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Established by God
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Joaquin
Joaquín is the Spanish version of the Biblical name Joachim (probably from the Hebrew Johoiachin) which translates to ‘God has established’ or ‘he whom Jehovah has set up’. In the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament, Jehoiachin was a late 7th century BC King of Judah (from the House of David) but was defeated by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II and exiled to Babylon. However, Joaquín is more commonly associated with Saint Joachim who became firmly established as the father of the Virgin Mary in medieval tradition. Joachim and Anne (Mary’s mother in Catholic tradition) are not mentioned in the actual Bible but rather in the Gospel of James which is an apocryphal Gospel (i.e., from the “hidden books” claiming to be historic accounts of Jesus’s life which the Roman Church deemed functional but not necessarily divinely inspired as the rest of Scripture). Regardless, cults and legends grew up around St. Joachim and St. Anne in the Middle Ages which served to spread and popularize their names. Saint Joachim was considered a “forebearer of God” as the grandfather of Jesus. San Joaquín is simply the Spanish equivalent of Saint Joachim. The name is still quite common in Spain, but sees more success in Latin America, specifically the nations of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
Popularity of the Name Joaquin
Joaquin bounced around the U.S. popularity charts between 1880 and 1950 yet never firmly established itself as a name of choice. It wasn’t until the 1950s that the name started to latch onto the charts and likewise show some growth in usage. This was mainly driven by the growing Hispanic and Latino populations in the United States which has seen a fivefold increase since the 1970s. Joaquín is a Spanish name with no real English counterpart (kind of like Emilio and Emiliano), which makes it a great candidate as a cross-over name. Joaquin is a cosmopolitan name that fits nicely on poets, heartthrobs, soccer players, musicians or baseball players. The name certainly got a boost in popularity around 2003; the year TV personality Kelly Ripa named her youngest son Joaquin Antonio. The talented actor Joaquín Phoenix added celebrity currency to the name around this time as well. Although etymologically speaking, a couple thousand years ago Joaquin was “established by God”; the name is not yet established in mainstream America. That just makes it a more original choice for parents looking for something different. Joaquin is a great alternative to more common and ho-hum Spanish names like Juan and José.
Popularity of the Boy Name Joaquin
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Joaquin
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Joaquin
Joaquin (For Whom the Bell Tolls) Joaquin is a minor but memorable character in Ernest Hemingway’s 1940 novel of the Spanish Civil War, For Whom the Bell Tolls. He is a teenager in the anti-Fascist guerilla group, El Sordo, whose true dream was to be a bullfighter. Life was not to be so kind to Joaquin, however. Having seen his whole family massacred, he has turned toward a deep sadness, and he embraces Communistic propaganda whole-heartedly. At heart, however, he is just a frightened boy, intimidated by the powerful Pilar, smitten by the beautiful Maria, and resorting to the prayers of his childhood as the bombs fall around him.
Popular Songs on Joaquin
Dreams of the San Joaquin - a song by Linda Ronstadt
Joaquin - a song by Tish Hinojosa
Children's Books on the Baby Name Joaquin
Celebrate Mardi Gras with Joaquin (Alma Flor Ada) - Joaquin is enjoying Mardi Gras with his family, but he gets lost in the crowd. His parents and siblings search everywhere for him, and inadvertently they take other children who, like Joaquin, are disguised as harlequins. The confusion is solved in the end and the involved families continue enjoying the carnival together. Contains an informative section on Mardi Gras. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Joaquin Tiene Problemas (Rene Goscinny) - Joaquin is not very happy to share things with his newborn baby brother. He can't stand the crying, screaming, and attention he is getting from his parents. But when another boy makes fun of his little brother, Joaquin reacts very differently. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Olivier & Joaquin to the Rescue! (Gilbert Le Gras) - Imagine surfing the Pacific on a giant sea turtle's shell, frolicking with polar bears in the Arctic or playing with penguins in Tierra del Fuego. Olivier & Joaquin to The Rescue! is the story of two brothers' magical journey from one end of the Americas to the other to save the penguins after a polar bear asks them to take on the rescue mission. This fully color-illustrated book by an award-winning artist shows Joaquin and Olivier making friends with pelicans, whales and crocodiles along their way to the tip of South America. Written in English and French, the story is as entertaining as it is educational for children and parents alike with themes of cooperation, mutuality and discovery. What better way to stimulate your child's curiosity about the world and nature than through a beautifully illustrated book of fantasy and adventure featuring world renown sites like Manaus in Brazil, Galapagos in Ecuador or Churchill in Canada? Recommended for ages 4-8.
Tales of Joaquin & His Noble Companion Pinot (Benjamin Coles) - Follow Joaquin and his Noble Companion Pinot on another adventurous adventure. This episode finds our hero and his trusty sidekick thrown into the mysterious world of international cycling. See how they navigate the twists and turns of the big race, as well as a curious amount of spandex. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Joaquin
Famous People Named Joaquin - Joaquín Phoenix (actor); Joaquin Miller (poet); Joaquín Andújar (baseball player); Joaquín Árias (baseball player); Joaquín Balaguer (President of the Dominican Republic); Joaquín Benoit (baseball player); Joaquín Cortés (flamenco dancer); Joaquín De Luz (ballet dancer); Joaquín Rodrigo (Spanish composer); Joaquín Turina (Spanish composer of classical music)
Children of Famous People Named Joaquin
Famous People Who Named Their Son Joaquin - Kelly Ripa (TV personality); Jimmy Smits (actor)
Joaquin - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Joaquin - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Joaquín.
Personality of the Boy Name Joaquin
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.
Variations of the Baby Name - Joaquin