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Is a Spanish or Basque feminine form of Simon, taken from the Greek form of Hebrew name, Shimon. It was the name of the wife of El Cid Campeador, a Castilian nobleman and then military and political leader who conquered and governed the city of Valencia in the 11th century. Popular for the silent "X" spelling and pronunciation and in some cases, the "z" pronunciation in the word. Debuted on the chart in 2001 and peaked in 2005, the same years for its variation, Jimena. Has been a top 400 name for the past few years, partly due to Ximena Abarca, a Chilean pop singer and actress who made her debut in 2003 as a solo artist.
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