Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Santos

Santos is the Spanish and Portuguese word for “saints” (plural). Although Santos is used as a given name from time to time, it is much more common as a surname. It is also frequently used as a middle name among Spanish-speakers in the tradition of “de los Santos” such as María de los Santos (Mary of the Saints). Just as Italians call their sons Santino (“little saint”), Hispanics use Santos. Such names are generally restricted to cultures that adhere to the Catholic faith where saints are especially valued and revered.

All About the Baby Name – Santos

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME SANTOS

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME SANTOS

Santos has maintained a place on the American male naming charts since 1900. Although Santos has never been a top favorite among Hispanic-Americans, the name has still managed to maintain low-moderate usage for most of the 20th century. Not so true for the 21st century, however. Today Santos resides near the bottom of the Top 1000 list so it’s hardly given to 200 baby boys per year now. Second and third generation Hispanic-Americans are moving away from using more traditional Spanish names on their children – this is why we see many of these very Spanish names declining and even disappearing from circulation altogether. Santos is one such name coming dangerously close to falling off the list of boy’s names in the United States. We hope this doesn’t happen. Santos and Santino are both really cool sounding names and perfect for your own “saintly” baby boy.

Quick Facts

ON SANTOS

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Spanish

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

873

PRONUNCIATION:

SAHN-tos

SIMPLE MEANING:

Saints

Characteristics

OF SANTOS

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Santos

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME SANTOS

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Santos

Popular Songs

ON SANTOS

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Famous People

NAMED SANTOS

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Children of Famous People

NAMED SANTOS

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME SANTOS

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