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

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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:

  1. Maria
  2. Ana
  3. Francisca
  4. Antônia
  5. Adriana
  6. Juliana
  7. Marcia
  8. Fernanda
  9. Patrícia
  10. Aline

List of brazilian female names

  1. Alanza means Noble estate, or one who is eager to have it.
  2. Alipha means ‘’a thousand’’ in Brazilian language.
  3. Andressa means a strong and brave woman
  4. Balei means being intelligent
  5. Canciana - one belonging to Anzio (Italy)
  6. Belmira – a pretty woman
  7. Benedita means a blessed woman
  8. Branca means a girl with pale skin and fair complexion
  9. Brunilda means a protector in the battle
  10. Caskata – like a waterfall.
  11. Constancta means strong and persistent
  12. Daiane means beautiful and clever
  13. Dylla - a self reliant individual
  14. Edite - rich battle
  15. Efigenia - the one who is born to be strong
  16. Eloa - Goddess in Brazilian language.
  17. Emmanuella meaning God is with us.
  18. Eniait means jewel or fiery
  19. Ermenhilda - a word meaning huge treasure
  20. Ermenilda means a powerful warrior
  21. Ermenjarta - a warrior who was extremely powerful
  22. Evora - a woman who lives near yew trees
  23. Gilma is a Pourtugese female name and means the one who goes forward
  24. Glaucia - from the Latin word "glaucus" and means bluish grey
  25. Gylda means value, sacrifice, knowing true
  26. Izabel means my God is an oath
  27. Joaninha - the name means God is gracious
  28. Kiania means dawn
  29. Lecia means a joyful person
  30. Lia - a weary mistress or ruler
  31. Ligia - a woman with a shrill voice, name of the Sirens
  32. Lygia - a whistling voice
  33. Miciela - a blessed gift from God
  34. Mota means a person who loved besides the hillock
  35. Mucamutara - a woman born during the war
  36. Nadalia means the person who was born on Christmas day
  37. Nelinha - the gem in the ocean
  38. Neves means small ice flakes fall from white clouds
  39. Noemia - is a Portuguese accent of Naomi meaning pleasantness
  40. Pedrina means rock
  41. Rosalice - a woman noble as a rose
  42. Rosalicia - one with the nobility of a rose
  43. Rute - is a friendly woman
  44. Smaragda - a form of Esmeralda meaning emerald
  45. Tristessa means hope or the hope to get free from sadness
  46. Uiara is the water lady
  47. Uxía means a woman who is wellborn and well fed
  48. Vitória - a variant of Victoria, means victory
  49. Xoana - God is gracious
  50. Yara - Water lady
  51. Yarah - A form of Yarah
  52. 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 female names and meanings

Brazilian female names and meanings
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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.

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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.

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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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