|Meaning:||valley of the wolves|
|Related Names:||Guada, Guadalupa, Guadalupana, Lope, Lopita, Lupe, Lupeta, Lupina, Lupita, Quadalupe, Lupito|
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ORIGIN AND HISTORY
The name Guadalupe comes from Spanish via Arabic, and the most common meaning given is "valley of the wolves." "Lupe" comes from the Latin lupus, and meaning wolf, and "Guada" may come from the Arabic wadi for river or valley. An alternative translation sometimes given is "river of black stones."
It is also possible that Guadalupe derives from a corruption of an Aztec word, Coatlallope, meaning, "one who treads on snakes," or another similar-sounding Aztec word.
Guadalupe refers to Our Lady of Guadalupe, also known as Maria de Guadalupe. She is a manifestation of the Blessed Mary of Catholic tradition, and her images are most often found in Mexico and the Southwest United States. Tradition holds that Mary appeared to Juan Diego in 1531 near Mexico City and sent him to build a temple. She appeared to him several more times, and performed miracles, including healing Juan Diego's dying uncle. Guadalupe is the patron saint of the Americas.
The name Guadalupe is usually given in reference to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and is therefore often paired with the name Maria. It can also be a male name.
Guadalupe may also be a surname. In these cases, it was likely a transferred use of the first name, or a regional surname given to someone who lived near one of the areas called Guadalupe in Spain.
Guadalupe is a popular name in the United States. It made the list of top 500 most popular girls' names every year since 1904. Its highest recorded rank was in 1997, when it ranked as the 210th most popular girl's name. In 2007, it ranked 282nd.
The name Maria Guadalupe was the 5th most popular girl's name in Mexico in 2006.
Guadalupe is also popular in Catalonia, where it ranked 389th in 2000.
According to WhitePages.com, Guadalupe is the 10,321th most common surname in the United States. The highest concentration of people with this surname is to be found in California, followed by New York, Texas and Florida.
- The feast day for Our Lady of Guadalupe is December 12th.
- The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was an important treaty signed in 1848 between the United States and Mexico. It established, among other things, the current border of Texas along the Rio Grande.
- Guadalupe Island, Baja California, Mexico
- Guadalupe, Arizona
- Guadalupe, California
- Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
- Guadalupe River, Spain
- Guadalupe, Columbia
- Guadalupe, Costa Rica
- Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, California
- Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, Texas
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey, Lafayette, Oregon
- Guadalupe Amor: writer
- Guadalupe Ortega: screenwriter (born February 10, 1947)
- Guadalupe Victoria: first president of Mexico (born 1786)
- José Guadalupe Posada: Mexican artist/engraver (born February 2, 1852)
- Ignacio Guadalupe: actor (born March 13, 1960)
Author: Sarena Emily Levinson
|Meaning||valley of the wolves +|
|Meaningnc||valley of the wolves +|
|Origin||Spanish +, Arabic +, and Latin +|
|Pronunciation||wah-da-loo-pay, gwa-da-loo-pay +|
|Rank in 2000s||0 +|
|Related||Guada +, Guadalupa +, Guadalupana +, Lope +, Lopita +, Lupe +, Lupeta +, Lupina +, Lupita +, Quadalupe +, and Lupito +|