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Old 04-04-2016, 07:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Colibri View Post
It might be stressed that we are talking only about names of British origin. Spanish last names, for example, are distinct and virtually never used as first names; nor do typical first names appear as last names. There are separate ways of forming a last name from a first name, for example:
Originally Posted by UDS View Post
I think what's going on here is that the US applies an originally British custom of "firsting" surnames to names from other ethnic traditions. They don't do that for Spanish names because Hispanic culture is sufficiently enduring in the US to establish and maintain its own practices in this regard. But my suspicion is that it's Spanish and possibly one or two other nomenclatures that are the exception here; the norm in the US is that surnames are repurposed relatively freely, and this isn't confined to surnames from Britain.
All that sounds sensible and yes, I was thinking only of mainstream white US names at the time.

An interesting question is how much over the next, say, 50 years, Hispanic culture in the US becomes less insular and more integrated. Certainly there's lots of intermarrying going on now, and more all the time. Plus plain old cultural assimilation. Immigration will probably continue at a good clip, but the native born 1st, 2nd, and soon 3rd generation Hispanic USAians are only getting to be larger groups over time.

Given that, how much, if at all, will Hispanic heritage folks begin adopting more Anglo-style naming conventions?

To be sure, I'm just speculating here but experts may already be seeing some early signs. Or not. Or maybe, like the slow spread of Spanglish, we'll see some Anglos adopting patronymics & matronymics.

Last edited by LSLGuy; 04-04-2016 at 07:09 AM.