Tias and Other Family Names

  1. Agueda
    • Aurora
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "dawn"
      • Description:

        The goddess name Aurora has consistently been on the US popularity list since the nineteenth century, but has really taken off in the past 30 years. Aurora also enjoys remarkable international popularity, ranking in the Top 100 throughout the English-speaking world as well as in Italy, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, and several other European and Latin American countries.
    • Carlota
      • Origin:

        Spanish, Portuguese variation of Charlotte
      • Meaning:

        "free man; Frenchman"
      • Description:

        Carlota is the preferred version of Charlotte in Spain and Portugal, each where it ranks among the Top 50 most popular girl names. Carlotta, with two Ts, is the Italian spelling.
    • Catalina
      • Origin:

        Spanish variation of Catherine
      • Meaning:

        "pure"
      • Description:

        This name of a touristed island in sight of Los Angeles makes an attractive and newly stylish variation on the classic Catherine or overused Caitlin.
    • Concepcion
      • Origin:

        Spanish
      • Meaning:

        "conception"
      • Description:

        Name given in honor of the Virgin Mary that might prove difficult for a modern Spanish-American child to pull off.
    • Consuelo
      • Origin:

        Spanish from Latin
      • Meaning:

        "she who brings consolation"
      • Description:

        Consuelo is a chic, highly sophisticated Spanish name that works well with Anglo surnames. It was regularly on the U.S. popularity list through 1983, reaching as high as Number 339 in 1930.
    • Elvira
      • Origin:

        Spanish
      • Meaning:

        "white, fair"
      • Description:

        Before there was the campy TV Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Elvira was the long-suffering wife of Don Juan, and remnants of those negative, gothic images still cling to it, though they are fading.

        Other references include the romantic film Elvira Madigan, based on a real person, and the main ghostly character in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, as well as appearances in several operas.

    • Eva
      • Origin:

        Latin form of Eve, Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "life"
      • Description:

        Eva is a simple, classic Hebrew name for girls that recently slipped out of the US Top 100 for the first time in more than a decade. Pronounced either like her more popular sister Ava or less popular sister Eve, Eva is one of the elite group of girl names that mean life.
    • Josefina
      • Origin:

        Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish
      • Meaning:

        "god will add"
      • Description:

        Sweet and bright international form of Josephine, used in many European countries with various pronunciations of the initial J. A notable bearer is Josefina "Joey" Guerrero, a Filipina spy during World War II.
    • Lucia
      • Origin:

        Italian, feminine variation of Lucius, Latin
      • Meaning:

        "light"
      • Description:

        Lucia is a lush, rich Latinate equivalent of Lucy, popular in Spain and throughout Latin America and also a cross-cultural favorite. You might be surprised to know that Lucia has ALWAYS ranked among the Top 1000 girl names in the US, though she's really taken off only since the turn of this century.
    • Luz
      • Origin:

        Spanish
      • Meaning:

        "light"
      • Description:

        Pronounced LOOSE, this name that refers to the Virgin Mary—"Our Lady of Light"—is one of the most widely used Spanish name for girls. Its sleekness and stylish final z gives it a modern appeal, like sister name Lux. Nicknames and variations include Chitta, Lucecita, Lucelida, Lucelita, Lucha, Lucida, Lucila, Lusa, and Luzana.
    • Magdalena
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "from Magdala"
      • Description:

        Magdalena is a pretty name forever associated with the fallen-yet-redeemed Mary Magdalen; often heard in the Hispanic community. But forward thinking parents are reviving Magdalena along with Magdalene and the unrelated but similar-sounding Marguerite.
    • Paula
      • Origin:

        Feminine variation of Paul
      • Meaning:

        "small"
      • Description:

        Paula still seems somewhat stuck in the era of duo Paul and Paula bopping out the song "Hey, Paula." Two pronunciations are possible—the English "PAW-la" and the Portuguese "POW-la."
    • Raquel
      • Origin:

        Spanish variation of Rachel
      • Meaning:

        "ewe"
      • Description:

        Attractive name popular in the Latino community, long identified with half-Bolivian actress Raquel Welch. Similarly to the Hebrew form Rachel, Raquel is past its peak. Nonetheless, it retains a certain sparkle and would feel newly refreshing for a baby today.
    • Tecla
      • Teresa
        • Origin:

          Spanish
        • Meaning:

          "to harvest"
        • Description:

          How do you spell Teresa? Teresa, the simpler phonetic form of this name, was the most popular variation for its early life, when it was used exclusively in Spain and Portugal. Other spellings of Teresa include Theresa, the usual English form, and the French Therese.
      • Zenaida
        • Origin:

          Greek
        • Meaning:

          "the life of Zeus"
        • Description:

          This name of a daughter of Zeus has an intriguing air of antiquity.