125 Male and Female Cuban Names and Their Meanings

Emily Polash
Written by Emily Polash Updated on October 15th, 2021

Parents in search of a name that honors their baby’s proud Cuban heritage might be surprised to find out just how diverse their options are. Cuban naming traditions are a bit unusual when compared to other Hispanic cultures, with the result being a long history of personalized names, often hybrids of family names designed by parents themselves. 

Though creating your own unique name for your baby is certainly a part of Cuban culture, it’s not required — there are many lovely Cuban names to choose from for your son or daughter.

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Cuban naming traditions

For many years now, it has been tradition for Cuban parents to fashion their very own name for their baby rather than choosing a singular namesake or picking from a traditional list of names. Often, the names parents choose begin with the letter Y, but may also be a fusion of two family first names, surnames, or syllables.

Though a concrete reason for this tradition isn’t given, some scholars theorizes that under Cuba’s Stalinist regime, citizens had very little freedom of self expression; one of few aspects of their lives over which the state offered full control was the naming of their children, and as such, the use of non-traditional and self-made names took rise. It is also speculated that this practice is a rejection of the Spanish Roman Catholicism associated with pre-revolutionary Cuba, as more than half of today’s Cubans are descended from Africa.

Baby male names

  • Pirro – This Spanish name means “flaming hair.”
  • Riel – Riel is a derivative of Gabriel. It means “God is my strength.”
  • Yoenis – Yoenis Cespedes Milanes is a Cuban-born baseball player. His name comes from the Latin word for “just.”
  • Abelardo – Abelardo is a Cuban name with Old German roots. It means “noble strength.”
  • Audacto – Audacto comes from the Latin word for “bold.” This is the perfect name for a baby boy with Cuban roots.
  • Ernesto – Ernesto is a Spanish name with Old German roots. It means “battle to the death.”
  • Bibiano – Bibiano is a popular Cuban boy’s name. It stems from the Latin word for “he has life.”
  • Mendo – This Spanish name means “offers sacrifices to God.”
  • Yasiel – Yasiel is a Hebrew-origin Cuban name. It means “made by God.”
  • Rodolfo – Rodolfo is the Spanish version of the French name Rudolf. It means “renowned wolf.”
  • Artemio -There seems to be no shortage of Cuban names with Greek origins. This one means “follower of Artemis.”
  • Calisto – Calisto is a Greek-origin name that means “most beautiful.”
  • Dalian – In Spanish, Dalian translates to “valley.”
  • Silverio – Silverio means “from the forest.”
  • Homero – This Ancient Greek name means “hostage.”
  • Ardolis – This popular Cuban name means “thanks.”
  • Emeterio
  • Learco – This Ancient Greek name means “one who leads the people.”
  • Maceo – Give your newborn bundle a meaningful first name like Maceo. It means “gift of God.”
  • Jadier – Jadier is a Spanish name that gained popularity thanks to Cuban weightlifter Jadier Valladares.
  • Chumo – Chumo means “twin” in Spanish.
  • Raul – Raul is a popular Spanish name. It means “wolf counsel.”
  • Monte – This masculine Spanish name means “manpower.”
  • Cleto – This fierce name stems from Ancient Greece. It means “he who was chosen to fight.”
  • Naldo – Naldo is a Spanish name that means “strong.”
  • Miguel – Miguel is a common Spanish first name. It can be shortened to Micky, Mick, or even Mike.
  • Fidelito – Fidelito is an uncommon diminutive of Fidel.
  • Yuli – Yuli is the Cuban version of Julian. It means “youthful.”
  • Osvaldo – Osvaldo is a Spanish name with German roots. It means “God’s power.”
  • Olo – This German-origin Cuban name means “famous land.”
  • Cisco – Cisco is a short version of the name Francisco. It means “free.”
  • Camilo – Camilo means “helper to the priest.”
  • Vivion – This masculine Spanish name means “lively..”
  • Cedro – This Spanish name means “strong gift.”
  • Che – Che is a nickname for Jose. This was the nickname given to Cuban Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
  • Panifilo – This Cuban name comes from the Ancient Greek Pamphilos. It means “friend of all.”
  • Fidel – Fidel Castro has served as inspiration for the names of many. Fidel means “faithful.”
  • Nestor – Nestor means “one who returns from travels.” This name is Greek in origin.
  • Normando – Normando is a Spanish baby name that means “man of the north.”
  • Pafnucio – Paf is a Spanish version of the Latin name Patrick.
  • Saturnan – Saturnan, the Roman god of agriculture, has been an inspiration for many Cuban baby names.
  • Elian – Elian Gonzalez Brotons was the name of a Cuban boy who became the center of an immigration-related custody battle. This name, which is popular in Cuba, means “the Lord is my God.”
  • Teb – Teb is a Spanish name that is Greek in origin. It means “crowned.”
  • Zotico – This name means “full of life” in Greek.
  • Desiderio – DEsiderio means “sorrow, yearning.”
  • Yago – Yago is a masculine Spanish name. It means “he who supplants.”
  • Nicho – Nicho is a Greek name that’s popular in Spanish-speaking countries. It translates to “victory of the people.”
  • Cuba – Cuba means “where fertile land is abundant.” This name is often given to baby boys with Cuban roots. Cuba Gooding Jr. is a good example of this.
  • Osbaldo – Osbaldo is a Cuban variant of Owvaldo. This name means “God’s rule.”
  • Gael – This Celtic name gained popularity in Cuba and other Spanish-speaking countries. It means “Gaelic.”
  • Diego – Diego means “teacher” in Spanish.
  • Alejandro – This popular Spanish boy’s name means “defender of mankind.”
  • Alvaro – Alvaro is a Spanish name that means “guardian.”
  • Euxenio – This Spanish name is derived from the Greek Eugene. It means “noble.”
  • Anton – Anton means “the priceless one” in Spanish.
  • Bembe – Bembe is a type of percussion instrument that is common throughout Cuba.
  • Orpheo – Orpheo means “having a beautiful voice.”
  • Amador – Amador means “lover.”
  • Castilo – Castilo means “castle” in Spanish.
  • Ximena – Ximena means “son.” This Spanish name is quite popular in Cuba.

Baby female names

  • Aleja– Aleja is a Spanish version of the English Alexandra. It means “defender of mankind.”
  • Alma – Alma is a Portuguese name that means “the spirit and soul.” This is a great example of a simple name with a strong meaning.
  • Paz – This simple Spanish girl’s name means “peace.”
  • Liliana – Liliana is a popular name within the Cuban community. It means “lily” or “flower.”
  • Rosa – You cannot go wrong with the Spanish word for “rose.” This feminine flower name is incredibly popular.
  • Aura – Aura is a Cuban name with Latin roots. It means “breeze.”
  • Adoncia – This flowery Spanish name means “sweet.”
  • Alysa – Alysa is a Cuban with Greek roots. It translates to “rational.”
  • Aymee – Aymee is a Spanish name that means “beloved.” It is equivalent to the English Amy.
  • Vanesa – This Cuban girl’s name is Greek in origin. It means “butterfly.”
  • Yolanda – Yolanda is the Greek word for “violet.”
  • Novia – Novia is Latin for “new.”
  • Alpharita – Alpharita was the name of Bob Marley’s Cuban-born widow, Rita Marley. The name’s origin is murky.
  • Amara – Amara means “unfading” or “eternally beautiful” in Greek.
  • Silvia – Silvia is a Cuban variant of Sylvia. This Greek name means “from the forest.”
  • Agathe – Agathe is a Greek name that means “good” or “kind.”
  • Jordana — This feminine moniker means “to flower down.”
  • Zamira – Zamira is a popular Cuban girl’s name. IT stems from the Arabic word for “thought.”
  • Divina – In Latin, Davina means “like a goddess.”
  • Ramira – Ramira means “judicious” in Spanish.
  • Tranquila – This Spanish name means “tranquil.”
  • Coral – Cuba is home to the largest coral reef in the Caribbean. This ocean-inspired name is perfect for any Cuban-born baby girl.
  • Benita – Benita means “blessed.” This name is the Spanish equivalent of the English name Amy.
  • Floramaria – Floramaria means “flower of Mary” in Spanish.
  • Aleja – This Spanish name means “defender of mankind.”
  • Carida – Carida means “charity” or “kindness.” This is a sweet Spanish name for a girl.
  • Dunia – Dunia is an exotic Cuban name. It means “world” in Arabic.
  • Safia – Safia means “pure” in Arabic.
  • Camila – Camila is Roman in origin. This name means “helper of the priest.”
  • Antifona – This rare Greek name is quite popular in Cuba. It means “opposite of her race.”
  • Beagle– This Latin name means “fair complexion.”
  • Silvana – Silvana stems from Latin. It means “from the forest.”
  • Vernisha – Vernisha is a popular Cuban name. It stems from the Latin word for “Spring.”
  • Santanna – This Spanish name means “saint-like.”
  • Aarah – Aarah means, “I will see God.”
  • Savanna – Savanna is the Cuban variant of Savannah. This Spanish name means “treeless plain.”
  • Edelmira – Edelmira means “princess.”
  • Barbara – Barbara is a common Cuban girl’s name. It means “foreign woman.”
  • Daniela – Daniela means, “God is my judge.”
  • Ava – Ava is a common Cuban girl’s name. It comes from the Latin word for “bird.”
  • Cailida – Cailida means “adoring” in Spanish. Liddy is a suitable nickname for this feminine moniker.
  • Jocelyn – Jocelyn is yet another Cuban name with German roots. It translates to “member of the Gauts.”
  • Angel – Angel is a common name in most Spanish-speaking countries. It means “messenger.”
  • Daphne – Daphne is a Greek name that means “laurel tree.”
  • Clodomira – This rare Italian name is fairly common in Cuba. It means “famous.”
  • Glinda – Glinda is an American name that took off in Cuba. It translates to “fair” or “good.”
  • Antania – Antania means “enemy of mankind.” This Cuban name is Greek in origin.
  • Romula – Romula is a Spanish given name that means “great strength.”
  • Acacia – This botanical name comes from Latin. It means “thorny.”
  • Baldomera – This popular Cuban name stems from Slavic folklore. It means “bold and renowned.”
  • Yenifer – Yenifer is the Cuban equivalent of Jennifer. This name means “white shadow.”
  • Alicia – Alicia is the Spanish form of Alice. It means “nobility.” Several notable Cuban women go by the name Alicia.
  • Dayami – Dayami Sanchez is the name of a successful Cuban volleyball star.
  • Canisa – Canisa comes from the Greek word for “very dear.”
  • Beatriz – Beatriz means “blessed traveler.” This is the Spanish version of the Latin name Beatrix.
  • Allia – Allia is a Hebrew girl’s name. It means “rising.”
  • Jaquinda – This Spanish name means “beautiful.”
  • Asela – Asela de Armas Perex was the name of a Cuban chess player. This Latin given name means “donkey foal.”
  • Acindina – This Cuban name stems from the Greek word “safe.”
  • Havana – Havana is the capital of Cuba. This word is most likely derived from the word “heaven.” Havanna is an alternative spelling.
  • Lucia – Lucia translates to “light.”
  • Amrita – Amrita is a Spanish girl’s name that means “beloved.”
  • Mariposa – This Spanish name means “butterfly.”
  • Yanet – Yanet is a Cuban name that means “God is merciful.” It is similar to the English name Janet.
  • Mariel – Mariel is the name of a city in Cuba.
  • Dominga – Dominga is a Spanish variant of the French name Dominique. It means “lord.”
  • Matilde – Matilde is yet another popular Cuban name with French roots. It means “battle strength.”
  • Quintessa – Quintessa is a girl’s name that means “fifth.” This is a fitting moniker for any fifth-born girl.
  • Charlotte – The Spanish equivalent of Charlotte is Carlota. It means “free man” in French.
  • Clarita – Clarita means “clear, bright, and famous.”
  • Lur – This simple Spanish girl’s name means “earth.”
  • Smara – This female given name means “protected by God.”
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Emily Polash
Written by Emily Polash Updated on October 15th, 2021

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