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The 80s in Spain It was the years of cassettes, movies like 'Dirting Dancing', 'Back to the Future', shoulder pads and leg warmers ...
As for baby names, it was a decade that consolidated the change in trend that we already saw beginning in previous years. Compound names almost disappeared from the list. It was time to take the podium at Laura (67,741), at Cristina (65,440) and at Mary (62,933), according to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE); and we see that names like Patricia, Verónica or Sara. Check here the 10 most popular girl names in the 80s in Spain.
The 80s were years in which Spain experienced increasing modernization and where the religious tradition began to be abandoned. If this was your favorite decade, don't stop reading the following list with the 10 most popular girl names in the 80s:
1. Laura: It is a name with different origins, among which Latin and Greek stand out. In Latin it is attributed to the word "laurus", which means "laurel"; and in Greek, to 'daphne', with the same meaning. For this reason, the name would be translated as "victorious" or "one who is crowned with laurel leaves", since in Ancient Greece, honorably victorious people were crowned with a laurel wreath, a tradition that was also adopted by the Romans. There are also hypotheses that relate the name to the Slavic ‘lavra’, which means “monastery”. His name day is celebrated on October 19.
2. Cristina: of Greek origin. Its etymology is found in the word ‘Christos’ and its meaning is “the faithful follower of Christ”, hence its traditional personality. It became popular at the time of the Crusades, since many queens or noblewomen were named for their religious importance. His saints are July 24.
3. Maria: comes from Hebrew and its meaning and etymology (it is synonymous with Miriam) are highly debated. According to the Egyptian etymology, it would come from ‘maryam’, which means “mistress of God, exalted, eminent”. Mary is the mother of Jesus and therefore its religious component is responsible for the fact that today many women around the world incorporate it as a primary or secondary name. His saint is celebrated on January 1 as Holy Mary, Mother of God; on May 19, as Mother of the Church; or August 15, like La Asunción.
4. Marta: of Hebrew origin which means "lady". Still, it has another meaning in the Akkadian language (extinct Semitic language of the Assyrians and Babylonians) which is "daughter." It is also a name especially linked to religion since there are several characters in the Bible who are called this way. His saint is celebrated on July 29.
5. Patricia: of Latin origin that means "that which is patrician or noble", "woman of noble lineage". Widely used in Ancient Rome (the 'patricii' were the privileged class to which only those people descended from 'pure race' Romans could belong) it fell into disuse when Roman citizenship was granted to the 'lesser people', people from other cities . He recovered again shortly before the Middle Ages. His name day is celebrated on August 25.
6. Maria del Carmen: both names are of Hebrew origin and form a very popular compound name in Spanish-speaking countries. It means "beloved of God, full of grace" or "garden of God, vineyard of God." Mary is the name of the mother of Jesus and its use in the western world is very common because it was carried by the Virgin. Carmen refers us to the invocation of Our Lady of Carmen or Virgin of Carmel, venerated by the Carmelites, the hermits who populated Mount Carmel, the scene of the crucifixion. When they abandoned it due to the Arab invasion, the Virgin appeared to them and promised to become a starfish, which is why she is the patron saint of sailors. Georges Bizet's opera 'Carmen' made this name even more popular. His saint is July 16.
7. Rachel: It comes from Hebrew and its meaning is "the sheep of God", although it can also mean "that she is a woman with criteria to rule." It is a name, with a strong religious tradition, that has evolved throughout history, up to the present point. Rachel, Jacob's wife in the biblical account, was the mother of Joseph and Benjamin, two of Jacob's twelve sons who gave rise to the twelve tribes of Israel. His name day is celebrated on September 2.
8. Beatriz: It comes from Latin (‘Benedictrix’ or ‘Beatrix’) and has various meanings, such as “happy woman”, “full of beatitude” or even “Blessed”. It was common among the first Christians by virtue of its meaning, referring to heavenly and soul happiness. His saints are in July, the 29th.
9. Veronica: It derives from the Latin, from ‘Vero Icon’ which translates as “true image”. It has its origin in a medieval legend, according to which it wiped the face of Jesus on the way to Calvary, leaving his "true image" on the canvas. In time it became a proper name. Another theory refers to its Greek origin, ‘Berenice’, which in turn comes from a Macedonian dialect, ‘Ferenike’, and means “bearer of victory”. His saint is celebrated on July 9.
10. Sara: of Hebrew origin and means “minister, command” and that can be interpreted as “princess”. It is a name of a biblical character, which appears for the first time in Genesis. Sarah was the wife of the Patriarch Abraham, to whom she gave a son, Isaac, when his father was already 99 years old. Sara also stands out as the servant of María Magdalena, known as Sara la Negra and who, despite not being officially canonized, is the patron saint of the gypsies. His name day is October 9.
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