Macarena

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Spanish
(mah-kah-RAY-nah)

The name is used in reference to an epithet of the Virgin Mary, María Santísima de la Esperanza Macarena is a shrine in the barrio of Macarena, Seville. It is believed that the barrio got its name from a temple named for a person named Macarius.

The name has been a fairly common female given name in Spain and was brought to attention via the 1990s song of the same name, which is actually singing about a girl named Macarena.

Currently, Macarena 50th most popular female name in Argentina, (2009).

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