Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 20:23:01 -0400 From: "William H. Smith" Subject: Re: (Garcia) Marquez At 10:42 AM 7/29/97 -0400, you wrote: >Alan Baragona writes: > >>I get annoyed when people refer >>to Gabriel Garcia >>Marquez as "Marquez" instead of >>"Garcia Marquez." > >Could somebody please explain the protocol here? > >As I recall, when I lived in Mexico, people explained to me that "Garcia" was >the matronymic and "Marquez" the patronymic--and the matronymic was >frequently dropped in all but the most formal of situations. Is my memory >wrong? Or are there different practices in different parts of the >Spanish-speaking world? It seems to me that people frequently referred to ech >other by their "last" names rather than their full family names. > In Cuba, at least for my ex-wife's family, the pattern is this: patronymic, mother's patronymic, father's mother's patronymic, mother's mother's patronymic. Thus, Fidel Castaro Ruiz is the son of a Catro father and a Ruiz mother. Ruiz is often dropped. Bill Smith