tocayo

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Etymology[edit]

Unknown. First attested in 1739. Attributed by folk etymology to the Latin bridal formula Ubi Gāius ego Gāia (literally as you are Gaius, I am Gaia). Perhaps from Classical Nahuatl tōcāyoh (one who has a name, renowned one), from tōcāitl (name) cf. notōcā (my name), notōcāyoh (my name-haver, one having my name); cf. synonymous colombroño, ultimately from Latin cōgnōmen (surname, name).

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Noun[edit]

tocayo m (plural tocayos, feminine tocaya)

  1. namesake (person having the same name)

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References[edit]

  • 2009, Carlos Montemayor et al., Diccionario del náhuatl en el español de México, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, page 403: