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Subject: Re: The name, Xiomara
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: October 3, 2011 at 1:02:56 PM
Reply to: The name, Xiomara by Xiomara Ebanks
Thanks for the fascinating information about your own family history.

I don't think the "Aztec princess" story is correct, though.

The origin of Xiomara doesn't seem to be definitely known, but the most common expert guess is that it's a form of Guiomara, the feminine of Guiomar, a name used in medieval Spain.

Another possibility is that it is a form of Chiomara, the name of a Celtic woman in ancient Galatia (modern central Turkey) whose story is perhaps the origin of the "Aztec princess" tale:

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0781453.html

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