Portuguese Girl Names

By Rob Simpson

Portuguese Girl's Names and their Meanings

If you have a baby girl on the way and were looking to give her a Portuguese name, or you were simply interested in the name of a Portuguese girl you like, this list covers some of the most popular Portuguese girl’s names and their meanings.

A little bit about Portugal.

Portugal is a country located on the Iberian Peninsula in Southwestern Europe, it borders Spain to the north and east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south. It is also one of the oldest states in Europe.

Many people associate Portugal with football, and while their football team has been successful, it all might be due to the success of one individual.

Portugal is home to one of the world’s most famous, and arguably the best football player in the last few decades, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Portugal is a country full of many gorgeous landscapes among other natural beauty,however the beauty doesn't end there, it is also a country full of attractive people.

Many people say that some of the prettiest women in the world are Portuguese.

Portuguese women are often said to be in touch with their emotions, as well as very close to their family.

Toddler age girl sitting with her smiling mother.

Portuguse Girl Names and Meanings

Name

Meaning

Alice

The name Alice comes from the Old French name Aalis, which itself was derived from the Germanic name Adelheidis, a name which combines the Germanic elements adal and heid, meaning “noble” and “kind, sort, type.”

Ana 

Derived from the name Hannah, which comes from the Hebrew name Channah, meaning “favour, grace.”

Ariana 

 Portuguese form of the name Ariadne, which in Greek means “most holy,” combining the Greek elements ari, meaning “most” and adnos, meaning “holy.”

Arianna 

Italian form of the name Ariadne, which in Greek meant “most holy.” Derived from the Greek elements ari, meaning “most” and adne, meaning “holy.”

Beatriz 

Portuguese form of the name Beatrix, possibly derived from the Late Latin name Viatrix, a feminine form of the name Viator, which meant “voyager, traveller.”

Camila 

Portuguese form of the name Camilla, which comes from the Roman name Camillus, a name most likely of Etruscan origin, with an unknown meaning.

Carolina 

Feminine form of the name Carolus, which is the Latin form of the name Charles. Derived from the Germanic name Karl, which was derived from a Germanic word which meant “man.”

Clara 

Feminine form of the Latin name Clarus, which meant “bright, clear, famous.”

Diana 

Probably derived from an old Indo-European root which meant "heavenly, divine."

Ema 

A form of the name Emma, which was originally used as a short form of Germanic names that began with the Germanic element ermen, meaning “whole” or “universal.”

Eva 

Latinate form of the name Eve, which comes from the Hebrew name Chawwah, a name that was derived from the Hebrew word chawah, meaning “to breathe.”

Francisca 

Portuguese feminine form of the Late Latin name Franciscus, which in Latin meant “Frenchman.”

Gabriela

 Feminine form of the name Gabriel, which comes from the Hebrew name Gavri’el, derived from the Hebrew words gever, “meaning strong man, hero” and el, meaning “God.” This name means “God is my strong man” or less literally, “God is my hero.”

Inês 

Portuguese form of the name Agnes, which is the Latinized form of the Greek name Hagne, a name derived from the Greek word hagnos, meaning “chaste.”

Íris 

Portuguese form of the name Iris, which means “rainbow” in Greek.

Isabel 

Medieval Occitan form of the name Elizabeth, which became common among Spanish Italian and Portuguese royalty. This name was Originally derived from the Greek name Elisabet, which comes from the Hebrew name Elisheva, meaning “my God is an oath.”

Joana 

Portuguese form of the name Joanna, which comes from the Greek name Ioanna, the feminine form of the Greek name Ioannes. This name was originally derived from the Hebrew name Yochannan, meaning “Yahweh is gracious” or “God is gracious.”

Júlia 

Portuguese version of the name Julia, which is the feminine form of the Roman family name Julius. This name was most likely derived from the Greek word ioulos, meaning “down-bearded youth.”

Kyara 

Portuguese version of the name Kiara, which comes from the name Ciara, the feminine form of the Irish name Ciar, which comes from the Irish word ciar, meaning “black.”

Laura

 Feminine form of the Late Latin name Laurus, which meant “laurel” alluding to the leaves of a laurel tree that were used to create victors’ garlands.

Leonor 

Portuguese version of the name Eleanor, a name of French origin and an unknown meaning.

Luana 

This name comes from the movie “Bird of Paradise” and was borne by the main character of that story. It isn’t certain how or why it became relatively popular as a Portuguese girl name.

Madalena 

Portuguese form of the name Magdalena, a name which meant “someone from Magdala,” a village on the Sea of Galilee.

Mara 

Either a short form of the name Maria, or a biblical name on its own, in both cases this name means “bitter.”

Mariana

 Roman feminine form of the name Marius, which was most likely derived from the name of the Roman God of War, Mars. Another theory states that this name might be derived from the Latin root mas, maris, meaning “male.”

Rafaela 

Portuguese feminine form of the name Raphael, which comes from the Hebrew name Rafa’el, meaning “God heals.”

Rita 

Short form of the name Margherita, which comes from the Latin name Margarita, a name derived from the Greek word margarites, meaning “pearl.”

Sara

A form of the name Sarah, which means “lady, noblewoman, princess” in Hebrew.

Sofia 

A form of the name Sophia, which simply means “wisdom” in Greek.

Valentina

 Feminine form of the Roman cognomen Valentinus, which was derived from the Latin name Valens, meaning “strong, vigorous, healthy.”

Victória

Portuguese form of the name Victoria, which in Latin means “victory.”

Most Common Portuguese Girl Names

Some of the most popular names from this list are:

Ana, Ariana, Leonor, Sara and Sofia.

You might notice similarities between the names of Portuguese girls and Spanish girls, and sometimes Italian girls.

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We hope this list of Portuguese girl’s names and their meanings helped you find what you were looking for, whether it was a name for your baby daughter, or simply knowing the meaning of the name of a Portuguese girl you know.

If you didn’t find the name you were looking for on this list, or you’re just looking for similar names or different versions of some of these names, be sure to check out our list on Spanish and Italian girl’s names.

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