My first lessons for my Spanish Students is about learning to say their names in Spanish. As I was preparing my lesson I made myself this question, “Do names have a translation?” The answer is no, because people’s names are proper names. Proper names in people identify a particular person. So, if my mom called me Margarita, I will be Margarita here, there and everywhere. What is more, if I were to translate Margarita to English, it would be Daisy not Margaret. Can you see what I am saying?
So I must look for the equivalent of a name in another language. Here a short list of equivalent of English – Spanish names.
|Men names||Women names|
Alexander – Alejandro
April – Abril
|Alfred – Alfredo||Anna – Ana|
|Anthony – Antonio||Barbara – Barbara|
|Charles/Charlie – Carlos||Dorothy – Dora|
|Christopher – Cristóbal||Elizabeth – Elisabet|
|Daniel – Danilo||Ellen – Elena|
|David – David||Eliza – Elisa|
|Doug – Diego||Eve – Eva|
|Edward – Eduardo||Grace – Gracia|
|George – Jorge||Helen – Elena|
|Henry – Enrique||Hope – Esperanza|
|James – Jaime||Lorraine – Lorena|
|John – Juan||Margaret – Margarita|
|Jonathan – Jonatán||Mary – Maria|
|Joseph – Jose||Natalie – Natalia|
|Mark – Marco||Patricia – Patricia|
|Michael – Miguel||Rachel – Raquel|
|Peter – Pedro||Rose – Rosa|
|Richard – Ricardo||Roxanne – Rosana|
|Robert – Roberto||Sarah – Sara|
|Stephen – Esteban||Sonya – Sonia|
|Thomas – Tomás||Susan – Susana|
|William – Guillermo||Violet – Violeta|
I am Cecilia everywhere. But I must say pretty much everybody calls me Cecy. Some people say it Cece others Cesy.
Y tu, ¿Cómo te llamas?