304 Portuguese Baby Names With Meanings

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There are very few languages as beautiful as Portuguese. Abundant in soft vowels and vibrant consonants, the language is mainly spoken in Portugal, Brazil, and some regions of Guinea—Bissau, Mozambique, and Angola (1). Portuguese baby names will appeal to those with Portuguese heritage or who simply want a melodic name for their child. This country of port wine, Christiano Ronaldo, the Fado and Saudade musical styles, and the capoeira has a well-defined yet flexible naming system. The Portuguese law establishes that a child must be given at least one first name and one surname. The maximum number of surnames allowed is four. A few naming laws limit the parents to only traditional Portuguese names. However, a positive consequence of these rules is the rise of a wide variety of diminutives, commonly ending with -inho for boys and -inha for girls (2). A Portuguese title comprises one or more given names, followed by some family names. Typically, the first surname is taken from the maternal side, and the second is taken from the paternal side. These surnames may be written separately or joined with e. But for official surnames, individuals can use only one surname, typically the last one. After marrying, a woman can keep her maiden name or add her husband’s paternal family name to her name. Also, she may add both the husband’s family names to hers or remove her maternal family name, substituting it with her husband’s paternal family name (2). The Bible or saints inspire most first names in Portugal, a 97% Roman Catholic country. Portuguese first names have distinctive pronunciations. Wherever possible, first names in this country end with -ez, and family names usually end in -es. This is an important distinction between Portuguese and Spanish naming conventions because the latter is directly opposite to this rule. Thus, Luiz Gomes is Portuguese, but Luis Gomez is Spanish (2). You can browse our complete list of Portuguese baby names with meanings below to find the perfect one for your child.

NameGenderMeaning
heart image Abel Baby Boy Sign Boy Breath
heart image Abilio Baby Boy Sign Boy One who is able or an expert
heart image Adao Baby Boy Sign Boy One who is the son of Adam
heart image Adelaida Baby Girl Sign Girl Noble kind; Adorned
heart image Adelina Baby Girl Sign Girl Noble; Nobility
heart image Adriana Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Woman from Hadria
heart image Agueda Baby Girl Sign Girl Spanish and Portuguese form of Agatha
heart image Aitana Baby Girl Sign Girl Our people
heart image Albertina Baby Girl Sign Girl Nobly famous; Noble; Kind; A variant transcription of Alberta; Feminine form of Albert
heart image Alexandrina Baby Girl Sign Girl Protector of mankind; Defender of men; Helper and defender of mankind; Feminine form of Alexander
heart image Alfonso Baby Boy Sign Boy Ready; Prepared
heart image Alice Baby Girl Sign Girl Noble; Kind
heart image Aliciana Baby Girl Sign Girl Noble woman
heart image Amalia Baby Girl Sign Girl To work; Industrious
heart image Amanda Baby Girl Sign Girl One who is made for love and respect; Loved by others
heart image Amea Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Gift from God
heart image Amelia Baby Girl Sign Girl Hardworking and industrious
heart image Ana Baby Girl Sign Girl Favor; Grace; Merciful
heart image Anabela Baby Girl Sign Girl Graceful and Beautiful; Easy to Love; Gracious; Lovable beauty; A variant of name Anabel
heart image Anacleto Baby Boy Sign Boy Form of Anacletus; Complicated; Invoke God's mercy
heart image Analia Baby Girl Sign Girl Gracious; Merciful; Favor
heart image Andrea Baby Girl Sign Girl Defender of mankind
heart image Andreia Baby Girl Sign Girl Womanly; Filled with grace
heart image Angelina Baby Girl Sign Girl Messenger of God; Angelic
heart image Antinea Baby Girl Sign Girl The queen of Atlantis
heart image Antonia Baby Girl Sign Girl Beautiful; Priceless; Praiseworthy
heart image Babetta Baby Girl Sign Girl Foreign woman
heart image Balei Baby Girl Sign Girl Being inquisitive and intelligent
heart image Baltasar Baby Boy Sign Boy Protected by God
heart image Baptiste Baby Boy Sign Boy Baptizer
heart image Beatriz Baby Girl Sign Girl Brings joy; Blessed; Happy
heart image Beija Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Kiss or affection in Portuguese
heart image Belmira Baby Girl Sign Girl A beautiful woman
heart image Benedita Baby Girl Sign Girl A blessed woman
heart image Benedito Baby Boy Sign Boy He who is a blessed one
heart image Beni Baby Boy Sign Boy Plait of hair; Blessed
heart image Bianca Baby Girl Sign Girl Light; White; Pure
heart image Bibiana Baby Girl Sign Girl Lively; Dynamic
heart image Bonifacio Baby Boy Sign Boy A man who has goof faith
heart image Branca Baby Girl Sign Girl Fair complexioned
heart image Bruna Baby Girl Sign Girl Armor; Protection; Polished
heart image Brunilda Baby Girl Sign Girl A protector in the battle
heart image Caetano Baby Boy Sign Boy One who is from Caieta
heart image Caique Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Exotic; Lively; Bird-like
heart image Calisto Baby Girl Sign Girl Most beautiful
heart image Candelaria Baby Girl Sign Girl Candlemas
heart image Carla Baby Girl Sign Girl Free woman
heart image Carlota Baby Girl Sign Girl A strong woman
heart image Carlotte Baby Girl Sign Girl Her strenght is like a man's
heart image Carolina Baby Girl Sign Girl Strong and free woman
heart image Carris Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Grace; Kindness
heart image Casca Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Empty; Vain
heart image Cascata Baby Girl Sign Girl Like a waterfall
heart image Catarina Baby Girl Sign Girl Pure; Clear
heart image Catiana Baby Girl Sign Girl Pure; Clear
heart image Catina Baby Girl Sign Girl Pure; Far off
heart image Ceira Baby Girl Sign Girl Dark -haired; Black
heart image Cela Unisex Baby Sign Unisex It conceals; Baby; Rock
heart image Celestino Baby Boy Sign Boy A heavenly person
heart image Celio Baby Boy Sign Boy A heavenly body
heart image Celso Baby Boy Sign Boy Tall; High; Sky
heart image Cesaria Baby Girl Sign Girl The head of hair
heart image Chica Baby Girl Sign Girl A sweet little girl
heart image Christiano Baby Boy Sign Boy Follower of Christ
heart image Cintia Baby Girl Sign Girl Hungarian word for Cynthia; The goddess of moon
heart image Clara Baby Girl Sign Girl Bright; Clear
heart image Conceicao Baby Girl Sign Girl Conception; the process of conceiving a baby; forming an idea
heart image Connie Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Constant; Steadfast
heart image Constancia Baby Girl Sign Girl Steadfast; Reliable and trustworthy
heart image Constantina Baby Girl Sign Girl Steadfast
heart image Cosme Baby Boy Sign Boy Universe; Order; Decency
heart image Cristina Baby Girl Sign Girl Christian; Followers of Christ
heart image Cruz Baby Boy Sign Boy Cross; Crucifix
heart image Cujo Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Fierce; Savage; Dangerous
heart image Daniela Baby Girl Sign Girl God is my judge
heart image Davi Baby Boy Sign Boy Beloved
heart image Diamantina Baby Girl Sign Girl Messy; Playful; Crave emotional security
heart image Diamantino Baby Boy Sign Boy A pure and lovely individual; determined leader
heart image Diana Baby Girl Sign Girl Divine; Goddesslike
heart image Diante Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Ancient; Enduring
heart image Dias Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Days
heart image Dinis Baby Boy Sign Boy They have a heart of gold
heart image Diogo Baby Boy Sign Boy A wandering explorer; Rich in gifts
heart image Dioselina Baby Girl Sign Girl Divine; Heavenly
heart image Domingos Baby Boy Sign Boy One who is born on Sunday
heart image Dores Baby Girl Sign Girl Pain and suffering
heart image Doroteia Baby Girl Sign Girl A variant of Dorothea; Gift of God
heart image Duante Baby Boy Sign Boy He who watches over the land
heart image Duarte Baby Boy Sign Boy Protector of the land; One who watches land
heart image Dylla Baby Girl Sign Girl A self-reliant individual
heart image Edite Baby Girl Sign Girl Wealthy gift from a ruler
heart image Eduarda Baby Boy Sign Boy Famous bearer of light and energy
heart image Efigenia Baby Girl Sign Girl The one who is born to be strong
heart image Elder Baby Boy Sign Boy One who has deep connection with the God
heart image Elpidio Baby Boy Sign Boy Hope
heart image Emilia Baby Girl Sign Girl Rival; To emulate; Excel
heart image Emilio Baby Boy Sign Boy Someone who tries to emulate; A rival
heart image Enia Baby Girl Sign Girl It means jewel or fiery
heart image Ermenegildo Baby Boy Sign Boy Immense tribute
heart image Ermengild Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Immense treasure
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Portuguese is a distinctly beautiful language. Many parents look for Portuguese baby names to give their children melodious names with traditional values. The language subtly differs from Spanish and consists of many unique phrases that cannot be translated into English. You will undoubtedly love browsing this list and discovering plenty of unique names. You will also find biblical or mythological names if you prefer them. So, no matter the gender of your child, there's a lovely Portuguese name waiting for them.

Infographic: Profound Portuguese Names For Babies

Portuguese baby names reflect the country’s cultural wealth. These names celebrate the country’s rich history and have deep cultural significance. So, do you want to give a Portuguese name to your baby? Delve into the infographic below as we bring you culturally-rich names from the region and meanings for boys and girls.

popular portuguese names for your baby (infographic)

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are some popular Portuguese names?

Francisco, Afonso, and João are among the most popular names for boys, while Maria, Alice, and Leonor are popular for baby girls.

2. How do you name a baby in Portugal?

A Portuguese name usually consists of one or two personal names, the mother's family surname and the father's surname. In formal situations, using only the last surname for simplicity is common.

3. What name means moon in Portuguese?

The Portuguese names Lua, Luan, and Louna mean ‘moon.’ These names may have been derived from the Latin term ‘Lunar.’

4. What are some unique or uncommon Portuguese names that are gaining popularity?

Alegria, meaning ‘joy,’ Chuva, meaning ‘rain,’ and Escura meaning ‘dark,’ are some examples of unique and uncommon Portuguese names that are gaining popularity.

5. What are some unisex names commonly used in Portugal?

Elyah meaning ‘my God is Yahweh,’ Noa, meaning ‘comfort’ or ‘movement,’ and Luca meaning ‘bringer of light,’ are some unisex names in Portugal.

References

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  1. Portuguese: The world\'s seventh most spoken language.
    https://www.britishcouncil.org/voices-magazine/portuguese-worlds-seventh-most-spoken-language
  2. A Guide to Names and Naming Practices.
    https://www.fbiic.gov/public/2008/nov/Naming_practice_guide_UK_2006.pdf
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