Carmen (given name)

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GenderMale or Female
Name day16 July
Word/nameHebrew and Latin, respectively
MeaningSong, Truthful, Poetry
Region of originItaly, Romania, English- and Spanish-speaking countries
Other names
Related namesCarmelita, Carmella, Carmela, Carmelo, Carmel, Carmine, Carme, Carmina, Karmen, Karmin
The "vineyard of God" origin is from Hebrew karmel -- the "song" origin is from Latin carmen (3rd decl subst); the two origins are unrelated

Carmen is a given name with two different origins. Its first root is Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, used as a nickname for Carmel and Carmelo (respectively), from Hebrew karmel, "God's vineyard."[1] The second origin is from Latin carmen, which means "ode" or "poem" ("Patrium Carmen": ode to the motherland) and is also the root of the English word charm. The name of the Roman Goddess Carmenta based on this root comes from the purely Latin origin, as is the fragment of archaic Latin known as "Carmen Saliare". In English, the name is unisex;[citation needed] in Italian, Spanish, Romanian, and Portuguese it is generally female.

Spanish name[edit]

As a Spanish given name, it is usually part of the devotional compound names María del Carmen, Nuestra Señora del Carmen (Our Lady of Carmen), or Virgen del Carmen (in English Our Lady of Mount Carmel), stemming from the tradition of the vision of Mary the mother of Jesus on 16 July 1251 by Simon Stock, head of the Carmelite order.


Fictional characters with the name Carmen[edit]

Fictional characters with the name Carmela[edit]

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  1. ^ Albaigès, Josep M.; Olivart, J.M.A. (1993). Diccionario de nombres de personas (in Spanish). Universitat de Barcelona. p. 69. ISBN 978-84-475-0264-6. Retrieved 20 September 2018.

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