About Juan Tirona
The TRIA TIRONA family originally had a solo surname, TIRONA. In those times, Tirona godchildren followed the surname of their godparents in such a manner as to multiply the Tirona surname. In a written account of Don Andres Tria Tirona in December 1930, handed down to Doña Tomasa Tria Tirona Castro or “Lola Machay,” he records that in the year 1849, a decree dated 21 November was given by the Governor General Don Narcisio Clavería y Zaldua, delaying the change of surnames. Fr. Andres Galdeano, then parish priest of Kawit, Cavite, promptly suggested to Señor Estanislao Tirona to insert the word TRIA between the first and last name to distinguish the true Tironas.
But why TRIA? One definition of TRIA is “third,” which does not make sense. There must be a more rational reason behind the choice of the name TRIA.
Now, another definition of TRIA is “picking out”. And in the context of distinguishing the “blood Tironas,” the phrase PICKING OUT now seems more logical. It was the intention to PICK OUT the true Tironas from those who had simply adopted the surname.