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Spanish Baby Names for Boys

Spanish baby names for boys include lots of choices widely known through the Western World: Juan and Jose, Pablo and Pedro. The parent who wants to find Spanish boys names that move beyond the obvious choices still has a lot of attractive options. Some of these Spanish names for boys are popular in Spain: Hugo and Iker, for instance, while others, such as Angel, are popular in the US.

Spanish baby names for boys that are popular in the US, Latin America, South America, and Spain include Mateo, Santiago, Diego, and Leonardo. The list of most popular names in Spain includes such boy names as Izan, Guillermo, Julen, and Aitor, all of which are rare in the English-speaking community.

Spanish boy names are romantic, masculine, and strong choices for a son. Explore the hand-curated list of our favorite Spanish names for boys below.
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HugoHeart

  • Origin:

    Latinized form of Hugh
  • Meaning:

    "mind, intellect"
  • Description:

    Hugo, the Latin form of Hugh, has more heft and energy than the original -- and of course we love names that end (or begin, for that matter) with an o. This one is especially appealing because it's backed up by lots of solid history and European style.

MateoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    Mateo is a Latinate form of Matthew, which derived from the Hebrew name Mattiyahu, consisting of the elements mattan, meaning “gift” and yah, which references the Hebrew God. Mateo can also be spelled Matteo, which is the Italian variation. Matheo is an archaic Spanish spelling, although it is used in France as Mathéo.

SantiagoHeart

  • Origin:

    Place-name or Latin
  • Meaning:

    "Saint James"
  • Description:

    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.

DiegoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of James
  • Meaning:

    "supplanter"
  • Description:

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

AntonioHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Italian variation of Anthony
  • Meaning:

    "priceless one"
  • Description:

    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 prevalent. Antonio is also among an elite group of perennially popular names in the US, where it has always been among the boys' Top 1000 since baby name record-keeping started in 1880.
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LeonardoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian and Spanish variation of Leonard, German
  • Meaning:

    "brave lion"
  • Description:

    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 then along came Leonardo DiCaprio, who was supposedly given the name because his pregnant mother felt her first kick while looking at a da Vinci painting in the Ufizzi Gallery in Florence, and who would make the name young and handsome and multi-cultural.

    Leonardo is a popular choice among other attractive Italian and Spanish names for boys, and its cousin Leo is popular as well.

CarlosHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Charles
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

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

JoseHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Portuguese version of Joseph
  • Meaning:

    "Jehovah increases"
  • Description:

    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 Spanish baby names that has never crossed over into the Anglo naming culture.

EmilioHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Italian variation of Emil
  • Meaning:

    "rival"
  • Description:

    Dashing and popular Italian and Spanish favorite, as is Emiliano.

RafaelHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Raphael
  • Meaning:

    "God has healed"
  • Description:

    Rafael is perhaps the ultimate romantic Latino name, not a bad gift to give your son. The Raphael spelling is the original Hebrew version.
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ThiagoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Tiago, diminutive of Santiago
  • Meaning:

    "supplanter"
  • Description:

    Some high-profile soccer stars, such as Thiago Silva, have contributed to its success. The correct Portuguese pronunciation is chee-AH-go.

CruzHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "cross"
  • Description:

    For a single-syllable Latino surname, this new popular kid on the block packs a lot of energy and charm and is one of the most stylish Spanish names for boys in general use today. Victoria and David Beckham named their third son Cruz, following Brooklyn and Romeo, and it was also picked up on by tennis star Lleyton Hewitt for his son. Other parents may prize its Christian associations.

InigoHeart

  • Origin:

    Basque, medieval Spanish variation of Ignatius
  • Meaning:

    "fiery"
  • Description:

    Inigo, almost unknown in the U.S., is an intriguing choice, with its strong beat, creative and evocative sound, and associations with the great early British architect and stage designer Inigo Jones. The sixteenth-seventeenth century Jones shared his name with his father, a London clockmaker, who received it when Spanish names for boys were fashionable in England, especially among devout Roman Catholics.

EmilianoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian and Spanish variation of Emil
  • Meaning:

    "work"
  • Description:

    Emiliano and Emilio are the appealing Latinate version of Emil. Emiliano Zapata Salazar was a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, who helped establish modern Mexico.

TeoHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Teodoro, Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "gift of God"
  • Description:

    An international take on Theo that would be easily wearable for a child in the US. Teo is traditionally a nickname for Theodore, but like Theo can stand on its own.
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FranciscoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Portuguese variation of Francis
  • Meaning:

    "Frenchman or free man"
  • Description:

    Francisco is one of the more popular Spanish names for boys in the US, which is unsurprising given its popularity back in Spain and Portugal as well as Latin America, coupled with its classic status. It also has a cool hipster vibe to it, given the reputation of the city of San Francisco.

AlvaroHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "elf warrior"
  • Description:

    A well-used Spanish saint's name with a lot of flair that could definitely cross over to more general usage. It reached its peak in the United States in 1985, when it ranked Number 456. In Spain, Alvaro is a Top 10 boys' name.

LeandroHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian variation of Leander
  • Description:

    Leandro is the Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish variant of the English name Leander. A blend of two Latin words (Leo "lion" and Andro "man"), Leandro is a name that suggests its bearer has strength and power. Despite this very masculine meaning, Leandro also has a long romantic history, beginning with the myth of Hero and Leander (Ero et Leandro in Latin) to being an important figure in the history of the beautiful Spanish city of Seville.

GaelHeart

  • Origin:

    Breton
  • Meaning:

    "Gaelic"
  • Description:

    This cross-cultural name, found in Wales, Brittany, and Spain, is a surprise star in the U.S. in recent years, largely thanks to actor Gael Garcia Bernal. It's especially popular in Texas.

JavierHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Xavier
  • Description:

    One of the most popular Spanish names for boys in the US, Javier is embodied for many Americans in the magnetic persona of Spanish-born Oscar-nominated actor Javier Bardem.
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AlejandroHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Alexander
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    Softer and smoother than Alexander, this classic Spanish name for boys has made a seamless transition to this culture. Adding to its current impact: the Lady Gaga song Alejandro .

PabloHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Paul
  • Description:

    Pablo, the commonly used Spanish version of Paul, has the added bonus of some fantastic artistic bearers: painter Picasso, cellist Casals, and poet Neruda.

MaximilianoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "greatest"
  • Description:

    This is a Spanish variation of Maximilian that has begun to gain some popularity. It has a luxurious feel -- maybe it's the suggestion of "millions"? -- but this is one of those Spanish baby names that come with Anglicized nicknames that can make it work across cultures.

IzanHeart

  • Origin:

    Basque variation of Ethan
  • Description:

    Izan, pronounced with the same vowel sounds and emphasis as Ethan, ranks among the Top 20 boys' names in Spain, where it's been popular for two decades.

RodrigoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Portuguese variation of Roderick
  • Meaning:

    "famous ruler"
  • Description:

    Rhythmically appealing international spin on the stiff original.
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ValentinHeart

  • Origin:

    French, German, Russian, Czech, Scandinavian variation of Valentine
  • Meaning:

    "strength, health"
  • Description:

    Romantic name used throughout Europe, though sure to lead to pronunciation problems here. Though it's never been too widely used in the US, it's quite popular in Switzerland, France, Austria, and Romania.

JordiHeart

  • Origin:

    Catalan variation of George
  • Description:

    To the American ear, Jordi seems like a nickname for Jordan, which means this popular name from Spain could certainly cross cultures.

TadeoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Thaddeus
  • Description:

    Has a lot of energy and charm, as does the Italian form, Taddeo.

JuanHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of John
  • Meaning:

    "the Lord is gracious"
  • Description:

    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.

HelioHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "the sun"
  • Description:

    More familiar to English speakers in the Italian Elio form.
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MarcelloHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian and Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "young warrior"
  • Description:

    Based on the ancient name Marcellus, drawn from Mars the god of war, Marcello -- it's pronounced mar-chell-o -- is one of the most lush and attractive Latin names.

IkerHeart

  • Origin:

    Basque
  • Meaning:

    "visitation"
  • Description:

    Long an extremely popular name in Spain, Iker (usually pronounced EE-kuhr in the English speaking world) is the rare Basque name that's starting to make it big in the States also, thanks to soccer player Iker Casillas. Indeed, it's been one of the fastest growing boys' names of the decade.

AngelHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and English
  • Meaning:

    "angel"
  • Description:

    Angel is a perennial Hispanic boys’ name, but it was Buffy the Vampire Slayer that brought it into the Anglo-male camp, where it's now heard more frequently, though it still poses some gender confusion. Angel is very popular, and very traditionally masculine, in the Latino community.

CayoHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin, from the Roman family name Caius
  • Meaning:

    "rejoice"
  • Description:

    Cayo is a rare and rhythmic Spanish name, all but unknown in the English-speaking world, that would make a lively choice.

CiscoHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Spanish Francisco
  • Meaning:

    "Frenchman or free man"
  • Description:

    The ultimate sidekick name. Start with Francisco and then, if this fits, okay.
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ManuelHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Emmanuel
  • Description:

    A staple of Hispanic naming, the Spanish variation of the English Emmanuel.

ManoloHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Manuel
  • Description:

    Because of shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, this has become a generic term for pricey stilettos, as in "I must have those Manolos."

AsierHeart

  • Origin:

    Basque
  • Meaning:

    "the beginning"
  • Description:

    This Basque name is quite popular in Spain, where it has long been in the Top 100 names. This is likely due to its pleasant meaning; the sound, dignified in Spanish and Basque, may not fare so well in English-speaking countries.

OctavioHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Octavius
  • Meaning:

    "eighth"
  • Description:

    The most popular of the number names used by Hispanic parents, open to all. Octavia and Octavio are two Spanish baby names that are moving out into the wider world.
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OctavioHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Octavius
  • Meaning:

    "eighth"
  • Description:

    The most popular of the number names used by Hispanic parents, open to all. Octavia and Octavio are two Spanish baby names that are moving out into the wider world.

SilvioHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese form of Silvius
  • Meaning:

    "wood, forest"
  • Description:

    Shiny and sylvan choice.

NandoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish, diminutive of Fernando
  • Description:

    O-ending short forms are almost invariably appealing, though this might seem slight as the child grows up.

VascoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "someone from the Basque region"
  • Description:

    Schoolchildren will recognize this name via Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama.

BardoHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Bardolph or Aboriginal
  • Meaning:

    "water"
  • Description:

    Bardo has a poetic beginning and upbeat ending, with roots in several diverse cultures. It may be most familiar today via George Saunders' novel Lincoln in the Bardo, which refers to the Tibetan Buddhist state of suspension between one life and the next, resembling the Christian idea of Limbo. Bardo is also an ancient saint's name: Saint Bardo was the eleventh century bishop of Mainz, in Germany. Actress Sandra Bullock chose Bardo as her son's middle.
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ClementeHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
  • Meaning:

    "mild, merciful"
  • Description:

    A more romantic form of old school Clement, which ranks in the Top 100 boy names in Chile. Clemente, like Clement, derives from the Late Latin name Clemens, the name of 14 popes and several saints.

NavarroHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "from Navarre"
  • Description:

    Dashing surname for the Basque kingdom.

OriolHeart

  • Origin:

    Catalan
  • Meaning:

    "golden"
  • Description:

    Intriguing name that's a Top 100 choice in Spain and virtually unknown outside that country. But has definitely possibilities for the adventurous baby namer.

ValerioHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "strength, health"
  • Description:

    The final o adds a macho touch.

GaloHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "from Gaul"
  • Description:

    Hispanic name of two saints, celebrated on July 1 and October 16.
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