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100 Popular Hispanic & Mexican Boy Names & Their Meanings

Updated on 4 May 2022 • 6 minute read

 

What Are Some Good Boy Mexican Names?

In the US, it’s common to find Mexican and Spanish baby names like Juan, Luis, Jose, Miguel, Santiago, Alejandro, Sebastian, and Antonio. These are Mexican or Hispanic spellings of popular English boy names. 

But you can also find inspiration from other languages, such as Irish, German, Italian, Greek, or Hebrew names transformed into the Spanish language.

 

How Do Hispanic Or Mexican Baby Names Work?

Many Mexican families choose Hispanic names for their babies. But many parents in the US also choose Mexican names because they think these can be the perfect name for their babies.

How can you tell between Mexican boy and baby girl names? Often, it’s easy to distinguish between these names just by looking at their ending letters. 

Mexican girl names often end with an “a,” while boy names end with an “o.” Boy names are added with an “a” to turn them into a girl name.

For example, “Alejandro” and “Alejandra,” “Manuel” and “Manuela,” “Juan” and “Juana,” and “Francisco” and “Francisca.” Another example is “Maria,” which is primarily used as a female name.

But some names are also gender-neutral.

You might also notice that Hispanic people tend to have two names. They also spell out their two last names, the first being their father’s and can be a standalone last name.

 

Popular Hispanic & Mexican Baby Boy Names

Benedicto

  • Meaning: Blessed or blessing
  • Description: A variation of “Benedict”

 

Diego

  • Meaning: Supplanter
  • Description: Comes from “Santiago

 

Esteban

  • Meaning: Crowned in victory
  • Description: Mexican version of “Stephen”

 

Jorge

  • Meaning: Farmer
  • Description: Mexican form of “George”

 

José

  • Meaning: God will give
  • Description: Comes from the Hebrew name “Yosef,” the Latin name “Iosephus,” and the Greek name “Iosephos”

 

Juan

  • Meaning: The Lord is gracious
  • Description: It’s a popular name in Mexico and is often paired with another name. Examples include Juan Carlos and Juan Miguel. Its female form is “Juana.”

 

Manuel

  • Meaning: God is with us
  • Description: Shortened version of “Emmanuel”

 

Mateo

  • Meaning: Gift of god
  • Description: Mexican form of “Matthew”

 

Pablo

  • Meaning: Small or humble
  • Description: Mexican form of “Paul” 

 

Raul

  • Meaning: Wolf counsel
  • Description: Mexican and Spanish name form of Scandinavian “Ráðúlfr”

 

Old & Traditional Hispanic & Mexican Names

Adrian

  • Meaning: Rich
  • Description: Also means “son of Adria”

 

Daniel

  • Meaning: God is my judge
  • Description: It’s a traditional name popular in Mexico due to its links to Daniel, the prayerful man in the Bible.

 

Enrique

  • Meaning: Home ruler
  • Description: From the German name “Heinrich” or the English name “Henry”

 

Francisco

  • Meaning: A free man
  • Description: Mexican version of “Francis”

 

Gerardo

  • Meaning: Spear brave
  • Description: Mexican form of “Gerard”

 

Jeronimo

  • Meaning: Holy name
  • Description: From the Greek name “Hieronymus”

 

Mariano

  • Meaning: Manly
  • Description: Also means “child of Marius”

 

Oscar

  • Meaning: Spear of the gods
  • Description: Also means “loving friend”

 

Pedro

  • Meaning: Rock or stone
  • Description: Mexican and Hispanic form of “Peter”

 

Rafael

  • Meaning: God has healed
  • Description: It’s the Mexican form of “Raphael,” popular in Spain and Mexico because it’s the namesake of an archangel (higher-ranking angels). 

 

Unique Hispanic & Mexican Boy Names

Here are some unique boy names to try:

 

Cedro

  • Meaning: Love or a strong gift
  • Description: Mexican form of “Cedric”

 

Eberardo

  • Meaning: Brave and strong boar
  • Description: Mexican form of the German name “Everard”

 

Elvio

  • Meaning: Fair or blonde
  • Description: It’s a rarely used name.

 

Erasmo

  • Meaning: Beloved
  • Description: Mexican version of “Erasmus” and “Elmo”

 

Javier 

  • Meaning: Castle and new house
  • Description: From the Basque word “etxe berri” (castle)

 

Margarito

  • Meaning: A man with pearls
  • Description: Its female version is “Margarita.”

 

Matías

  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Description: Another form of “Matthew”

 

Próspero

  • Meaning: Fortunate or prosperous
  • Description: Mexican form of “Prosperus”

 

Tácito

  • Meaning: Silent
  • Description: Comes from the Latin name “Tacitus” and can also mean “he who is called”

 

Tenoch

  • Meaning: Fruit
  • Description: Also the name of an Aztec ruler

 

Powerful & Strong Hispanic & Mexican Boy Names

Adolfo

  • Meaning: Noble or majestic wolf
  • Description: Mexican version of “Adolf”

 

Álvaro

  • Meaning: Elf warrior
  • Description: Also means “all guard”

 

Armando

  • Meaning: Army man or soldier
  • Description: Mexican form of “Herman”

 

Arturo

  • Meaning: Noble and courageous
  • Description: Hispanic and Mexican version of “Arthur”

 

Grimaldo

  • Meaning: Powerful leader
  • Description: From “Grimmauld” and also means “masked leader”

 

Hernan

  • Meaning: Brave journey
  • Description: Comes from “Fardnanth” (spiritual traveler or gentle traveler)

 

Ignacio

  • Meaning: The fiery one
  • Description: Comes from “Iñigo,” “Ignatius,” or “Eneko” (my little one)

 

Miguel

  • Meaning: Who is like God?
  • Description: Mexican version of “Michael”

 

Nicolas

  • Meaning: Victory of the people
  • Description: Its female form is “Nicole.”

 

Vicente

  • Meaning: To conquer
  • Description: Mexican version of “Vincent”

 

Indigenous & Native Mexican Boy Names

Ahulane

  • Meaning: Mayan God of war
  • Description: From the ancient Mayan people

 

Erendirani

  • Meaning: Happy
  • Description: From the Tarascans, the Purépecha indigenous community

 

Hasen

  • Meaning: Soul
  • Description: From the Mazateco indigenous community

 

Ikal

  • Meaning: Spirit
  • Description: Common indigenous name in many Latin American countries

 

Kabil

  • Meaning: He who has a good hand to sow 
  • Description: Also a Mayan name

 

Masawa

  • Meaning: Evening wind
  • Description: From the Popoluca indigenous community (southeastern Veracruz and Oaxaca)

 

Polo

  • Meaning: Sea
  • Description: From the Mayan Kʼicheʼ (Quiché) indigenous community

 

Rahui

  • Meaning: Day
  • Description: Comes from the Tarahumara indigenous community (Northern Mexico)

 

Tanok

  • Meaning: Sun
  • Description: Commonly used name from the Tepehuano indigenous community

 

Yooko

  • Meaning: Tiger
  • Description: Brave name from northern Mexico‘s Hiaki, Yaqui, or Yoeme indigenous communities

 

Hispanic & Mexican Names With English Counterparts

Alejandro

  • Meaning: Defending men
  • Description: Its English form is “Alexander.”

 

Alfredo

  • Meaning: Magical counsel
  • Description: Its English form is “Alfred.”

 

Andrés

  • Meaning: Brave and manly
  • Description: Its English form is “Andrew.” This name also means “warrior.”

 

Antonio

  • Meaning: Priceless
  • Description: Its English form is “Anthony.”

 

Carlos

  • Meaning: Free man
  • Description: Its English form is “Charles.”

 

Eduardo 

  • Meaning: Wealthy guardian
  • Description: Its English form is “Edward.”

 

Felipe 

  • Meaning: One who loves horses
  • Description: Comes from the English name “Philip”

 

Jaime

  • Meaning: Supplanter
  • Description: Portuguese and Mexican form of “James”

 

Julio

  • Meaning: Youth
  • Description: Mexican form of “Julius”

 

Roberto

  • Meaning: Bright or famous
  • Description: From the English name “Robert”

 

Cute Hispanic & Mexican Boy Names

Some cute names for your baby boy:

 

César

  • Meaning: Long-haired
  • Description: Mexican variant of the Roman name “Caesar”

 

Darío

  • Meaning: Possessing goodness
  • Description: Mexican and Spanish version of “Darius”

 

Fausto

  • Meaning: Lucky
  • Description: Also means the “fortunate one”

 

Godfredo

  • Meaning: God‘s friend
  • Description: Also means “God-peace”

 

Jesús

  • Meaning: Salvation
  • Description: Even if it’s a name after Jesus Christ, it’s common in Mexico, Spain, and other Hispanic countries. 

 

Martín

  • Meaning: Warring (from Mars, the Roman god of war)
  • Description: Hispanic and Mexican form of “Martinus”

 

Neron

  • Meaning: Sea
  • Description: Also means “strong”

 

Pancho

  • Meaning: Free or Frenchman
  • Description: Also a variation of “Francisco”

 

Pascual

  • Meaning: Relating to Easter
  • Description: Comes from the Latin name “Pascal” or French name “Pâques”

 

Rico

  • Meaning: Cute
  • Description: This adorable name literally means “cute.”

 

Popular Mexican-American Boy Names

Emil

  • Meaning: Excel
  • Description: Also mean “to strive” or “to rival”

 

Fernando

  • Meaning: Daring and adventurous
  • Description: From the German name “Ferdinand”

 

José Luis

  • Meaning: God will increase
  • Description: Also means “he who pardons”

 

Julio César

  • Meaning: Head with long hair
  • Description: Mexican form of “Julius Caesar” (Roman general)

 

Logan

  • Meaning: Little hollow
  • Description: From the Scottish-Gaelic word “lagan” or “lag” (hollow)

 

Marcos 

  • Meaning: Dedicated to Mars
  • Description: Has links to Mars, the Roman god of war

 

Ricardo

  • Meaning: Brave king
  • Description: A variation of “Richard” from the German words “rīks” (king) and “harduz” (hard or brave)

 

Roberto 

  • Meaning: Bright and shining
  • Description: Also means “famous”

 

Santiago

  • Meaning: Supplanter
  • Description: Mexican form of “James” and can also mean “saint”

 

Sebastián

  • Meaning: Venerable or revered
  • Description: From the Latin name “Sebastianus”

 

Place Names as Boy Names

Cali

  • Description: A city in Colombia

 

Cristóbal

  • Description: A port town in Panama

 

Guadalupe

  • Description: A city in northeastern Mexico

 

Guanajuato

  • Description: A city in central Mexico

 

Guerrero

  • Description: A state in Mexico

 

Laredo

  • Description: Nuevo Laredo – a city in Tamaulipas, Mexico

 

Madrid

  • Description: Spain’s capital but also a popular name for boys in Mexico

 

Navarro

  • Description: Autlán de Navarro – a city in Jalisco, Mexico

 

Rio

  • Description: Rioverde – a city in San Luis Potosí, Mexico

 

Zihuatanejo

  • Description: A resort city known for its beaches

 

Gender-Neutral Mexican Names for Boys and Girls

Some unisex names for you to try:

 

Avila

  • Meaning: Island
  • Description: Also means “desired”

 

Azul

  • Meaning: Blue
  • Description: Hispanic term for the color blue

 

Belén

  • Meaning: Bethlehem 
  • Description: Mexican version of Bethlehem (Jesus’ birthplace)

 

Castel

  • Meaning: Going to the castle
  • Description: It’s commonly used as a unisex name in Mexico and Spanish-speaking countries.

 

Dani

  • Meaning: God’s my judge
  • Description: Unisex version of Daniel

 

Fran

  • Meaning: From France
  • Description: It can also be a shorter version of “Francis” or “Francisca.”

 

Iktan

  • Meaning: Clever
  • Description: Hails from the Mayan culture

 

Lani

  • Meaning: Sky
  • Description: Also means “heaven” or “chief”

 

Naran

  • Meaning: Lunar eclipse
  • Description: A unisex name from the Triqui indigenous tribe in Oaxaca

 

Seti

  • Meaning: Bright
  • Description: From the Mazeteco indigenous community in Oaxaca

 

FAQs

What’s A Popular Hispanic Name?

Some of the most popular Hispanic names for both boys and girls:

  • Carlos
  • Isabella
  • Jose
  • Juan
  • Luis
  • María Guadalupe
  • Sofia

 

What’s The Most Hispanic Name?

Santiago is among the most Hispanic boy names, while Maria remains a popular choice as a girl name.

Other options to choose from:

  • Alejandro
  • Camila
  • Mateo
  • Ximena

 

What Are Some Hot Hispanic Boy Names?

Some good options for you to pick:

  • Aleixo
  • Matías
  • Sebastián
  • Thiago

 

What Are Some Badass Spanish Boy Names?

Take a pick from these names:

  • Diego
  • Iago
  • Izan
  • Leandro
  • Neron
  • Zorion

 

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