What is the English translation of "Buenos Aires"? I was told "good air". Surely something is lost in that translation. | SpanishDict Answers
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My 11 year old is trying to learn Spanish and asked what the meaning of Buenos Aires was, and we were having difficulty finding the answer. I realize that not everything can be translated verbatum so I think that the feeling may be lost with this one.

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En la boca del río de la plata está el puerto de Buenos Aires, la capital de Argentina. Se llama así porque el puerto goza de fuertes vientos, ideales para zarpar y desembarcar. En realidad tenía un nombre mucho más largo: "El Puerto de Santa María de los Buenos Ayres". Hoy la mayoría de los barcos que usan el puerto ya no tienen velas y el nombre, que quedó simplemente como Buenos Aires, significa mucho más.

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  • ¡Que interesante es esta explicación! Good find. - arocoun Apr 1, 2012 flag
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From Wikipedia:

The city of Buenos Aires was first established as Ciudad de Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Ayre[13] (literally "City of Our Lady Saint Mary of the Fair Winds") after Our Lady of Bonaria (Patroness Saint of Sardinia) on 2 February 1536 by a Spanish expedition led by Pedro de Mendoza. The settlement founded by Mendoza was located in what is today the San Telmo district of Buenos Aires, south of the city center.

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Swampy´s answer is perfect. It makes sense once you understand that we sometimes say aire as a synonym for viento, ie: Hace mucho aire .... It´s very windy / Buenos aires .... Good winds.

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Fresh air?

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Good airs.

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Good Area

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It means "Good weather".

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