132 Portuguese Baby Names With Meanings

There are very few languages as beautiful as Portuguese. Being abundant in soft vowels and vibrant consonants, the Portuguese language is mainly spoken in Portugal and Brazil and some regions of Guinea—Bissau, Mozambique, and Angola.

Portugal, the country of port wine, Christiano Ronaldo, and capoeira, has a well-defined, yet flexible naming system. The law establishes that each child must be given at least one given name and one surname. The maximum number of surnames allowed are four. A few naming laws limit the parents to pick only traditional Portuguese names. But the positive consequences of these strict rules is the rise of a rich variety of nicknames and diminutives.

A Portuguese name is composed of one or more given names, followed by a number of family names. Normally, the first surname is taken from the maternal side and the second surname is taken from the paternal side. But for official surnames, individuals can use only one surname, typically the last one.

Portuguese first names have a distinctive flavor and unusual pronunciation. Being 97% Roman Catholic country, most of the first names in Portugal are inspired by the Bible or saints. For instance, Maria has been a perpetual number one girl’s name in the country. You can browse through our complete list of Portuguese baby names with meanings below.

NAMESMEANINGGENDERFAVOURITES
AlfonsoReady, prepared, organizedBoy
AnaGracious and satisfyingGirl
BeatrizBrings JoyGirl
CarolinaA song of joy and happinessGirl
FranciscoA variant of Latin name 'Franciscus' it refers to a Frenchman or a free manBoy
JoaoJoao is a Portuguese male name that means Jehovah was been gracious, has shown favor.Boy
LeonorLight, a lumous and bright oneGirl
MariaVariation of Mary or Miriam which means Bitter or Wished-for childGirl
MarianaOne who is bitterGirl
MartimA warlike individualBoy
MatildeGermanic - Mighty in battle; Mighty Battle Maiden; A variant form of MatildaGirl
Miguelwho is like unto Yaweh.Boy
RodrigoOne who is acclaimed for his ruleBoy
SantiagoSaint JamesUnisex
SofiaMeans wisdom in Greek. A wise womanGirl
ThomasTwinBoy
AbelUsually it means vanity or breath or tansitoryBoy
AbilioOne who is able or an expertBoy
AdaoOne who is the son of AdamBoy
AitanaHigh honorGirl
AnacletoForm of Anacletus; they are complicated and invoke God's mercyBoy
AnaliaA combination of name Ana and Lia; A variant transcription is AnaliyahGirl
BaleiIt symbolizes being inquisitive and intelligent.girl
BaltasarThe name means ' Protected by God.'Boy
BaptisteBaptizerBoy
BelmiraA beautiful womanGirl
BeneditaA blessed womanGirl
BeneditoHe who is a blessed oneBoy
BeniPlait of Hair; BlessedBoy
BonifacioA man who has goof faithBoy
BrancaOne who is white and fair in complexiongirl
BrunaA brown-haired womanGirl
BrunildaA protector in the battleGirl
CaetanoOne who is from CaietaBoy
CarlotteHer strenght is like a man'sGirl
CascataLike a waterfallGirl
CelestinoA heavenly personBoy
CelioA heavenly body usually used as last nameBoy
CelsoVariant of Celsus; active and majesticBoy
CesariaThe head of hairGirl
ConceicaoConception; the process of conceiving a baby; forming an ideaGirl
CosmeDecree, order, sequence or patternBoy
CruzAnother name of crossBoy
DaviAn awesome beingBoy
DiamantinoA pure and lovely individual; determined leaderBoy
DinisThey have a heart of goldBoy
DiogoA wandering explorer; rich in giftsBoy
DomingosOne who is born on SundayBoy
DuanteHe who watches over the landBoy
DuarteProtector of the Land; one who watches landBoy
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