Place Name MEXICO

TYPE: Country & Settlement
USAGE: English, French
PRONOUNCED: MEK-si-ko (English), MEK-SEE-KO (French)  [details]

Meaning & History

From Spanish México, itself derived from Nahuatl Mehxico. There are many theories regarding the ultimate origin, including Nahuatl metztli meaning "moon" combined with xictli meaning "navel". This is the name of a country in North America, as well as its capital city (the country is named after the city). In French Mexico is the name of the capital city, while the country is called Mexique.
VARIANT: Mexique (French)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Mehxico (Aztec), Mexiko (German), Messico (Italian), Meksyk (Polish), México (Portuguese), México (Spanish)
SAME SPELLING: México
Entry added August 16, 2017