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Learn Spanish | What are people called in Spain

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After a conversation on a group on Facebook when I asked: “What are people called in Málaga?”, this article was born. Most areas in Spain have official names for their residents, but many also have informal names.

Learn Spanish | What are people called in Spain

“Soy Albojense” ©Alan Gandy. Copyright notice

Sometimes these names are standard and complimentary but sometimes they can be downright insulting too – so please be very careful when using them.

This list is just a sample. If your area is not covered, let us know in the comments below and we’ll add it to the list once confirmed.

What are people called in…

Albox (Almería)albojense
Almeríaalmerian, almeriense, urcitano
Barcelonabarcelonian, barceloni
Bilbaobilbaíno, bilbotarra
Catalunyacatalan, catalonian, catalunyan
Córdobacordobés, cordobense
El Hierro (Canary Islands)bimbaches (ancient name only)
Fuerteventura (Canary Islands)maho, mahorero, majorero
Galiciagalician, gallego
Granadagranadino, granadí, iliberitano
Huelvahuelveño, onubense
Huércal Overa (Almería)huercalenses
Jáenjaenés, jienense, aurgitano
Lanzarote (Canary Islands)lanzaroteño, conejero, cabron
Madridmadrileño, gatos, madrilenian
Malagamalagueño, boquerón, malaguista (footie fans), 
Mallorca (Majorca)mallorcan, mallorquin
Menorca (Minorca)menorcan, minorcan
Mojácar (Almería)mojaquera
Olula (Almería)olulense (and Onion heads too by surrounding villages)
Olvera, Cádizolvereños
Roquetas de Mar (Almería)roquetero
Sevillesevillian, sevillano, lispalense
Spainespañol, spanish
Tenerife (Canary Islands)tinerfeño (mainly for Santa Cruz residents now), tenerifian, chicharrero
Valenciavalencian, valenciano(a)
Valladolidvallisoletano, pucelano, pinciano
Vélez-Blanco (Almería)egetano(a)
Vélez-Rubio (Almería)egetano(a)
Zaragozamaños, zaragozano



6 Responses to Learn Spanish | What are people called in Spain

  1. Rosemary Wallsworth November 2, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    My Spanish friend told me that people from Olula are officially called Olulense, but they are locally known as “Onion Heads” by other close by villages!

  2. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper November 2, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Brilliant! Thanks Rosemary x

  3. Lindsay Quigley November 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    In Olvera, Cádiz the locals are Olvereños.

  4. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper November 2, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Lovely – thanks Lindsay! x

  5. Alf November 8, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Living in Lanzarote, I think I prefer to be known as a conejero, rather than a cabron ( dumbass )!

    PS. I seem to have fallen off your mailing list so I’ll add myself back on

    Alf xx

  6. Adelina June 9, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Para referirnos a los habitantes de cierta región o país usamos el “gentilicio” (es un adjetivo). es decir, una persona nacida en Andalucía es andaluz/a, we don,t use capitals for “gentilicios”.

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