Licarayen

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Mapuche
Meaning: “Stone flower.”
(LEE-kah-rye-YEN)

The name is composed of the Mapuche words lica (stone) and rayen (flower).

It is borne in legend by a beautiful maiden who had to sacrifice herself in order to stop the wrath of the evil spirit of the Volcano Osorno from destroying her people. It is from the ashes and snow of her sacrifice that Lake Llanquihue in Chile was created.

Currently, Licarayen is the 1414th most popular female name in Chile, (2010).

Sources

  1. http://www.cooperativa.cl/revise-los-1-423-nombres-de-mujeres-inscritos-en-2010-en-el-registro-civil/prontus_nots/2010-12-29/142421.html
  2. http://asistenteeducacional.bligoo.com/content/view/244349/NOMBRES-MAPUCHES.html&page=2
  3. http://www.chile.com/secciones/ver_seccion.php?id=109688
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