Citlali, Citlalli

Citlalli.pngOrigin: Nahuatl
Meaning: “star”
Gender: Feminine

Citlali is a Hispanicized form of the Nahuatl, citalli (star). The name was popularized in Mexico by a 1922 opera by Manuel M. Bermejo and José F. Vásquez of the same name.

The double L spelling is more accurate but since this creates a “Y” sound in Spanish, it is often rendered Citlali. The name is also sometimes spelled Xitlali, however the X in Nahuatl represents a “sh” sound and this is thus an inaccurate translation of the word.

Citlali appeared in the U.S. Top 1000 between 2001 and 2006 and peaked at #915 in 2005, whereas Citlalli appeared between 1999 and 2001 and peaked at #609 in 2001.

Other forms include:

  • Citlalin
  • Citlalí




Gender: Masculine
Origin: Arabic سعيد
Meaning: “happy.”

The name comes directly from the Arabic meaning, “happy.”

As of 2009, Said was the 459th most popular male name in France.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Said سعيد Саид (Albanian/Arabic/Assyrian/Azeri/Bosnian/Bulgarian/Chechen/Circassian/Dagestani/Egyptian/Indonesian/Iranian/Javanese/Kazakh/Kyrgyz/Lebanese/Ossetian/Pashtun/Syrian/Tatar/Turkmen/Uzbek)
  • Saïd (Algerian/Moroccan/Tunisian)
  • Sead (Bosnian)
  • Sejad (Bosnian)
  • Sait (Kurdish/Turkish)
The feminine form is Saida.


The name is of a few different etymologies. It could be from the Arabic adjective  امغر (asemr) which means, “tan” or “darkish-skin.” It could also be a variant transliteration of the Arabic female name, Samira.

The name is also a popular Ethiopian female name, its origin may be traced either to the Arabic or it could be an Amharic form of the Biblical city name, Samara.

The name is borne by an Ethiopian Orthodox saint, known as Christos Samra; a yearly festival is held in her honour. Many legends have been attributed to her, one of the most curious being that she went to Hell and asked Satan if he would be willing to reconcile with God. Satan refused to reconcile and held Samra hostage in Hell. Samra was eventually rescued by the Angel Gabriel and in the process, rescued several doomed souls. It is believed that no prayer to her will go unanswered.

Another Ethiopian form is Samrawit, literally meaning, “belonging to Samra.”

As of 2010, Samra 76th most popular female name in Bosnia & Herzegovina.


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Zapotec
Meaning: “I love you.”

The name comes directly from the Zapotec phrase meaning, “I love you,” it is a name that has appeared among the the Aztec Revival in Latin America, particularly Mexico. It is currently the 67th most popular female name in Puerto Rico and the 387th most popular in the United States, (2010).