Favorite Filipino Names

Now, I don’t want to preempt anything but if ever I would have children, I have my own set of preferred names for them. Lately, I’ve been hearing “odd” names being given to Filipino children, names, which do not, in any way, connect the child to his/her cultural heritage and identity. For me, extremely American-sounding names are already too much but alien-like names just take the cake. I’m not here to judge but as a Filipino, I think there are names that aren’t only nice sounding but ultimately, nationally significant. I want to name my kid in a “normal” but also historically-accepted way that won’t be bereft of aesthetic and uniqueness.

I hope this very brief entry would encourage more Filipino parents, especially the young ones, to see the virtue of naming their little boys and girls with names that best identify with the history, heritage and identity of our people.

BOYS

Lorenzo
Pio
Sebastian
Augusto
Alfonso
Xavier/Javier
Mauro
Ignacio
Carlos
Joaquín — biased!
Felix
Alejandro/Alejandro
Antonio
Francisco/Franco
Iñaki
Andrés
José
Marco
Manolo

GIRLS
Maria
Regina
Augusta
Mercedes
Cristina
Consuelo
Isabel/Isabela
Ines/Ynes
Teresa
Apolonia
Ana
Concepción
Beatriz
Caterina
Helena (H not pronounced)
Ester
Martina
Sofia
Clara

This list isn’t exhaustive but hey, try them!

Combination too would help.

For example:

José Augusto Marco or Manolo Carlos

Maria Ines or Helena Augusta

These names are most definitely hicieron ayer.

About hechoayer

Things made yesterday still influence us until today. Things made today will influence us tomorrow. Things of the essence such as faith, culture, food, music and values should never disappear nor eroded by the times. Instead, these must be recorded, lived and shared. Something made yesterday - hecho ayer - can be tomorrow's saving grace. Never ignore the past.
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