NB: This is a follow on to Spanish Naming Conventions Part 1: The Basics
Examples are Martinez, Rodriguez, Hernandez etc.
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”
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…
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.