Top 20 Family Names in the Philippines

Do you know what the most popular last name is in the Philippines?

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Filipino Baby Names – A

The Tagalog for the English word “name” is pangalan.

Anong pangalan mo?
What’s your name?

Most Filipinos prefer Spanish and English names for their children. Tagalog names are considered old-fashioned. In recent years, the most popular name for girls has been Althea. A very beautiful native Tagalog name for girls is Amihan (northeast wind).

Aurora is another popular name for girls, perhaps not only because of its meaning (Latin for “dawn”), but also because it’s the name of the first lady of Philippine president Manuel Quezon. In fact, there’s a province named after her!

A unisex Filipino name for both baby girls and baby boys is Angel, often pronounced like the English for girls and the Spanish way for boys.

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Talking about Names

The Tagalog word for ‘name’ is pangalan.

Ano ang pangalan mo?
What’s your name?

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Most Common Filipino Names

Based on birth certificates officially issued in the Republic of the Philippines from January 2005 to December 2005, the following were the most common Filipino names given to babies that year.

FILIPINO BOY NAMES

1. Joshua
2. John Paul
3. Christian
4. Justine
5. John Mark
6. John Lloyd
7. Jerome
8. Adrian
9. John Michael
10. Angelo
11. Justin
12. John Carlo
13. James
14. Mark
15. Kenneth
16. Jayson
17. Mark Anthony
18. Daniel
19. John Rey
20. Ryan

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Filipino Baby Names – Z

Most Filipinos prefer Spanish and English names for their children. Tagalog names are considered old-fashioned.

Zoren is a popular name for boys, Zenaida (Zen-Zen) and Zsa-Zsa for girls.

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Filipino Baby Names – J

Most Filipinos prefer Spanish and English names for their children. Tagalog names are considered old-fashioned.

The name “Jejomar” is a portmanteau of Jesus, Joseph, and Mary.

“Jomari” is Jose / Joseph + Maria / Mary.

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Filipino Baby Names – D

Most Filipinos prefer Spanish and English names for their children. Tagalog names are considered old-fashioned.

Dranreb is a common enough name for Filipino boys, but one that foreigners may not be familiar with. It’s “Bernard” spelled backwards. 🙂

A possible choice for a boy’s name is the native Tagalog word Diwa. Among well-known men with this name is Diwa Guinigundo, who is a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of the Philippines.

A native Tagalog name for girls? Diwata.

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Filipino Baby Names – I

Most Filipinos prefer Spanish and English names for their children. Tagalog names are considered old-fashioned.

A good name for a boy would be Isagani. It’s the name of a character in El Filibusterismo, one of the novels of Filipino national hero Jose Rizal. A nickname for it is Gani.
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