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The most popular baby names in Navarra for boys and girls (and their meaning)

The INE (National Institute of Statistics) has announced the names that parents have chosen the most for their newborn babies in Spain in 2021. And in addition, it has specified, by autonomous communities, which names have been the most chosen.

Thus, we continue with our list of the most popular baby names according to the autonomous community; This time, we talk about the most popular names in Navarra for boys and girls, also detailing their meaning.

Most popular boy names in Navarra

  1. Martin : comes from the Latin form Martis, which means “Mars” or “consecrated to the god Mars”.
  2. Mateo : means “gift of God”. It is also popular in the Catalan form, Mateu: Catalan form of Mateo.
  3. Julen : Basque equivalent of Julián, name of Latin origin meaning “man of strong roots”.
  4. Hugo : of Germanic origin, it means “intelligent”, “lucid”, “insightful”.
  5. Leo – The most popular boy’s name of the last five years. It derives from Latin and is a variant of Leon, it symbolizes the fierceness of this animal and also power and justice.
  6. Oier : name of Basque origin that refers to “inner strength”.
  7. Lucas : of uncertain origin, it seems to come from the Hebrew and would mean “hurricane”, or from Latin, and would be translated as “light”.
  8. Enzo – is an Italian given name, meaning “the lord of his home or his country”.
  9. Daniel : Name of Hebrew origin meaning “God is my judge.” In most English countries, this name is interpreted as Dannis, but the etymology is the same.
  10. Javier : Variant name of Basque origin of Xavier, meaning “one who comes from the new house.”

Martín, the name most given to Navarrese babies

If we compare these names with the most popular names for boys at the national level, in general we see that the majority coincide, including Martín , who is the most popular in national statistics.

For their part, the names of Julen, Oier and Javier , who occupy the third, sixth and tenth of the most positions for babies in Navarra, are not in the national top 10. Julen, one of the most popular, is ranked 62 nationally.

Most popular girl names in Navarra

The names for girls most chosen by parents for their daughters are, in order of popularity:

  1. Nahia : is a modern name that could be derived from the Greek root “to flow”, as well as Nais or “naiad”, Greek nymphs of streams and freshwater springs.
  2. Ane : Basque equivalent of Ana, name of Hebrew origin meaning “compassionate”, “merciful”.
  3. Irati : Basque name meaning “fern field.”
  4. Lucía : of Latin origin “lux”, its meaning is “She who carries the light” or “She who is born of light”, in reference to girls who are born at dawn.
  5. Martina : feminine form of Martín, of Latin origin and meaning “consecrated or related to the god Mars”.
  6. June : Basque name of medieval origin equivalent to the name of Juncal, whose meaning is “place of the reeds”.
  7. Sofia : of Greek origin and its meaning is “wisdom” or “she who possesses wisdom”.
  8. Julia : of Latin origin, Julia comes from julus or iulus, which means “soft-haired, full of youth”.
  9. Lara : has two possible etymologies. One indicates that it is a Russian diminutive of the name Larisa. The other indicates that it comes from Roman mythology and was the name of one of the water nymphs.
  10. Laia : It is the Catalan diminutive of Eulalia, a name of Greek origin that means “speak well”.

Nahia, Ane and Irati, the preferred names for girls from Navarra

As we can see, the most popular names of Navarran girls do not appear in the national ranking. Lucía, Martina and Sofía are the only ones who share a position in the top 10.

The rest of the most common names in Navarra are almost all of Basque origin, although some of them are becoming a trend this year.

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