Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 14:11:25 -0500 From: Luanne von Schneidemesser Subject: Re: (Garcia) Marquez At 11:57 AM 7/29/97 -0400, Alan Baragona wrote: >Ron Butters 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. > > >I don't know about Mexico, but I've lived in Colombia, where Garcia >Marquez hails from, and there the first surname is the patronymic and >the the second is the matronymic and is frequently dropped. Gabriel's >father's name was Garcia. I am relatively sure that this is the >practice throughout the Spanish-speaking world, including Mexico, but I >could be wrong. > >Alan B. I was told by a friend from Argentina that they use only one surname there. Any Argentinians to inform us? Luanne