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A teuctocaitl, (Nahuatl for "lordly name"; pronounced [teːkʷtoːˈkaːitɬ]), was a special title usually ending in the word teuctli ("lord"). It was borne by Nahua tlatoani (rulers) in pre-Columbian central Mexico.

Each position of rulership had its own title associated with it, although a teuctocaitl could be borne by multiple rulers.

Tlatoani is the Nahuatl term for the ruler of an altepetl, a pre-Hispanic state.


  • Schroeder, Susan (1991). Chimalpahin & the Kingdoms of Chalco. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. pp. 169–173. ISBN 0-8165-1182-9.
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