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This summer saw families all over the world fall in love with Madrigal family. Disney’s new 2021 animated movie Encanto tells the tale of the Madrigal family, who live in an enchanted town in the mountains of Colombia. (You can watch it now on Disney+, if you’ve missed out.)
Every child but one in their magical house (yes, the house itself is alive!) has been granted a unique ability such as strength or the power to heal. Mirabel, the only ordinary child, discovers this magic is under threat and she may be the only one to save it, despite not being blessed with special powers.
Colourful, magical and with a killer soundtrack that is sure to get stuck in your head, Encanto is the buzz word of 2022 so far and, like all things Disney, great care has been taken over every detail, including the baby name meanings behind the movie’s charming characters.
We take a look at the best names from Encanto that make perfect inspiration for your baby …
Agustín is the lovable, slightly bumbling, husband of Julieta and father to the film’s protagonist, Mirabel.
Having married into the family, Agustín has no magical gift of his own, but happily tests the food of Julieta!
The meaning of the name Agustín has Latin origins meaning “the exalted one”.
Abuela’s rap name is Alma. She’s the matriarch in the Madrigal family and the one who asked for the miracle that gives them all their magic.
Abuela (which means “grandmother” in Spanish) values the gifts given to each of her family members, ensuring that they are used to benefit and protect their community, and to honour the sacrifice of Abuelo (“grandfather”) Pedro.
Alma is a traditional Spanish name, the literal translation of which is “soul.”
The youngest of the Madrigal clan, Antonio is shy with a huge heart and a very a special connection to his cousin Mirabel.
The name Antonio means “priceless”, “inestimable” or “praiseworthy”.
If you’ve made it this far in 2022 without a We don’t talk about Bruno ear worm then you are a very lucky soul.
The third of Alma’s triplets, Bruno has been estranged from the Madrigal family for as long as Mirabel can remember.
Gifted with the ability to see the future, he made honest but often doomsaying predictions that proved problematic for Abuela and the rest of the family… so he disappeared, becoming the uncle nobody talks about.
The name Bruno translates to “brown”.
The shapeshifting and very cheeky middle child of Pepa and Félix was born to entertain.
In Latin the name Camilo represents being noble and a “free-born” child, perfect for this star of the show.
Dolores is Mirabel’s cousin blessed with extraordinary hearing. Whisper if you will, but Dolores can still hear it!
This beautiful Spanish name translates to “lady of sorrows”.
Uncle Félix is the fun-loving husband of Pepa Madrigal.
As he married into the family, Félix lacks a magical gift of his own, but has a definite talent in helping his wife manage her emotions so her gift of deciding the weather doesn’t get out of control.
The name Felix has Latin origins meaning “happy, fortunate” and is perfect for this fun uncle.
Mirabel’s beautiful sister, Isabela is blessed with a magical ability to make plants grow and flowers bloom.
The name has Hebrew origins meaning “God’s promise”.
Julieta, one of Alma’s triplets and Mirabel’s mum, was blessed with the power to heal, which she does with her incredible cooking skills and the food she lovingly creates.
Julieta has Latin origins meaning “youthful; love’s child”.
Mirabel’s other sister Luisa was given the gift of super strength and is the go-to person for all of the heavy lifting around Casa madrigal.
The name Luisa is a girl’s name of Italian origin meaning “renowned warrior”.
Originally betrothed to Mirabel’s sister, Isabela, fate has other plans for this lovelorn character.
As a Spanish boy name, Mariano means “manly”.
The charismatic protagonist of Encanto, Mirabel is the only child in her extraordinary family who wasn’t blessed with a magical gift.
Still, there’s something very special about Mirabel; her family just hasn’t figured out what that is just yet!
Mirabel stems from the Latin word mirabilis, meaning “wondrous” or “of wondrous beauty”.
Pepa is Mirabel’s quirky aunt and the mother to Dolores, Camilo, and Antonio.
One of Abuela Alma’s triplets, Pepa was gifted with the power to control the weather with her emotions.
Pepa is a Spanish name for girls meaning “God shall add”.