de Gaona (MH622r)

de Gaona (MH622r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph for the European last name, de Gaona, shows a vertical, narrow, rectangle, painted black.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The meaning of the glyph is something of a puzzle. This may be an obsidian blade, which is usually itztli, but it could also be a tetl (stone), with the "te-" standing in phonetically for the "de." Gaona does not appear to be represented visually.

The name "de Gaona" probably comes from an admiration for Fray Juan de Gaona, a Franciscan friar who came to New Spain in 1538 and died in 1560. He put together colloquios in Nahuatl, a publication that came out after his death.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro de Gaona

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: 

piedra, nombres de hombres, nombres españoles, nombres prestados

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

de Gaona

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 622r, 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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: