Remember we were talking about the virgin María? Her popularity is apparent. 28.5% of the Spanish population (men and women) has “María” in their name. It’s more than 3 in 10 for women.
In general, name creativity in Spain is not encouraged. Most people are named after a close family member. I haven’t met any little Rainbows or Waterfalls at play group.
For example: My friend Ana has a brother, Andres. Andres has two children, who he named (wait for it), Ana and Andres.
Check out Yago’s family tree on the Spanish side. It starts with two sets of great-grandparents. I bolded my Rogelio’s name so you can pick him out from the other five Rogelios.
So the score card reads:
- Rogelio: 6
- María del Carmen: 4
- Jose del María: 3
- María in some form: 12 out of 29 = 41% of the Family
Better than the national average! And we didn’t even get into middle names. For the record, Rogelio’s is José. But you probably already guessed that.