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!
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:
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 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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