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The Name Nayeli
Q: Someone told me that you are able to tell me the
exact meanings of Indian native names. I checked
several web pages and found the name NAYELI
which should mean "I love you" in Zapotec. Is this true?
A: No. "Nayeli" means "open" in Zapotec, as in "the window
is open." The Zapotec word for "love" is Ranaxhii.
In the Yaqui language (a Uto-Aztecan language of northern
Mexico and Arizona), "Naiyoli" means "precious" or "cherished."
Perhaps this word, or a similar word in another Aztecan language,
may be the true source of this name.
Hope that helps!
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