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U.S. Cities With Spanish Names

Try to name the 15 most populous American cities that have Spanish names.
Not including "partial" Spanish names such as Colorado Springs or Anaheim
Only includes cities within the 50 states
By city proper population
Quiz by yappypants
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Last updated: June 6, 2024
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First submittedFebruary 17, 2014
Times taken48,011
Average score66.7%
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Population
Meaning
City
3,820,914
"The angels"
Los Angeles
1,495,295
Named for a saint
San Antonio
1,388,320
Named for a saint
San Diego
969,655
Named for a saint
San Jose
808,988
Named for a saint
San Francisco
678,958
"The pass"
El Paso
660,929
"The meadows"
Las Vegas
560,274
Named after a Spanish duke
Albuquerque
545,716
"Ash tree"
Fresno
526,384
Spanish name for the Eucharist or
Holy Communion
Sacramento
511,648
"Table"
Mesa
310,539
Named for a saint
Santa Ana
290,190
"Flat"
Plano
274,333
"Beautiful view"
Chula Vista
265,304
Named for a city in Spain
Toledo
60 Comments
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Level 58
May 5, 2014
Tucson, AZ population 520k
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Level ∞
Jun 10, 2019
Comes from the language O'odham. Originally "Cuk Ṣon" meaning "at the base of the black hill".
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Level 57
May 6, 2014
I live in the Plano, TX area and missed it.
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Level 67
Jul 21, 2019
It means flat btw.
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Level 85
Jun 7, 2024
Nearly made me spit my drink out.
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Level 70
Jul 22, 2019
Nobody misses Plano.
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Level 74
Sep 9, 2019
What's that supposed to mean??????????????
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Level 37
Jan 25, 2023
That no one misses it. Sounded pretty clear to me.
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Level 34
Jul 3, 2014
I enjoyed the Albuquerque as I was dreading spelling it!
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Level 27
Mar 25, 2019
I had the exact same reaction!
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Level 61
Sep 9, 2019
it's spelled H E I S E N B E R G
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Level 69
Nov 6, 2022
Spell my name
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Level 33
Jul 16, 2014
Kept typing Santa Fe for NM... turns out the capital of NM only has 69,000 people, compared to 555,000 in Albuquerque. Weird.
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Level 37
Aug 15, 2018
Same here. Kept wondering why Santa Ana wasn't accepted.
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Level 27
Mar 25, 2019
I also tried Santa Fe for NM, and wondered if I was mistaken, but you nailed it with the population. But it's very typical for Capital cities to be much smaller than other urban centers in the U.S.
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Level 37
Jan 25, 2023
Why is that weird? A lot of places are similar. New York City/Albany. Detroit/Lansing. Jacksonville/Tallahassee. Etc.
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Level 21
Feb 9, 2015
amarillo should be one
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Level 51
Jan 22, 2017
Has a population under 200,000
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Level 85
Jun 7, 2024
It's now slightly over 200,000 - but still not enough...
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Level 23
Feb 16, 2015
why is las cruces new mexico not here?
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Level 87
Oct 5, 2015
Not big enough.
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Level 29
Jul 16, 2016
How I forgot San Jose?
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Level 82
Aug 14, 2016
Kinda surprised only 21% got Fresno. Did people not realise it was Spanish? There does seem to be a pattern of people doing better with cities starting with 'los', 'las' 'san' and 'el'.
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Level 86
May 26, 2018
Didn't know it was Spanish, but wasn't super shocked to see it come up when I tried it, either. Definitely not as obvious as your El/Los/Las/San cities.
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Level 62
Feb 25, 2020
Fresno is very forgettable.
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Level 85
Oct 8, 2016
Nice, grew up in Plano, so I'm glad I got that one.
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Level 60
Mar 18, 2017
Toledo and Fresno are Spanish? Didn't see that coming.
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Level 46
May 9, 2017
Toledo steel has nothing to do with Ohio...and El Greco predated the U.S. by a century or two...

...both of which I thought of after I didn't get Toledo.

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Level 43
Jul 21, 2019
Toledo is a city in Spain. Idk about Fresno
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Level 46
Oct 20, 2020
Toledo is also in Ohio
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Level 37
Apr 25, 2018
Santa Clara, San Jacinto, Santa Barbara, San Sebastian.....
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Level 27
Mar 25, 2019
All below the population threshold of this quiz.
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Level 86
May 26, 2018
I love the one Ohio misfit in there among all the places that have Spanish names because they were formerly part of Mexico.
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Level 72
Feb 13, 2019
I got halfway through this thinking US Cities with Spanish Names meant US Cities with Spanish People Names.
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Level 73
Mar 25, 2019
What about Corpus Christi, TX?
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Level ∞
Jun 10, 2019
Latin
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Level 89
Sep 9, 2019
In Spanish it would be Cuerpo de Cristo.
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Level 27
Mar 25, 2019
Only 8 out of 14, but my only "bad" miss was San Jose. Having said that, I'm kicking myself for missing Mesa, AZ. I had no idea there was a Santa Ana in CA--I guess I only associate it with TX. Not sure I realized Fresno was a Spanish name and not sure I would *ever* have come up with Plano, TX. I knew the original Toledo was in Spain, but could I come up with it? No! Great Quiz!
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Level 20
Mar 25, 2019
Wow I live in Plano and couldn't think of it
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Level 80
Sep 9, 2019
Can't think of a good reason why San Juan isn't in this quiz. Is it in another country? Didn't think so.
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Level 65
Sep 9, 2019
Orlando, FL?
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Level 81
Jan 29, 2020
Italian
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Level 85
Jun 6, 2024
It's the Italian version of the name "Rolando".
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Level 68
Sep 9, 2019
I was thinking of guessing Albuquerque, but I didn't think it was actually Spanish just cuz of how I always hear it pronounced, and I didn't feel like trying to spell it.
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Level 74
Sep 9, 2019
Yay Plano!
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Level 62
Feb 25, 2020
I thought Denver would make the list.
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Level 36
Mar 27, 2020
I've forgot San Antonio and Mesa. got Plano.. LOL
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Level 77
Nov 9, 2023
The Spanish village after which Albuquerque was named is actually spelled AlbuRquerque. I guess Americans found it too hard to pronounce and just got rid of that "r".
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Level 74
Jun 6, 2024
If I remember correctly from when I visited the city, I believe the name had already lost the R by the time it became territory of the US.
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Level 64
Jun 6, 2024
Santa fe?
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Level 74
Jun 6, 2024
If I'm not mistaken, their population isn't even at 100k. So Santa Fe wouldn't be in the top 15
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Level 74
Jun 6, 2024
Really, sacramento is not the Spanish name for the Eucharist of Holy Communion. It's a word referring to all sacraments. It is true that the name was named after one specific sacrament (the Eucharist), which is sometimes referred to as the Blessed Sacrament, or Sagrado Sacramento.

So the city's name does come from the Spanish name for the Eucharist, but the word sacramento doesn't actually mean Eucharist/Holy Communion. That would be Eucharistía or Hostia (or perhaps even oblea or barquillo). A more accurate description would be "Named for the Eucharist or Holy Communion" like you did for many of the other descriptions.

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Level 72
Jun 6, 2024
Same thing on Sacramento; I kept typing Corpus Christi, which has a population of over 300K.
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Level 74
Jun 6, 2024
Yes, Corpus Christi does in fact mean Eucharist/Holy Communion in English (literally translates to Body of Christ, but literal translations aren't always the best translations).

However, this is Latin, not Spanish

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Level 85
Jun 6, 2024
I thought for sure that "beautiful view" would be Buena Vista. I've never heard of Chula Vista!
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Level 66
Jun 6, 2024
There's a Buena Vista in Georgia (google the pronunciation, it's hilarious), and I really thought it was that. I didn't think it was that big, but that's the best I could do
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Level 79
Jun 7, 2024
Same here. I researched it and it seems that Chula Vista would be better translated as "Cute View".
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Level 76
Jun 11, 2024
Yes, I tried Bellavista, Buenavista and Lindavista before remembering the existence of Chula Vista.
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Level 68
Jun 10, 2024
Quizmaster, I don't see a real point in exculding Puerto Rico cities from the answers to this quiz.
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Level 56
Jun 13, 2024
what was the latest update?