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250 Filipino Baby Names With Meanings

Team Peanutabout 2 months ago7 min read

Filipino baby names are known for being pretty unique. With names spelt backwards, parent names combined together, or names inspired by local celebrities, Filipino names are joyful, liberating, and deeply personal. We love them.

Filipino Baby Names

Here, we’re sharing some of the most common Filipino names as well as some of our favorites.

But the really important thing? Let yourself be led by what you love. We hope you find some inspiration here.

In this article: 📝

  • What are traditional Filipino names?
  • What are unique Filipino names?
  • What are the most popular names in the Philippines?
  • What are girls called in the Philippines?
  • What are some Filipino boy names?

What are traditional Filipino names?

Traditional Filipino names come from three different places:

  • Indigenous languages, like Tagalog, Cebuano, or Ilocano
  • The Spanish, who ruled the Philippines for three centuries (until the end of the 19th century)
  • Anglo naming traditions, due to the US occupying the country. English remains an official language of the Philippines.

So, you’ll see these different influences when you look at Filipino names. Spanish names are considered more ‘traditional’ than the English ones, but English names are now much more common.

But Filipino naming traditions are a little different. Usually, a given name is followed by the mother’s maiden name (as a middle name) and finally by the father’s family name.

Some Filipino naming conventions

These days, Filipino names can be a mix of the different language traditions. There are no hard and fast rules. So, whether you like Spanish-sounding names, or classic Anglo names – or something else entirely – you go for it.

But, if you prefer, feel free to shake things up. In the Philippines, names are pretty flexible. For example, Irene can be turned into a Filipino Airyn. Or else Spanish names can be shortened, like Mariano becomes Nano or Roberto becomes Berting. There’s also a fun convention of spelling names backwards – such as Dranreb instead of Bernard.

Or, you can try combining the names of mama and dad to make a unique baby name. Marialos (for Maria and Carlos) is a common one, or Jomar (Jose and Maria). Or even Jenally (in one case where the mama was called Jesusa, the dad was Ronaldo, and uncle Rolly).

In Filipino tradition, pretty much anything goes. So have fun!

What are unique Filipino names?

Right now, Filipino names might be some of the most unique, fun, and original in the world. Unique names like BumBum, Queen Elizabeth, and Joker have been reported. And why not? It gives you a whole lot of freedom to decide the name you just love.

So, here are some Filipino names for boys and girls you might like. Happy naming, mama!

What are the most popular names in the Philippines?

In 2018, the Philippines Statistical Authority released a list of the most popular Filipino baby names, including Filipino girl names and boy names. Let’s take them one at a time:

Most popular Filipino boy names

  1. Nathaniel – Gift of God
  2. James – One who follows
  3. Jacob – Supplanter
  4. Gabriel – God is my strength
  5. Joshua – The Lord is my salvation
  6. Angelo – Angel or messenger
  7. Nathan – Given
  8. John Mark – God is gracious or warlike
  9. Christian – Follower of Christ
  10. Daniel – God is my judge

Common Filipino names for girls

  1. Althea – Healer, wholesome
  2. Samantha – Told by God
  3. Angel – Simply, angel
  4. Angela – A female form of angel
  5. Princess – Another name that means exactly what it says
  6. Sophia – Wisdom
  7. Sofia – Wisdom, an alternative spelling
  8. Andrea – Manly
  9. Nathalie – Birthday
  10. Alexa – Defender

What are girls called in the Philippines?

Don’t worry, we’re not stopping there. More Filipino baby girl names are on their way. Here are some Filipino girl names from celebrities:

Celebrity Filipino girl names

Just as they do in the rest of the world, Filipino celebs lead the naming trends. Here are some of the most famous, with names for inspiration for your little baby girl.

  1. Bea
  2. Catriona
  3. Charice
  4. Corazon
  5. Gladys
  6. Hilda
  7. Julia
  8. Kathryn
  9. Kristine
  10. Lea
  11. Liza
  12. Maine
  13. Maja
  14. Marian
  15. Maricel
  16. Mariel
  17. Nadine
  18. Nora
  19. Sandara
  20. Vanessa

Filipino baby girl names with Spanish roots

And now to something a little more traditional: Hispanic girl names popular in the Philippines. There are more where they came from in our post on Spanish baby names, but here are some of our faves.

  1. Alicia
  2. Barbara
  3. Bernila
  4. Bettina
  5. Carmelita
  6. Caterina
  7. Cecilia
  8. Cristina
  9. Diana
  10. Divina
  11. Dolores
  12. Evangelina
  13. Gloria
  14. Imelda
  15. Maria
  16. Maricar
  17. Maricris
  18. Patricia
  19. Teresa
  20. Victoria

Other Filipino girl names

And now for some other Filipino female names. From the very familiar to the weird, wonderful, and totally unique, here’s some inspiration in your quest for a baby name. Remember, you’ve got total freedom to choose the name you love, whether it’s on this list or not!

  1. Ai-Ai
  2. Aiko
  3. Aira
  4. Alma
  5. Alodia
  6. Amy
  7. Ana
  8. Andi
  9. Anna
  10. Barbie
  11. Bella
  12. Bianca
  13. Blessica
  14. Candy
  15. Carla
  16. Charito
  17. Cherry
  18. Cheska
  19. Chynna
  20. Claudia
  21. Coleen
  22. Daisy
  23. Denise
  24. Dianne
  25. Dimples
  26. Elena
  27. Elise
  28. Elizabeth
  29. Emma
  30. Empress
  31. Eula
  32. Eva
  33. Francine
  34. Gabby
  35. Gina
  36. Gladys
  37. Gloria
  38. Gretchen
  39. Gwen
  40. Harlene
  41. Hazel
  42. Heaven
  43. Helga
  44. Imelda
  45. Ina
  46. Isabel
  47. Jackie
  48. Jade
  49. Janelle
  50. Janine
  51. Jennylyn
  52. Joyce
  53. Karen
  54. Kim
  55. Kristel
  56. Kylie
  57. Lani
  58. Lexi
  59. Lilia
  60. Liza
  61. Lovely
  62. Maureen
  63. Maybelyn
  64. Melissa
  65. Michelle
  66. Mikee
  67. Mona
  68. Mutya
  69. Nadine
  70. Nicole
  71. Nikki
  72. Precious
  73. Queenierich
  74. Queen Elizabeth
  75. Rebecca
  76. Regine
  77. Rita
  78. Rosa
  79. Ruby
  80. Ruffa
    Sharlene
  81. Sharmaine
  82. Sugar
  83. Sunshine
  84. Tessie
  85. Tita
  86. Venus
  87. Wendy
  88. Wynwyn
  89. Zia

What are some Filipino boy names?

Now time for the boys. Like those for girls, Filipino boy names can be incredibly unique. Here are some of our favorites – from famous Filipinos to Spanish names and all the other Filipino baby names in between.

Filipino male names from some of the most famous Filipino celebs

With their fabulous mix of cultures and conventions, here are some Filipino male names inspired by Filipino celebrities.

  1. Arnel
  2. Benigno
  3. Coco
  4. Dennis
  5. Diether
  6. Enrique
  7. Ferdinand
  8. Jacinto
  9. Jericho
  10. John
  11. Jose
  12. Lou
  13. Manny
  14. Manuel
  15. Markus
  16. Paulo
  17. Piolo
  18. Ramon
  19. Richard
  20. Zoren

Filipino baby boy names with Spanish roots

And inspired by the Philippines’ Spanish influences:

  1. Adolfo
  2. Alfonso
  3. Antonio
  4. Bernardo
  5. Carlos
  6. Cesar
  7. Diego
  8. Ernesto
  9. Fernando
  10. Francisco
  11. Franco
  12. Gilberto
  13. Juan
  14. Luis
  15. Miko
  16. Ramon
  17. Rico
  18. Tino
  19. Venancio
  20. Vilfredo

Other Filipino male names

Finally, it’s time for other popular – and less popular – boy names from across the Philippines. We hope you find one that you love.

  1. Abel
  2. Abraham
  3. Alex
  4. Allan
  5. Andoy
  6. Andre
  7. Anthony
  8. Aring
  9. Aristotle
  10. Arjo
  11. Arnell
  12. Atoy
  13. Bayani
  14. Benjamin
  15. Boy
  16. Bryan
  17. Buddy
  18. Carlo
  19. Christian
  20. Cris
  21. Daniel
  22. Dante
  23. Dave
  24. Eddie
  25. Eric
  26. Francis
  27. Freddie
  28. Gabby
  29. Gabriel
  30. Gerald
  31. Gil
  32. Hendrix
  33. Hermes
  34. Hiro
  35. Isko
  36. Jake
  37. Lance
  38. Lito
  39. Lloyd
  40. Lou
  41. Mario
  42. Mark
  43. Mike
  44. Pancho
  45. Paolo
  46. Prince
  47. Renz
  48. Ronnie
  49. Roy
  50. Rudolph
  51. Sonny
  52. Teddy
  53. Teejay
  54. Tito
  55. Tommy
  56. Tony
  57. Vandolph
  58. Vin
  59. Vic
  60. Zanjoe

That’s our list of Filipino baby names. Why not check out Scandinavian baby names or French names for more inspiration?

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