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How names were given to babies in latin America

March 20, 2016 | Author: | Posted in history, latin-american studies

Latin America is where languages derived from Latin are spoken . Spanish is the language most commonly used in most of the countries of Latin America . Latin-American names can be confusing for one used to the tradition of naming used in the United States and elsewhere

In ancient times , the Incan Empire , the center of which is now Peru , had their own unique practices . They had no systematic way of naming persons . They did not have family names , and there were no rigid rules for naming children . However , they tended to use names of [banner_entry_middle]

prominent ancestors . Children did not receive names until they were two years old and at ten years old , they chose new names for themselves

In Latin America , in more recent times up to the present , a person ‘s first name is followed by his /her father ‘s surname , which is then followed by the mother ‘s surname . However , it is the father ‘s surname that is traditionally considered more significant , so that the father ‘s surname is also considered the surname of a person . The mother ‘s surname is secondary , but is also always part of a person ‘s full legal name . For example , from looking at the name Antonio Reyes de Castro , we understand that Antonio ‘s father was a Reyes , and his mother a de Castro

Nowadays it is common for people to drop the maternal surname and use only the father ‘s , or at least reduce the maternal surname to an initial at the end of the full name , usually because the name is considered too long (for example , Fernando Garcia L ) But the maternal name will still always be part of a person ‘s official legal name

Men and women are named using this pattern , but upon marriage , there is a further step in the naming of a woman . Upon marriage , she may drop her maternal surname , then add a de ‘ at the end of her name after which comes her husband ‘s surname . For example , Rowena Romualdez Reyes becomes Rowena Romualdez de Vargas . When a man has a de ‘ before the last name , however , it is simply part of his maternal surname

The origins of Latin American names are varied . Some of the most common kinds of origins are religious (such as Jose , a diminutive of Joseph which is of Hebrew origin , with the original meaning of Jehovah inreases , and geographic (such as del Monte , which literally means of the Mountain

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Rowe , J . H (1946 . Inca Culture at the time of the Spanish Conquest U .S . G .P .O

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