15    Aug 20114 comments

Spanish Naming Conventions Part 2: The Etymology of Spanish ‘ez’ Last Names

NB: This is a follow on to Spanish Naming Conventions Part 1: The Basics

Many of you will instantly recognize the most popular Spanish surnames as those ending in ‘ez.

Examples are Martinez, Rodriguez, Hernandez etc.

This is not something unique to Spain alone. The trend has continued into the Spanish speaking world of Central and South America.

The reason for the popularity of these surnames is because they are “patronymic”.

For those unfamiliar with the term, it refers to surnames that are based on the first name of a male ancestor.

In this case, the names are formed by using the father’s name and appending ‘ez to the end to represent “Son of”

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18    Jul 201111 comments

Spanish Naming Conventions – Part 1: The Basics

With the influence that Spanish culture has had around the world, you may very well have Spanish roots somewhere in your family tree.

For those unfamiliar with Spanish naming conventions, finding and exploring ancestors may be a little confusing.

Today we start with Part 1 of our Spanish Naming Conventions series – The Basics

We’ll progress beyond that in the next few parts of this series but, as with all things, let’s begin at the beginning…

Getting Started

Many of you will notice that Spanish names tend to be longer than in many other cultures. By longer I don’t mean they have more letters, I mean they have more words.

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