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Naming Conventions in Spanish-Speaking Countries
Usually, a person has three (or four) names Ex: Leonardo Israel León Pinzón
Leonardo Israel León Pinzón Leonardo – This is his first name, just like you have a first name. Israel – This is his middle name. It is more common to not have a middle name in Spanish-speaking countries than it is in the USA. León – This is his father’s last name. Usually, this name always comes first in the last name. Pinzón – This is his m In Spanish, it’s called el apellido paternal (the paternal last name). other’s last name. Usually, this name comes second. In Spanish, it’s called el apellido materno (the maternal last name). On an everyday basis, he’d be known as “Leonardo León”.
Marriage Let’s say Leonardo marries a woman named “Rosalita Gonzalez Rodriguez”. After marriage, Rosalita can be socially known as “Rosalita Gonzalez Rodriguez de León”. This is not her legal name, however. After a few years of marriage, they have a child. They name him Gabriel. His name would be “Gabriel León Gonzalez”.
Another Generation Let’s say that Gabriel León Gonzalez grows up and marries a woman named Josefa Dominguez Morelos. They have a child named David. What would his full name be?
María Mary is so highly revered in Spanish-speaking countries that many girls are named after her. Mary’s esteem is so great that even boys can be named after her. For example: José María isn’t an uncommon name.
-ez As you’ve probably noticed, many Spanish last names end with the suffix –ez. This suffix indicated “son of…”. This is the same thing as someone’s last name being “Johnson” or “Jameson”.
Álvarez – the son of Álvar, Álvaro Antúnez – the son of Antón, Antonio Benéitez, Benítez – the son of Benito Díaz, Díez, Diéguez – the son of Diego Domínguez – the son of Domingo Enríquez – the son of Enrique Estévez – the son of Esteve, Estevo, Esteban Fernández – the son of Fernando Giménez, Jiménez, Ximénez – the son of Gimeno, Jimeno, Ximeno Gómez – the son of Gome González – the son of Gonzalo Gutiérrez – the son of Gutierre, Gutier Hernández – the son of Hernando Ibáñez – the son of Iván, Juan López – the son of Lope
Márquez – the son of Marco, Marcos Méndez – the son of Mendo Míguez, Miguélez – the son of Miguel Martínez – the son of Martín Núñez – the son of Nuño Pérez – the son of Pedro Rodríguez – the son of Rodrigo Ruiz – the son of Ruy, Roy Ramírez – the son of Ramiro Sánchez – the son of Sancho Suárez – the son of Suero Vázquez – the son of Vasco, Velasco Velázquez – the son of Velasco Vélez – the son of Vela
Common Nicknames Alicia = Ali, Licha Antonio = Toño Beatriz = Beti Carlos = Carlitos Carolina = Caro Daniel = Dani Francisco = Pancho Guillermo = Meme Isabel = Chabela
Jesús = Chuy Josefina = Pepita Juan = Juancho Luis = Lucho Maria = Maruja Pablo = Pablito Roberto = Beto Sofia = Sofi Tomas = Tomi Victoria = Viqui
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