40 Baby Names That Work in Both English and Spanish

Bi-cultural and bilingual homes are becoming more the norm these days. In our home, we speak both English and Spanish. I am Chilean, my husband is from Wisconsin, and we have agreed to raise our children bilingual.

When deciding on names for both of our children, we agreed that we wanted strong names that could work in both English and Spanish so that neither side of the family was left out. Meaning, we wanted his parents to be able to pronounce them and my family too.

Also, for me it was important that my children’s names reflect who they are culturally and for them to have a connection to their Chilean roots. I just couldn’t not name my children Spanish names — it wouldn’t feel natural, and I am thankful my husband agreed. Besides, we found names that worked perfectly in both languages! Yep, Little L is Lucía and M is Matías.

I know there are many, MANY families in our situation wanting to give a nod to their Hispanic background — so I put together a list of boys and girls names that work in both English and Spanish. Of course, there are tons more, but here’s a selection of my favorites. Maybe a few have accents, but that doesn’t matter; what counts is that it is easy to pronounce and read.

¡Disfruten! Enjoy!

  • 40 Spanish baby names that work in English

    40 Spanish baby names that work in English

    There may be an accent here and there, or an f instead of ph, but these names translate well from Spanish to English. So the pronunciation may be different but they are spelled similarly and are a great compromise for bilingual/bicultural families who want to give their children traditional Hispanic names.

  • Maura

    Maura

    A lesser used name, but strong in both English and Spanish. Pronounced “Maoo-ra”

  • Victoria

    Victoria

    Oh Victory! Same spelling and meaning.

  • Sebastián

    Sebastián

    Possibly one of THE most popular names that work in both English and Spanish. There is an accent over the á and the pronunciation is less harsh in Spanish than in English.

  • Elías

    Elías

    Accent over the í and pronounced “Eh-lee-as”

  • María

    María

    I believe it is THE most known name in the Spanish language. María has an accent on the í and the r is soft.

  • David

    David

    Same spelling, but pronounced “Da-veed” in Spanish.

  • Isidora

    Isidora

    Lesser known, but a great stand out name for a girl. Similar sounding to Aurora.

  • Matías

    Matías

    More known is the name “Mateo” — but Matías is spelled and pronounced several different ways and in various languages. In Spanish, there is no H, an accent on the í and pronounced “Ma-tee-as.”

  • Gabriel

    Gabriel

    A strong Biblical and worldly name — no mistaking it for another.

  • Martín

    Martín

    Pronounced “Mar-teen” in Spanish.

  • Susana

    Susana

    Simple, sassy and instantly recognizable!

  • Julián

    Julián

    A strong name in both languages — it has an accent over the á and is pronounced “hu-lee-an” in Spanish.

  • Max

    Max

    Can be short for several names, or can be simply Max. Either way, English or Spanish works great and it’s short too!

  • Aurora

    Aurora

    If you are looking for a unique name in both languages then Aurora is the way to go. Softer pronunciation in Spanish but spelled the same.

  • Lucas

    Lucas

    No change here! Name is spelled and pronounced the same in both languages. This one is a personal favorite of mine. Maybe for baby number three?

  • Sara

    Sara

    Slightly different pronunciation and no h, but that’s a very common spelling anyway. Unmistakable name.

  • Alana

    Alana

    A simple and memorable name, Alana translates well in both languages.

  • Benjamín

    Benjamín

    Pronounced “ben-ha-meen” in Spanish it has an accent on the í, but it is spelled the same in both language. It’s a favorite among my Hispanic mom friends.

  • Daniel

    Daniel

    Daniel. That’s just it. Simple, to the point and full of character.

  • Samuél

    Samuél

    Another traditional name, spelled the same yet pronounced slightly different.

  • Martina

    Martina

    Softer pronunciation in Spanish but ultimately the same. Female version of Martín.

  • Victor

    Victor

    Same. No change. And nearly the same pronunciation.

  • Nicolás

    Nicolás

    A classic name in both languages — in Spanish it has an accent on the á and no h and is pronounced “Nee-co-las.”

  • Cristián

    Cristián

    Everyone knows this one — No h and an accent over the á in Spanish.

  • Lucía

    Lucía

    This one throws people off. Most commonly recognized as an Italian name, there are various pronunciations including “Loo-sha” (Polish), “Loo-chi-a” (Italian) and “Loo-si-a” Spanish. Which by the way, means light.

  • Félix

    Félix

    Another name that has grown on me, mainly because I’ve met two very cute babies with this one. It has an accent over the é spelled the same.

  • Olivia

    Olivia

    I’m pretty sure this is one of the most popular girl name in the past few years. Spelled and pronounced nearly the same. Its recognizable and easy to spell.

  • Juliana

    Juliana

    Pronounced “Hoo-li-ana” and a great alternative to Julie or Julia.

  • Micaela

    Micaela

    Not the most common name, but in my opinion it’s a gem. Spelled the same and pronounced “Mee-ca-ella”

  • Oscar

    Oscar

    Same as with Félix, this name has grown on me over the past few years — mainly because I’ve met a few very cute Oscars!

  • Camila

    Camila

    Pronounced “Ca-mee-la” it is spelled with one L in Spanish, mainly because “Camilla” (with two “LL”) means “stretcher” in Spanish — so that wouldn’t work too well!

  • Antonia

    Antonia

    The female version of Anthony/Antonio is a favorite in the English and Spanish speaking world.

  • Tobías

    Tobías

    Same spelling, accent over the í and pronounced “Toh-bee-as.”

  • Cecilia

    Cecilia

    Traditional and easy to pronounce. Jim and Pam on “The Office” named their first born Cecilia and called her CeCe.

  • Clara

    Clara

    A classic name that is making a comeback in both languages. Spelled the same, softer pronunciation in Spanish.

  • Natalia

    Natalia

    No h and and softer pronunciation.

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