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Guadalupe

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Quick Facts on Guadalupe

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • American
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 456
Pronunciation:
gwah-dhah-LOO-pe
Simple meaning:
River of the wolf

Characteristics of Guadalupe

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Guadalupe

Guadalupe is derived from a place name in central Spain which owes its name to the Guadalupe River meaning “river of the wolf” from the Arabic “wad” meaning “river” and the Latin “lupus” meaning “wolf”. Remnants of the Arabic language are found on the Iberian Peninsula leftover from the Moorish occupation. The name is made most significant as a title for the Blessed Mother (Virgin Mary) - Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe). It’s similar to Our Lady of Carmel and Our Lady of Fatima which give Spanish-speakers the names Carmen and Fatima. In the 16th century, the Blessed Mother appeared before a native Aztec man named Juan Diego in a desert near Mexico City. When he told the town bishop of his vision, the bishop demanded evidence. Returning to the spot, Juan Diego told the Virgin Mary he required proof. She told him to pick some roses from the bush behind him and return to the bishop. When Juan Diego opened his satchel in front of the skeptical bishop, instead of the roses, there appeared an image of the lady from his vision. According to legend, the mother of Jesus appeared to Juan Diego as an Aztec princess speaking in his own native tongue. Mary identified herself as Coatlaxopeuh, an Aztec name that was mistaken for the Spanish word Guadalupe. Translated from the Aztec (Nahuatl) language, Coatlaxopeuh apparently means “woman who defeats the snake”. Considering the snake (serpent) symbolism as “evil” in reference to the Garden of Eden, this etymology fits nicely with the overall narrative. The powerful Our Lady of Guadalupe miracle is credited with converting six million indigenous Mexicans to Christianity shortly after Juan Diego’s vision. It is believed that God sends the Blessed Mother to lead people to Jesus, which is why Guadalupe is particularly venerated in Mexico. Our Lady of Guadalupe is also the patron saint of the Americas. Not only is Guadalupe the 22nd most popular female name in Mexico (2010), but it is also given as a second name to both males and females. The name appears all over the Mexican naming charts. Pet forms of the name include Lupe and Lupita.

Popularity of the Name Guadalupe

This Mexican favorite has maintained a spot on the U.S. naming charts consistently since 1880, although only with moderate usage. It has mainly been Mexican-Americans and those of other Hispanic descent who have fueled the usage of this offbeat Spanish name. Guadalupe seems to have settled upon mild-moderate usage in the United States. Not common among English-speakers, Guadalupe has been most popular in states where there is a high concentration of Mexican-Americans (mainly the southwest region). The name’s etymology gives it a sense of strength “river of the wolf” and the pet forms, Lupe (wolf) and Lupita (little wolf) bring a certain charming quality to the more serious and lengthy Guadalupe. It’s a very religiously charged name, particularly among Catholics and Mexicans/South Americans. Guadalupe is also uniquely Spanish which gives it a lovely and poetic resonance. It reminds us of other Spanish noun-word names such as Esmeralda (emerald), Soledad (solitude), Bianca (white) and Paloma (dove). It is also famous for being an “Our Lady of [fill in the blank]” name. Other examples: Fatima, Carmen, Lourdes, Nieves, and Consuelo. Guadalupe is perhaps the most meaningful in the continents of North and South America since Guadalupe is specifically the patron saint of the Americas. The name is also a number seven in numerology – which is the spiritual and mystical number. How perfect.
Popularity of the Girl Name Guadalupe
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Guadalupe

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Guadalupe

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Guadalupe

    Guadalupe We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Guadalupe.

  • Popular Songs on Guadalupe

    Popular Songs on Guadalupe

    Guadalupe - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Guadalupe.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Guadalupe

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Guadalupe

    Our Lady of Guadalupe (Francisco Serrano) - Our Lady of Guadalupe is the most important religious icon in the Americas. This lavish pop-up tells her story and that of Juan Diego, the humble Mexican peasant to whom she appeared on a hill in Tepeyac. The Virgin tells Juan Diego that Tepeyac is the place where she would like her sacred house built, that she will love and help all who seek her there, and that he must relay this to the bishop. At first Juan Diego is not believed, and the bishop asks that he return with proof. Vivid pop-ups convey the anticipation when the Virgin tells him to fill his cloak with flowers and the thrill as Juan Diego presents the flowers to the bishop, revealing a beautiful image of the Virgin on his cloak. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Our Lady of Guadalupe Coloring Book (Mary Fabyan Windeatt) - One day in December of 1531, as the 55-year-old Mexican Indian Juan Diego struggled along on his way to Mass, he noticed an unearthly cloud up on Tepeyac Hill. Coming closer, he saw a beautiful lady. She spoke to Juan, telling him she was the Blessed Virgin Mary and asking for a church where she could show forth her love and mercy. She asked Juan to deliver this message to the Bishop. When Juan arrived at the Bishop's palace, the Bishop did not believe his story. The servants there were even rude to him. But Our Lady came again and gave Juan some beautiful roses - in December! - as proof for the Bishop that she had really come. But when Juan opened up his cloak to show the roses to the Bishop, the amazed Bishop stared at the inside of the garment: painted upon it was a beautiful picture of the Mother of God! Juan too was amazed. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Talking Eagle and the Lady of Roses: Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe (Eugene Gollo - Long ago, in a small village in old Mexico, a baby boy was born. A child of the Great Eagle Clan, he was named Talking Eagle, Cuahuhtitlan, in the language of his people, the Aztec Nahuas. He was a kind boy and a dreamer of visions, and like the eagle, he could rise above and see things that others could not. He loved to wander alone among the hills, and was always the first to greet the dawn, to find the newborn fawn in its secret resting place and gather the wild and glorious roses of Castilla that dotted the hillsides near his village. Many years before, from the faraway land of Spain, men in long robes, who called themselves Brothers of St. Francis, came to the land of the Nahuas. They brought with them the lovely roses of Castilla, and they told wondrous stories of the Son of the Great Creator, the one they called the Lamb. The holy stories etched deep and vivid pictures in Talking Eagle's mind. Talking Eagle became a faithful follower, and received a new name that would mark his place in the flock of the Lamb...Talking Eagle became Juan Diego. This is the traditional story, told simply and elegantly, of how Juan Diego meets the beautiful Lady on a windswept hilltop in December and carries her message to the disbelieving bishop. The Lady fills Juan's cloak with full-blooming roses and impresses her image on its fibers as a sign for the bishop to fulfill her request of building a house of prayers. The story tells of how, over many years, countless hands built the great church dedicated to the Lady of Roses, Nuestra Senora Guadalupe on the hill of Tepeyac. And it stands there still, as a center of prayer, healing, and hope for all of Our Lady's precious children of the Earth. Everyone will enjoy the story of Talking Eagle and the Lady of Roses and the wild and glorious illustrations of award-winning, Taos, New Mexico, artist Amy Cordova. Also included is an informative afterword by Gene Gollogly. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Guadalupe

    Famous People Named Guadalupe

    Famous People Named Guadalupe - Guadalupe Victoria (first President of Mexico); María Guadalupe Jones Garay (best known as Lupita Jones, Mexican businesswoman, beauty queen and former Miss Universe)

  • Children of Famous People Named Guadalupe

    Children of Famous People Named Guadalupe

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Guadalupe - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Guadalupe.

  • Historic Figures

    Guadalupe - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Guadalupe - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Guadalupe.

Personality of the Girl Name Guadalupe

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.

Variations of the Baby Name - Guadalupe

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