Some of the most common Spanish boys names since the year 2000 are Alejandro, Sergio, Pablo and Javier, though older favorites, such as Carlos, Manuel and Jos�, are still popular. There has been little variation among common baby names in Spain since the early 20th century.
According to Spain's National Institute of Statistics, Jos�, Manuel, Antonio and Francisco were the four most popular Spanish boys names in the greater part of the 20th century. A move to introduce more non traditional names did not occur until the 1970s.
As a result of great political and social changes in Spain, Westernized names, such as David and Daniel, became extremely common. The popularity of David, which is a Hebrew name meaning "God's gift," continued throughout the 1990s, though it waned slightly in the 21st century.
It is also not uncommon for Spanish babies, both male and female, to receive two names. This trend was at its peak in the 1970s, when Jos� Manuel, Francisco Javier and Miguel �ngel were popular combinations for boys.
Since the year 2000, many of the traditional Spanish names have dropped in popularity in favor of more modern names, such as Alejandro and Sergio. Carlos, Jorge and Javier remain common choices as of 2015.