Basque, Gallego, Catalan, Canarian and other Names
Being able to call someone by their name is always crucial to establish a relationship, avoid ambiguities of the subject pronouns (tú, usted…)
The most common names in Spain are an example of society's evolution, although it also shows a certain level of "what's hot".
Furthermore, the fact that the reality of Spanish linguistics includes Galician, Catalan, Basque and Castillian means there are differences between different regions.
Between dictatorship and democracy there was regional and national joy that increased the frequency of names that have been characterized as "children of democracy", among the most popular of which are Irati, Naira, Iria or Laia for girls and Beneharo, Iago, Iker or Didac for boys.
With the passing of the years the use of these name in Spain has become normal. Our grandparents are called Francisco, Antonio, José or Manuel, and María, Ana, Carmen or Dolores. The most common names throughout Spain in 2012 according to the National Institute of Statistics are Lucía, María, Paula, Daniela and Sara, for girls and Daniel, Hugo, Alejandro, Pablo and Álvaro for boys.
Some of the names that are special in each language remain. Here are some of the most common by region.
- Male: Airam, Aday, Yerai, Jonay, Beneharo, Ayoze, Nauzet or Rayco.
- Female: Naira, Idaira, Yurena, May, Adassa, Dácil, Guacimara or Chaxiraxi.
- Male: Anxo, Iago, Brais or Xosé.
- Female: Antía, Iria, Noa, Uxía or Nerea.
- Male: Markel, Jon, Ander, Oier, Iker, Unai or Mikel.
- Female: Ane, June, Irati, Nahia, Nora, Izaro, Uxue or Itziar.
- Male: Marc, Alex, Eric, Pol, Pau, Biel, Hugo, Arnau or Didac.
- Female: Julia, Martina, Laia, Carla, Mireia or Montserrat.
In Ceuta and Melilla, the two autonomous cities located at the north of Morocco, the most common names are influenced by Islam:
- Male: Mohamed, Adam, Rayan, Bilal or Ibrahim.
- Female: Salma, Malak, Lina, Yasmin, Sara or Amira.
Now you know a bit more about Spanish names, at least statistically. If you want to know more, go to the culture section of our website, under Baby Names.