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  • Records indicate that 10,730 girls in the United States have been named Ximena since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2012, when 1,459 people in the U.S. were given the name Ximena. Those people are now 8 years old.

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    Comments about the name Ximena

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      90 Positive Comments

  • "I have seen new teachers see my name on paper during attendance and actually skip it, but that makes me smile because it makes them feel bad. ;)" Dec. 30, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "That's going to be my baby girls name cant decide on Sophia Ximena or Ximena Sophia ? Any suggestions ?" Jun. 15, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena and I am 100% Chilean. I pronounce my name as he-men-a(which is the spanish way for saying it) or he-may-na (which is a more an American way to say it). Both ways I like and I have two nicknames. Xime (he-may)which is what my family calls me and Mena(may-na) which is what my friends and my little sister call me." Jun. 22, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I will be naming my baby girl Sophia Ximena. What do you think?" Nov. 21, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hello All, my name is Ximena pronounced za-me-na and I was born in June of 1970. I love my name but hate it when it is mispronounced by saying xzemena so I go by Z which is just as cool as my name." Feb. 20, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Ximena and I find it so cute and not common! its pronounced he-me-na but in usa they pronounce it zimena jaja! my nickname is xime love it!!" Jan. 9, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "if i have a daughter i will definatley name her ximena:) i heard it in a song i absolutely fell in love with it. and i think its pronounce He me na well i like it better that way." Jan. 7, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter "Ximena" that was born 07/29/10 and she is as beautiful as her name." Dec. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ximena is my name i pronouce it Zim-in-uh...I was named from a great aunt that was born excatly 100 years before me" Jun. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter Ximena, but we pronounce it Zi-mee-nah. She also gets called Zi-meh-nah and Hi-meh-nah, at school, but we love her name, and so does she. We call her Xim (zim) for short :-)" Jun. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Ximena (Za-me-na) I am 40 years old living in the US, Indianapolis, IN. I grew up having my name mispronounced all the time by everyone, sometimes foreigners would be able to say it better but would always say it like hee-meh-na. I have always loved my name because it was unique and am almost always told how beautiful and different it is. I can't shed any light on it original origin or meaning but am open to find out. I've nicked-named myself "Z" to indicate that my name is pronounced with the "Z" sound and not the "H"." Jun. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hey well my name is also XIMENA & I LOVE MY NAME!!!WELL ITS MINE & I DONT KARE WHaT OTHERS THINK ABOUT IT im very proud i was named this & jus like its half meaning of princess !" Apr. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hey well my name is also XIMENA & I LOVE MY NAME!!!WELL ITS MINE & I DONT KARE WHaT OTHERS THINK ABOUT IT im very proud i was named this & jus like its half meaning of princess !" Apr. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate


  • "i absolutely love my name, its the best, people always remember me cause of my unique name which kind of reflects on my personality. I think its a beautiful and a lovely name, i love my mum for picking it, i never ever got teased about it- at all, people just complimented it as they found it to be different and in some ways better than the ordinary 'emily' or whatever. anyways most people here cant pronounce it, some say zee-me-na others pronounce it with an 's' which is also ok, si-me-na and it can also be he-me-na. i havent many people with my name, i know someone who named their baby with my name because they loved it so much and thought it was special. my nicknames are mena,ximi, xime, ximenita (little ximena) and just X. just an adorable name..." Jan. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love it and its pronounced He-men-uh.I'm Mexican-American and that's the way we say it.It all depends from what part of Mexico you are how you'll pronounce it but its not "chee" at the beginning.Lovely name." Sep. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Ximena, I'm from Chile, I live in U.S.A. I have no problem with people not knowing how to say my name, because the X and because its diferent, you know how some people are...they see diferent & they freak out." Jul. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jimena. Pronounced He-men-uh. Growing up I used to hate it because no one could pronounce it and I used to get embarrassed that I had such a strange name. I have grown to LOVE my name. It's so unique and everyone who ears it says it's such a beautiful name. I have so many nicknames the most common one being Mena. I never understood why people I barely met would always remember me, but now I know that it's because my name is so uncommon that it seems to stick with people!" Jul. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Interestingly if you pronounce the first half of "Ximena" - which sound like "Hime" it will translate to "Princess" in Japanese ;)" Jul. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know someone from Spain by this name "Ximena" at first i didn't know how to pronounce the "Xi-"!! self explained - to me - as I am not a native English speaker ;P..but when i first heard it I loved it, there is something special about..He-mi-nah, so soft that makes you want to repeat it over and over..the meaning fits her too "hear/listen" :)" Jul. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "funny, my gf's name is ximena. her cousin calls her "xie" pronounced like che (it means shoe in chinese), her chilean parents call her he-men-uh, i introduce her as ximena, like the "he-men's women haters club" in little rascals but people don't remember that. I call her "the 'mener" or poohbear-ula. i love her and her beautiful name. but, like humbert humbert, there was a predecessor, yxta maya, when i was seven." Jun. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is ximena but we pronounce it like gimena with a very soft g it sounds very sexy i love my name i,m from ecuador but i live in belgium" May. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Years ago I knew someone by the name Ximena (the X is pronounced as a slightly aspirated H, so Hee-MENN-a). I have loved this name ever since. It goes way way back in Spain, right to the Middle Ages, and in French it is "Chimene." I have heard this name is ultimately from Hebrew "Shimon," so the meaning is something about "hearing" or "heard," and the name is related to the much more common "Simone."" May. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Middle Name Is Ximena. (Hee-Men-Ahh). And Yes, It Is A Little Different, But Tzetzi Is Even More Different. (Set-See) My First Name Is Tzetzi, And My Middle Name Is Ximena. ;) Talk About Unique. =]" Apr. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love it! i am looking fo cool girl's names like it! have any recomendations?" Mar. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Ximena. Its a very unique name to have. Its my name as well. When some people have never met me and see my name they pronounce it wrong and i cant help but laugh. My name is pronounced Zi-mean-a adn i love it. Its a rare name to have and its awesome to have your name starting with an X. Not only does it look great when you write you can come up with a myriad of nick names to make it shorter and easier to remember. I just love it!" Jan. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my niece is named Ximena and we call her Hemi or X....everyone always comments on it...they love it" Dec. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "OK girls! This is the history of "Ximena" name. As some one claimed in one of these comments, the name is taken from the book El Cid Campeador, very important book from the Spainish literature. Do a google search and learn more. The pronunciation and spelling: the original name is spelled with X. The Spanish language has a lot influence from the Arabic language (due to invasions in the past), as the Arabs couldnt pronounce the X, all the words starting by it, changed to J (H in English). This is the reason of finding: Jimena, Mejico, Javier, Jimenez. When you pronounce the X for the Spanish speaking people, it is the same than cs, similar to cc, try conexin, Mexico. Fort he English speaking people it would be ks. Ximena is a very special name, it is my name. I have traveled the world and in everywhere I have got peoples attention and compliments." Dec. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "it's actually HE Men na if you spell it with an X or J, i dunno where you get the "Chee" from?" Nov. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my girlfriend's name is ximena and I started talking to her because I saw her name on an attendance sheet in class. It starts with an X! I pronounce it jimena, but in portuguese you get to say shimena! Very good name" Nov. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is ximena,people can never pronounce it right and often say simina lol. its so funny. but i love my name is very unique." Sep. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely adore this name. It's my beautiful daughter's name. People can't pronounce it correctly, but I love looking it when I write it. It's unique just like my little girl!" Aug. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "its the best name anyone could have.its my name and no-one can say it right its so annoying but i love it its so unique.see our mums spanish and our dads a newzealander [kiwi].no-one at school can say it.the teachers say. x meena." Aug. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena (Chee-men-ah). No one has pronounced it right the first time...But i love my name I am chicana and native american (chicanindia). The Ch sound comes from how the Mexica pronounce the "X". Your name defines who you are and if you don't love your name how can you love yourself. I have always loved my name even when i was made me unique and special and as such people tend to describe me as such. Give your daughters unique names and teach them to love is the best gift a mother can give :-)" Aug. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "el nombre de mi hija es XIMENA y yo creo que es un nombre maravilloso aunque la gente no pueda promunciarlo correctamente, pero a nosotros no nos importa" Jul. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "LOL.... Well I Absolutly love my name, Ximena.... Ahhh so sexy and exotic. Most people really can't seem to grasp its pronounciation but once they do instantly they remember me for life. I would say my name makes me different and it is funny because I love to listen and that seems to be the meaning of this great name.... LISTENER." Jul. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is CHIMENE and it was a very difficult name to grow up with here in the Philippines. I hated it when I was a kid, nevermind the charming stories my dad gave me about where he got it (El Cid.) But now, I have come to grow into my name, and it has come to suit me perfectly." Jul. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love it!! it's different and unique to people who don't speak spanish!" Jun. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love that name because the girl i love is named ximena villegas" May. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ximena is my name, and I don't care if people can't pronounce it." May. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate


  • "My daughter is Ximena. We don't say it with an H, we say it with a Z. She is as wonderful as her name and so far we have not met another Ximena. I glad to see so many others with this unique name." Apr. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's fun to watch the teachers squirm when they find my name on the list." Apr. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am full Mexican and it can also be pronounced "Cia" (long C) and not with an "H" for the X. An example is the name Xiomara, it is pronounced "Cio-mara", with a long C, like saying aloud the initials C.O. This is my future baby girl's name, should I have a girl...haha." Apr. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "omg ilove my name its unique!! even though its hard to pronounce it all my friends think its cool and so do my teachers but they still have some trouble with my name yeah but whatever i dont blame them im from peru and as i said i love my name so much i like that nono of my friends dont have the same name i dont get mistaken for someone else by my name only sometimes cause some of my friends and i look-a-like" Mar. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love my name even if people have trouble pronoucing it!!! =]" Mar. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Ximena. I had always seen the name spelled with a J. I then met a little girl named Ximena, and fell in love with the name. People always pronounce it incorrectly, or spell it wrong. I enjoy saing, " Her name is Ximena, with an X." Mar. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I once knew someone by this name, spelled this way. I just love it!" Mar. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "People have a hard time pronouncing my name but I LOVE IT!! IT's UNIQUE and rare just like my character! I'm Colombian and I recommend it for anyone who is not looking for they're child to be just like every Ashley or Maria in class. DIFFERENT and SPECIAL!!!" Mar. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is ximena and people think it sounds like a mexican drug" Jan. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena and there are so many people that pronounce it wrong. I'm actually surprised if a person says it right on the first try. I love my name though!" Dec. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have the name ximena and its a trip. Lots of people sometimes have trouble saying my name. Its pronounced (he-men-uh) and people will say xzimena, and other crazy things i cant even comprehend." Dec. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "yeah people do pronounce it wrong but i also think that its a beautiful name and no i havent met anyone else with the same name even though i know there is people with this mane but i make that name look better than anybody else" Dec. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wife and I named our daughter "Ximena". We like the uniqueness and people love it once we explain how to pronounce it. The "X" makes it hard for people." Nov. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "The letter "X" had an influence from the arabic language and that is why the pronunciation of all the "X" became "J" in Spanish or "H" in English. Per example, Mexico, Mejico, Javier, Xavier, Ximena, Jimena. Therefore, the old phonetic pronunciation is "ks", and the most common is "J" in Spanish, "H" in English. Both pronunciation are right." Nov. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes, my name is Ximena, and I've many pronounciations. And I've tried to correct the people who say it wrong, but it's like talking to walls, because they still pronounce it wrong. However, I love my name, because it's unique." Oct. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its super sexy, playful, fun :] People always mispell it and pronounce it wrong. They usually pronounce it "Juh-may-nuh"" Aug. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name it is beautiful and unique I am very proud to have my name , also the X means femenine because girls are girls because both the dad and mom gave X's!!" Jul. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Ximena because my last name is Jimenez which means "son or daughter of Jimeno". I am from Spain. Ximena is the old version (medieval) while Jimena is the modern version. Ximena was a Lady, the Wife of Don Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar aka "El Cid"." Jul. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i think this is a beautiful name and i once met a pretty and sweet girl named ximena. i think it would be a good name for a future daughter of mine." Jul. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really don't know why either, but all of the girls who are named Ximena are pretty (including me) sounds shallow, but it's true. It's not that unusual in South America and Spain, but people tend to name their children Jimena, very few spell it with X. I don't like the fact that it is becoming so common though, now many babies are named Ximena and well, i guess it will be just a common name in a few years." Jun. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is ximena and i like it very much as it is so unique.And i doubt anybody in India has this name.It was a tough time especially in school to get people pronounce my name right.But I'm very proud of it and it feels like a name of a princess." Jun. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena, and I love the name. There isn't another Ximena in my county! I just love it!" Jun. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name its ximena... and i love it!! im hispanic and im very proud of that!! also is very fun when you teach people how to spell it or say it" Jun. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I had a girlfriend from Chili that has the name Ximena. My present girlfriend liked the name so much we named our daughter Ximena. It's original, and she so far she living up to her name. Of course we called my ex-girlfriend who now lives in Australia, and asked if it was ok to name our unborn child after her. She didn't mind at all. We are all happy with our chioce." May. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 42 years old and for years did not know anyone with the same name. It became popular in Mexico after a soap opera used it for one of its main characters. I now know many little girls with this name. Its unique just like me." May. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a friend named Ximen. I think it's a beautiful name & very unique. You all saying that you dont like itare crazy! I would love to have a name that not many people have. my last name is Catron & no one ever ever ever pronounces it right *Catch-Ron*. So what if people can't pronounce long as your friends & family any anyone else that matters can, dont worry about it!" Apr. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love my name, no body has it, and so far only pretty girls have it" Apr. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my daughters name and I went with Ximena and not Jimena just because is is more unique!!" Mar. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena and I really love it, I love to have a name that is not common, all the people I've known love the name. The meaning of Ximena is divine." Mar. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i dont know anybody with the same name as me . some people can make fun of me. but its ok.when i have a substatute the subtatute cant say my name so i have to interup her and say what my real name is. And you pronounce my name as hemena." Feb. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name..I love it. Not so much when I was younger though. It's beautiful and unique. it's pronounced as hi-men-a. when i explain this to people, then it makes things a lot easier." Jan. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ximena is my best friend's name and it's the most beautiful name in the whole world" Nov. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mother was a literature teacher in Chile and she chose the name because of 'El poema del mio Cid'. When I moved to live in Australia they called me every name under the sun to avoid the confrontation of saying my name. THe X in my country of origin is soft so I tell people to say it He-man-a. They always tell me the name is original, unique, soft in sound, sexy and very feminine, and some people have never heard of it before. I wouldn't change it as my personality wouldn't be the same!" Sep. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Eva Ximena, and I also had the problem that many people pronounced it as Ex-imena, but I think that's just their problem. I simply really love my name." Sep. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my 2 year old daughter's name is Ximena..somepeople can say it..most everybody call her "Mena"...i wanted 2 name my daughter a unique...besides i know to many brittany's as it is now..." Sep. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It takes a certain kind of girl to carry that name with dignity - I was also teased a lot as a child - the french are no better than the english...but I think it is a beautiful name and hope to grow into it gracefully and rise to the honor!" Aug. 31, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter just recently had a baby girl and named her Ximena. Her transalation is "She Heard" as in she heard the lord. It is Hewbrew. It is a hard name to pronounce but one can get used to it." Aug. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "its my girl friend's name and i love it . august 2006" Aug. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena.Lots of people pronounce my name wrong.They say EX-imena, wich is wrong.You pronouce it HE-ME-NA Just like you say Mexico. Some people just like to say my last name. Or just spell it.(X-I-M-E-N-A)." Aug. 5, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "people hate me because of my name. others hate it because they don't know how to pronounce it. but i love it because i have met people with that name but it's always spelled with a J. teacher's get really frustrated and just give me a nickname." Jul. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. The correct pronuncition is He-men-a. The X is like a soft H. Not like Mexicans pronounce the X. The name is from Spain where the X is pronounced like an H." May. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my daughter's name is Ximena she's 19 like her name nobody can pronounce it..thats Y everybody call her Mena or "Phatty" cause she was a big i love what the name ment..she was welcomed wit open arms and i love the name" Apr. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "All my life nobody called me by my real name ether was x-mine or x-e-mena it gets me mad when people dont get it right I just tell them to call me mena but I still love my name I wouldent chance it for the world." Mar. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena. My mother pronounces it as "Simena". Yes, all my life I have had people pronounce my name all kinds of way. When I was little I wanted to legally change my name but now that I'm grown I like my name. When people ask how I pronounce it and I tell them, then they say it is pretty name. So I like my name now!" Jan. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena and i love it. My father is from Argentina and my mother is from Brasil. When they had me they were young and wanted to come up with a funky name for me. People mispronounce my name all the time. Zimena, x-men...and a whole lot of other ways that make no sense whatsoever. the worst part about it is that people have a hard time saying it even after i say it. he-men-na. its really not that hard. or you could say she-men-na. still i love my name!" Jan. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena, some people pronounce it ex-aminia, or ex-mina, or x-girl, or hemina, I don't know why they can't pronounce my name right after ten minutes of me saying it. It's awful!! But I don't care because my name it's a unique one, and I'm glad I am Ximena." Dec. 20, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in Argentina, even there X isn't generally pronounced as an English H, but for my name it is. It's actually and old Spanish name, hence the difference. My name is pronounced "He-meh-nah" with accent on the "meh". Generally the form Jimena or Gimena are prefered, but my parents chose Ximena, and I love it :) But yeah, hardly anyone, if even, can pronounce it correctly :P" Dec. 19, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "well my name is Ximena and alot of people misprounaunce my name but its all groovy cuz i love my name" Nov. 30, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Many people want to spell it Jimena to make it a Mexican sounding name, most people pronounce it Zee-mina. The correct way to pronounce it is He-man-na" Jun. 14, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "While it looks cool on paper, phonetically it just doesn't sound very nice." Feb. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "omg ; my name its ximena && i dont know if people its just slow or what ... but they make me want to change my name so bad !" Jan. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Spell a name the way you want it pronounced, and don't complain if english speakers pronounce things according to the rules of english." Oct. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      67 Neutral Comments

  • "The name is ximena. I?m 100 percent Mexican. And it?s pronounced he-meh-na. I really do like my name. It?s really different. But it does get pronounced wrong many times and I think it?s funny when people try it out. But yeah I only met 1 other Ximena and she?s 6 and I?m almost 16 but it?s alright." Nov. 17, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am pretty sure that the original way to say the name is He-men-ah (thats how I pronounce mine) but over the years of Ximenas living in america have just developed to pronounce it Zi-men-ah. So, don't get mad if your an H and someone calls you a Z, or vice versa." Oct. 17, 2016: Report as inappropriate

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  • "well my name is ximena and i pronounce it hu-mena.i love my name and another meaning for it is greek heroine." Jun. 6, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Nobody can pronounce my name... i know why my mom chose it, because of the book the CID...and she decided to turn it more mexican i guess with an X... i do love it... its hard to get people to say it right it is HE-MEN-AA-- BUT SOMETIMES IM JUST OVER IT!!" Jun. 4, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Daughter was born on oct. 2 2010. I named her Ximena because that was her mothers wish. Everyone asks how to prononunce it and when I tell them it's "he-mena" the first thing everyone says is what a pretty name it is. It just sounds alot better than sheemena." Dec. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes it is my name too.I love it. My dad said it was Alfonso de Albuquerque's grandmother's name.Most people spell it as Shimena.Some pronounced it as X--Imena,others as Shamiana.Whatever others say I love my name.My friend Carol called me Xim for short.I was pleasantly surprised to see so may with the same name." Sep. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "hello everybody ... mi nombre es ximena y soy de Colombia, creo que mi nombre es hermoso y a la gente le agrada a pesar de no saber como es su pronunciacion ..." Aug. 17, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi! My name is Chemeine. It is the French version of Ximena. I was born in 1968 - the same year that the movie "El Cid" came out. Sophia Loren played Ximena - her name was actually Dona Ximena (pronounced Don-ya He-meh-nah) and she was indeed El Cid's wife. My father loved the name, and chose the French version of Ximena for me -- Chemeine. My name is pronounced Sha-mane." Jul. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ximena is intented to be He-meh-nah. Not Z fail lol." Jul. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am naming my daughter Ximena. My partner is from Burgos, Spain, and Ximena was the wife of El Cid, a midieval hero from Burgos. The sotry goes that El Cid was mortally wounded in battle and died in Ximena's arms. She, knowing that if his men knew he had died, propped him back onto his horse adn sent him back out into battle. He won the battle dead. She was played by Sophia Loren in Charlton Heston's El Cid. I think it is a beautiful name with a history of strength and ingenuity. Ximena with the X is actually the old Castillian spelling. Modern Spanish would have it as Jimena, but in keeping with her namesake, I will keep the X." Jun. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "me gusta el nombre de XIMENA- quiero llamar mi nina hee- men- uh porque es differente y bonita !" Jun. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena and people here in Mexico pronounce it like HE me na... I have never heard people pronounce it with Chee... Maybe, and I'm not saying this is where my name comes from, but if you want to pronounce it according to Nahuatl language (Pre hispanic Mexican language) you could say "She me na" but that's not common... I love my name, it sounds good and it also looks good on paper "I prefer Ximena rather than Jimena" lol." May. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I gave birth to a little girl January of 1992 I pick her name from the family tree.I had two choices Ximena and Zephyer which are both in my family tree I picked Ximena to avoid her being teased as hefer. We pronounce Ximena with the z sound for those who Remember Xena the Princess Warrior. She often gets refered to with the h sound. We just correct it. She get a lot of comments about how bueatiful it is. She happend to be born 100 year to the day of the one I named her after." Dec. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is ximena noone ever remembers it. I always thought my name meant "unique" I did not know it was hebrew." Sep. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ha ha I think we all feel hard-done by with our names but as the years have past, the name 'Chimne'from El Cid has grown on me like mould on cheese, fungus on feet, worm in apple haha you get the idea. I've become quite fond of it...and I agree with the previous comment - "it has come to suit me perfectly" - beautifully said!" Jun. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is a variant, Schimin kids always teased me, people always dis it but OF COURSE, people can't accept differences and i friggen love that my name is ashley or jessica. honestly, its gorgeous" Nov. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name, my parents took it from the book El Cid Campeador. Ximena is the name of EL Cid's wife. It is exotic, sexy, unusual and great! Ximena! (X)" Nov. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name s Ximena, i have always hated my name!!! it wa sawful growing up with it, and even though i'm still only 14, almost 15, i'm starting to like it, it is unique, it is sexy, and it's just awsome, the problem is, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO REALLY PRONOUNCE MY OWN NAME, MY ENTIORE FAMILY PRONOUNCES IT DIFFERENT!!!" Oct. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "ei amo mi nomber es como unco por qe empiza con X qunke ya sta choteadito" Sep. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 4x great grandmother was named Ximena. the family has since condensed it to Mena, Which is my name. it is also my mothers and Grandmothers name. I used to hate it when i was a child as it never failed to be mispronounced for 1rst roll call ANYWHERE.AS an adult I get compliments & now appreciate it's uniqueness. My husband loves it and he has done wonders for my self confidence when introducing myself" Jul. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "WE love Ximena, our daughter's name, and of course people say it right eventually...I think this name gives personality and a strong character. It 's simply unique!!!" Jul. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena, and yes, most people who dont speak Spanish, cant get it right at first but I love it because once they get it, they can say it right and it's unique. I tell them to say it as He=men=ahh. I love to have a name that starts with an X. that's not usual and i loooove that! Ximena's RULE!" May. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I had a friend in high school with this name. She pronounced it with a Z like Zimena but of course with an x. She was Philippians. I always liked it. Its unique & i like unique names." May. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Ximena, I love it because there aren't many Ximena's out there, although it's starting to become popular. Yes, here in the USA, specially at school they mispronounce it. Oh, well, anyways I love that name." Apr. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My girl has this name. Everybody at the bank where she works just calls her "Martha" 'cause it's easy to work with, just like she is! But Ximena is a beautiful name!(She told me to put that in...or else!)" Feb. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes, this is my name and yes people misprounce it if they are not Spanish spekaing. The name is transalted in French to Chimene which is terribly close to the word chimre in English chimera (monster or better rare animal, that's what Ximenas are rare beautiful creative animals, Ximena" Jan. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena and many people pronounce it wrong, I have found that for english speakers it is easy to tell them that the correct pronounciation is He-me-na" Jan. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Dunno I guessed it right because I know it's Spanish and the Spanish "X" is pronounced as a "H"" Jan. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "everybody pronunce it different ways.. is fun. i didnt like it before but now i enjoy making people hesitate evrytime they want to pronunce my name. i am from colombia there are a lots of jimenas or gimenas but not many with x" Dec. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a niece with this name and I think it will just cause her problems throughout her life. People spelling it wrong, kids teasing her, and people thinking she is strange or weird before getting to know her. I've never heard this name before and I hope they find a good nickname for her before she starts school." Dec. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "the correct way to pronounce it is: /hee-men'-ah/ In Spanish, X has 3 different sounds: /h/, /sh/ and /ks/. In this case, it takes the pronunciation of /h/. Of course... if you are a Spanish speaking person, this phonetics will not sound exactly right, but for English speakers, this is the closest we can get. It is a beautiful name and it's nice to make our best effor to pronounce it properly. By the way, I'll name my baby girl: XIMENA" Oct. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "es mi nombresito y se pronuncia SIMENA... chan y no se que significa" Oct. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi!!! My name is Ximena, the truth is that my name is beautiful specially in a spanish speaking country. For english speaking people is very hard to pronounce, to writte and to remember how to say it!!!but even though it is hard for them, a good 98% love it! because it is unique (for them)not for me and interesting. In case you don't know the meaning is.. :THE CHOSEN ONE FROM GOD". Ximena was a queen in Spain. I hope this info helps. I love my name but I dont think I will name my daughter Ximena in USA because of the trouble that brings... one more things.... Ximena's are happy,fun,always laugh, they like sweets and music, specially to sing!!!" Sep. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "iTS MY NAME! i ROCK YEA! GO TO MY PAGE AT MYSPACE.COM/ME_LUV_U123" Sep. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Ximena, my mother gave me this name and from the beginning she wanted that all people would write this name with "X" because at the time I was born there were more "J"imenas than "X"imenas and my mom wanted to make a difference. I have several nicknames which derive from my original name: these are "Mena", "Nena", "Nenita" (now you can guess that I am from Colombia), and "Menita". Ximena Polania" Jul. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It an old Spanish name, very common in Spain. And very beautifull too (as everything that comes from Europe)" Jul. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena an i think that it is a beautiful name. i really love it." Jul. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena an i think that it is a beautiful name. i really love it." Jul. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena, I was born in 1992. I am from Argentina. It's so weird to know that more people are spelling it with an X, it's always seen with a "J"." Jun. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena and I really love it. About 20 years ago it was not used that often since it's got this kinda harsh sound to it. My mother says that my great-grandmother used to ask her not to name me Ximena, since according to her it was a very strong name for a baby girl. Nowadays it's quite common among girls in Latin America and Spain... I don't really like that though LOL." Jun. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I first met with Ximena I was showing her a new home. I had her paperwork in hand which included her name; I'm usually very good at pronouncing names as I deal with all nationalities in my line of work but this was a first for me. I thought the X would be pronunced as "Z" (like in Xerox) so I pronounced it Zimena. She made no comment to the contrary so I thought I did it right. When I returned to the office my secretary informed me of the correct pronouncation and I got a little embarrassed so I made a point to make a follow-up call to her the next day using the correct pronouncation when we spoke." Jun. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena and I love it. Not many people can pronounce it but it's always a great ice breaker! I've met many people who love the name too." Apr. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena spelled in spanish and pronounced in the French as Chimene. Like Sh-men. I love my name. Everyone always knew me at school, work and social events because they had heard or seen my name and asked other people about me. It is unique and memorable. I have met two people with my name." Apr. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "ifrom argentina and my name is ximena. in this country is an ordinary name.But when you have a name with an x is tranform unique.That is why i love my name" Apr. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena its not bad but its kind of embarrasing since one of my teachers thought you said it X-men i was so embarrased but what i do like about it, its unique!!" Apr. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I kind of don't like having this name for 2 simple reasons...No one knows how to say it and no one knows how to spell it. It is very hard to live with a name that practically not a lot of people have heard of." Jan. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my namemis Ximena, and I was really annoyed when I started to go to school, because, I had to wait, like, a week for everyone to get used to saying my name. Some kids at my red pac even stoooped so low as to just call me plain old "X", but once I went to a feild trip, the counsler was TRYING to say my name, but everyone shouted out, "XIMENA!" , saying it just the way I like it to be said. And at that moment, I started to feel very special for having so many good friends, that knew how to pronounce my name. So, now I'm still a little frusterated with my name, but, I'm also proud of it." Nov. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "yeah this is my name GRRRRRRR i ReAlLy dont like it ugh NOBODY CAN PRONOUNCE IT my friends say "sah-man-ah" ah grr im called sam... but keep in mind im 14 so idk maybe its the "age"" Oct. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name is Ximena...and I love my name.. eventough every body have a hard time tryng to pronunce it,, the way I use it is HE-man-na" Sep. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its amazing that I found this site because since i was little I've wanted to know the meaning of my name and never got the chance. All i know is that it is beautiful and i couldn't be happier with it. And by the way the X is pronounced as an H. HE-MEN-A. Thats the right pronunciation. I've never heard it pronounced as an S in my life." Jun. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "First of all let me tell you that there are many correct pronounciations for the name, that is because in Spain xi is she whereas in Mexico it is He. It all depends on your spanish and the letter you write it with x is old castillian and the j is new castillian. In the end it is a kickass name and I'm glad to call it my own. It is a great homage to my mosarabic heritage." Jun. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Chimne the french version of that name... although many people pronounce it wrong they love it after learning the correct pronounciation... I really like my name because it's unique." Jun. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I taught Spanish language, literature and history at the University of Hawaii and had a particular love of things I named my daughter Ximena. In the history of the language the 12th century pronunciation was X = "sh". As the language developed, the X came to have the "huh" sound of the current letter "J" in Spanish. Since there was no need for two letters to carry the same sound, the X basically disappeared except in archaic spellings. Ximena = she-may-nah became Ximena = hee-may-nah and more frequently "he-may-na" became Jimena. My daughter loves her name as does anyone who hears it and learns of its wonderful history." Jun. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My friends name is Ximena, but she makes us pronounce it like He or Huh - Men - Uh. I dont know if she was born in a different country or what..." May. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate


  • "I met a Lady called Ximena (pronounced as He-men-ah). Ximena is pretty, enterprising, charismatic, naturally sophisticated, but very down to earth. I've been researching the meaning for this name, but so far I ave not been too successful - mostly I find detailes on origin. When I was a child, I had an amazing teacher whose name was also Ximena. This teacher left a lasting positive impression. I thought she was the most amazing woman alive! So, I'm inclined to believe that Ximena's meaning must be fairly close to my description of the wonderful woman I recently discovered and whom I hope to marry sometime within the next two years." Apr. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I met a Lady called Ximena (pronounced as He-men-ah). Se is pretty, enterprising, charismatic, and naturally sophisticated. I've been researching the meaning for Ximena, but have not been successful so far (mostly I find detailes on origin only). When I was a child, I had a teacher whose name was also Ximena. I thought she was the most amazing woman alive. So, I'm inclined to believe that the meaning of the name must be fairly close to my description of the wonderful woman I recently discovered and whom I hope to wed some within the next two years." Apr. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am originally from Mexico City my name is Ximena and it is pronounced HE-MEN-AH not many people say my name correctly here in the United States, but I think it is a beautifully sounding name when pronounced rightly. My dad named me Ximena because he really liked this name since he first heard it (a girl in his elementary classroom had the name Ximena)." Feb. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ximena. I am Spanish born and raised and moved to the U.S. just a while ago. People here cannot pronounce my name at all! But it makes things much more interesting. The correct castillian pronunciations are: he-men-a, or shee-men-a. I go by he-men-a." Feb. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daugther is 5 years old and she was worried about her named, because she is learning about begining sounds and reading and she asked me. why her daddy and me called her ximena with x ?and I was trying to explain her that ximena is a beautiful name and where it comes from and all the explanation that we can give to her, but we are working on that now, because some friends of the school bother her and she is only in kindergarten." Jan. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My last name is Cid and I was born a twin...those who are familiar with the story of El Cid know that he and his beautiful wife Ximena had twin when i was born my father named me Ximena...most poeple can't pronounce my name...all those that you can think i have gotten and more...most people choose to say my last name instead. My name is prounounced Chee-men-a...the X is pronounce the way the Mexica people pronounced the a CH. i love my name and couldn't dream of a better name for a girl..." Aug. 6, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ximena is the name of El Cid's wife. The poem of El Cid Campeador tells the story of Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar, a central figure in the struggle between Christianity and Islam in medieval Spain. The annonymous poem written about El Cid, tells of his conquests and stuggles as a military and folk hero. My mother was reading this book while pregnant and decided to use Ximena if she had a girl. I was born in Argentina, so as a child I never had a problem with pronunciation, but English speakers just don't have the "X" sound mastered and I've been called anything from Exemena, Eximia all the way to Zenia! I still love my name and after reading the poem and history of El Cid, I'm proud to have it. My family has always pronounced the X as an S sound, so my name has always been See-men-a." Jul. 18, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is almost 2 and I named her Ximena, Most of the time people say the name wrong they pronounce it Ex-emena or totally avoid it by calling out her last name if we are at the Dr's or something like that.Even though people get it wrong often, I don't regret naming her Ximena." Jul. 16, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in Guatemala. But I came to the United States for college, and they can not say my name here... A teacher even read my name as X-men! GIVE ME A BREAK! but it is a beautiful name, and I am thankful with my parents for giving me such a unique name... Because it is written with an X.. it should be read SHE_MAN_NA" Jul. 8, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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