Olá mãe! Looking for the best Portuguese baby boy names for your little bebê? Portuguese is the fastest growing language in the world and is the official language in nine countries across the globe.
Whether you have Portuguese heritage or are simply in love with the land of piri piri chicken, port and the perfect pastel de nata, Portuguese names for boys offer a world of depth and flavor.
Take your pick from our exclusive list.
The ultimate list of Portuguese boy names
Without further ado, here are our favorite Portuguese baby boy names.
What is the most popular boy’s name in Portugal?
According to the 2020 registry in Portugal, the top of the list of the most popular Portuguese boy names is drum roll:
- Francisco. This timeless name of Latin origin means “free man.”
What are common Portuguese names?
What are some Portuguese male names? Let’s have a look.
- Abel. This biblical name is literally a breath of fresh air. Its meaning? “Breath” or “vapor.”
- Abilio. The perfect name for a future talent, Abilio means “skillful.”
- Abrahan. The Portuguese version of the powerful “Abraham,” this name means “Father of a powerful nation.”
- Adão. This beautiful name is the Portuguese “Adam” and means “Man of the earth.”
- Adalberto. Like the Germanic “Adalbert,” this name means “bright” and “noble,” and can be shortened to the sweet “Bert.”
- Agostinho. From the Latin “Augustus,” this powerful name means “exalted.”
- Afonso. “Ready for battle”
- Alberto. A slightly simpler version of “Adalberto,” this fun name means “noble” and “bright.”
- Aleixo. “Defender”
- Alexandre. This classic name has a powerful meaning — “defender of mankind.”
- Aloisio. For a little person with a fighting spirit, Aloisio means “famous fighter.”
- Alvaro. “Protector of all”
- Anacleto. This interesting name means “one who is called back.”
- Anselmo. This name gives your little one “divine protection.”
- André. “Brave”
- António. “Worthy of praise.” Makes sense because Saint Anthony was known as a supreme carer of the poor and sick.
- Armando. “Soldier”
- Artur. A version of “Arthur,” this mighty name means “bear-like.” 🧸
- Baltasar. “God protects the king.” Balthasar was one of the three wise men in the Christian nativity.
- Benedito. From the Latin “Benedictus,” Benedito means “blessed.”
- Bernardo. “Strong as a bear”
- Bonifacio. A name of a little person that has a “good fate” ahead of them.
- Caetano. Of Latin origin, this name refers to a resident of Caieta, a region in Italy. It’s also the name of the Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso. (And if you’re looking for more names with ties to Italy, we’ve got you covered.)
- Carlos. A name that never goes out of style, Carlos means “free man.”
- Casimiro. “Bringer of peace” 🕊️
- Celestino. “Heavenly”
- Celio. A shorter version of Celestino, Celio also means “heavenly.”
- Celso. A name for someone of high status, Celso means “noble” and “proud.”
- Clemente. “Gentle” and “merciful”
- Cosme. This name meaning “order” and “beauty” is sure to give your little one a good start.
- Cristiano. “Follower of Christ.” And the name of a renowned soccer star.
- Cruz. A popular name and surname, Cruz means “cross.”
- Daniel. This strong biblical name means “God is my judge.”
- Davi. Meaning “beloved,” this charming name has a sweet musicality to it.
- Diamantino. A “determined leader” 💠💠💠
- Dinis. Related to the Greek god Dionysus, Dinis is a name for a lover of wine and theater.
- Diogo. A form of the name “Jacob,” Diogo means “may God protect.”
- Duarte. “Protector of the land”
- Eduardo. Of the same root as “Duarte,” Eduardo can be shortened to a playful “Ed” or “Eddie.”
- Eleuterio. A name that simply means “free.”
- Elpidio. “Hope”
- Emilio. A high-society surname from Roman times, Emilio means “powerful rival.”
- Enzo. “Winner” 🏆
- Estevao. The Portuguese version of the name “Steven,” Estevao means “crown.” 👑
- Eugenio. “Well born”
- Eustaquio. “Fruitful”
- Fausto. “Luck”
- Feliciano. This beautiful name simply means “happy.”
- Felipe. “Friend of horses” 🐎🐎
- Flavio. “Blonde”
- Frederico. This popular name means “peaceful ruler” and gives you the options of “Fred” and “Freddie.”
- Gabriel. As in the angel Gabriel. This heavenly name means “God has given me strength.”
- Gonçalo. “Fight” or “war”
- Gualter. This is a name for the “ruler of the army.”
- Guilherme. “Determined protector”
- Gustavo. “Staff of the gods”
- Heitor. The Portuguese form of “Hector,” Heitor means “holding fast.”
- Henriques. A surname and first name, Henriques means “son of Henry.”
- Hermenegildo. “Immense treasure”
- Hilario. “Cheerful” 😀
- Hugo. A name for a person of exceptional intellect
- Inacio. “Fire” 🔥
- **Isaac. **“He will laugh.” 🤣
- Jaime. A Portuguese version of “James,” this name means “supplanter”—someone who shakes things up.
- João. “Graced by God”
- Joaquim. “Made by God”
- José. This ever-popular name means “God increases.”
- Julio. A name that may refer to a descendent of the Roman god Jupiter, Julio also means “youthful.”
- Leandro. “Lion of men” 🦁
- Leonardo. A name for someone who is as strong as a lion, Leonardo has been worn by a variety of interesting characters from famous artists to ninja turtles.
- Lourenço. Coming all the way down from ancient Rome, this name was initially intended for someone from Laurentum, an important city in Roman history.
- Lucas. “Bright” and “shining” 🌟
- Luís. “Famous warrior”
- Manuel. From the Latin “Immanuel,” Manuel means “God is with us.” (For more Latin names, head here.)
- Martim. This name means “son of Mars”—and Mars was the Roman god of war.
- Mateus. “Gift of God”
- Matias. Yep, this one is “Gift of God” too. You choose the spelling that suits you best.
- Miguel. “God-like”
- Osvaldo. “God’s power”
- Paulo. A Portuguese version of “Paul,” Paulo means “small.”
- Pedro. This well-loved name is a version of “Peter” and means “stone” or “rock.”
- Rafael. “God has healed.”
- Raul. The Portuguese version of “Ralph,” Raul is for someone connected to wolves. 🐺
- Ricardo. “Brave ruler”
- Rodrigo. Both a first and last name, Rodrigo means “famous ruler.”
- Sebastião. Like “Sebastian,” Sebastião refers to a man from Sebaste.
- Salvador. This surreal name means “savior.”
- Samuel. “God has heard”
- Santiago. A Portuguese version of St. James, Santiago might be an ideal fit if you’ve ever traveled the famous Camino.
- Silverio. A name for someone who loves the woods. 🌲🌲🌲
- Simão. This one means “obedient” and is the name of a famous Portuguese soccer player.
- Tiago. “May God protect.”
- Tomás. “Twin” 👶👶
- Valentim. “Healthy and strong”
- Vasco. This name refers to someone from the Basque region and was made particularly famous by the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama.
- Vincente. “Conquering”
- Xavier. “The new house” 🏠
And if you’re looking for the BEST Portuguese name for your baby girl, head here.
Wishing you all the best with your choice.
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