10 Most Popular Last & First Names


In Mexico both the father’s and mother’s last name are used as a person’s last name. So a person might be named  Pedro Ramírez López.    Pedro (first name) Ramírez (Father’s last name) López (mother’s last name) . All of their official documents such as birth certificate, passport, school certificates, show both last names.

Interestingly, now the parent’s of a child can choose if the father’s or the mother’s last name will be the first last name of their children.

Here are the ten most popular Mexican last names:

Hernández  3,430,027 people’s last name is Hernández    Hernández means son of Hernan.  Hernan Cortez was the conquistador of what is now Mexico.

García   is a Vasque last name meaning young or young warrior.

Lòpez means son of Lope

Martìnez means son of Martín

Rodrìguez  means son of Rodrigo.

González means son of Gonzalo

Pérez means son of Pedro

Sánchez means son of Sancho

Gómez son of Gome

Flores  Means flowers.


The 10 most popular first names are:

Girls’ Names:

María  Mary, very popular used in a composed name such as Maria Fernanda, Maria Guadalupe, Maria Sofia, Dulce María.

Ximena (Jimena)

Sofia  Sophy

Guadalupe   Guadalupe is a very popular name that can be feminine or masculine.



Juana  Joan


Valeria  Valery


Jose Joseph

Jesus  Jesus

Alejandro  Alexander

Miguel Ángel Michael Angel

Eduardo Edward

José Luis Joseph Louis

Juan Carlos John Charles

Fernando Ferdinand

Diego Diego

David David

Jorge George









Most Popular Mexican Nicknames


In Mexico, there are many nicknames or terms of endearment to express in a playful way our feelings toward others. 

Abue  Short for Abuelo (a)  grandparent

Amor my love.

Bebé baby.

Cariño  Sweetheart.

Chaparrita (o)  Short one.

Chino (a) Curly one.

Chirris  A short person, a child

Corazón  Heart, my heart.

Cielo, Mi Cielo  My sky.

Flaco (a)   Thin one.

Gordito (a)   Chubby one.

Güera (0)   Blond one, or white skinned.

Inge  is short for Ingeniero, Engineer.  

Lic is short for Licenciado.

Linda A beautiful woman or girl

Maestro Teacher but is mostly used for construction workers, carpenters etc.

Mami   Mama can be used for daughters or mothers.

Muñeca (o) Doll.

Nene (a)  Baby.

Papi Daddy and can be used for sons or father.

Peque  Little one said to a child

Prieta (o)    Dark-skinned, tanned beauty.

Profe  Short for Profesor (a)  teacher

Seño Short for señora  Mrs.

Vieja (o)  Said to a wife or a husband. Can also be a derogatory term for a mean woman or man.













Popular Spanish Nicknames



Here are the most popular Mexican Male Nicknames or Diminutivos :

Adolfo Fito

Alejandro Alex or Ale

Alfonso  Poncho

Antonio  Toño

Guadalupe Lupe 

Eduardo Lalo

Enrique Quique

Federico Fede

Francisco  Pancho or Paco

Fernando  Nando

Guillermo Memo

Ignacio Nacho

Javier Javi

Jesús Chuy

José   Pepe

Josè Marìa  Chema

Luis  Lucho or Wicho

Manuel Manolo

Rafael  Rafa

Roberto- Alberto  Beto

Rodrigo Rodri




Girls’ Nicknames or Diminutivos:

Alicia Licha

Antonia Toña

Begoña Bego

Carmen Carmela or Carmencita

Concepción  Concha

Cristina Tina or Cris

Dolores Lola

Enriqueta  Queta

Francisca Paquita

Guadalupe Lupita

Isabel Chabela

Fernanda  Fer

Juana  Juanita 

Luz Lucecita

María  Mari

Marta Martita

Mercedes  Meche

Montserrat Montse

Patricia Pati

Pilar Pili

Rosa Rosi or Rosita

Sofia   Sofi

Teresa Tere

Valentina  Vale or Tina

Verónica Vero















10 Most Popular Pre-Columbian First Names


In Mexico, pre-Hispanic first names are still very popular. They honor our Pre-Columbian heritage and show the pride for our ancestors.

Here are the ten most popular Female Pre-Columbian names:

Ameli     Water

Citlalli      Star

Erendirani   Happiness 

Itzel     Bright Star

Ix Chel     Moon

Malinalli     Goddess of Grass 

Nayelli      Love

Quetzal     Jewel, Beautiful Feather

Xochitl      Flower

Yunuen   Half Moon

Following are the ten most popular Male Pre-Columbian names:

Canek   Black Serpent

Cuauhtemoc     Descending Eagle

Ikal    Spirit

Tonatiuh      Sun

Moctezuma    Stern Prince 

Netzahualcoyotl      Coyote who fasts

Quetzal      Jewel, Beautiful Feather

Tenoch     Rock 

Yolotl    Aztec Heart