Statue by Ettore Ximenes
|Region of origin||Basque, Spain|
|Language(s) of origin||Spanish|
|Related names||Jimenes, Giménez, Gimenes, Ximénez, Ximenes, Ximenis, Eiximenis|
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Jiménez (archaic forms, Ximénez or Ximenes; Galician and Portuguese: Ximenes, Catalan: Ximenis or Eiximenis) is a surname of Iberian origin, first appearing in the Basque lands.  Jiménez is a patronymic construction from the modern-styled given name Jimeno, plus the Spanish suffix -ez, meaning "son [of]". The root appears to stem from Basque semen ('son'), attested in the Aquitanian inscriptions as Sembeconnis and like forms. Variants of the surname include the archaic Ximénez, Ximenes, as well as Giménez, Gimenes, Jimenes, Chiménez, Chimenes, Seménez and Semenes.
In Portuguese orthography, there is no diacritic used for Ximenes.
As the modern name Ximenes has an -es suffix, it is almost certainly of Portuguese, Galician or Old Spanish origin, as the orthographic change to -ez (and indeed, the consonant shift from X to J) was revised in Spain only in the late 18th century. This obviously was not the case in Portugal.
Other languages in Castilian-dominated lands like Aragon, Asturias, Galicia, etc. often retained the -es ending, and their descendants bear witness to this historical anomaly. In Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearics, the ending -is is used instead of -es (or -ez), hence, the spelling Ximenis (or the variant with vowel epenthesis, Eiximinis or Eximenis).
The name Ximenes itself is thought to derive as both surname and place name from the common Iberian territory of Galicia, since Lusophone linguists believe the Galician language is the forebear of both Modern Portuguese and Modern Spanish.
Ximenes, as such, exists most commonly in Portugal, and in all of the ex-Portuguese Crown territories, especially in Brazil. Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, Nobel Laureate from East Timor in 1996, and Brazilian actress, Mariana Ximenes, are prime examples of this historical difference.
- Juan Isidro Jimenes Pereyra (1847–1919), President of the Dominican Republic
- Jiménez or Jimenez
- Alex Jimenez (1982–), United States Army soldier missing in action in Iraq and Iran
- Carmita Jiménez (1944–2003), Puerto Rican singer
- Christian Jimenez (1986–), American soccer player
- Elvio Jiménez (1940–), Major League Baseball player
- Emma Laura Gutiérrez Jiménez, Mexican actress
- Eustacio Jiménez (1976-2010), a Mexican professional wrestler better known as El Hijo de Cien Caras
- Flaco Jiménez (1939–), Mexican-American musician
- Francisco Jiménez (1979-), colonial Nahua noble from Tecamachalco
- García Jiménez of Pamplona, ninth century Pamplona royalty
- Iker Jiménez (1973–), Spanish journalist
- Jesús Jiménez Zamora, President of Costa Rica (1863–1866 and 1868–1870)
- Jose Jimenez (baseball) (1973–), Major League Baseball player
- José Alfredo Jiménez (1926–1973), Mexican singer-songwriter
- Joyce Jimenez (1978–), Filipino-American actress
- Juan Ramón Jiménez (1881–1958), Spanish poet, Nobel Laureate
- Julio Jimenez (writer), Colombian writer
- Julio Jiménez (born 1934), Spanish cyclist
- Julio Jiménez Rueda (1896–1960), Mexican lawyer, writer, playwright and diplomat
- Julio César Jiménez (born 1954), Uruguayan footballer
- Luis Antonio Jiménez (1984–), Chilean soccer player
- Manny Jiménez (1938–), Major League Baseball player
- Marcos Pérez Jiménez (1914–2001), President of Venezuela 1952–1958
- Michele Jimenez, ballet dancer
- Miguel Ángel Jiménez (1964–), top Spanish professional golfer
- Óscar Jiménez (1979-), Salvadoran footballer
- Pete Jimenez (1917-2006), American soldier in World War II
- Phil Jimenez (contemporary), American comic book writer
- Ramón Jiménez Gaona (1969–), Paraguayan discus thrower
- Ricardo Jiménez Oreamuno, son of Jesús Jiménez Zamora; President of Costa Rica (1910–1914, 1924–1928 and 1932–1936)
- Roberto Jiménez (1983–), Peruvian soccer professional
- Sérgio Jimenez (1984–), Brazilian racing driver
- Tado Jimenez (1974–2014), Filipino actor and radio personality
- Tony Jimenez, Spanish businessman and property developer
- Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo (1948–), Roman Catholic Bishop of East Timor, Nobel laureate
- Claudio de Jesus Ximenes (contemporary), Supreme Court Chief Justice of East Timor
- General Sir David Ximenes (died 1848), KCH, Berkshire magistrate, owner of stately home Bear Ash, youngest brother of Morris Ximenes
- Didacus Ximenes (died 1560), Spanish monk, theologian, rector of the University of Salamanca
- Ettore Ximenes (1855–1926), Italian sculptor
- Francisco Ximenes de Cisneros (1436–1517), Spanish Cardinal, inquisitor and statesman (called in his lifetime "Ximenes de Cisneros")
- Francisco Ximenes de Texada (1703–1775), Portuguese Grand Master of the Order of St. John
- João Ximenes Braga (contemporary), Brazilian journalist and soap opera writer
- Julio Ximenes Senior (1901–1975), Brazilian scientist, author, and World War II Army general
- Leonardo Ximenes (1716–1786), Italian mathematician, engineer, astronomer and geographer
- Mariana Ximenes (1981–), Brazilian actress
- Michel Ximenes (1939–), French politician, lawyer
- Moäng Ratu Dona Ines Ximenes da Silva of Flores (c. 1700), lady sovereign and member of the Portuguese Ximenes da Silva ruling family of the island-principality of Flores, in present-day Indonesia
- Morris Ximenes (c. 1762-1830), English Jewish businessman who converted to Christianity; had a son, also named Sir David Ximenes, named for his uncle
- Orion Ximenes Filho (1945–), Brazilian actor, voice-over artist
- Paulo César Ximenes (1943–), Brazilian economist
- Sebastiano Ximenes (c. late-16th century), Italian banker of Portuguese origin in Florence, patron of the arts
- Vicente T. Ximenes (1919-2014), Mexican-American civil rights pioneer and politician
- Ximenes de Poissy
- Illustration for the Ximenes of Poissy, France clan. Their descendants also reside in Brazil.
- Motto (Latin): In Deo Æternum (Into God Eternally).
- An alternate coat of arms is assigned to the Ximenes of Bear Ash/Place clan by the College of Arms, in the United Kingdom. The coat of arms is described as follows, "Ximenes of Bear Place. Or two bars gules with a pale countercoloured over all and a border azure."
- Ximénez or Ximenez
- Fortún Ximénez (unknown–1533), Spanish sailor and founder of first known European settlement in Baja California
- José Ximénez (1601–1672), a Spanish organist and composer
- Josep Manel Ximenis, Catalan politician
- Francesc Eiximenis (14th century), Franciscan Catalan writer
- Ximenes, pseudonym of Derrick Somerset Macnutt (1902–1971), British crossword compiler
- José Jiménez, fictional character created by comedian Bill Dana
- Colonel Jimenez, a corrupt officer in the San Theodoran military in the fictional work The Broken Ear, part of the Adventures of Tintin by Hergé
- Marcelo Jimenez, head doctor at Beacon Mental Hospital in the 2014 survival horror game The Evil Within
- Coat of Arms of the Spanish version of the name, Jiménez
- Meaning & Origin of the Spanish "Jiménez"
- Meaning & Origin of the Portuguese "Ximenes"
- Women in Power: Moäng Ratu Dona Ines Ximenes da Silva of Flores (Indonesia)
- Liceo Ginnasio Statale "Leonardo Ximenes"
- Italian entry on Sebastiano Ximenes' "Palazzo Ximenes de Sangallo"
- Historical information on one line of the Ximenes family in Britain
- João Ximenes Braga's O Globo blog
- Mariana Ximenes at the Internet Movie Database
- Orion Ximenes at the Internet Movie Database
- "Jiménez Surname Meaning and Distribution". forebears.co.uk.
- Domingo de la Ripa (1675). Defensa historica por la antigvedad del reyno de Sobrarbe. por los herederos de Pedro Lanaja y Lamarca. pp. 142–.
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