Brazilian female names and meanings

Brazilian female names and meanings

Every country has its own traditions about giving names to children. From time immemorial, names are chosen to endue a baby with desirable human qualities. Checkout out list of Brazilian girl names and meanings below!

Brazilian female names and meanings

The most popular Brazilian female names

Brazilian female names are beautiful; they are similar to other Latin American names, but still have some peculiarities. List of Brazilian female names are more popular than others.

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According to IBGE, here is the list of top 10 common Brazilian girls names:

  • Maria
  • Ana
  • Francisca
  • Antônia
  • Adriana
  • Juliana
  • Marcia
  • Fernanda
  • Patrícia
  • Aline
Brazilian female names

List of brazilian female names

Alanza means Noble estate, or one who is eager to have it.

Alipha means ‘’a thousand’’ in Brazilian language.

Andressa means a strong and brave woman

Balei means being intelligent

Canciana - one belonging to Anzio (Italy)

Belmira – a pretty woman

Benedita means a blessed woman

Branca means a girl with pale skin and fair complexion

Brunilda means a protector in the battle

Caskata – like a waterfall.

Constancta means strong and persistent

Daiane means beautiful and clever

Dylla - a self reliant individual

Edite - rich battle

Efigenia - the one who is born to be strong

Eloa - Goddess in Brazilian language.

Emmanuella meaning God is with us.

Eniait means jewel or fiery

Ermenhilda - a word meaning huge treasure

Ermenilda means a powerful warrior

Ermenjarta - a warrior who was extremely powerful

Evora - a woman who lives near yew trees

Gilma is a Pourtugese female name and means the one who goes forward

Glaucia - from the Latin word "glaucus" and means bluish grey

Gylda means value, sacrifice, knowing true

Izabel means my God is an oath

Joaninha - the name means God is gracious

Kiania means dawn

Lecia means a joyful person

Lia - a weary mistress or ruler

Ligia - a woman with a shrill voice, name of the Sirens

Lygia - a whistling voice

Miciela - a blessed gift from God

Mota means a person who loved besides the hillock

Mucamutara - a woman born during the war

Nadalia means the person who was born on Christmas day

Nelinha - the gem in the ocean

Neves means small ice flakes fall from white clouds

Noemia - is a Portuguese accent of Naomi meaning pleasantness

Pedrina means rock

Rosalice - a woman noble as a rose

Rosalicia - one with the nobility of a rose

Rute - is a friendly woman

Smaragda - a form of Esmeralda meaning emerald

Tristessa means hope or the hope to get free from sadness

Uiara is the water lady

Uxía means a woman who is wellborn and well fed

Vitória - a variant of Victoria, means victory

Xoana - God is gracious

Yara - Water lady

Yarah - A form of Yarah

Zina (Zena) - means born of Zeus

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There are many brazilian female names that means the same in English. Some of such names are

Noble: Adalgisa, Adali, Adalia, Adelaide, Adelia, Adelina, Adelinda, Adelisa, Adelise, Adelita, Adella, Adelle, Adette, Alberta, Earlina

Grace: Nana, Nancey, Nanci, Nanette, Nanine, Nann; being brave: Val, Valarie, Valdis, Valentia, Valentina, Valere;

Saviour: Salbatore, Salli, Salvadora, Salvatora, Xalbadora;

Beautiful: Belle, Bellina, Belynda, Calista, Jacelyn, Jacey, Jaci, Jacinda, Jaicee.

Brazilian woman

Brazilian naming customs

Kids' names are chosen mostly relying on harmony with the surname. It should fit well, but it is also important to know the meaning and pick a happy and nice one.

Like every country practice naming children in honor of parents or grandparents. In case of giving the child the father's name, the weord Junior is added. For example, the son of Fernando will be Fernando Junior.

Mostly all Latin American names have one common feature – there are two first names and two surnames.

Brazilians have two last girl names: first name + middle name(s) + mother’s last name + father’s last name.

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It sounds great, but it is too long for everyday usage. That is why people usually choose one name and one surname which they like the most.

What happens if a woman gets married? It’s customary for a woman to add the surname of her husband to her name. So if Ana Marlen Ortega marries Gabriel Alejo da Silva, she’ll probably add da Silva to her name becoming Anna Marlen Ortega da Silva.

But it is up to every woman – she does it optionally and it is not obligatory by law. Also in case of the divorce, a woman can own her ex-husband’s last name. It matters if the woman became famous and known by this name. For example, Martha Suplicy, a politician from Brazil has her ex-husband's surname and it will be pointless to change it.

Brazilian naming customs caught up the immigrants. There are many people from Japan and Italy in Brazil. These countries do not have the tradition of a double surname, there is only one. But when coming to Brazil, foreigners adopted local customs and began using two surnames.

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Source: Legit Newspaper

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