Portuguese parents have a wide selection of baby names from which to choose. Interestingly, though, there are some rules the Portuguese government has in place that determine what names can and cannot be given to children. Additionally, the government insists babies' names be clear and gender-specific. Therefore, many gender-neutral and short-form names are forbidden. This list of Portuguese baby names offers a variety of options for both boys and girls. Take a look!

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  • Adalberto Unusual yet appealing, the moniker Adalberto comes from the Old Germanic name Adelbracht. It is the Portuguese variant of the male name Albert and translates to ‘noble and bright.'
  • AnaAna is a variation of the moniker Hannah. It is a girl's name of Spanish Portuguese origin that means grace.
  • Bossanova The name Bossanova is a boy's name. Still, it works as a girl's moniker, too. The origin of the name comes from the Portuguese language and refers to a ‘new wave.'
  • Brigida The girl's moniker Brigida has a Portuguese origin. Pronounced BREE-zhi-da, the name refers to someone who is ‘powerful and strong.'
  • Carmo Carmo originates in Hebrew. It is a Portuguese variant of the name Carmel, which refers to the ‘garden of God.' In Portuguese cultures, It's a feminine moniker. However, it is often considered a gender-neutral name in other parts of the world.
  • Cristiano Cristiano is an Italian and Portuguese variant of the moniker Christian. In Portugal, it is considered a boy's name. However, in the United States, it's used as both a masculine and feminine moniker.
  • Cruz The name Cruz is of Portuguese origin. It is a gender-neutral name mostly given to children in the Portuguese-speaking communities in Brazil.
  • Delgado The moniker Delgado is a boy's name of Portuguese and Spanish origin. It means slender or thin.
  • Elixane Pronounced El-ih-SHA-nuh, Elixane is a unique girl's name that means ‘pledged to God.' It is a variation of the name Elizabeth and has origins in Portuguese and Basque.
  • Esmeralda The moniker Esmeralda is a feminine name that means emerald. It comes from Spanish and Portuguese origin. The name also refers to Esmeralda, a heroine in the novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame de Paris.” Her birth name was Agnes, but people called Esmeralda to acknowledge the jewels she wore.
  • Francisco Francisco is a popular Portuguese name for boys. It has roots in Spanish and Portuguese heritage and refers to a ‘free man.'
  • Garcia Garcia is a boy's name that means bear. It is of Spanish and Portuguese origin.
  • Joao The name Joao is a boy's name of Portuguese origin. It is a variant of the name John and means ‘God is gracious.'
  • Joaquim Joaquim is a masculine moniker. It is of Portuguese origin and translates to ‘established by God.'
  • Luciano Luciano is a male name that means ‘light of day.' It is of Portuguese, Spanish, and Latin origin.
  • Margarida In the Portuguese language, the feminine name Margarida translates to pearl. It also refers to a daisy flower.
  • Mateus Mateus is a masculine name. It is the Portuguese version of the name Matthew, which means ‘gift of God.'
  • Neves In Portuguese culture, the name Neves is considered a girl's moniker. It originates from the Spanish language and translates to someone who is ‘born when it snows.'
  • Ricardo The moniker Ricardo is a male's name of Portuguese origin. The name means dominant ruler.
  • Rio Rio is an adorable girl's name. It has roots in Spanish and Portuguese cultures and translates to the ‘place of cherry blossoms.'
  • Rosana Rosana is a Portuguese variant of the girl's name Roxanne. It comes from the Persian language and refers to the ‘star of magnificence.'
  • Salomao The masculine name Salomao is an anglicized form of the Hebrew moniker Shelomo, which comes from the word shalom, meaning peace.
  • VicenteThe name Vicente refers to a Portuguese Saint (St. Vincent). It is a boy's moniker and means conquering.
  • Vitoria The name Vitoria is a female name that means ‘woman of victory.' It originates from the Latin language and is the Portuguese variant of the moniker Victoria.
  • Xanti The name Xanti is of Portuguese origin. The unisex name comes from the moniker Xantiago, which refers to a saint.

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