double surnames in Caribbean and South America #general

monsanto <monsanto@...>

Referring to different messages concerning the use of double names in f.i.
Cuba. The explanation given about the children in Spanish speaking
countries carrying both their parents' surnames is one thing. Now about the
use of double surnames of the sephardic Jews in these countries. Very early
on, in the Amsterdam ketuboths f.i., we see a massive amount of double
surnames. In my own research I have found these double surnames: Gonzales
Monsanto, Moreno Monsanto, Rodriguez Monsanto, Israel Monsanto, Mendes
Monsanto and Nunes Monsanto. About the last two: one could imagine that the
first name was the family name and the second one was an indication of a
village or the place this particular family came from.(Keeping in mind,
that some families kept their aquired catholic names in order to continue
business under a name which was familiar to their contacts - and not going
into the use of "aliases" in the 17th and early 18th century). A family
name like Robles de Medina would indicate this practice as well. I would
like someone with more knowledge on the subject to shed some light on this.
As far as I can tell, the Mendes Monsanto came >from Lissabon and the Nunes
Monsanto came >from Southern Spain. No family connection shown yet. At a
certain point in the 19th century, we can see that the Rodriguez Monsanto
of Curaçao f.i. skipped the Rodriguez and were referred to as Monsanto
only. The Mendes Monsanto sometimes were referred to as M. Monsanto but
kept until today the Mendes Monsanto as a double name. Many sephardic
families still carry the double surnames. About the name Moreno Monsanto,
it seems this came about through a second marriage, and the children from
the first marriage would carry both their parents' surnames as a
distinction to the children >from a second marriage. I have no real proof
for this. I would really like to learn more about this subject.

Christel Monsanto, Curaçao -

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