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Get to know some typical Spanish first names

When you ask a Spaniard or someone from Latin America for her or his name, it could happen that this name sounds rather strange to you. Other names though seem to be very similar if not identical with commonly known English names. This pages give you a list of commonly used Spanish names (female and masculine):

male names
(nombres masculinos)
female names
(nombres femeninos)
AlbertoAlfonsoAliciaAna
AlfredoAndrésAndreaBárbara
AntonioBernardoCarlotaCatalina
CarlosCristóbalCeciliaCristina
EdmundoEduardoDanielaDiana
ErnestoEstebanElisaEsperanza
FelipeFernandoEstelaEva
GerardoHugoFranciscaGabriela
JavierJorgeGracielaInés
José MaríaJuanIsabelLucía
MarcosMiguelMargaritaMariana
PabloPedroMaríaMicaela
RamónRaúlRaquelRosalía
RicardoRobertoSilviaTeresa
TeodoroVincenteVerónicaYolanda
Víctor

Double names, such as Juan-Pablo are very common. Here, the first name determines, whether we are dealing with a male or female name (e.g. Jose-María). Like in English, nicknames are easy to form in Spanish. To build a nickname, you usually only have to add the endings 'ito' (male names) or 'ita' (female names) to the names. For example, you can say Paquito to Paco or you can call Ana Anita.

Exercise
Spell the names of the following Spanish speakers using the Spanish alphabet:

Example:
Beatriz
be a te ere i zeta

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Andrés
?
Cristina
?

Exercise
Apply what you already know about Spanish pronunciation and read aloud the names of the following people in Spanish:

Example:
Adolfo


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Marlene
Isabel
Estefan



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