Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Ximena

Ximena is an old Spanish and Portuguese female equivalent of the Hebrew biblical name Simon (which means ‘hearkener, listener’). In modern times, the Spanish language has largely abandoned the “X” and replaced it with a “J” (think: Jimena). But back in medieval times, Ximena was in full swing. In fact, this is the name of the wife of El Cid (she would have pronounced Ximena as shee-MEH-nah). El Cid was "The lord, master of military arts" in the 11th century Castilian Kingdom during the Moorish occupation of the Iberian Peninsula. He was instrumental in the fight against the Moors and eventually recaptured the Spanish coastal city of Valѐncia. After his death, his beautiful wife Ximena would rule the city for a few more years until it once again fell to the Muslims. The gorgeous Sophia Loren was cast as Ximena in a 1961 film simply titled “El Cid”. While Jimena has largely replaced Ximena as a more modern version of this name, Ximena seems to be experiencing a strong revival right now. Ximena is currently the 2nd most popular female name in all of Mexico.

All About the Baby Name – Ximena

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME XIMENA

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME XIMENA

Ximena is new to the United States, having debuted on the female charts this century in 2001. Barely 10 years old, Ximena has managed to advance up the charts by more than 600 positions. The name is already ranked in 81st place in the state of Texas (surprise, surprise). Ximena’s growing popularity is clearly being influenced by our friends south of the border in Mexico. This is a beautiful name and the revived spelling with an “X” makes Ximena at once distinctive and antiquated. Exotically Spanish and one of the very few X names in existence for females makes Ximena a unique choice!

Quick Facts

ON XIMENA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Spanish

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

162

PRONUNCIATION:

he-MEH-nah or shee-MEH-nah

SIMPLE MEANING:

One who hears, hearkener

Characteristics

OF XIMENA

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Ximena

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME XIMENA

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Ximena

Popular Songs

ON XIMENA

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Ximena


Famous People

NAMED XIMENA

Ximena Sarinana (Mexican singer)
Ximena Navarrete (Mexican model/Miss Universe 2010)

Children of Famous People

NAMED XIMENA

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Ximena

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME XIMENA

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Ximena