Gender: Female Meaning of Mariposa: "butterfly" Origin of Mariposa: Spanish

Mariposa Origin and Meaning

The name Mariposa is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "butterfly".

Mariposa is a rare, romantic choice with an intriguing meaning.

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fearlessfirefly Says:


Edit: I realized that Mariposa Violet is actually a flower! I'll be using Mariposa Faye instead.

fearlessfirefly Says:


I have always loved this name. It's so gorgeous! I love that it's rare too. When I have a daughter, her name will be Mariposa Violet.

kankhen Says:


This is a beautiful name. Reading the comments saying that this is a homophobic slang slash slang word for prostitute is just very sad...

RoseGoldHeart Says:


Aww... I really liked this name. Thanks for the heads up.

blueylit Says:


Hopefully this will catch on more than Stormi

Bash Says:


I believe she chose Stormi

RedPanda1203 Says:


Kylie Jenner's daughter's name?

lu_brasil Says:


Probably, it doesn't matter [anymore], but for people around 60-year-old here in Brazil "mariposa" is a slang for prostitute. It's a really old slang and it isn't the first thing that comes to my mind, but I wanted to share the info.

stellarvra99 Says:


This is actually not correct - well not the exact word. The word for butterfly is ''mariposa'' and the insult is ''maripo - són'' (written all together). So if you use the second term it's offensive, but mariposa isn't :)

FractalShadow Says:


This might make the name unusable!

paulapuddephatt Says:


I don't find moths ugly, but I do agree that the word/name is beautiful. I love both butterflies and moths.

Tammy Tim-Tam (Timmy Tammy) Says:


Mariposa is the Portuguese name for moth? How can such a beautiful word relate to something so ugly?

Liya Says:


May mean butterfly in spanish, but means moth in portuguese...

Haids1987 Says:


Thank you for the clarification. How unfortunate, though!

oliviard Says:


You were told correctly, unfortunately. It is their version of f***** and very offensive. I hate this, because as you said it is a beautiful word/name. :/

Netta5187 Says:


Don't know why people are negative about this name. It's beautiful sounding! Very precious and romantic.

Hailey Says:


Somebody PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong, but someone who speaks Spanish once told me that this is a very derogatory term in Mexico for someone who is gay. It broke my heart when I heard that, since I think it sounds so beautiful (and I'm a butterfly freak), but obviously if it's a slang term you would never want to give the name to your daughter.

lizway Says:


pretty name, but reminds me of adipose (fat/fat cells) for some reason.

Zelliew Says:


Bad memories

JessicaRK467 Says:


Maybe I'm biased then because when I was taking Spanish in high school my teacher made us go by Spanish names. My name is Jessica and she translated that to Jesusa which I refused. She scoffed at my middle name and said it was a man's name (Renee). She then declared my name as Mariposa for the rest of the year. :-) I wish I were joking but I'm not.

indiefendi2 Says:


I speak Spanish and word names are very common in Spanish, example Cruz, Blanca, Rosa, Trinidad, Salvador, Reina, Valentina, even Diablo, etc. Mariposa is like Maricruz or Marisol in my opinion.

JessicaRK467 Says:


Poise is a cute nickname though

JessicaRK467 Says:


It's the Spanish word for butterfly. How is that intriguing? I'm from Texas so Spanish is spoken around me all the time so this name just seems weird. You're just calling your daughter Butterfly.

lynn_wentworth Says:


This is so so so pretty! And the potential for the nickname Posie is just too perfect!

indiefendi2 Says:


This is gorgeous.

Poppy Says:


It is such a lovely name. It almost reminds me of a fairy, so a potential drawback could be that it is too silly and childish. But it has an almost magical sweetness to it. It reminds me of mariposa lilies, which are lovely flowers. And it is not popular at all, so it would be a unique name.