27 Filipino Baby Names With Meanings

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The island country of the Philippines is referred to as ‘Asia's pearl of the Orient’ for its scenic beauty. Imagine the resplendent Filipino baby names that originate from this pearl. Initially, Filipinos only had one given name. There were no middle names or last names. However, the colonization of the Philippines by the Spaniards and Americans led to a few interesting developments in the naming conventions.

Today, the Filipino naming system is a blend of Western naming practices, and in some cases, it follows a Chinese naming custom, too. This amalgamation of various Western naming practices can be seen in the way the names are inherited and how they are arranged.

Following the Spanish convention, Filipino names include paternal and maternal surnames, with the maternal surname as a middle name. The Western naming practices come into play when the names are arranged as per the Western name order of first name, middle name, and surname. A common practice is condensing the name. For example, a man named Roberto may shorten his name to Rob or Robert, depending on the place he lives. Men and women with two given names also tend to abbreviate the first name followed by a full stop. For example, a person named María Victoria or José Mariano may shorten their name to Ma. Victoria or Jo. Mariano.

Another practice Filipinos have is combining the names of the father and mother to create a new name for their babies. For instance, Jomari is a combination of Joseph and Maria, and Marinerl is a combination of Marino and Erlinda. Discover the unique charm of Filipino names in our list and find the ideal name for your little one.

NameGenderMeaning
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Aleli
Baby Girl Sign Girl Flower of the field
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Amihan
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Northeast monsoon
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Analyn
Baby Girl Sign Girl Graceful; Pretty
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Charice
Baby Boy Sign Boy Graceful; Beloved; Strong
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Hiraya
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Result of dreams; Visons; Aspirations
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Hiyan
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Divine, Royal, Precious
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Isagani
Baby Boy Sign Boy Fiery, passionate, and determined
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Janelyn
Baby Girl Sign Girl TBD
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Jejomar
Baby Boy Sign Boy Combination of Joseph and Mary
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Jelyn
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex God's gracious gift
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Jomari
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Handsome; Good-looking
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Jomel
Baby Boy Sign Boy God is gracious
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Jovelyn
Baby Girl Sign Girl Joyful; Noble
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Kahel
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Orange
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Kalasin
Baby Boy Sign Boy To untangle
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Lagot
Baby Boy Sign Boy To prepare
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Lailanie
Baby Girl Sign Girl Beautiful night
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Malaya
Baby Girl Sign Girl Free
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Maricar
Baby Girl Sign Girl Beloved and gracious
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Marivic
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Life of Maria; Blessings of Maria
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Novelyn
Baby Girl Sign Girl New moon; New beginning
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Rhealyn
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Unique; Feminine; Graceful
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Rojean
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Famous rose
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Roxas
Baby Boy Sign Boy One of red hair or complexion
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Thirdy
Unisex Baby Sign Unisex A third child; Third generation
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Tofu
Baby Boy Sign Boy Bean curd
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Zyrell
Baby Boy Sign Boy Thunderous; Powerful

Filipino baby names are rich not only in culture but also in history. Historical events such as the colonization of the Philippines by the Spaniards and Americans have shaped and brought about change to the land, including the naming system. Filipinos follow the naming system of having the surnames of their parents in their name while also using the general Western format of having a first name and a surname. This unique combination of choices results in names that carry deep familial significance and portray the distinctive culture of the Filipinos, reflecting the diverse influences that have shaped Filipino identity.

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