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Language Tagalog: Names And Words

Description:Tagalog, one of the major languages of the Philippines, among others the language of the capital, Manila
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For a long time the naming customs in the Philippines were dominated by Spanish names, as the result of 400 years of colonial rule of Spain over the Philippines. In the last decades however English names became more and more popular and widespread, reflecting the ever-growing influence of English and the USA in the Philippines.

There are only very few Philippine i.e. truly Filipino or native names in use nowadays, and they are rare. (In the list below those are the names with Tagalog as their language of origin.) Maybe they will be practically extinct in a few more decades.

You find more information about Philippine names and the Philippines in general on other sites around the Internet here: Naming customs - Pronounciation hints - Wikipedia article

WordLanguageTranslationsName Groups
amihanTagalogthe northeast monsoonAmihan
aniTagalogthe harvestIsagani
bagwisTagalogthe long wing featherBagwis
bayaniTagalogthe heroBayani
bituinTagalogthe starBituin
dakilaTagalogbig, greatDakila
datuTagalogthe chieftainDatu
diwaTagalogthe thought, the spiritDiwa
diwataTagalogthe goddessDiwata
kidlatTagalogthe lightningKidlat
ligayaTagalogthe happinessLigaya
liwaywayTagalogthe dawnLiwayway
lualhatiTagalogthe spiritual peaceLualhati
luningningTagalogthe brilliance, the brightnessLuningning
magtanggolTagalogto defendMagtanggol
makisigTagaloghandsome, elegantMakisig
malayaTagalogfree, independentMalaya
maningningTagalogbrilliant, brightManingning
masaganangTagalogbountiful, richIsagani
sinagTagalogthe lightSinagtala
talaTagalogthe bright star, the planetSinagtala, Tala