Up to now, I’m still wondering what my family name means. Am I related to Mr So-and-So? Or, to this famous music composer?
I’m not sure. I haven’t ventured into tracing my family tree. Should I undertake a genealogical study of my family name’s origin.
After reading Mr Renato Perdon’s account of how Filipino family names came to usage, I don’t think I have the resources.
Mr Perdon in a chapter of his book Brown Americans of Asia wrote that when Governor-General Narciso Claveria was the head of the Spanish colonial government, he issued on November 21, 1849 a decree called Catalogo Alfabetico de Appelidos (Alphabetised Catalogue of Surnames) which mandated the adoption of surnames.
“The decree was to correct the capricious habit of Filipinos to adopt the names of saints [Read more…]