10 Hilariously Unfortunate Names in Spanish That Will Crack You Up (2022)

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November 20, 2022 by Rafael Parra Hispanic Culture 0 comments

Looking for funny names in Spanish? You’ve hit the jackpot.

Human creativity knows no bounds— but that’s not always a good thing, especially if you end up with a name like Francly or the last name Donkey.

While most Latin American people like me are quick-witted and observant, we too succumb to unfortunate (and often hilarious) language mishaps like any other language on the planet.

To illustrate my point, we’ll explore some interesting, funny, and downright ridiculous first and last names in Spanish.

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When Last Names Become Funny

One could say that those born with unfortunate apellidos (last names in Spanish) are simply not blessed by the passage of time and circumstances of birth. Some surnames are stranger than others, ranging from innocent puns to outrageous displays of creativity. The lucky ones have awkward last names that raise only a minor inconvenience, as is the example of my own name. The second part of my surname is “Javier.” Javier is a common first name but a rare surname, so people get confused easily by it and refer to me as Javier instead of my actual name.

Read: What’s in a Name? The Origin and Meaning of Spanish Surnames

My example is tame in comparison to today’s list, so get ready to look at ten ways Latin Americans have gotten creative or unlucky with their names in Spanish!


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Silly Surnames

1. Ladrón

Some years ago, the National Institute of Statistics in Spain released a list of all surnames in the country, and that led to some interesting discoveries. It was revealed that in Spain, there were at least 47 people with the surname Ladrón, which translates to “Thief.”

Some of our surnames have origins in professions, such as Herrera, which translates to “Blacksmith.” So it begs the question: what profession did the Ladrón family have to earn such a surname? My guess is they were tax collectors. Either way, I think it’s safe to assume they have been upstanding citizens for many generations now.

2. Elano

Hilarious linguistic mishaps occur in South America too! One of the players for the Brazilian fútbol team has the unfortunate last name Elano. While Elano is a perfectly normal name for Brazilians, in Spanish it sounds identical to el ano, making reference to someone’s rear end.

I would have a really hard time as a live narrator if Elano scored and I had to scream ¡GOOOOOOL DE ELANO! at the top of my lungs and not laugh out loud. However, I’d still be happy if he scored since Brazil is one of my favorite fútbol teams.

3. Feo

¡Buenas tardes, señor Feo! Can you imagine greeting someone like that? Feo translates to ugly, and to be honest if I knew the Feo family personally, I’d find any and all excuses available to call them by their last name. If I had the surname Feo myself, I’d look for even more chances to say my name. ¡Hola! Soy Feo, mucho gusto.

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4. Vicioso

No seas vicioso, my mom would say whenever she found me playing video games late at night. The word vicio has some similarities with the word vice, but the sinful implications of a vice aren’t necessarily present in the Spanish word. Either way, having vicioso as your last name might add an extra hurdle to overcome when filling out job applications.

5. Burro

Burro means donkey, and burro is a common way to address your close friends when they’re being, well, burros! While having Burro as a surname will probably exhaust all the donkey jokes you can ever think of, at least you get a unique topic to make small talk and break the ice.

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Funny First Names

1. Usnavy

Imagine you’re a fisherman who’s never spoken a single word of English. You’re sitting by the docks, enjoying a warm breeze and looking at seagulls steal food from unassuming tourists. Slowly, a huge metal ship approaches the shore waving a United States flag.

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In awe of such big and powerful machinery, you feel a sudden burst of inspiration. You notice the letters engraved on the side of the ship and decide to name your firstborn son after the inscription on this metallic giant. And that’s how the name in Spanish Usnavy (U.S. Navy) was born.

2. Francly

I would imagine this to be a case similar to our friend Usnavy. It’s possible that one day a Spanish speaker overheard an English speaker overusing the word “frankly” as they spoke and they liked it enough to name their child Francly. To be fair, it’s a phonetically pleasing word, and I’m sure their kid is going to grow into an honest person.

3. Armando

Armando is more of a light-hearted, funny name. Armando translates to “building,” and this is a name that people will often give to their kids to intentionally create a meaningful phrase with their names. Armando Paredes de Castillo—meaning “building castle walls”—is one of the oldest jokes in the Latin American funny book, so much so that it has become reality now that many people share that name.

Some other examples of these names in Spanish are Armando Casas (building houses) and Armando Torres (building towers).

4. Soyla

Soyla is a name with a lot of potential. By itself, it doesn’t stand out too much, but when paired with the right surname any Soyla’s personality will stand out more. Soyla can be broken into two syllables: soy-la. Soy la means “I’m the” in Spanish.

This means that surnames that are nouns like Papa (potato), or adjectives like Triste (sad) take on a whole new meaning.

5. Batman and Pink Floyd Flash

I’ve saved the best for last. These names aren’t common but they sure stand out. Batman Rodrigo and Pink Floyd Flash Rodrigo are two Colombian brothers whose parents let them choose their names at a young age. Now they’ve grown up to be working adults, and they keep their names with pride.

To be honest, It would feel cool to say I have a friend named Batman! Ironically, their father let the boys choose their names to avoid having the same name as him, and they both chose Rodrigo as their middle names—same as their father.

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Laugh With Them, Not At Them

There you have it! 10 funny, creative, and unfortunate names in Spanish. Remember that some people will be open to jokes about their unusual names, others won’t mind, and a few will get mad. It’s important to listen to those around you and respect the boundaries they set, while hopefully getting a laugh or two in the process. If you want to learn more about strange cultural quirks, be sure to read our latest posts on Spanish culture, or take a free class to skyrocket your Spanish to a whole new level. ¡Adios!

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What are weird Spanish names? ›

We should always have fun and today is not going to be an exception because this selection of the 30 most funny Spanish names of all time will make you laugh out loud.
Let's start!
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  • Rafa Nadal. ...
  • Sacramento. ...
  • Segismundo. ...
  • Fulge. ...
  • Concepción. ...
  • Zuzunaga. ...
  • Bonifacio.
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What are the silliest names? ›

50 Weirdest Baby Names Ever!
  • SEVEN.
  • SURI.

What are some unique names in Spanish? ›

Spanish Baby Names That Start With I
  • Iago - Supplanter.
  • Inocencio - Harmless; innocent.
  • Isadoro - "Gift of Isis [goddess of the Moon]"
  • Isaias - "Salvation of the Lord"
  • Ishmael - "God will hear"
  • Iratze - Reference to the Virgin Mary.
  • Isidora - "Gift of Isis [goddess of the Moon]"
  • Itsaso - Ocean.
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What do you call a Spanish girlfriend? ›

Darling: Mi Amor: My Love

This term of endearment is very common, use “darling” with your girl, boy, or even a friend. Mi amor is used in everyday situations.

What is the longest weirdest name? ›

The longest personal name is 747 characters long, and belongs to Hubert Blaine Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff Sr.

What is a very Spanish name? ›

Baby boy names popular in Spain and Latin America include Hugo, Pablo, Alvaro, Mario, Manuel, and Javier. Unique Spanish names attracting attention in Spain and Latin America include Alba, Carmen, Laia, and Triana for girls, along with Dario, Thiago, Gonzalo, and Izan for boys.

What are the most disliked names? ›

Violent names, such as Hunter, are detested by some. Brand names, such as Bentley, are considered trashy. Some people hate ordinary names, which they consider boring. That's why Michael is on the top 10 list of most disliked names.
  • Aiden.
  • Kaden.
  • Hunter.
  • Hayden.
  • Bentley.
  • Tristan.
  • Michael.
  • Jackson.
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What are some horrible names? ›

Worst Baby Names Of Boys
  • Jihad: You can't be serious with this. ...
  • Clitis: Believe us, it's true. ...
  • Danger: Yes, Danger is a name borne by some children, and a unisex one. ...
  • Mhavrych: Mhavrych is the rendition of the good old' name Maverick. ...
  • Meldor: ...
  • Colon: ...
  • Thermopylae: ...
  • Zuma:
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What are some terrible names? ›

1 - Aliviyah"Pronounced Olivia. This baby's parents fit every trap stereotype."2 - Baby"Yup. That's the name."3 - Mhavryck"Pronounced as Maverick."4 - Elizabreth"... Which easily becomes The Lizard Breath."5 - Nevaeh"It will always be the worst.

Is luxury a girl name? ›

The name Luxury is both a boy's name and a girl's name meaning "extravagance, opulence".

Why do Spanish have 3 names? ›

Until the 1960s, it was customary to baptize children with three forenames: the first was the main and the only one used by the child; if parents agreed, one of the other two was the name of the day's saint. Nowadays, baptizing with three or more forenames is usually a royal and noble family practice.

Is Papi Chulo offensive? ›

But generally, calling someone papi chulo is in reference to their appearance and their confidence, either with a negative (Rico Suave) or positive connotation (a hunk). Attitudes toward the term papi chulo are mixed among Latinx Americans, given chulo's history as a derogatory, racialized term in American English.

What do Mexicans call their boyfriends? ›

Cariño. Cariño is one of the most popular Mexican terms of endearment, but its use is widely extended outside of Mexico too. You can use it to refer to your significant other, but it's also used by parents and grandparents, and even between girlfriends.

What can I call my BF? ›

Generally cute nicknames for your boyfriend
  • Boo.
  • Booboo Bear.
  • Sweetheart.
  • Baby Boy.
  • Baby/Babe.
  • Baby Love.
  • Boo Thang.
  • Love Bug.
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What is the longest a girl name? ›

How Rhoshandiatellyneshiaunneveshenk Koyaanisquatsiuth Williams Got Her Name. Basically, her mother had two main reasons for naming her the longest name in the world: She wanted to set a Guinness record. She wanted her daughter to have a name unlike anyone else in the world.

What should you not name your child? ›

Banned baby names in the United States, around the world
  • King.
  • Queen.
  • Jesus Christ.
  • III.
  • Santa Claus.
  • Majesty.
  • Adolf Hitler.
  • Messiah.
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What is the 1st most popular name? ›

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Is Luca a Spanish name? ›

Luca is a given name used predominantly for males, mainly in Latin America, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Romania. It is derived from the Latin name Lucas. It may also come from the Latin word "lucus" meaning "sacred wood" (a cognate of lucere). The name is common among Christians as a result of Luke the Evangelist.

What is Spain nickname? ›

Nicknames. Spain's team is commonly known by fans as "La Furia Roja", meaning the Red Fury in Spanish.

What name means pain? ›

Like a guy I read about in the Bible named Jabez. His story is found in I Chronicles 4:9-10: "Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez (which means 'pain') saying 'I gave birth to him in pain.

What name means liar? ›

Anwir is a Welsh name that means liar.

What name means unlucky? ›

2. Mallory. The name Mallory means “unfortunate” or “bad luck.” Why not just adopt a black cat when little Mallory is born? That way if bad luck happens, you won't know who to blame it on.

What is a scary name? ›

Scary boy names
  • Bram. ...
  • Cain. ...
  • Damien. ...
  • Draco. ...
  • Freddy. ...
  • Silas. ...
  • Bellatrix. ...
  • Carmilla.
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What is a creepy name for a girl? ›

Scary Names for Girls That Are Wickedly Winsome
ClariceA variant form of Clara.Latin
CoralineA variant form of Coral.Latin
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What are some cringe nicknames? ›

20 most hated
  • Babe.
  • Sweet cheeks.
  • Snookums.
  • Baby doll.
  • Baby girl.
  • Muffin.
  • Ducky.
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Is Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 a name? ›

Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116, ostensibly pronounced [ˈǎlːbɪn] ("Albin"), is a name intended for a Swedish child who was born in 1991. Parents Elisabeth Hallin and Lasse Diding gave their child this name to protest a fine, imposed in accordance with the naming law in Sweden.

What is a unpopular name? ›

Likewise, Ashley, Sophia, Lorraine, Kristen, and Suzanne also made it onto the list as the least-desired names. While, for the boys, Kobe, Jeffrey, Nigel, and Ashton topped the list of the most unpopular – followed by Graham, Stuart, Chad, Gary, and Bill.

What Spanish name means Strong? ›

Carlos. Meaning “strong and manly,” this name is the Spanish form of the name Charles. 104. Felipe.

What Spanish name means love? ›

Maitea: Maitea is a Spanish name meaning 'love'.

What is the luckiest name for a girl? ›

The Most Popular Lucky Baby Names for Girls
  • Iris - meaning 'rainbow', symbolising luck.
  • Evangeline - 'Bearer of good news' in Greek.
  • Beatrice - Latin meaning of 'she who brings happiness; blessed'
  • Jadie - stone transmitting wisdom and clarity.
  • Kiara - 'bright/light' in Italian.
  • Felicity - 'luck/good fortune' in Latin.
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Is Gucci a girl name? ›

Gucci Origin and Meaning

The name Gucci is girl's name . Makeup artist to the stars Gucci Westman has made this Italian fashion name a first.

What is the richest girl name? ›

Françoise Bettencourt Meyers – $74.1 Billion

Françoise Bettencourt Meyers is currently the richest woman in the world with a net worth of $74.1 billion, per Forbes. She originally inherited her wealth from her grandfather's business ventures, specifically from L'Oréal cosmetics.

What does Y mean in a name? ›

In some instances, names may be formatted using the Spanish custom of adding a 'y' (meaning “and”) between their mother's name and father's name (e.g. Maria CRUZ y SANTOS). However, this custom is generally only used when writing names in very formal settings (e.g. court documents) or by some older Filipinos.

How do Mexicans name their kids? ›

Mexicans have a personal name(s) followed by two surnames – the father's paternal family name and then the mother's paternal family name. For example: Hector Marίa GONZALEZ LÓPEZ.

Why do Spanish names end in EZ? ›

the -ez suffix

It is suprising the number of Spanish surnames end in ez. This is because it means "son of", like the suffix -son and -sen in many German and Scandinavian languages. In Portuguese the -ez becomes a -es.

What's Mami Chula mean? ›

Chula is often seen in the phrase mami chula, a Spanish form of “hot mama” for a sexy woman. Its male counterpart is papi chulo, for a “ladies' man.” In the late 1990s and early 2000s, chula and mami chula appeared in the the lyrics of songs by a number of prominent Latino rappers, including Christopher Rios.

What is a papacito? ›

papacito m (plural papacitos) Diminutive of papá; daddy synonyms ▲ Synonyms: papi, papaíto, papito.

Is Papi a dirty word? ›

Papi is a colloquial term for “daddy” in Spanish, but in many Spanish-speaking cultures, particularly in the Caribbean, it is often used as a general term of affection for any man, whether it's a relative, friend, or lover.

What does BAE mean in Mexico? ›

1. " before anyone else'", colloquial. bebe {interj.} bae.

How do Mexicans say BAE? ›

How do you say "bae" in Spanish? - It's "amor."¿Cómo se dice "bae" en español? - Se dice "amor".

Why do Mexicans say Mija? ›

Literally meaning “my daughter,” mija is used as a familiar and affectionate address to women, like “dear” or “honey,” in Spanish.

Can I call my BF BAE? ›

If you're in a relationship, it's not unusual to give your partner nicknames, including but not limited to: bae, baby, my love, boo, sweetheart, etc. Turns out these pet names aren't just cute (even though, okay, some might sound silly), they can actually be a super important part of your relationship.

What do you call a guy when flirting? ›

100 Cute Nicknames To Call Your Boyfriend
  • Darling.
  • Stud Muffin.
  • Boo Bear.
  • Mister Man.
  • Baby.
  • Sweets.
  • Bubba.
  • Captain.
9 Oct 2022

How do I cuddle with my boyfriend? ›

When you're the “big spoon,” you wrap your arms around your partner while you're both lying close on your side; your stomach rests against their back. When you're the “little spoon,” your partner wraps their arms around you and your back rests against their stomach.

What is a cool Mexican name? ›

Mexican most common double names start with Juan, José, Luís and Miguel, the favorite combinations being Miguel Ángel, Juan Pablo, Juan Manuel, José Luís and José Miguel.

What are rare Latin names? ›

35 unique Latin baby names and their meanings
  • 1) Alba. Alba means 'fair or white' in Latin, and is a feminine version of Albus (Dumbledore?). ...
  • 2) Jovi. A variation of 'Jovan' meaning "majestic". ...
  • 3) Corrina. This beautiful name is definitely unique but also sounds graceful. ...
  • 4) Caesar. ...
  • 5) Adelyta. ...
  • 6) Adrian. ...
  • 7) Prince. ...
  • 8) Alivia.
8 Oct 2021

What Spanish name means dark? ›

Amaya is a neat feminine name that fits perfectly into girl names that mean dark. Popularity: Amaya is more popular in Spanish regions than in Japan.

What are flirty nicknames in Spanish? ›

Amor de mi vida – Love of my life. Mi media naranja – My other half. Mi sol – My sun, my sunshine. Princesa, príncipe – Princess, prince. Mi reina, mi rey – My queen, my king.

Do Mexicans have 2 names? ›

Mexicans have a personal name(s) followed by two surnames – the father's paternal family name and then the mother's paternal family name. For example: Hector Marίa GONZALEZ LÓPEZ.

What are some badass Spanish boy names? ›

What Are Some Badass Spanish Boy Names?
  • Diego.
  • Iago.
  • Izan.
  • Leandro.
  • Neron.
  • Zorion.
8 Nov 2022

What is a good genderless name? ›

According to Yau, these are the most typically unisex names:
  • Jessie.
  • Marion.
  • Jackie.
  • Alva.
  • Ollie.
  • Jodie.
  • Cleo.
  • Kerry.
23 Jun 2022

What is an extinct name? ›

The Baby Names That Have Gone (Or Are Going) Extinct. A name is considered statistically “gone” when it is given to fewer than five boys or girls in a year.

What name means powerful in Latin? ›

Nero. This is a Latin name that means strong, vigorous, or powerful.

What are very dark names? ›

Along with Jett and Raven, other dark baby names in the US Top 1000 include Blake, Colton, Delaney, Kiera, Layla, Melanie, Phoenix, and Sullivan. Many word names conjure images of darkness, such as Ebony, Mahogany, Sable, and Midnight itself.

What is a dark girl name? ›

Kali - This Sanskrit name means "black." Kerrin - This Irish name means "black." Laila - This Arabic name means "night beauty." Lillith - This name means "ghost" or "belonging to the night."

What is a dark boy name? ›

Jett or Jet: Meaning “black” in English. Keir or Kieran: Meaning “dark-haired” in Gaelic. Morris: Meaning “dark” in Latin. Noir: Meaning “black” in French.

How can I call my lover in Spanish? ›

Names for Lovers
  1. Mi alma. The Spanish are known for being romantic. ...
  2. Papi chulo. Chances are you've heard this one before. ...
  3. Cariño/a. This one is used quite frequently and is most similar to how we say “dear” or “darling” in English.
  4. Hermosa. ...
  5. Mi amado/a. ...
  6. Príncipe / Princesa. ...
  7. Mi cielito. ...
  8. Mi vida.
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