-RAN-tza; a-RAN-za Meaning of Aranza: "Among the thorns" Origin of Aranza: Basque Aranza's Popularity in 2017: #977

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 lists like Names That Mean Trouble and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Aranza

Aranza Becerra Meza, Mexican singer
Aranza Salut, Argentine tennis player
Aranza Valentina Villalon Sanchez, Chilean cyclist

Pop Culture References for the name Aranza


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!