Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday June 26, 2013

nombre de pila, noun:
first name

The pila referred to here is the font in which Christian children are traditionally baptized.
Most of the first names in Spain have some kind of Christian associations. It’s not uncommon for a boy to be called Jesús (with an accent) after Jesus, or José, after Joseph. It’s equally common for a girl to be named María, after the Virgin Mary. There is also a tendency to sandwich names together, making combinations like José María (for a boy) or María Jesús (for a girl).
Though a lot of these names are used in Latin America, you are also more likely to come across names which do not have any specific religious associations.

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