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REPLY: Effect of Aztec culture on modern personal names

In my experience in north central Mexico, the most common Nahuatl names are Xóchitl, "flower" (for females, usually pronounced like 'sóchil' in Castilian), Citlalli, "star" (also for females, a variant form of Citlalin; both have the root citlal plus an absolutive suffix, -in or -li), and Cuauhtémoc, "descending eagle" (for males, after one of the last kings of the Mexica ). These three names are fairly common. Most women named Xóchitl are surprised when they hear their name pronounced in Nahuatl. I once met a Tláloc, but he is the only other one I have encountered.

Reply: Ometeotl

Piyali, Ian, Magnus,
I felt the need to chime in on this discussion as a "Chicano" (I use the term as a political identifier not as a racial, ethnic or nationalist term. I do, however, regard Chicanos as Indigenous people to the Southwestern U.S.).

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