Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 10:42:18 -0400 From: Ron Butters Subject: (Garcia) Marquez 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.