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What are the most popular girls' and boys' names in Spanish?

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The five most common names for girls born in 2014 in Spain are Lucia, Maria, Martina, Paula and Daniela. The five most common names for boys born in 2014 in Spain are Hugo, Daniel, Pablo, Alejandro and Alvaro, according to Spain's National Statistics Institute.

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Many Spanish names have a Latin origin from which their meaning is derived. Lucia means "light," while Maria is the Spanish form of Mary, meaning "merciful." Martina is the feminine version of Martin and means "warlike." Paula means "small," and Daniela is a Hebrew name, meaning "God is my judge".

As for boys' names, Hugo is the Spanish version of Hugh, a Germanic name, meaning "spirit.” Daniel is the masculine form of Daniela, so it also means "God is my judge." Pablo is the masculine form of Paula, so it also means "small." The name Alejandro has a Greek origin and means "defender." The name Alvaro has a Germanic origin and means "noble guardian."

The popularity of Spanish names has greatly varied throughout the 20th century. For example, popular boys' names during the first half of the 20th century were Jose, Antonio, Francisco and Juan. The most popular girls' names during the 20th century were Maria, Carmen, Josefa and Dolores, according to Spain's National Statistics Institute.

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