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The subject of our baby names has evolved over time and will continue to do so. And it is that, the fashions do not arrive to stay, but they are in continuous movement. Today, on our historical tour of the most popular girl names, we stopped in the 90's to see what was then trend.
Discover what were the 10 most popular names among girls during the 90's in Spain.
From the 90's compound names for girls disappear at the top of the charts. Most of the new names are short and straightforward, even bisyllables, and curiously, despite a departure from traditional names, this decade's favorite nickname for girls is Maria, which is experiencing a resurgence and is back in fashion. They are followed in the "boom" by Laura and Cristina. Here is the complete list of the most popular girl names in the 90s in Spain:
1. Maria: comes from Hebrew and its meaning and etymology (it is synonymous with Miriam) are highly debated. Following the Egyptian etymology, it would come from ‘maryam’, which means “mistress of God, lofty, eminent”. Mary is the mother of Jesus and therefore its religious component is responsible for the fact that today many women around the world incorporate it as a primary or secondary name. His saint is celebrated on January 1 as Holy Mary, Mother of God; on May 19, as Mother of the Church; or August 15, like La Asunción.
2. Laura: It is a name with different origins, among which Latin and Greek stand out. In Latin it is attributed to the word "laurus", which means "laurel"; and in Greek, to 'daphne', with the same meaning. For this reason, the name would be translated as "victorious" or "one who is crowned with laurel leaves", since in Ancient Greece, honorably victorious people were crowned with a laurel wreath, a tradition that was also adopted by the Romans. There are also hypotheses that relate the name to the Slavic ‘lavra’, which means “monastery”. His name day is celebrated on October 19.
3. Cristina: of Greek origin. Its etymology is found in the word ‘Christos’ and its meaning is “the faithful follower of Christ”, hence its traditional personality. It became popular at the time of the Crusades, since many queens or noblewomen were named for their religious importance. His saints are July 24.
4. Marta: of Hebrew origin which means "lady". Still, it has another meaning in the Akkadian language (extinct Semitic language of the Assyrians and Babylonians) which is "daughter." It is also a name especially linked to religion since there are several characters in the Bible who are called this way. His saint is celebrated on July 29.
5. Sara: of Hebrew origin and means “minister, command” and that can be interpreted as “princess”. It is a name of a biblical character, which appears for the first time in Genesis. Sarah was the wife of the Patriarch Abraham, to whom she gave a son, Isaac, when his father was already 99 years old. Sara also stands out as the servant of María Magdalena, known as Sara la Negra and who, despite not being officially canonized, is the patron saint of the gypsies. His name day is October 9.
6. Andrea: It derives from the Greek (‘Andréas’) and means “man, vital force” or “powerful man”. It is associated with courage and strength, but also with affection and familiarity. This name in different countries has a neutral value and is used for both masculine and feminine. His name day is celebrated on November 30, on the occasion of the memory of Saint Andrew, brother of Saint Peter.
7. Ana: It comes from the Hebrew (with Spanish or Sephardic transliteration, Jana), which means “benevolent, compassionate, full of grace”. This name goes back to the Bible, in the Old Testament it refers to Samuel's mother. And the Christian tradition knows the mother of the Virgin Mary as Ana. It refers to compassion, to blessing. His saints are July 26.
8. Alba: Its origin is Latin, specifically its etymology comes from the word ‘albus’, which means “dawn”, “dawn” or “white” color. It aims to express renewal, the strength of each day and the desire to move forward at all times, but it also identifies with purity and enlightenment. His saint is celebrated on August 15 or May 14.
9. Paula: of Latin origin, which is associated with the word ‘paulus’ and whose meaning is “small” or “humble”. This name was widely used in Roman times although it later fell in popularity to be recovered at the end of the 20th century. His name day is January 26.
10. Sandra: its origin is Greek, composed of the union of two terms: ‘alexein’, which means “to protect”; and ‘andros’, “man”, which is why it is translated as “the protector of men”. It is a variant and it is Alejandra's hypocoristic. His saint is celebrated on March 20, May 18 or July 26.
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