Parents and caregivers are always up on the latest children’s films to be released on Netflix. Disney Pixar’s “Coco” is all the rage right now. As I sat cross-legged on the floor to watch the delightful film for the third time this week, I kept wondering how the characters were related to one another and what their beautiful names meant. SPOILER ALERT – not everyone in the film is who they seem, and this article reveals family names and connections. I feel like I should start with Miguel, our stories protagonist, but my OCD mind feels like its better to start from the Top down. See the graphic at the end of this article to see how everyone connects.
Imelda “Mamá Imelda” – The sassy, suborn, matriarch of the family and Miguel’s Great-Great-Grandmother. Voiced by Alanna Ubach. Imedla is a Spanish and Italian name meaning all-consuming fight, quite the perfect meaning for this fiery character.
Héctor – Talented and goofy Héctor is the guy we’re all rooting for. We learn that he is Miguel’s Great-Great-Grandfather. Voiced by Gael García Bernal. Héctor is a Greek name widely used around the world. Hector means holding fast and currently ranks at Number 317 in the U.S.
Oscar – One part of the lovable twin Uncles, “Tíos Oscar & Felipe.” Oscar is one of Miguel’s Great-Great-Uncles. Voices by Herbert Siguenza. Oscar has English and Irish roots, though it’s been used in various countries and even has a bit of a hipster vibe. Rated at Number 192 Oscar has the adorable meaning, deer lover.
Felipe – The other half of the twin Uncle-Duo of “Tíos Oscar & Felipe.” Felipe is one of Miguel’s Great-Great-Uncles, also voiced by Herbert Siguenza. Much less popular than Oscar, Felipe, the Spanish form of Philip and ranks at Number 782.
Socorro “Coco” – The bearer of the films name, Socorro, better known as “Mamá Coco,” voiced by Ana Ofelia Murguia. Socorro is also the name of Miguel’s baby sister, born at the end of this film. A Spanish name meaning succour, help, or relief, the nickname “Coco” makes this name feel a bit more usable.
Julio – Miguel’s late great-grandfather, “Papá Julio” is lovable and kind. Voiced by Alfonso Arau. Julio is a Spanish form of Julius meaning youthful. Julio is popular with Latino families and currently ranks at Number 499 in the U.S.
Rosita – Tía Rosita, Papá Julio’s sister is cheerful and adorable. I would’ve loved to see more of her in the film. Rosita is voiced by Selene Luna. Rosita is a Spanish nickname for Rosa, meaning rose. Rosita isn’t ranked within the Top 1,000, though Rosa comes in at Number 672.
Franco – Franco, “Papá Franco”, is Miguel’s grandfather and his name is totally ready for a revival. I think his namesake is in honor of the film composer, Germaine Franco. Franco is an Italian form of Francis and currently ranks at Number 728 in popularity.
Elena – better known as “Abuelita”, Miguel’s Grandma is a bit or a tyrant though lovable, and full of good intentions. Abuelita Elena is voiced by Renee Victor. Elena is a Spanish form of Helen meaning bright, shining light. Elena is trending right now and currently ranks at Number 67 in popularity.
Victoria – Tía Victoria, Miguel’s Great-Aunt is a bit buttoned-up and no-nonsense like her Grandmother, Imelda. Voice by Dyana Ortellí, Tia Victoria would be a fun character to play. Victoria is a classic Latin name meaning victory, currently ranked at Number 19.
Enrique – Miguel’s father, “Papá” is a loyal family man. Voiced by Jaime Camil. Enrique is a Spanish form of Henry, meaning estate ruler. Enrique isn’t quite as popular as Henry, it ranks at Number 487.
Luisa – Miguel’s mother, “Mamá ” is sensitive to her son and pregnant for most of the film with his little sister. Voiced by Sofia Espinosa. Luisa is an Italian feminine form of Louis meaning renowned warrior. Luisa isn’t in the Top 1,000 though the spelling Louisa ranked at Number 752.
Gloria – Gloria is Miguel’s Aunt or Tía. She’s outspoken and has fun makeup, don’t we all have a Gloria in our lives? Gloria is a Latin name meaning glory that ranks at Number 561. I predict that glory, this names meaning, will take off in the years to come.
Berto – Tío Berto, Miguel’s Uncle, is voiced by Luis Valdez. Berto is quite a little character, a bit clumsy, but also a kind family man. Berto is a Spanish nickname for names like Alberto, Roberto, and other names with similar endings. As a stand-alone name, Berto is not in the Top 1,000.
Carmen – Carmen is Berto’s wife, and Miguel’s Aunt or Tía. Carmen is a Spanish form of Carmel and means garden. Carmen is an attractive name that works well in various languages and currently ranks at Number 405 in the United States.
Abel – Abel is Miguel’s dutiful cousin who like his father is a bit of a klutz. Abel is a Hebrew name meaning breath that people are loving. Currently ranked at Number 146, Abel is one of those names more popular than many may realize.
Rosa – Rosa is another one of Miguel’s cousins. I love how they dressed her in the film. Rosa may have been named for her Tía Rosita. Rosa means rose and ranks at Number 672.
Benny – One half of Miguel’s twin-cousin duo of Benny and Manny. Benny may be a dimiuntive of a multitude of Ben names – from Benjamin to Benicio. I think Benicio would be a handsome and fitting fuller name for this character.
Manny – Benny’s twin brother, and Miguel’s cousin, is Manny. Manny is a diminutive of Emmanuel, a Hebrew name meaning God is with us. Manny may also work as a nickname for Manuel, which I think would fit this character’s heritage well.
Miguel – Finally we get to our tenacious and talented little Miguel. Vocied my Anthony Gonzalez. Miguel is a Spanish and Portuguese form of the name Michael, meaning who is like the Lord. Miguel is a well-loved name, ranking at Number 176 in the U.S.
Ernesto – I had to included another lead character, the antagonist, Ernesto de la Cruz voiced by Benjamin Bratt. Ernesto is a Spanish and Italian form of Ernest meaning serious and resolute. Ernesto currently ranks at Number 708 in popularity.
What are your favorite names from the Rivera Family?