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Mexico: surnames, first names, surnames, nicknames

Naming in Mexico

In Mexican society, everyone has four names, two first names and surnames, plus at least one nickname. The names can be typically Mexican, or of Indian origin or a trendy English name.

As the Mexicans are called

Basically, all Mexicans always have four names, two first names followed by the father's last name and then the mother's, such as Juan Pablo Garcia Aspe or Claudia Alexandra Gómez Hernández. In the bureaucratic confusion, foreigners with too few names are sometimes given some information as a name: Peter Düsseldorf Weidenfeller, Martha Friedrich passport number. The best bureaucrats then try to translate the names and ask for the Spanish version for Heike or Dieter.

In very traditional villages, which are strongly influenced by the Catholic faith, the children often become the Name of the respective patron saint given according to the calendar. Now it allegedly happened once that a newborn was born on November 20th, Mexican Revolution Day. The calendar said: Aniv. de Rev. (Anniversario de la Revolución, i.e. the anniversary of the revolution). Although the parents had never heard of this saint, they had their boy baptized "Aniv de Rev"!

Traditional native american names Not to be missed, of course: Xóchitl (queen of flowers), Citlalli (star), Itzel (morning star) and Cuauthémoc (eagle gliding down).

And then there are the sometimes interesting combinations of traditional Mexican names English trend names: Lupita Diana, Brandon José, Kelly Veronica, Joshua Pedro or Guillermo Kevin - everything is possible and ultimately a matter of taste.

Nicknames and nicknames

Some nicknames are used as standard: Humberto becomes Beto, José becomes Chemo, Nacho is originally Ignacio, Enrique is shortened to Kike, Patricias become Patys, Susana becomes Susi, Elizabeth suddenly becomes Liz or Ely, Guadalupe is shortened to Lupita or is in the male form a magnifying glass, Jesús becomes Chuy or Chucho, Manolo comes from Manuel, Juanpi was once Juan Pablo, a Francisco is called Paco or Pancho, like the well-known Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa.

Physical references for nicknames are extremely popular: a plump person is called El Gordo, a thin person El Flaco, for little ones El Enano (dwarf) or Chaparrito (dwarf oak), a black-haired person is a Moreno and everyone from not so black to blond is all Gueros, someone with curled hair is a chino (which is also called Chinese) and a bald man is a pelón.

At Nicknames The imagination seems to be limitless: El Piojo (flea), Taco, Principe (prince), Mosca (fly), Octagon (actually Octavio), Lupillo, Casa Grande (big house), El Marciano (Martian), El Boxer, Gusano (Worm), Tripa (intestine), El Emperador, El Pollo (chicken), El Shrek, El Maza (because he comes from the city of Mazatlán), El Asustín (the fear maker, actually Agustin), El Choche, El Potrillo (stallion ).

Title and name

In addition, the Mexicans like to addressed with the title. A simple university graduate always presents himself as a “Licenciado” or “Lic” and the engineers insist on Ingeniero. Family relationships also serve as names, i.e. the actual name no longer plays a role, the cousin is addressed as Primo, the brother-in-law as Cuñado, the brother is the Carnal and if you say "Listen to aunt" at a family party, you will at least turn five aunts around.

A "Fulana" is actually a hooker, but "fulanita / fulanito" is used as a woman / mister so-and-so, anyone or whoever - very flattering. And if you can't remember the name of a colleague, you just need “guey or buey” (ox) or “cabrón” (can mean anything from buddy to idiot), see also the section on Mexican slang.

Top 10 most popular first names and family names

Last but not least, a list of the most popular Spanish first names and surnames over the past few years. With all sorts of lists floating around the web, our version is like a best-of in alphabetical order. The survey of the most popular names is carried out by the Registro Nacional de Población e Identificación Personal collected (official website: Renapo).