If you are from the Catalonia area and want to find a typical name for your baby, take a look at the most common ones.
Finding the perfect name for our baby is not an easy task . We find a multitude of possibilities in many languages, but if you live in Catalonia or have decided to choose a Catalan name for your boy or girl, we will tell you which are the most common baby names in this autonomous community.
Marc: It is the Catalan version of the name Marcos. It comes from the Latin Marcus, which in turn derives from Mars, the Roman god of war. It was the most popular boy’s name in Catalonia in 2015 and has always been one of the most used in this autonomous community. One of the best known Marc that we can find is Marc Gasol, an NBA basketball player.
Pol: Pol comes from the French name Paul Paul, which is pronounced like ‘pol’. Its meaning is ‘small’ or ‘humble’. There is a San Pol whose name day is celebrated on July 23. As he was dedicated to caring for roses, he is the patron of gardeners. It is one of the most common baby names in Catalonia.
Pau: Although the name Pau is unisex, it is used much more for boys. Like Pol, Pau is a variation of the name Pablo, in Latin paulus and which means ‘something small as a sign of humility’. Without a doubt, the most famous Pau is Pau Gasol, Marc’s brother and also a player in the NBA.
Arnau: The Spanish equivalent of Arnau is Arnaldo, a name that is not used much in the rest of Spain but in Catalonia it is one of the most common among baby names. Its origin is German, Arnwald, which means ‘powerful as eagles’ and its saint is celebrated on February 10. In our country we find Arnau Bataller, composer of series and films.
Bruno: Also of German origin , its translation would be ‘cuirass’ or ‘shield’. The story goes that Bruno is one of the names by which Odin, the most powerful god in Norse mythology, was known. On October 6, the saint is celebrated in the name of Saint Bruno, a German monk who was the founder of the Carthusians. Apart from in Catalonia it is a very famous name also in Italy.
Jordi: A well-known name that is the Catalan form of Jorge. It means ‘the one who works the land’ and is the patron of Catalonia, which is why it is a very beloved name in that area. Every April 23 flowers and books are given in honor of Sant Jordi. He is also the patron saint of Aragon.
Júlia: Júlia is a common name also in the rest of Spain, but in Catalonia it is used especially. The origin of this name is not entirely clear but it may be related to the god Jupiter and the members of the Julio family. There are several Julias in the saints, including Santa Julia de Mérida (December 10), Santa Julia de Cartago (May 22) and Santa Julia Billiart (April 8).
Laia: Laia is short for Eulàlia, but it has been used so much that it has become a baby name on its own. Santa Eulàlia is the patron saint of Barcelona, as well as many other municipalities throughout the country. His saint is celebrated on February 12 and it is the third name that has been given the most to girls in Catalonia. A person known by this name is the Catalan actress Laia Costa, who made her foray into Hollywood a few years ago.
Emma: Emma’s name has an international origin, but it has become popular especially in Catalonia for a long time. It is the diminutive of names that begin with ‘ermen’ like Hermenegilda or with ‘ermin’ like Herminia. It can also be used as a diminutive for Manuela, although it is not the most common. Its meaning is that of ‘complete’, ‘universal’, ‘all-encompassing’, and its saint is celebrated on January 2.
Ona: As with Emma and Laia, Ona is also a diminutive that has earned its position as a proper name; in this case it comes from Mariona. However, the word ‘Ona’ means ‘wave’ in Catalan, so it also has its own meaning. It is one of the most popular Catalan girls’ names that has been made in recent years.
Ada: It is a Hebrew name that means ‘beauty’ or ‘ornament’. It is quite typical in Catalonia, as can be seen from being the mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau. It can also be a diminutive of Adela or Adelaida. One of the most famous Adas is Ada Lovelace, considered one of the first computer programmers.
Aina: It is the equivalent of Ana in Mallorcan but it has become so popular that it has spread throughout Catalonia. His saint is celebrated on July 26 and means ‘compassion’ or ‘grace’. In 2015 it was in the 7th position of the most popular names in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.
Which of these most common baby names in Catalonia do you choose?
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