[ANSTHRLD] 16th Century Spanish names
Coblaith at sbcglobal.net
Thu Apr 22 22:48:09 PDT 2010
> I am doing some research for several late period Spanish names. . .
> Does the naming practice of <given name> <father's surname>
> <mother's surname> or vice versa exist that far back?
I found one relevant bit of information. The June, 2002 Laurel
Letter of Acceptances and Returns says, in comments related to the
registration of "Fernando Rodriguez de Avilles y León" <http://
> Submitted as Fernando Rodriguez de Avilles y de León, the submitter
> requested authenticity for 16th C Spanish. Garnet found provided
> information regarding combining surnames using y, including
> examples from Julio de Atienza, Nobiliario Español:
> Unfortunately, the modern practice of combining patronymic and
> matronymic surnames using <y> is not in general use before 1600.
> Instead, paternal and maternal name elements are combined in a
> variety of ways in period. I could find no examples of names with
> the structure the submitter desires; the closest exemplars I could
> find were <López de Mendoza y de la Vega> and < de Lili y Hurtado
> de Mendoza>. However, there are numerous examples of a patronymic
> followed by multiple placenames, and some genealogies make it clear
> that they combine paternal and maternal elements. I'd expect
> <Fernando>, the son of <Juan Rodriguez de Avilles> and <Isabel de
> Leon>, to be <Fernando Rodriguez de Avilles y León> (using all the
> possible elements) though a name like <Fernando Rodriguez de
> Avilles>, <Fernando Rodriguez de León> or <Fernando de Avilles y
> León> or is equally likely.
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