Xochitleuh (MH644r)

Xochitleuh (MH644r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Xochitleuh (perhaps "Burned Flower," attested here as a man's name) shows, on the left, an upright flower (xochitl) with a bulbous lower part and three small petals at the top. The flower also has a small base. To the right of the flower are about eight vertical lines, probably representing the flames of a fire (tletl).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

It is always interesting to see the name Hernando (first name of the leader of the invading expedition in 1519, Hernando Cortés) being given to a Nahua child. Perhaps the parents interpreted it as a powerful name. It is somewhat humorous that the -do ending of the name Hernando was written as -ton (diminutive).

Perhaps more Nahua children were given names of famous Indigenous leaders or religious figures of pre-contact times. Atonal, Citlalpopoca, Tecocohua or Tecocohuatl, and Quetzalcoatl are some examples.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

helnatō xochitleuh

Gloss Normalization: 

Hernando Xochitleuh

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

flores, fuegos, flamas, nombres de hombres

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 644r, World Digital Library, https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=370&st=image

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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