Learn Spanish | What are people called in Spain
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.
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…
|Almería||almerian, almeriense, urcitano|
|Catalunya||catalan, catalonian, catalunyan|
|El Hierro (Canary Islands)||bimbaches (ancient name only)|
|Fuerteventura (Canary Islands)||maho, mahorero, majorero|
|Granada||granadino, granadí, iliberitano|
|Huércal Overa (Almería)||huercalenses|
|Jáen||jaenés, jienense, aurgitano|
|Lanzarote (Canary Islands)||lanzaroteño, conejero, cabron|
|Madrid||madrileño, gatos, madrilenian|
|Malaga||malagueño, boquerón, malaguista (footie fans),
|Mallorca (Majorca)||mallorcan, mallorquin|
|Menorca (Minorca)||menorcan, minorcan|
|Olula (Almería)||olulense (and Onion heads too by surrounding villages)|
|Roquetas de Mar (Almería)||roquetero|
|Seville||sevillian, sevillano, lispalense|
|Tenerife (Canary Islands)||tinerfeño (mainly for Santa Cruz residents now), tenerifian, chicharrero|
|Valladolid||vallisoletano, pucelano, pinciano|
by Elle Draper
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business - Gandy-Draper. Born a "Norverner", she then spent most of her life "Dann Saff" before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle's loves are Alan, the internet, their three bouncing dogs, good food, and dry white wine - although not necessarily in that order. More about Elle - HERE | Got a news story to share? Click HERE | Want to write for Spain Buddy? Click HERE | Interested in our low cost advertising? Click HERE