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With a colorful history centered in Spanish culture, Mexican baby boy names give mommas and papas the chance to pay homage to their Hispanic heritage. In Spanish culture, the male name has a strong influence – with all families taking a ‘double surnamed’ or ‘apellidos’ approach.
Hispanic family names take the father’s first surname, inherited from his father, and the mother’s first surname, which she inherited from her father.
As you can see, Mexican male names take precedence over female ones, which makes for all the more compelling an argument for a strong male name. So, what are the most popular Mexican boy names, and why?
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Thanks to a whole host of European influences, there are a huge range of Mexican male names to choose from. Many have biblical roots, which we can attribute to the Catholic church and its roots in both Italy and Spain.
As such, we see many Spanish boy name derivatives.
Many Hispanic boy names refer to God and other religious themes as above, or they might have a broader context, drawing on themes such as ‘strength’ and ‘ruler.’ Some popular Mexican male names derived from Spanish include:
A common name in both Christianity and Judaism, Gabriel means ‘God is my strength.’
Another common European name, José means ‘God may add to’ – perfect for Anglicizing if your son will be mixing across multiple cultures.
This is a Spanish version of the biblical name Michael. In Spanish, it translates as ‘who is like God.’
As a shortened version of Emmanuel, Manuel means ‘God is with us.’
Other common Spanish boys’ names include:
If you’re looking for something a little more dramatic for your son, there are many war or glory-themed boy Mexican names. Try some of these on for size if you can picture your son filling the shoes of a top CEO or athlete!
Another simply Anglicized Mexican male name, Martín (pronounced with a stress on the ‘I’) means ‘warring.’ You might recognize the roots – it links to the Roman god of war, Mars. Similarly, ‘Mario,’ which is also popular in Italy, has the same war-inspired meaning.
Like the English word for ‘victor’, this means ‘conqueror.’ You may also see its shortened version, ‘Vic’ more often in Mexico.
This one’s perfect for older brothers. As the Spanish version of the English name ‘William,’ this means ‘resolute protector.’ The Spanish name for Raymond, ‘Ramón,’ has the same meaning.
With nods to French history and nobility, Luis means ‘famous warrior.’
If you’re not quite ready to see your little one out on the battlefield just yet, you can choose one of these cute baby boy names instead:
Whether you’re influenced by royalty, place names or just because you like how it sounds, here are even more Mexican baby boy names to choose from:
Whether it’s a strong ruler or your lifelong little cub, there are hundreds of Mexican boy names to choose from. And for more ideas for baby boy names, you could always ask the mamas of Peanut?
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