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Subject: Re: Ximena/Jimena
Author: Eva Amparo   (guest,
Date: August 13, 2001 at 1:07:01 PM
Reply to: Ximena/Jimena by Mike C
According to a spanish book about names, Ximena is an ancient form for Jimena, because in the Middle Ages, the sound [x] was written with an X. In the XVIII century, the spanish ortograph changed and the sound [x] started to be written with a J or a G.

Jimena (and Jimeno (m)) is an ancient form for Simeón. It comes from Navarra.

By the way, a famous Jimena was the wife of El Cid. When her husband died, in 1099, she became Queen of Valencia until her death, in 1101.

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