Carmen (name)

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"Carmela" redirects here. For the Philippine TV series, see Carmela (TV series).
Pronunciation kär'mĭn
Gender female
Name day 16 July
Word/name Hebrew and Latin, respectively
Meaning Vineyard of God, Song, Truthful, Poetry
Region of origin Italy, Romania, English- and Spanish-speaking countries
Other names
Related names Carmelita, Carmelito, Carmelina, Carmelino, Carmella, Carmela, Carmelo, Carmel, Carmencita, Carmina, Carmine, Carmo, Carme, Karmin, Coromin
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 unisex given name that represents two names taken as one. Its first root is Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, used as a diminutive nickname for Carmel and Carmelo (respectively), from Hebrew karmel, "God's vineyard." The second origin is from Latin carmen, which means "song," "tune," or "poem" 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". While in English the name is unisex, in Italian, in Spanish, in Romanian and in 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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