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 female names and meanings below!
The most popular Brazilian female names
Brazilian female names are beautiful; they are similar to other Latin American names, but still have some peculiarities. Some Brazilian female names are more popular than others.
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According to IBGE, here is the list of top 10 common 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 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 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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