I’d been dying to do a post like this, thought it’d be super fun to share with the readers! I had already done a post on the meanings of last names in Spanish, so I went in search of names in Mexican indigenous languages next. I searched the web, and I found this cool list of Aztec/Mayan names. Sorry if there are any discrepancies, feel free to add your two cents on the subject if you’d like. You can do so by visiting the comments section. I’m learning along the way too =) Ok, so a million thanks to my source all credit goes to them. I only excerpted some names & tanslated their meaning. You can find the complete list by following the link =D
TLEXOCHITL= Fire flower
METZTLI / MEXTLI= Moon
CUAUHTÉMOC = descending eagle
TONALLI= Day, energy, warmth
TOPILTZIN= our dear little boy, our prince
TLAZOHTZIN= he who is loved
IZTACOYOTL= white coyote
TEOXIHUITL = Turquoise divinity, beautiful one
EHÉCATL = Wind
ATLANXOCHITL= The most beautiful flower of the sea.
CEYAOTL = Warrior
CITLALTONAC = Dazzling star
CITLALTZIN = little star
QUIAHUITL = rain
TLEYOTL = heart of fire
YAOCIHUATL= woman warrior
There are so many gorgeous and inspiring names, but if I had to pick just one… I guess I’d like to be named: QUIAHUITL( rain) because I adore the rain, it’s so romantic. Plus I’m from So Cal where we don’t get that much rain, so it’s all the more precious to me . Then again, CITLALTZIN (little star) is such a cute and pretty name too. But with a name like TEOXIHUITL (Turquoise divinity, beautiful one) wow who wouldn’t feel like a godess?! Lol So super hard to choose, all the names rock!
Check it out! Just got this awesome link from @Bicentenario the official twitter page for Mexico’s Bicentenial 2010. The link= a webpage with Audio of versions of the Mexican National Anthem sung in Mexican Indigenous languages! Is that too cool or what?! Ever heard any Mexican indigenous languages? Curious to find out what they sound like? You can by clicking this link http://www.inali.gob.mx/bicen/himno_nacional_lenguas.html
The page has versions of the National Anthem sung in : Náhuatl from Central Veracruz , Purépecha, & Cucapá, among others.
For those unfamiliar with the Mexican national anthem here’s a video so you can compare the version in Spanish to those in the Mexican indigenous languages. Also lyrics in both Eng & Span can be found at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himno_Nacional_Mexicano
Learn some simple, basic, very cool phrases in Nahuatl.
“Náhuatl – The Mexican language,
from the root ‘Nahua’ meaning
“a dance done with the hands
entwined, a concordance, to
move in cadence”. Also known
as the turquoise smoke…
harmonious speech, which is pleasing to the ear.”-casademexico.com
Tlazocamatli – thank you
Ikniuhtli – friend
Niltze – hi, hola
Amo – no
Kema – yes
Ken Motoka? – what is your name?
Nehuatl Notoka… – my name is…
Kenin Otimo Uika – how are you doing?
Kualli – good
Hue Kaulli – very good
For more tips on pronunciation, info on the Nahuatl alphabet, other phrases…etc, feel free to visit the source link.