Spanish Names of Biblical Origin

As Spain is a strongly Catholic country, Biblical names are popular and many names commemorate Christian saints and festivals.

Male

Given Name and Variants Diminutives English form if different

Abel    
Abrahamo   Abraham
Adán   Adam
Andrés, Andrea   Andrew
Ángel, Angelines   'angel'
Ariel    
Baltasar, Baltazar   Balthazar
Bártolemé Bartoli, Bartolo, Barto Bartholomew
Benjamin Benja  
Bernabé, Bernebé   Barnabas
Cristobal , Christobal Cristo Christopher
Danilo   Daniel
David    
Efraín, Efren   Ephraim
Elia, Eliu   Elias
Eliseo   Elisha
Esdras   Ezra
Estéban Este Estes Stephen
Ezequiel   Ezekiel
Gabriel    
Gaspar   Caspar
Isaias, Isaio, Isias   Isaiah
Israel    
Jacobo, Jago, Yago, Jaime   James/Jacob
Jairo    
Joaquin   Joachim
Jobo   Job
Jonatan   Jonathan
José, Joseba Josecito, Joseito, Joselito, Pépé, Pepito, Pepillo Joseph
Josué   Joshua
Juan Juanito John
Lazaro   Lazarus
Lucás   Luke
Magdaleno   Magadelene (female)
Marco, Marcos, Marciano   Mark
Mateo, Matteo   Matthew
Melchor   Melchior
Miguél   Michael
Moise, Moises   Moses
Noe   Noah
Pablo, Paulino   Pau;
Pedro Perico, Pero Peter
Rafael   Raphael
Rubén   Reuben
Salamon, Salomon, Salomone   Solomon
Sanson, Sansone   Samson
Santiago Tiago St James
Saul    
Serafin   'seraphim'
Simon    
Tadeo, Tadzio   Thaddeus
Timeteo, Timoteo   Timothy
Tomas   Thomas
Uriel    
Yoel   Joel
Zacarias   Zachary

Female

Given Name and Variants Diminutives English form if different

Ana Anita, Anica Anne
Andrea    
Ángela Angelina, Angelita, Angélica  
Bartola   Fem of Bartholomew
Damaris   Gk New Testament
Daniela   Fem of Daniel
Debora   Deborah
Dina   Dinah
Estefanía, Estefana   Fem of Stephen
Ester   Esther
Eva   Eve
Gabriela   Fem of 'Gabriel'
Isabel, Isabella, Elizabet Elisa, Eloisa, Elsa Elizabeth
Ivana   Slavic fem of John
Josefina Pepa, Pepita Fem of Joseph
Juana, Joana Juanita Fem of John
Judit   Judith
Lilia, Liliana   from Elizabeth
Magdalena Magda, Malena Magdalene
Marta Martita Martha
Melchora   Fem of Melchior
Miguela, Micaela, Miguelita, Misia (from Pol) Fem of Michael
Myriam   Miriam
Noemi   Naomi
Paolina, Paulina, Paula   Fem of Paul
Petra   Fem of Peter
Rafaela   Fem of Raphael
Raquel   Rachel
Rebeca   Rebecca
Rut   Ruth
Salome  

shalom 'peace'

Sara Sarita Sarah
Serafina   'seraphim'
Simona   Fem of Simon
Susana   Susannah
Tomasa   Fem of Thomas

Life of Christ

As well as characters mentioned in the Bible, names of festivals and other aspects of Jesus and words associated with him are used as names.

Male

Given Name and Variants Diminutives English form if different

Ascencio   'ascension'
Bautista   Baptist
Candelaria Candelana, Candela Candlemas
Christiano, Cristiano, Cristian   Christian
Cruz   'cross'
Epifanio   'epiphany'
Evangelista    
Imanol, Emmanuel Manuel, Manolo, Manolito Emmanuel
Jesús Chucho, Chus  
Natalio   masc of Natalia
Nazario   Lat Nazarius (Nazareth
Pascual, Pasqual  

'pesach' Passover

Pastor   Lat 'shepherd'
Salvadór   'saviour'

Female

Given Name and Variants Diminutives English form if different

Aparición   Christ's appearance to apostles
Belén   'Bethlehem'
Cristina    
Epifania   'epiphany'
Evangelina    
Jesúsa   Fem of Jesus
Manola Manolita Fem of Emmanuel
Natividad Nati 'nativity'
Nazaret, Nazaria   Fem of Nazarius
Noelia   Fem of Noel
Pascuala   Fem of Pascual
Pastora    
Salvadora    

Marian Names

'Maria' is sometimes added to boys' names to bring them under the special protection of the Virgin Mary, the golfer, José-Maria Olazabal, being a well-known example. Given names commemorating the life of Mary were originally given to boys and girls but are now usually feminine.

Male

Given Name and Variants Diminutives

Origin
Bonadona    
Carmelo   Our Lady of Carmel
Mario, Mariano   Lat nomen Marius now assoc. with Maria
Marino   Lat nomen Marinus now assoc. with Maria

Female

There is a strong religious influence on girls' names with examples, such as 'Concepción', which commemorate stages in the life of the Virgin Mary or places associated with her. These are often linked with the name Maria itself : María de las Mercedes, María del Amor. Names like 'Rosario' (rosary), which seem to have a masculine ending, are usually taken from a place or article that had a masculine form originally.

Given Name and Variants Diminutives Origin and Meaning

Adoración   Adoration of the Virgin
Amparo   protection (i.e of Mary)
Ángeles   Maria de los Ángeles
Angosto Angustia, Angustias Our Lady of Angosto
Anunciación Anuncia Annunciation of the Virgin
Asunción, Ascensión Assunta, Asun, Sunción Assumption of the Virgin
Auxiliadora Auxilio Maria Auxiliadora (Mary the Helper)
Azucena   the madonna lily
Begona   Our Lady of Begona
Carmel, Carmela, Carmen Carmita, Carmelita, Carmencita, Carmo Menchu Our Lady of Carmel
Concepción Concha, Conchita, Chita Immaculate Conception
Conseja   Our Lady of Good Counsel
Consuelo, Consuela, Concuela Chelo, Suelita, Suelo, Suela Our Lady of Solace
Corazón  

heart (i.e Sacred heart of Jesus)

Cruz Crucita cross (Mary at crucifixion)
Dolores Lola, Lolita Maria de los Dolores/Mary of Sorrows
Encarnación Encarna Incarnation
Guadalupe, Gualdalupe Lupita, Lupe Our Lady of G
Idoya   Virgin of Idoia
Inmaculada Inma Maria Inmaculada
Loreto   Italian town where Mary's house appeared
Lourdes, Lurdes   shrine to Virgin Mary in France
Luz   Our Lady of Light
Luzdivina   divine light
Maglu    
María Marieta, Marisa, Marisela, Maritza Mary
Maria-Carmen Maricarmen, Maica  
María-Isabel Maribel  
María-Jesús Chucho, Chus  
María-Josefa Maripepa  
María-Pili Maripili  
María-Rosa Marirrosa  
María-Sol

Marisol, Marizol, Marysol  
Maria-Theresa Maite, Mayte  
Maridel, Meridel    
Maricela, Marisela    
Maricruz    
Marivel    
Mercedes   María de los Mercedes (Our Lady of Ransom/Mercies)
Milagros, Milagro, Milagritos, Milagrosa, Mirari   Our Lady of Miracles
Montserrat, Monserrate, Monserrat Montse, Monse Catalan monastery of the Virgin Mary
Nieves   Our Lady of the Snows
Nuria   Our Lady of Nuria
Paz   Our Lady of Peace
Pilar Pili, Pilita, Piluca Our Lady of the Pillar
Presentación   presentation of Virgin Mary in temple after birth of Christ
Purificación Pura, Purita day on which Mary took Jesus to the temple and was purified
Refugio Fucho Our Lady of Refuge
Remedios   Our Lady of intervention/remedies
Resurección   resurrection
Rocío   Our Lady of the Dew
Rosario Charo Our Lady of the Rosary
Salud   Our Lady of Salvation
Socorro   Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
Soledad Chole Maria de Soledad (solitude)
Trinidad   Holy Trinity
Virtudes   seven Christian virtues