Manuel

Origin: Spanish, Portuguese, German Meaning: the Spanish, Portuguese and German form of Emmanuel meaning “God is with us”. Manuela is the feminine form of the name. Manny is a common nickname in English; Manolo and Manu are the Spanish diminutives of the name while Nelinho is the Portuguese diminutive. Manu is also the short form…

Graciela

Origin: Spanish Meaning: an elaborate form of Gracia meaning “grace”. Gracília is the Portuguese equivalent of Graça.

Monica

Origin: Unknown Meaning: though the name is of unknown meaning, believed to have North African or Phoenician origins, it has been associated with Latin moneo meaning “advisor” and Greek monos meaning “one”. Variants: Monique (French); Mònica (Catalan); Mónica (Spanish); Mônica (Portuguese); Monika (Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, German, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish). Mona has been used…

José

Origin: Spanish, Portuguese Meaning: the Spanish and Portuguese form of Joseph meaning “He will add” or “Yahweh will increase”. Pepe and Pepito are diminutive forms of the name in Spanish, while in Portuguese Zé and Zezé are the diminutive forms of José. Josefa is the feminine form of the name in Spanish and Portuguese (Pepita being…

Avila

Origin: Germanic Meaning: it comes from Germanic element avi of unknown meaning, though possibly meaning “desired”. Aveline, Avelina/Evelina and Evelyn derive from it, as well as Ava. Avila is also the name of a city in Spain, as well as a Spanish and Galician surname. Variants: Aveline, Avelina, Evelina, Evelyn, Avice Avis, Ava

Juana

Origin: Spanish Meaning: the feminine form of Juan, itself the Spanish form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Joan, Joanna and Jane would the English equivalent of Juana. Juanita is a diminutive form of the name. Variants: Juan (m)

Amaris

Origin: Hebrew, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Latin Meaning: a Hebrew feminine form of Amariah meaning “Yahweh has said” or “Yahweh has promised”. I’ve also seen it listed as an elaborated form of Amaro, an Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese name and surname of various meanings. Amaro could be from Germanic name Amalric meaning “work, labor/power”. In Sicily,…

Porfirio

Origin: Greek Meaning: the Italian and Spanish form of Greek Porphyrios, derived from Greek porphyra meaning “purple dye”. Porfiria is the feminine form of the name. Variants: Porphyrios (Ancient Greek); Porphyry (Greek); Porfiry (Russian)

Lino

Origin: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Galician Meaning: the Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Galician form of Greek Linus meaning “flax” Variants: Linus (Greek); Linos (Ancient Greek); Linas (Lithuanian)

Moran

Origin: Hebrew, Irish, Spanish מוֹרָן (Hebrew) Meaning: a unisex Hebrew name meaning “viburnum shrub”. It’s also an Anglicized form of Irish surnames O’Morain and O’Moghrain meaning “descendant of Móran”, Móran being a diminutive of Mór meaning “large” or “great”. Moran is also a Spanish surname, a habitational surname denoting those who came from a town…

Gabriel

Origin: Hebrew גַּבְרִיאֵל (Gavri’el) Hebrew Γαβριηλ (Gabriel) Ancient Greek Meaning: from Hebrew Gavri’el meaning “God is my strong man”, “strong man of God”, “God is my strength”. Gabe is a diminutive form of the name. Gabrielle and Gabriela/Gabriella are feminine forms of the name. Masculine forms: Gabriele (Italian); Gábor (Hungarian); Gavriil (Russian); Jabril, Jibril (Arabic); Kaapro…

Rosendo

Origin: Spanish Meaning: the Spanish form of a Visigothic name composed of Germanic elements hrod (fame) and sinths (path) meaning “famous path”. Rosenda is a feminine form of the name.

Ramira

  Origin: Spanish Meaning: the feminine form of Ramiro, the Spanish form of Ramirus, the Latinized form of a Visigothic name meaning “famous advice” or “famous counsel” from Germanic elements ragin “advice” and meri “famous”.

Tatiana

Origin: Latin Meaning: the feminine form of Tatianus, a derivative of Tatius, of unknown meaning. Tatiana is a name mentioned once in Book 4 (The Miserable Mill), as a friend of the author Lemony Snicket. Tanya/Tania is a short form of the name. Variants: Tatyana (Russian); Tatjana (Finnish, German), Tatianna, Tatyanna (English); Tatianus (m); Tatienne…

Luciana

Origin: Latin Meaning: a feminine form of Latin Lucianus, from Roman praenomen Lucius meaning “light”. Variants: Luciano (m), Lucianus (m) Luciana is an alias Esmé Squalor uses in the 7th book (The Vile Village). Luciana can be pronounced as loo-CHAH-nah, loo-SYAH-nah, or loo-THYAH-nah.

Hugo

Origin: English Meaning: Latinized form of Hugh meaning “heart, mind, spirit” from Germanic element hug. Hugo is a hunchback working in the carnival in the 9th book (The Carnivorous Carnival).

Georgina

Origin: English Meaning: feminine form of George which comes from Greek georgos (γεωργος) meaning “farmer, earthworker”, from Greek elements ge (γη) “earth” and ergon (εργον) “work”. Georgina Orwell is one of the antagonists in Book 4 (The Miserable Mill), an associate of Count Olaf’s who tries to help him steal the Baudelaire fortune. She meets a particularly gruesome end. Georgina…

Carmelita

Origin: Spanish Meaning: a Spanish diminutive of Hebrew Carmel meaning “garden” Carmelita Spats is an unpleasant character the Baudelaires’ meet in Book 5 The Austere Academy and in later books as well, as an antagonist.

Jade

Origin: English, Spanish, French Meaning: derived from Spanish (piedra de) ijada meaning “colic stone” or “(stone of the) flank” relating to the belief that jade could protect the kidneys and intestines from disease. Jade is believed to symbolize purity, wisdom, justice, loyalty, sincerity and truth Variants: Jayde, Jada, Giada (Italian), Jaida, Jayda

Hector

Origin: Greek ( ‘Εκτωρ ) Meaning: “holding fast” from Greek εχω (echo) meaning “to hold, to possess” Hector is a famous figure in the Iliad, the son of King Priam and the brother of Paris. He was one of Troy’s greatest champions against the Greeks and his death by Achilles ultinately spelled the end of Troy. It’s also…