Latin Phrases

Joannes est nomen eius – John Is His Name (Motto of Puerto Rico)

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Joannes est nomen ejus
or:  Ioannes est nomen eius
or:  Iohannes est nomen eius
John is his name
(Motto of Puerto Rico)

Joannes est nomen eius is a quotation from the Bible.

Lucas 1:63,  Biblia Sacra Vulgata – Vulgate

(63) et postulans pugillarem scripsit dicens Iohannes est nomen eius et mirati sunt universi.

Luke 1:63,  New International Version – NIV

(63) He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.”

The phrase refers to St. John the Baptist or San Juan Bautista, the original name of the island of Puerto Rico.

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