Table Of Contents:
- 1. Origin of Puerto Ricans
- 2. Puerto Rican culture
- 3. Puerto Rican baby names
- 4. Choosing a Puerto Rican baby name for my baby
Puerto Rico, fondly dubbed as the “Land of Enchantment”, is a self-governing territory of the United States. This island is home to Hispanics, the people of Latin America. If you have ever visited the island, you must have noticed that their names are a bit different from our regular names. And, that’s because Puerto Rican names are a blend of several cultures. They are creative and create unique names for their children. So today, we’ve compiled a list of most famous Puerto Rican baby names. Who knows, you can get the perfect name that you were looking for.
Puerto Ricans are inhabitants of Puerto Rico, a self-governing commonwealth in the San Juan area. Christopher Columbus discovered the island on his second voyage. The original inhabitants at the time of Spanish conquest were the Carin and Taino tribes. The Tainos were peaceful, but the Carins were rather savage.
Then came the Spanish Colonists, who arrived with the hopes of becoming rich because of the vegetation and gold.
The third group of inhabitants was Africans. The Spaniards had brought the African slaves to help them search for gold. The Puerto Rican of today, is either caucasian, african, hispanic, or a mix. Puerto Rican originates from the place name Puerto Rica, which was formally known as Por-to Rico. The meaning of Puerto Rico is ‘rich port’.
What Is Puerto Rican Culture?
The culture of Puerto Rico is a mix of Spanish, African, and Taino influences. This fusion extends to every aspect of the Puerto Rican life, their colorful arts and crafts, their vibrant music, their traditional festivals and of course, their baby names.
Puerto Rican Baby Names:
Puerto Rican Baby Names For Boys:
Adolfo, meaning ‘noble wolf’ would make a nice choice for you. It’s a quintessential Puerto Rican name. As you must have fathomed by now, Adolfo is a variation of Adolf.
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Mateo is a Puerto Rican name, meaning ‘God’s gift.’ It’s a variant of the name Mathew but has a beautiful lilt and glamor all its own.
Here’s another traditional Puerto Rican name for you. The meaning of Manolito is ‘God is with us’.
Abran is the variant of the name Abram, which means ‘exalted father.’ The name has Spanish origins.
Here’s another lovely Rican name for your little son. Hayden is a Hispanic name and means ‘hedged valley.’
Neftali is a variation of Naphtali, one of the rarely used biblical choices. Naphtali was the name of Jacob’s son. So if you want a name that is deep rooted in your culture, Neftali can be considered.
Meaning ‘little one,’ Pablo would make a perfect pick for the youngest son in your family. This Spanish version of Paul is increasing in popularity, and you’re sure to meet a few Pablos shortly.
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Jadzia is one of those names that wouldn’t hear much after crossing the Puerto Rican coast. It’s a variation of the gemstone name Jade, and is quite loved by the Ricans. Use Zia or Jade for the nickname.
Sebastian is one of the glorious Puerto Rican Baby names. It is a traditional Spanish name and is used widely on the island.
The name Garcia has been shooting up in popularity with the Americans, but not many know that it’s a Puerto Rican name. The meaning of this name is ‘mighty with a spear’.
The name Santiago is the Spanish for St. James, the son of Zebedee in the Bible. It’s also the name of the largest city in Chile.
Luis is one of the most famous Hispanic names in America. It’s quite a familiar name, still sounds extremely exotic. Luis has plenty of namesakes as well, from the baseball star Luis Aparicio to football icon Luis Suarez.
Miguel is a variation of Michael and means ‘who is like the Lord.’
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Rio is a Spanish variation of River. It’s one of our favorite o-ending names. You can say it’s one of the most famous place names as well- Rio de Janeiro, the second largest Brazilian city and the Rio Grande, one of the longest rivers in North America.
Paco is one of the cutest Puerto Rican nicknames for boys. It’s often used as a nickname for Francisco, a Puerto Rican form of Francis.
Benigno is a Latin origin name, meaning ‘blessed.’ This name is familiar not just with the Puerto Ricans, but also with the Italian and Spanish speaking families.
This is such a lovely sounding name. Cordero is a Spanish name and means ‘lamb.’ This name has been steadily moving up the popularity charts in the United States.
Braulio is a German name, meaning ‘shining.’ This name has the flash of a racecar driver and the dignity of an attorney general.
Here’s another striking name for your reference. Estephan means ‘crowned in victory.’ Use Esti when he’s a baby and then move into the swanky Estephan in his preschool days.
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Jorge is the Puerto Rican variation of George. But we believe that it sounds so much more sophisticated and even more mysterious than George.
Ezequiel is a Hebrew name, meaning ‘God’s strength.’ It brings to mind the image of a 6-foot tall football player.
The meaning of Jose is ‘may God increase’. The name sounds slightly retro, as compared to the other Puerto Rican names. But will never go out of the trend that we can surely say.
Osvaldo is a variation of the name Oswald and cannot decide which form we like more. It’s an old English winsome and manly name, meaning ‘God rule.’
Benito is a smooth sounding Puerto Rican name, which is popular in Spanish and Italian countries as well. The only issue is its association with Mussolini. Ben is the obvious nickname choice for Benito.
This name sounds extremely pleasing to the ears, just like a soft breeze. Raleigh has English origins and means ‘from the deer meadow’.
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Here’s a regal pick for your prince. Carlos is Spanish for Charles and means ‘warrior’. This name is reminiscent of baseball players, world leaders and the legendary guitarist, Carlos Santana. Do you want any more namesakes?
The impressive and elegant name Diego got a boost lately from the cartoon character “Go Diego Go”. Diego is a Spanish form of Jacob. Dee would be the best nickname.
This Spanish variation sounds much more stylish and sophisticated that its original name Edward. Ed and Eddie would be our nicknames for Eduardo.
Enrique is the Spanish form of Henry and means ‘rules his household.’ The handsome hunk Enrique Iglesias gave this name a shot of sensuality. Ricky or Rick are top picks as nicknames for Enrique.
Leonidas is a perennially favorite name for the Puerto Rican baby boys. Meaning ‘lion,’ Leonidas sounds much cooler than Leo or Leonardo.
Here’s a perfect name suiting your child’s angelic personality. Celestino is a Latin name, meaning ‘heavenly.’
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Meaning ‘bright support’, Humberto is a beautiful name that would inspire your child to become a better person.
Do you wish your son to become a leader? Then without a second thought, name him Gualtiero, which means ‘ruler of the army.’
Peace is what we need to teach the children of this generation. And what better way to take the initiative than by naming him Hernan, which means ‘peace.’
Jaime is a unisex Puerto Rican name, which will work best as a nickname. It’s a Spanish form of Jacob and means ‘supplanter.’
Pronounced as wa-queen, Joaquin has a dark and brooding appeal to it. Joaquin Phoenix made this name popular with the Puerto Rican families. Quin is our pick for its nickname.
Moises is a Spanish variation of Moses. Its most popular bearer is Moises Alous, the great basketball player.
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Ramon is an elegant and popular Puerto Rican baby name, meaning ‘mighty counsel,’ It sounds even more impressive when you roll the ‘R’ in it.
The name Rafael has an artistic ring to it. It’s a Spanish name, meaning ‘God has healed.’ Do we really need to mention its namesake? We think everyone knows Rafael Nadal, the famous tennis player.
Puerto Rican Baby Names For Girls:
The meaning of Ivelisse is ‘life’ and it’s believed to have Spanish origins. There are plenty of nickname options for Ivelisse, like Iva, Eva or Lissie. The most famous bearer of this name is Ivelisse Blanco, who competed for Cuba in 1969 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships.
Valeria is a form of Valerie. It’s a Latin name, meaning ‘strong.’ The moniker comes from the old Roman name Valerius, used by the early Christian saints. It’s also the name of a female character in William Shakespeare’s play, Coriolanus”.
This one’s timeless. It’s a Latin name, meaning ‘strong.’ This name has been used in more than one country. So you can say it’s a global name that is currently more popular with the Puerto Ricans.
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Meaning ‘clear and bright,’ Clarita would make a beautiful choice for your little darling. It’s one of the familiar Puerto Rican baby names, and many Americans have started using it for their baby girls.
Acindian is a traditional Puerto Rican name, so there are high possibilities that you may not have heard this name before. Being said, Acindina is a very cute name with plenty of nickname options. The meaning of Acindina is ‘safe’.
Georgia is a lovely Hispanic name, meaning ‘farmer.’ The name Georgia is quite popular in Puerto Rico, and yes, other parts of the world as well. We think this strong name would make a good pick for people who want to pay their respects to the farmers.
Isabel is one of the most popular baby names in Puerto Rico. The name was made famous by the Spanish, when they inhabited the region. Bella or Isa would make a cute nickname.
Amanda was one of the top ten baby names for girls in the year 2009. It means ‘worthy or love.’ Not the most unique name, but sounds beautiful. In fact, it’s one of those names that everyone will love.
Abril is one of our favorite Puerto Rican baby names for girls. It is a twist on April, the name of the 4th month in the calendar. The name is currently sitting pretty in the top 1000 spot.
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Alondra is one of the most used Puerto Rican names for baby girls. It came to the forefront when it appeared on a Spanish television show. Mexican singer Alondra can also be accredited for its popularity. The meaning of Alondra is ‘lark’.
Ana, one of the variations of Hanna, is liked by the Puerto Ricans as much as it is loved by Americans, Spanish, and British. The meaning of Ana is ‘grace’.
The Puerto Rican version adds a Hispanic flair to the somewhat stoic, Constance and Constantine. The meaning of this name is ‘constant’.
Beatriz is an attractive translation of British name Beatrice and is very popular with Puerto Rican parents. But its popularity isn’t just restricted to Puerto Rico. It’s the fourth most popular name in Portugal.
Here’s another Puerto Rican favorite. The meaning of Marisol is “Mary of Solitude”. It is also associated with Spanish words for sea and sun (mar y sol). The French-born artist Marisol Escobar, noted for its Pop Art figure sculptures is it most popular bearer.
Hailey is another great name to consider for your daughter. It’s not a typical Puerto Rican, but is very famous there. Hailey has an identity of its own. It is not associated with any country.
Adriana is the feminine variation of Adrian, and means ‘man of Adria’. It derives from the name of a northern Italian city, Adria. We love this name for its lovely and soft sound. It was also used by Shakespeare in his play, “The Comedy of Errors”.
The Spanish name Camila is the fastest rising version often-royal name Camilla. The name is inspired by the Camilla in the Roman mythology. Camilla was the fast-footed huntress who could run over a field without bending even a blade of grass.
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Antonella is the Italian version of the exotic name Antonia. This name is heard widely in Russia, Poland and of course, Puerto Rican. The meaning of Anotella is ‘firstborn’.
Alanis is a beautiful, one-person name. You can consider this Puerto Rican name as an update of Alana. Singer Alanis Morsette made this name highly popular with the masses. Alanis would make a nice pick for your daughter, considering that the s-ending names are making a comeback.
Teofila is the epitome of a good name. It means ‘god’s friends’. Now that’s a pretty name, with an even prettier meaning.
Alma is not a very popular retro name, primarily because of the image reinforced by Michelle William’s character in the movie “Brokeback Mountain”. So it will make a unique pick for your child.
We don’t want your child to be a laughing stock in school, but you cannot even deny that it sounds lovely. So use this name as a nickname. Did you know that Tequila is Mexico’s national drink?
This name would make a great name for a platinum-blonde baby name. It’s a Spanish name, and means ‘white’.
If you don’t want the common name Alexandra, but still like the nickname Ally, this Spanish variation would make a smart choice. The meaning of Alejandra is ‘defender of mankind’.
This pretty name may refer to Linden, an ornamental tree used for medicinal purposes. It’s one of the classic Puerto Rican baby names. Lindy would make a great name for Linda.
In the current scenario, girls today have to be fighters. They face plenty of battles in their lives, and they must try to win all. So name your daughter Xiomara, which means ‘famous warrior’.
Tonia would make a lovely nickname for your darling girl. It means ‘invaluable’, which your child is to you. Apart from its lovely meaning, the name sounds pleasing too! Use it as a nickname for Antonia.
The name Asuncion has a Puerto Rican charm to it. And it’s uncommon too, so would make your daughter stand out from the crowd. The meaning of Asuncion is ‘ascension’.
Carleigha may means ‘little’, but its appeal is not. This pleasant and clean name has a Puerto Rican elan to it.
Here’s another alcohol inspired baby name for you. Brandeye is a Dutch name, meaning ‘distilled wine’. And it’s definitely more alluring than Brandy. Use it as a nickname for your daughter if you want to be on the safe side.
Why name your darling Emily when you have the option of going for this elegant, Shakespearean variation? The meaning of this eternal Latin name is ‘industrious’.
If you want your daughter’s name to be fancy and elaborate, you can use Genevalisse for her. It’s a French name, meaning ‘juniper tree’. And it’s one of those few French names popular in Puerto Rico. Gini would make the best diminutive for Genevalisse.
Brissa is the best Puerto Rican nickname we could come up for Brianna and other Bri- beginning names. This stylish name is popular with celebs as well.
Annalisse is a classic, sultry and appealing Puerto Rican name. Pronounce this moniker as ‘anna-lee-see’ to add a romantic touch to it.
The baby with this name is destined to be dramatic, bold and romantic, just like the opera character it is inspired from. The meaning of this Latin name is ‘son’. Carman or Carma, its variations can also be considered.
Casandra sounds slightly more contemporary than Sandra. It was the name of the tragic Trojan princess whom Apollo gave the gift of prophecy, but condemned never to be believed. The meaning of this lovely name is ‘prophetesses.
Dayanara is a Greek name, meaning ‘husband-slayer’. There’s absolutely no denying that it’s a unique moniker, but its literal meaning might be a bit turn off for some parents.
Karelma comes from an Old German word, meaning ‘free’. It has a feisty and exotic allure to it. It was one of the most glamorous Puerto Rican baby names in the last decade.
Maritza is a Latin name, meaning ‘star of the sea’. A beautiful name with an equally beautiful meaning. It sounds perfect for ballerina.
One of the most exotic baby names in the list. Yara is a Brazilian name, meaning ‘water lady’. Use it as a nickname for your daughter, if you think Yara is too tiny for a given name.
What Puerto Rican Baby Name Shall I Give To My Baby?
We’d suggest you to go with Teofila for a baby girl and Benigno for a baby boy. You can shorten it any way you like for the nickname.
We hope our list helps you narrow down your list. Which ones did you like the most? Share your choice with us by commenting below!
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