de Gante (MH855r)

de Gante (MH855r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name de Gante is attested here as a man's name. The glyph is of a stone (tetl), providing the phonetic start to the name ("te" for "de"). The "Gante" part of the name is not shown visually. The stone is horizontal, and it is a typical rendition with its curly ends and alternating light and dark stripes at a diagonal. One end is lighter and one end is darker.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This man is somewhat unusual in having a Spanish surname, but it was a famous name. Pedro de Gante (c. 1480–1572), was probably present in New Spain when Baltazar de Gante was born, as this Flemish immigrant arrived there ahead of Los Doce (The Twelve) Franciscans, famed as the first missionaries. Pedro de Gante established a school in Mexico City, learned Nahuatl, and published a Christian doctrine in the language, which could explain his popularity with Nahuas, similar to Toribio de Benavente Motolinía. A great many Nahuas took the name Toribio (as a quick search of the name will attest), and at least three had the name Motolinia.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

bartasal decante.

Gloss Normalization: 

Baltazar De Gante

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Other Cultural Influences: 

préstamos, piedras, nombres de frailes, nombres de hombres, nombres españoles, nombres prestados

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 

Gante, the name of one of the earliest friars in New Spain,
de, of, from (a loanword from Spanish),
te(tl), stone,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

de Gante

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 855r, World Digital Library,

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is hosted by the Library of Congress and the World Digital Library; used here with the Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SAq 3.0).

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