The Meaning Behind 16 of Your Favorite Celebs’ Names

We love names like Sofia, Naya and Salma! But do you know the meaning of these names? Presenting 16 of your favorite Latina celebs and the meanings behind their nombres:

1. Meaning Behind Favorite Celebs' Name: Shakira

Shakira

Derived from Arabic, Shakira means “grateful, thankful, and full of grace.”

2. Meaning Behind Favorite Celebs' Name: Odette Annable

Odette Annable

The name Odette is of French origin and it means “wealth.”

3. Meaning Behind Favorite Celebs' Name: Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek

Salma means “safe" and "beautiful woman” in Arabic.

4. Meaning Behind Favorite Celebs' Name: Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

The 21-year-old starlet was named after the late Selena Quintanilla, but did you know that Selena means “moon?”

5. Meaning Behind Favorite Celebs' Name: Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara

Of Spanish origin, Sofia means “wisdom.”

6. Meaning Behind Favorite Celebs' Name: Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

The name Cameron means “crooked, bent nose,” so it’s certainly a coincidence that the Cuban American actress also had a crooked nose for quite some time following an accident.

7. Meaning Behind Favorite Celebs' Name: Nadine Velazquez

Nadine Velazquez

The Flight actress’ name comes from French and means “hope.”

8. Meaning Behind Favorite Celebs' Name: Dania Ramirez

Dania Ramirez

A powerful name, Dania means “God is my judge.”

9. Meaning Behind Favorite Celebs' Name: Victoria Justice

Victoria Justice

Derived from Latin, Victoria means “winner, conqueror, and triumphant.”

10. Meaning Behind Favorite Celebs' Name: Amelia Vega

Amelia Vega

The former Miss Universe’s name means “to strive or excel; defender,” and she certainly exceled when she won the crown in 2003.

11. Meaning Behind Favorite Celebs' Name: JoAnna Garcia Swisher

JoAnna Garcia Swisher

The name JoAnna comes with two strong meanings: “God is gracious” and “gift from God.”

12. Meaning Behind Favorite Celebs' Name: Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

The origin of Jessica is Hebrew and it means “God beholds.”

13. Meaning Behind Favorite Celebs' Name: Patricia Velasquez

Patricia Velasquez

The name Patricia means “noble,” which stands for all the personal qualities people admire, such as honesty, generosity and courage.

14. Meaning Behind Favorite Celebs' Name: Camilla Belle

Camilla Belle

Camilla comes from Latin and means “free-born.” The name also means “perfect.”

15. Meaning Behind Favorite Celebs' Name: America Ferrera

America Ferrera

A name derived from German origin, America stands for “home ruler.”

16. Meaning Behind Favorite Celebs' Name: Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera

The name Naya is an Indian name which means “captain,” and it was derived from Hebrew and Arabic origins.