Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Vicente

Vicente is the Portuguese and Spanish form of Vincent, both of which are derived from the Latin “vincens” which means "conquering, winning". The name was borne by scores of early saints, the most notable of which was Saint Vincent of Saragossa who lived in the 3rd century. Saint Vincent of Saragossa was an outspoken and fearless Christian who lived during the period of Roman persecution. He was tortured for his beliefs and killed when he refused to burn the Scripture. It is said that ravens protected his corpse from vultures until his followers could recover his body, entomb him and build a shrine. He is now the patron saint of the Portugal capital, Lisbon, and also said to be the patron saint of wine-makers. Another popular early saint was Saint Vincent of Lérins, a 5th century monk who was an author of early Christian writing and is known for his “Vincentian Canon”: quod ubique, quod semper, quod ab omnibus credituni est ("what has been believed everywhere, always, and by all"). He believed that the ultimate source of Christian truth was Holy Scripture and that the authority of the Church was to be invoked to guarantee the correct interpretation of Scripture. Lastly, there was Saint Vincent de Paul who lived in 16th century Paris, France and dedicated his life to the service of the poor through the founding of the Daughters of Charity. Today, he is patron of all societies devoted to works of charity. In the Middle Ages, most Christian Europeans adopted the names of early saints as a form of veneration and protection. Legends and cults which grew up around early saints in medieval times had one of the most profound impacts on the usage and spread of particular names; as well as their endurance into modern times. Currently Vicente is most popular in the nation of Chile where it’s a Top 3 baby boy name choice.

All About the Baby Name – Vicente

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME VICENTE

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME VICENTE

Vicente is a name that’s been in circulation in the United States since the late 19th and early 20th centuries although usage was spotty. The name really didn’t stick to the charts until the 1920s. Compared to other Spanish masculine names, this one didn’t exactly grow as substantially as some others. The reality of the rising Hispanic-American population in the U.S. is usually reflected in the increased usage of Spanish names. Not so much in the case of Vicente. The highest position this name has ever reached on the male naming charts is #522 out of 1000. So really Vicente has never been a top favorite here in America. Not even Mexican President Vicente Fox (2000-2006) impacted the usage of his name north of the border. We’re surprised Vicente doesn’t do better here in America with his “winning” etymology.

Quick Facts

ON VICENTE

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Spanish

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

734

PRONUNCIATION:

bee-SEN-te; bee-THEN-te

SIMPLE MEANING:

Conqueror, winner

Characteristics

OF VICENTE

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Vicente

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME VICENTE

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

Popular Songs

ON VICENTE

Point Vicente
a song by Calexico

Famous People

NAMED VICENTE

Vicente Fox (former President of Mexico)
Vicente Aleixandre (Spanish writer, Nobel laureate)
Vicente Juan Masip (Spanish painter)
Vicente Seguí Porres (Spanish singer)
Vicente Yáñez Pinzón (Spanish explorer, captain of the ship Niña on the Columbus 1492 voyage)

Children of Famous People

NAMED VICENTE

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Vicente

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME VICENTE

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Vicente