The name literally means “candle” in Spanish, but as a given name is contracted from the name Candelaria which is Spanish for Candlemas. Candlemas is a holiday that occurs on February 2nd and commemorates the day Christ was prensented in the Temple and the Virgin Mary’s purification. Originally, the name was usually given to girls born on the holiday.
Currently, Candela is the 7th most popular female name in Argentina, (2009). Her rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 37 (Spain, 2010)
- # 80 (Catalonia, 2009)