María de los Ángeles

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Spanish
Meaning: “Mary of the Angels.”

The name is used in reference to an epithet of the Virgin Mary,  María de los Ángeles in English (Mary of the Angels). It is often abbreviated to Ángeles.

It is currently the 62nd most popular female name in Mexico, (2010).

Source

  1. http://www.babycenter.com.mx/pregnancy/nombres/nombres_populares_2010/

 

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Maite

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Basque
Meaning: “beloved; loveable.”
(MY-tey)

The name could either be a contracted form of María Teresa or it could come directly from the Basque word meaning, “loveable; beloved.”

As of 2006, it was the 24th most popular female name in Chile and the 65th most popular female name in Mexico, (2010).

The name is borne by Mexican actress and singer, Maite Perroni (b.1983).

Sources

  1. http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maite
  2. http://www.behindthename.com/name/maite-2
  3. http://www.babycenter.com.mx/pregnancy/nombres/nombres_populares_2010/

Lucero

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Spanish
Meaning: “planet Venus; morning star.”

The name comes directly from the Spanish word describing the planet venus or the morning star. It has recently been popularized in the Spanish-speaking world by Mexican actress and singer known simply as Lucero (b.1969).

Currently, Lucero is the 79th most popular female name in Mexico.

Sources

  1. http://www.babycenter.com.mx/pregnancy/nombres/nombres_populares_2010/

 

Laurier

Gender: Masculine
Origin: French
Meaning: “laurel tree; bay tree.”

The name comes directly from the French word for the laurel tree, a long popular name among French-Canadians, the name first appeared in the French Revolutionary calender of the 1700s, where many nature names replaced common saints names.

Its popularity in Quebec may have been sparked due to Canada’s first francophone prime minister Wilfred Laurier (1841-1919). He is considered one of Canada’s greatest statesmen.

It is currently the 370th most popular male name in Quebec, Canada (2010).

Source

  1. http://www.rrq.gouv.qc.ca/Interactif/PR2I121_Prenoms/PR2I121_Prenoms/PR2SPrenoms_01.aspx

Médéric

Gender: Masculine
Origin: German
Meaning: “courageous ruler.”

The name is derived from the Old Germanic elements merri (courage) and rik (ruler). It was borne by an 8th-century French saint.

The name is considered rather archaic in France but has always been rather common among the francophones of Canada. It has been borne by several Canadian politicians, the most famous being Médéric Martin (1869-1946), the 32nd mayor of Montreal.

Currently, it is the 308th most popular male name in Quebec, Canada (2010).

Other obscure French forms are Méry and Merri.

Sources

  1. http://www.rrq.gouv.qc.ca/Interactif/PR2I121_Prenoms/PR2I121_Prenoms/PR2SPrenoms_01.aspx
  2. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric

Montserrat

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Catalan
Meaning: “jagged mountain.”
SP (munsəˈrat)

Montserrat comes from a name of a mountain in Barcelona and is used in reference to a monastery which houses a shrine to the Virgin Mary known as Santa Maria de Montserrat. The same mountain is legendarily believed to be the home of the Holy Grail.

The name literally means “jagged mountain” or “serrated mountain” in Catalan.

As of 2006, Monserrat was the 27th most popular female name in Chile and it is currently the 86th most popular in Mexico, (2010).

Another form of the name is Monserrat.

Common Spanish diminutives include: Mont, Montse, Muntsa, Serrat or Rat.

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/montserrat
  2. http://www.babycenter.com.mx/pregnancy/nombres/nombres_populares_2010/