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170 Traditional Aztec Baby Names To Use This 2022

Inside: 170+ traditional Aztec baby names and their meanings to use in 2022

Ever since I started learning about Spanish and Latin American studies, I have become entranced with the different indigenous tribes of Latin America. And, since you all seem to love my baby name lists, I thought I would share a list of Aztec baby names with you that I have come across in my studies.

But, before we get into this ultimate list of Aztec baby names, I want to give you a very brief history lesson! Keep reading for more!

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Why Aztec baby names?

I love learning about the different indigenous tribes of Latin America. The different ways each tribe ruled, the famous warriors, the names of their gods and the diverse languages.

The Aztecs were one of the tribes that fascinated me most. Over their two centuries of rule, they built a number of small cities that led them to establish their empire known as Tenochtitlán, located in present day Mexico City.

The key to their rise as a strong civilization was due to their agricultural system, termed Chinampas. Chinampas were small, artificial islands created above the waterline that surrounded their city. This system allowed them to feed the entire population.

Thus, they formed a small city with an intricate society, political and military organization that lasted more than two centuries until Spanish conquistadores overthrew the empire by force in 1521.

Even though one of the greatest civilizations of Mesoamerica was demised, many Aztecs and other indigenous tribes lived on to procreate and mix with the conquistadores to form mestizos, offspring of mixed indigenous and Spanish descent.  That’s why in Mexico, the color of the people is so diverse!

Furthermore, there are pockets of indigenous tribes that still exist throughout Mexico today and carry on their language and prehistoric costumes.

That means that there is NO possible way to take the indigenousness out of Mexico! Instead, it should be embraced and celebrated!

That’s why I wanted to create a comprehensive list of Aztec baby names that will allow people of indigenous descent to connect with their cultural roots by choosing indigenous baby names for children.

If you are familiar with my blog about bilingualism, connecting children to their root culture and language is extremely important for me. It all starts from the womb! So if you want to carry on your indigenous roots, look no further than this list of 170 + traditional Aztec baby names.

In this list, I will use the symbol ♂ to represent boy names, a ♀ to represent female aztec names, and ♂♀for gender-neutral Aztec baby names!

Furthermore throughout the post, when I mention different ethnic groups, I will give a brief description of the tribes and the tribe’s history and location! The majority of them derive from the language of the Aztec people, nahuatl.

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170+ Aztec baby names

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1. Acalan 

An Aztec name meaning “a small and narrow rowing boat”

2. Acamapichtli 

An Aztec name meaning “the one with a leader’s spirit” 

3. Ahuiliztli 

A Nahuatl names meaning “happiness” and “joy”

Nahuatl, the most important of the Uto-Aztecan languages, was the language of the Aztecs and Toltecs civilizations of Mexico.

Source Britannica.com

4. Ajaniame

A Guarijio name meaning “life” 

The Guarijío are a semidispersed group of Indians living in the mountains of the state of Sonora, Mexico.They are subsistence farmers with a native political organization based primarily on religious festivals.” Source: Encyclopedia.com

5. Anam

A Huasteco name meaning “earth” 

The Wasteko language of Mexico is spoken by the Huastecos living in rural areas of San Luis Potosí and northern Veracruz. Though relatively isolated from them, it is related to the Mayan languages spoken further south and east in Mexico and Central America.

Source: Wikipedia

6. Anci 

A Nahuatl name meaning “graceful woman” 

7. Ariché

A Tarahumara name meaning “dusk”

The Rarámuri or Tarahumara are a group of indigenous peoples of the Americas living in the state of Chihuahua in Mexico.

Source: Wikipedia

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8. Atlacoya 

Atlacoya was the name of the aztec goddess of drought

9. Atlahua

A Nahuatl name meaning “owner of water”

10. Atzi 

An Aztec name meaning “rain”. A short and perfect baby name! 

11. Axochitl

A Nahuatl name meaning “water flower”

B

12. Bimorí 

A Tarahumara name meaning “fog”

C

13. Canneo

A Pame name meaning “birth of water”

The Pame are an indigenous group living in central Mexico, primarily living in the state of San Luis Potosí.

14. Centehua 

A Nahuatl name meaning “unique” and “the only one”

15. Chalchiuhtlicue

The name of the aztec goddess of the running water

16. Chicahua 

Of Aztec origin, this name meaning “strong”

17, Chicahua

A Nahuatl name meaning “powerful and strong man”

18. Chiconahui 

An Aztec name meaning “hearth-goddess”

19. Chimalli

 A Nahuatl name that means “shield”. This is one of the most popular names.

20. Chimalpopoca 

A Nahuatl name meaning “a smoking shield”

21. Cihuaton 

A Nahuatl name that means “little woman”

22. Cipac

A Nahuatl name meaning “crocodile”

23. Citlalic 

This cute Aztec name meaning “a rising star”

24. Citlalmina 

A Nahuatl name that means “meteorite” and “arrow star” 

25. Coatl 

An Aztec boys name meaning “snake” or “serpent”

26. Coaxoch 

An Aztec name meaning “serpent flower”

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27. Coszcatl 

A Nahuatl word meaning “jewel”

28. Coyotl

 A Nahuatl name meaning “coyote”

29. Cozamalotl ♀

A Nahuatl name that means “rainbow”

30. Cuauhtémoc 

Cuauhtémoc was an aztec leader and his name means falling eagle.

31. Cuetlachtli

A Nahuatl name meaning “wolf” 

32. Cuetzpalli 

A Nahuatl name meaning “lizard”

33. Cuicatl 

A Nahuatl name that means “song” 

34. Cuixtli 

A Nahuatl name meaning “kite” 

D

35. Danaá 

A Pame name meaning “stream” 

E

36. Ehecatl ♂

 A Nahuatl name meaning “the wind serpent” 

37. Eloxochitl 

A Nahuatl name meaning “the magnolia flower” 

38. Erendirani

A Purépecha name meaning “happy”

The Purépecha or Tarascans are a group of indigenous people centered in the northwestern region of Michoacán, Mexico, mainly in the area of the cities of Cherán and Pátzcuaro. 

Source: Wikipeida

H

39. Hasen 

A Mazateco name meaning “soul”

“The Mazatecan languages are a group of closely related indigenous languages spoken by some 200,000 people in the area known as the Sierra Mazateca, which is in the northern part of the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, as well as in adjacent areas of the states of Puebla and Veracruz.”

Source: Wikipedia

40. Hedía

An Otomi name meaning “god of wind” 

“Otomí,  Middle American Indian population living in the central plateau region of Mexico. The Otomí peoples speak at least four closely related languages, all called Otomí. A rather large number of modern Otomí no longer speak the Otomí language but continue to consider themselves Otomí. All the Otomí peoples are culturally similar.”

Source: Britannica.com

41. Huitzilin ♂

 An Aztec name meaning “hummingbird”

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I

42. Iccauhtli 

A Nahuatl name meaning “the younger brother” 

43. Ichtaca

 An Aztec name meaning “secret”

44. Icnoyotl 

This unisex Aztec name meaning “friendship”

45. Ihuicatl♂

 An Aztec name meaning “sky”

46. Ikal ​​

From the Mayan civilization, this name meaning “spirit”

The Maya civilization was a Mesoamerican civilization developed by the Maya peoples, and noted for its logo-syllabic script—the most sophisticated and highly developed writing system in pre-Columbian Americas—as well as for its art, architecture, mathematics, calendar, and astronomical system.”

Source: Wikipedia

47. Iktan ♂♀

 A Mayan name meaning “clever”

48. Ilhicamina

An Aztec name meaning “he who shoots arrows at the sky”, a warrior 

49. Ilhuitl 

A Nahuatl name meaning “day” 

50. Inda Jani

A Zapoteco name meaning “water that is born”

The Zapotecs are an indigenous people of Mexico. The population is concentrated in the southern state of Oaxaca.

51. Irepani ♂

 A Purépecha name meaning “founder” 

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53. Itan de hüi ♀

 A Mixteco name meaning “flower of the sky” 

54. Itotia 

An Aztec unisex name meaning “dance” 

55. Itzamatul ♂♀

 A Mayan name meaning “who has the grace of the sky”

56. Itzcoatl 

An Aztec name meaning “obsidian serpent“

57. Itzcuin ♂

  A Nahuatl name meaning “one who runs like a dog” 

58. Itzel 

A Nahuatl name that means “rainbow lady” 

59. Itztli ♂

A Nahuatl name that means “obsidian”

60. Iuitl 

A Nahuatl word meaning “feather” 

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61. Ix Chel

A Mayan name meaning “goddess of the moon” 

62. Ix Kaknab

A Mayan name meaning “woman of the sea”

63. Ixcatzin ♀

  A Nahuatl name that means “like cotton” 

64. Ixchel

The name of a Nahuatl Goddess of medicine, moon, and earth 

65. Izel 

This gender-neutral aztec names means “unique”

K

66. Kabil

A Mayan name meaning “he who has good hand to sow”

67. Kantyi

An Amuzgo name meaning “simple”

Amuzgo, also spelled Amusgo, ethnolinguistic Indian group of eastern Guerrero and western Oaxaca states, southern Mexico.”

Source: Britannica.com

68. Kasakir

 A Quiché name meaning “daybreak”

Quiche is a group of Mayan people living in the midwestern highlands of Guatemala.

M

69. Maatiaak ♂

 A Kiliwa name meaning “desert”

The Kiliwa are an indigenous people of Mexico living in northern Baja California.

Source: Wikipedia

70. Mahuizoh 

A Nahuatl name meaning “a glorious person”

71. Malinalli

A Nahuatl name meaning “small plant”

72. Malinalxochitl ♀

A Nahuatl name meaning “the grass flower” 

73. Masawa ♂

A Popoluca name meaning “evening wind”

Popoluca is a Nahuatl term for various indigenous peoples of southeastern Veracruz and Oaxaca.

74. Matlalihuitl 

An Aztec baby boy name means “blue-green feather”

75. Mazatl 

An Aztec name meaning “deer”

76. Mecati 

A Nahuatl girl’s name meaning “lineage” 

77. Meztli 

Meztli is the name of the aztec goddess of the moon

78. Milintica

A Nahuatl name meaning “fire” or “he is waving” 

79. Miztli 

A Nahuatl name meaning “mountain lion” 

80. Moctezuma 

This great name is Nahuatl for “someone lovable and kind” 

81. Momoztli 

A Nahuatl name meaning “the altar” 

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82. Moyolehuani 

A Nahuatl name meaning “the one who’s enamored” 

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N

83. Nahuatl 

The name of the Aztec Goddess of Water and Rivers 

84. Nakawé ♀

A Huichol name meaning “owner of the stars and water” 

The Huichol or Wixárika are an indigenous people of Mexico and the United States living in the Sierra Madre Occidental range in the states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Zacatecas, and Durango, as well as in the United States in the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

Source: Wikipedia

85. Naran

A Triqui name meaning “lunar eclipse”

The Triqui or Trique are an indigenous people of the western part of the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

86. Necahual

 A Nahuatl name that means “survivor” and “left behind” 

87. Necuametl

 A Nahuatl name meaning “king” 

88. Nenetl 

An Aztec name meaning “doll”

89. Nezahualcoyotl 

The name of a famous Texcoco king – means “the fasting coyote” 

90. Nezahualpilli 

A Nahuatl name meaning “a prince who fasts” 

91. Nima

A Quiché name meaning “big”

92. Nochehuatl 

A Nahuatl name that means “consistent” 

93. Nopaltzin 

A Nahuatl name meaning “cactus” 

94. Noxochicoztli 

A Nahuatl word that means “my necklace of flowers” 

O

95. Ocelotl ♂

A Nahuatl name meaning “jaguar” 

96. Ohtli 

An Aztec name meaning “road”

97. Olli 

A Nahuatl name “rubber” 

98. Omacatl 

A Nahuatl name meaning “the double-gendered deity” 

99. Ozomatli 

A Nahuatl name meaning “monkey” 

P

100. Papan 

A Nahuatl name meaning “flag” 

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101. Polo

A Quiché name meaning “sea”

Q

102. Quauhtli 

A Nahuatl name meaning “eagle” 

103. Quetzal 

An Aztec name meaning “precious flower” or “queen”

104. Quetzalcoatl 

The popular Aztec name is the name of the God of Wind and Rain, the creator of Earth and humanity  

105. Quetzalli 

An Aztec name meaning “large, beautiful feather”

106. Quetzalxochitl 

A Nahuatl name meaning “precious flower” 

R

107. Rahui

A Tarahumara name meaning “day”

S

108. Sacnite 

A Nahuatl name that means “white flower” 

109. Semeel jak

A Kiliwa name meaning “forest”

110. Séneca

A Mayan name meaning “spring of water” 

111. Sesasi ♀

A Purépecha name meaning “pretty” 

112. Seti

A Mazateco name meaning “bright”

113. Shanarani ♂

A Purépecha name meaning “walker”

114. Soona’ ♀

An Otomí name meaning “moon” 

115. Suré

A Tarahumara name meaning “has heart”

116. Surem

A Yaqui name meaning “ancestors” 

The Yaqui, Hiaki, or Yoeme, are an Uto-Aztecan-speaking Indigenous people of Mexico in the valley of the Río Yaqui in the Mexican state of Sonora and the Southwestern United States. 

Source: Wikipedia

T

117. Taiyari

A Huichol name meaning “our heart” 

118. Tanok

A Tepehuano name meaning “sun” 

The Tepehuán are an indigenous people of Mexico. They live in Northwestern, Western, and some parts of North-Central Mexico.

119. Tapayaxi 

A Nahuatl name meaning “toad” 

120. Tayanna 

An Aztec name meaning “Gift of God”

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121. Tecolotl ♂

A Nahuatl name meaning “horned owl” 

122. Teichuih 

A Nahuatl name meaning “younger sister” 

123. Tenoch 

An Aztec name meaning “fruit”

124. Tepiltzin 

A Nahuatl name meaning “the privileged son”

125. Tepin 

A Nahuatl name meaning “the little one” 

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126. Teyacapan 

A Nahuatl name meaning “firstborn daughter” 

127. Tezcacoatl 

A Nahuatl name meaning “king” and “reflecting serpent” 

128. Tlacaelel 

A Nahuatl name meaning “diligent man” 

129. Tlaco 

A Nahuatl name meaning “middle-born daughter” 

130. Tlacoehua 

Another Nahuatl name that means “middle-born daughter” 

131. Tlalli 

A Nahuatl name meaning “earth” 

132. Tlanextic 

A Nahuatl name that means “dawn’s light” 

133. Tlanextli 

An Aztec name meaning “radiance” or “splendor”

134. Tlayolotl ♂

A Nahuatl name meaning “heart of the earth”

135. Tlazohtzin 

A Nahuatl name that means “loved one” 

136. Tlazopilli 

A Nahuatl name that means “precious noble” 

137. Tlilpotonqui

A Nahuatl name that means “black-feathered”

138. Tochtli 

A Nahuatl name meaning “rabbit” 

139. Toltecatl 

An Aztec name meaning “artist” or “creative person”

140. Tonalnan 

A Nahuatl name that means “mother of light” 

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141. Tonauac 

A Nahuatl name that means “the one who has light” 

142. Tototl 

A Nahuatl name meaning “bird” 

143. Tsijiari ♂

A Mazahua name meaning “little sun” 

The Mazahuas are an indigenous people of Mexico, primarily inhabiting the northwestern portion of the State of Mexico and small parts of Michoacán and Querétaro.

Source: Wikipedia

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144. Uetzcayotl 

A Nahuatl name that means “light’s essence” 

X

145. Xiloxoch 

A Nahuatl name meaning “caliandra” 

146. Xipilli

A Nahuatl name that means “jeweled prince” 

147. Xiuhcoatl 

An Aztec name meaning “weapon of destruction”

148. Xiuhtonal 

A Nahuatl name that means “precious light” 

149. Xochicotzin 

A Nahuatl name that means “little flower necklace” 

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150. Xochimitl

A Nahuatl name meaning “flowered arrow”

151. Xochipepe 

A Nahuatl name meaning “flower gatherer” 

152. Xochipilli 

A name of the Aztec God of Love and Flowers

153. Xochiquen

A Nahuatl name meaning “flower garment” 

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154. Xochiquetzal 

A Nahuatl name that means “flower feather” 

155. Xochitl 

A Nahuatl name that means “flower” 

156. Xochiyotl 

A Nahuatl name that means “gentle flower’s heart”

157. Xoco 

A Nahuatl name that means “youngest sister” 

Y

158. Yamanik

A Quiché name meaning “emerald” 

159. Yaotl

An Aztec name meaning “warrior”

160. Yaquica

 A Nahuatl name meaning “the one who goes to war” 

161. Yaretzi 

An Aztec name meaning “you will always be loved”

162. Yatzil 

A Mayan name meaning “loved one” 

163. Yej susen

A Zapoteco name meaning “white lily” 

164. Yolihuani 

A Nahuatl name that means “life source” 

165. Yoloxochitl ♀

A Nahuatl name that means “heart’s flower” 

166. Yoltzin ♀

 A Nahuatl name that means “little heart” 

167. Yooko

A Yaqui name meaning “tiger” 

Z

168. Zaniyah/Zyanya 

An Aztec name meaning “always” or “forever”

169. Zeltzin 

An Aztec name meaning “delicate”

170. Zipactonal 

A Nahuatl name that means “harmonic light” 

171. Zolin 

A Nahuatl name meaning “quail” 

172. Zuma 

An Aztec name meaning “the Lord frowns in anger”

Well, I hope you found an Aztec baby name that you love! If you did, let me know which one in the comments below!

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