When we are going to have a baby it's normal that we begin to make lists in which to write down the names that we like the most, but tastes seem to be generational as well, and they may vary depending on each era, generation or year in which we are.
Here we will review which names were a trend in the 70s in Spain, a few years when many changes began to arrive with the Transition. These are the 10 most popular boy names in the 70s in Spain.
The most striking thing about the names for boys of this decade is that it sneaks onto the podium David (108,199) in the first place, being a name that until 60 had not appeared among the 25 most common. Follow him Antonio (91,857), always popular, and Francisco Javier (88,992), the first masculine compound name to be included in the list of a decade, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE). Despite this, male compound names begin to decline, a trend that has continued to this day.
Here you have a list with the 10 names for boys that were heard the most in Spain during the 70s:
1. David: of Hebrew origin that means “the beloved and dear” or “the chosen one of God”. In the Bible, one of the first times it is shown is giving life to the King of Israel, being one of the few kings chosen by the citizens. He is known for defeating the giant Goliath by throwing a stone at him with his sling and is considered a hero to his people. The celebration of the saint corresponds to the 29th of December.
2. Antonio: of probable Greek origin ("he who flourishes") and unknown meaning, it derives from "Antonius" (in Latin), which was interpreted as "he who faces his adversaries or enemies". It is a name that evokes courage, honor and defense of one's own. Antonio is among the most used names in Spanish-speaking countries. His saint is celebrated on June 13.
3. Francisco Javier: A compound name that combines the Italian Francisco with the Basque Javier. The first means "the one who comes from France" and the second, "the one who lives in a new house." This name was popularized by San Francisco Javier, Latinized ‘Franciscus Xaverius’ in the writings of the time, of which Javier was really the place where he was born, in Navarra. His name day is celebrated on December 3.
4. Manuel: It is of Hebrew origin and means "the God who is among us." In the Bible Jesus of Nazareth is named in his original form as Emmanuel. In this explanation you can glimpse a person you can lean on when you need it, he is trusted. Fame came when those who came from another religion had to change their first name to get baptized. His name day is celebrated on January 1.
5. José Antonio: composed of José and Antonio. Its literal translation from Hebrew is "God will increase", "God increases." Its interpretation should be guided keeping in mind that this is a mystical name relative to the blessing that represents the birth of a new member in the family. José's origin is Hebrew while Antonio's is a bit confusing. Their safest ancestors are the Roman family. Although it could derive from the Greek ‘ánthos’ (“flower”), but there are many who discard this etymology, betting on an Etruscan version. His saint is celebrated on March 19.
6. Javier: Its origin is not very common, and it comes from the Basque language (Euskera) and it means more accepted is “castle”, although others highlight a small variant, “new house”. Its popularization is due to San Francisco Javier, a native of Navarra. His saint is December 3.
7. Michelangelo: from the Hebrew Michael, which is translated as "who is like God" (that is, "God is incomparable"); and from the Greek Angel whose meaning is “messenger of God”. The first is the name of the archangel Michael, so this usually appears next to the name Angel. For the Hebrews, this archangel is the first of the angels, conqueror of Lucifer, who has been recognized as the protector of the people of Israel and the Christian Church. His name day is celebrated on September 29.
8. José Manuel: name composed of José and Manuel. The first is of Hebrew origin and means "God will increase", "God increases". The second also shares Hebrew origin, in ‘inmani-El’, which means “with us is God” and according to the Bible it is the name of the Messiah. His saint is celebrated on March 19.
9. Francisco: comes from Italy and derives from Francesco. Its meaning is quite simple and intuitive: ‘the French’, in honor of the country of France, whose name comes from the Germanic tribe of the Franks or ‘Franken’ whose meaning is “free men”. His saints are celebrated on October 4 with the celebration of San Francisco de Asís.
10. José Luis: the first of Hebrew origin 'Yoseph' which is translated as "beget, multiply", while the second is of German origin ('Hlodowig'), with a religious trajectory in French bass and has derived into Latin towards Ludovico and Ludwig , and is translated as "victorious warrior". Joseph is the name of the husband of Mary, patron of the Catholic Church and putative father of Jesus. His saints are on March 19.
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