Table Of Contents:
- 1. Cuban Baby Names
- 2. Bahamas Baby Names
- 3. Dominican Republic Baby Names
- 4. Haitian Baby Names
- 5. Trinidad Baby Names
- 6. Barbados Baby Names
- 7. West Indies Baby Names
The Caribbean is a beautiful region in the south eastern part of the US, comprising 7,000 islands. The gorgeous islands of the Caribbean are treasure troves of exotic baby names for both boys and girls. Having Spanish, Latin, and Greek roots (since most of the islands were colonies of other countries at some point) these names are unique and spicy, just like the tropical island itself. So, if you are looking for a tropical baby name for your little one, you’ve landed at the right place. Below is MomJunction’s comprehensive collection of Caribbean baby names for you.
1. Cuban Baby Names
Cuban Boy Names:
A Cuban name with loads of flair, we believe Alvaro has the potential to cross over. It reached its highest in the US in the year 1985. Alvaro means ‘cautious’.
This Spanish version of Anthony is often associated with writer Anton Chekov. Al Pacino picked this name for his son. Anton means ‘priceless one’.
This one’s the coolest spiritual name ever! Bembe means ‘prophet’ in Spanish and Cuban.
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In the United States, Camila and Camille are hugely popular, but Camilo is hardly used, probably because the ‘o’ isn’t enough to distinguish it from the female counterpart. But we think it’s cool, more so because of its namesake Camilo Cienfuegos, the revolutionary. Camilo means ‘young ceremonial attendant’.
Che is the Cuban version of Jose and means ‘God will increase. This moniker is strongly associated with the Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara.
If you or your ancestors are from Cuba, how about honoring them by naming your son after the country? Cuba as a first name has been used a lot, take Cuba Gooding Jr. for instance.
Dalian is the Cuban variant of Dal and means ‘valley’ – a thorough masculine name in our opinion.
Desiderio, meaning ‘desired one’, belongs to the Cuban bandleader and actor, Desiderio Alberto “Desi” Arnaz y de Acha III. A major plus point of this name is the nickname Desi.
Elian is a Spanish name imported from Cuba. It came into the mainstream via the news surrounding a Cuban boy named Elian Gonzalez. Elian means ‘the Lord is my God’.
This Greek name, meaning ‘deserves affection’, indeed deserves love and more users.
This is a classic Latin name that’s used widely in Cuba and at several other places. It may have fallen a few places in the last few years, but still sounds fresh. Ernesto means ‘determined’.
Eterio is also a Greek name and means ‘pure as heaven’. The correct pronunciation of Eterio is ih-thi-rio.
A melodic name for music loving parents, Gimoaldo is a Spanish name, meaning ‘confessor’.
A name that traveled all the way from ancient Greek epic to become a surprise hit in Cuba. Homero is Spanish for Homero and means ‘security’.
Ireneo is a soothing Greek name, meaning ‘lover of peace’. It’s essentially the male version of Irene.
This Spanish version of John is tied with Juan Ameida Bosque, the Cuban revolutionary. It means ‘God’s gracious gift’.
This Cuban name, meaning ‘judge of his village’, is usually used by the aboriginals.
This Spanish variation of Matthew was recently picked by Halley Berry for her son. Another notable namesake is Maceo Gajales, the Cuba guerrilla leader. Maceo means ‘gift of God’.
Another traditional Cuban name, it means ‘offer sacrifices to God’.
Meaning ‘God’s rule or divine power’, Osvaldo is borne by several important Cuban figures, which include Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado, the former President of Cuba and Osvaldo Fernandez, Cuban baseball player.
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An appealing unisex name that’s used mostly for boys in Cuba. Meaning ‘peace’, this moniker would also honor the author Octavio Paz.
A unique name with an equally unique meaning, Pirro means ‘flaming hair’.
Reinier is the variation of Rainier, and it, in no way, is related to rain. On the contrary, Rainier is a German name, meaning ‘wise army’.
Riel is the Spanish for Gabriel and means ‘God is my strength’. It would be tough for Riel to replace a Biblical favorite that has been reigning the charts for ages, but definitely not impossible. You can also use it as pet name for the original.
This variation of Rudolf distances it far away from the red-nosed reindeer. Meaning ‘bad wolf’ Rodolfo was steady in the top 500 name list for the most of the 20th century. But has begun slipping now.
No, Rogelio is not the Spanish for Roger. It’s a standalone name, dating back to antiquity. Rogelio means ‘request’.
We find Rolando one of the most appealing and attractive variations of Roland. Meaning ‘famous throughout the land’, Rolando has consistently featured in the top 1000 name list since 1946.
This woodsy Portuguese variation of Silvain refers to the tree god Silvanus. It means ‘wood or forest’.
Tajo, meaning ‘day’, would look great in the middle spot. It will work well as a nickname too!
This Hebrew name, meaning ‘whom God made’, is slowly gaining ground, thanks to Yasiel Puig, the Cuban baseball player.
Cuban Girl Names:
Agathe is a popular Cuban baby name of Greek origin and means ‘good and kind’.
Aleja is the Spanish version of Alexandra and means ‘defender of mankind’.
Aymee, the Cuban spelling for Amy, stands strong at the second spot in top 100 Cuban name list. It means ‘beloved’.
Barbara is a name with interesting history. In American, it performed its best from 1937 to 1944. But in Cuba, it’s still one of the top 10. Barbara means ‘foreign woman’.
Benita, meaning ‘blessed’ would go well with trendy names Juanita and Anita. It has its namesake in Benita Hume, the English actress.
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This Spanish name is pretty, sophisticated, and has the European flair. Camila means ‘young ceremonial attendant’.
Carida is one of the popular saints in Cuba. This theological Virgin name, meaning ‘charity’, would make an interesting choice.
The European version of Claire has been speeding up the charts in the last few decades. Sitting pretty on the 98th spot, Clara means ‘bright’.
Claudia is a classic Hispanic name with a hint of Roman splendor. It means ‘enclosure’.
Dalila exists in several languages, though with different meanings. In Cuban, Dalila means ‘to flirt’.
It’s great to see Daniela back on the charts after 20 years of absence. It means ‘God is my judge’.
Dunia, the Arabic word for ‘world or life’ is the 39th most popular name in Cuba.
A name apt for your little princess. Edelira is a Cuban name, meaning ‘noble heritage’. Lira would make a cute nickname for Edelira.
Singer Ella Fitzgerald gives a jazzy edge to this name. Ella means ‘fairy maiden’.
A soft and feminine name that is returning to favor with parents in a major way, Evelyn means ‘wished for child’.
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The ‘s’ at the end of this name is not a spelling error. Cubans use Gertrude with an ‘s’. It means ‘strength of a spear’.
This German name, meaning ‘pledge’, got the oomph factor via the supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
Also tied with a California beach town, Hermosa is a Spanish name meaning ‘beautiful’.
This Cuban name, meaning ‘the Virgin Mary’, will subtly nod to your faith in the almighty.
Ignes, the Portuguese form of Agnes, has been at the forefront since the story of Queen Ines of Castro has been doing the rounds.
A name with ‘x’ in it has to be cool. Ixtaro, a Spanish name, meaning ‘hope’ has begun to catch on with Cubans.
Cubans are fond of French names as well! So much that Jacqueline took the third spot last year. It means ‘supplanter’.
This feminine version of Juan is dominant in all the Spanish speaking countries and cultures, including Cuba. It means ‘Lord is gracious’.
Surprisingly, this variation of Kenya is hugely used in Cuba. It appeared in the Social Security Administration list in the 1990s, but dropped off in the year 2008.
This melodious version of Lily has been a favorite not just with Cubans, but the whole of the Hispanic community. It means ‘lily flower’.
Lisandra is the Greek variation of Alexandra and means ‘defender of mankind’. This old-time, fantasy name would make a mellifluous choice for a modern girl.
Cute, sweet, with absolutely no option of further snipping, Lur is a Cuban name, meaning ‘Earth’.
Manuel is a male name, but is used for girls in Cuba. It’s a Spanish variation of Emmanuel and means ‘God is with us’.
Maricela, in its variation Marcella, was depicted as the most beautiful woman in Don Quixote. We’re glad that this name is being revived again. Maricela means ‘warlike’.
One of our favorites! This romantic and rarely heard name has a unique meaning ‘butterfly’.
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Mirana is a derivative of Miranda and means ‘wonderful or adorable’.
Instead of the Latin spelling Monica, its Scandinavian version is more popular in Cuba. This divine name means ‘advisor’.
A rare Greek name that would also work as a variation of Naomi, Neoma means ‘new moon’.
If you want a name that’s less common than Nora and Nova, but something along the lines, Novia could be the one for you. It means ‘sweetheart’.
This pretty and unusual name is definitely worth considering. It means ‘judicious’ in Spanish.
Cheery and lovable diminutive of Rose has been standing on its own for decades now. It means ‘rose’.
Baby name Safia, meaning ‘confidante’, is popular amongst the Muslim communities residing in Cuba. It may sound like Sophia to Western ears.
A long popular feminine version of Samuel, Samantha means ‘told by God’.
Samara sounds much more exotic than Samantha and even Tamara. In Latin, Samara means ‘elm tree seed’ and in Hebrew, it means ‘under God’s rule’.
We find this Spanish version of Silvia more exotic than the original. Meaning ‘from the forest’, this moniker sounds woodsy, sleek, and thoroughly modern.
Tasha is a diminutive of Natasha and means ‘born on Christmas’.
Valeria, which was once used only by the early Christians, is more popular than ever, especially in Cuba. It means ‘strength’.
If you want a virtue name beyond Faith, Grace, or Hope, Verita would be a fantastic choice, both in sound and meaning. Verita means ‘truth’.
This Latin name, meaning ‘she who brings victory’ held the top spot in most popular baby girl names in Cuba.
This moniker was invented by author James Barrier for the character of Peter Pan’s elder sister. It means ‘darling’.
A brief history in the naming charts of America, but one of the most loved names in Cuba. Xiomara is a Spanish name, meaning ‘renowned in warrior’.
A sweet name with several cross-cultural ties, Yanet is the Cuban version of Jana and means ‘God is gracious’.
Yenifer is the Cuban for Jennifer and means ‘white shadow’.
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2. Bahamas Baby Names
Bahamas Baby Names For Boys:
Kosmo is the Greek spelling for Cosmo and means ‘order or beauty’. After being limited only to the ‘Seinfeld’ series, the whole Caribbean now seems to be embracing this creative name.
Sensual and rhythmic Montez has the potential of taking over most of the nature inspired names. This beautiful name means ‘dweller in the mountains’.
It’s a pity that a name like Neo has failed to receive love from the masses. It sounds contemporary and ‘new’. Neo means ‘new’.
A rhythmic appealing Spanish and Portuguese variation of Roderick, Rodrigo means ‘famous rule’.
Who knew even Romeo had a variation, a variation that sounds unlike the original. Romario means ‘pilgrim to Rome’.
Bahamas Baby Names For Girls:
Bimini is a warm and delightful name, just like the Bahamas island. It is the name of a place in the Bahamas.
We bet you’ve never heard a floral moniker as funky as Charo. This Spanish origin name is considered a nickname for ‘Rose’ in Hispanic countries.
This fashionable name has its namesake in Consuelo Vanderbilt, who was named Consuelo in honor of her Cuban grandmother. Consuelo means ‘she who brings consolation’.
Now that Diego has been a hot name for several years, it’s time for Diega to come to the fore. It is a Spanish variation of Jacoba and means ‘supplanter’.
Melissa, meaning ‘honeybee’, is much more classic than you can even think. It has been in use in the Bahamas since the 18th century.
3. Dominican Republic Baby Names
Dominican Republic Baby Names For Boys:
This Dominican boy name is a softer and smoother alternative to Alexander, Alejandro means ‘defender of mankind’.
This dashing name is Spanish for Emil and means ‘rival’.
This moniker got a boost via Usain Bolt, the world’s faster man. This name means ‘beautiful’.
Dominican Republic Baby Names For Girls:
This bubbly Dominican girl name will nod to the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. It means ‘belonging to Lord’.
The meaning of this Dominican Republic is as sweet your baby girl. It means ‘positive and powerful’.
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This Spanish word for ‘island’ would make a beautiful name for your daughter.
Leta is one of the classic names of the Dominican Republic. It means ‘gladly’.
4. Haitian Baby Names
Haitian Boy Names:
This Haitian boy name, meaning ‘spirit of the sea’, would be a lovely name for a Piscean or Cancerian baby.
This French version of Gerdi is borne by the renowned Haitian painter Guerdy Jacques Preval. It means ‘guardian or peace’.
This spelling version of Henrik has a long history of usage in Haiti. It means ‘estate ruler’.
This Spanish moniker meaning is well known in Haiti. The name is a combination of steel and linen.
This charming name would honor Toussaint Louverture, the leader of the Haitian revolution, who freed the island.
Haitian Girl Names:
This attractive Haitian name for girls means ‘who is the spirit of love’.
Another name super popular in Haiti, Bijoux means ‘jewel’.
This French version of Brighid is associated with Brigitte Bardot, the sex symbol of the 1950s. It means ‘strength’.
Dayana is the Hispanic for Diana and means ‘luminous or perfect’.
This evocative variation of Laura sounds feminine and delicate without being fussy. It means ‘laurel bay’.
Lourdes, the name of the French town, is preferred by Catholic Caribbean parents. It means ‘craggy slope’.
Mirlande is a Trinidadian version of Merle and means ‘blackbird’.
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5. Trinidad Baby Names
Trinidadian Boy Names:
Jaden is the popular spelling of the Biblical name Jadon and means ‘God has heard’.
This handsome and bold baby name comes with the fun short form King. It means ‘king’s town’.
Nikoli is the spelling variation of Nikolai and means ‘victory of the people’.
Trinidadian Girl Names:
This dynamic version of Anna currently ranks #555 on the popularity list. It means ‘grace’.
This gemstone name, meaning ‘stone of the side’, has been rising in usage even since Mick and Bianca Jagger selected it for their son.
This appealing short form of Maria is enjoying a meteoric rise in Trinidad. It means ‘bitter’.
While Neoma is popular in Trinidad, Naomi rules in West Indies. This Old Testament name means ‘pleasantness’.
A simple, yet exotic name, meaning ‘brilliance’ has been on the US popularity list 2003.
6. Barbados Baby Names
Barbados Baby Names For Boys:
Hosea is a distinctive Biblical name, meaning ‘salvation’.
Lyron is a form of Hebrew name Leron and means ‘my song’.
Malik is an Arabic name, meaning ‘sovereign’.
Talin is a variation of Talon and refers to the claw of a large bird.
This shortened version of Vincent is more popular than original. It means ‘prevailing or victorious’.
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Barbados Baby Names For Girls:
This African name, meaning ‘beautiful flower’, has been used by the people of Barbados since ages.
An uncommon variation of Alicia, Lesia means ‘noble’.
Pretty and not as overused as its cousins Maris or Melissa, Marissa means ‘of the sea’.
7. West Indies Baby Names
West Indies Baby Names For Boys:
This beautiful variation of Arabic name Amin is quite popular in West Indies. It means ‘honest’.
Azacca, meaning ‘spirit guide of agriculture’, can be shortened to Zac for the nickname.
Bastian is the short of Sebastian and means ‘man from Sebastia’.
Cayman, similar to Cameron and Cayden, would make a modern island name for you. It means ‘Cayman Islands’.
There cannot be a name more apt for your bundle of joy than Damarae, which means ‘a joy of joys’.
A well-known bearer of this name is Janiel Simon, the Antiguan soccer player. It means ‘God is my judge’.
This West Indian name is probably inspired by Superman father’s name Jor-El.
Josue is the Caribbean version of Joseph and means ‘God will increase’.
Omeria, the Caribbean version of Omar, is tied with the maternal grandfather of Bob Marley. The name means ‘eloquent’.
This West Indian name is taken from a Taino word, meaning ‘small gold jewelry’.
West Indies Baby Names For Girls:
Alpharita is a spelling variation of Alvarita and means ‘army of elves’.
This moniker, meaning ‘lively’ is quite popular in Jamaica.
Amani is a Kiswahili name, meaning ‘peaceful’.
Anacaona, the name of the queen of Hispaniola means ‘golden flower’.
This moniker is best known for Cedella Booker, Bob Marley’s mother. It means ‘beautiful princess’.
This West Indies girl name is taken from the French word d’Orsay, which means ‘from Orsay’.
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This West Indian version of Gillian is associated with Gilliain Bery, the Jamaican model. It means ‘youthful’.
Jacinta, the Spanish for hyacinth sounds a lot sweeter than the English version. The correct pronunciation of this name is ‘Ha-seen-ta’.
Nevis, the name of a tranquil Caribbean island, would make a soft and feminine Caribbean girl name. This place name was recently picked by Nelly Furtado for her daughter.
Quito is a Spanish name with loads of energy. Since it means ‘fifth’, Quito would be an ideal option for the fifth child in your family.
A short and sweet Jamaican name, it means ‘seen’.
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