Why Mother's Surname Should Be Included in Identity

Started by Alexis Padilla Padilla Balunsat on Thursday, September 16, 2010


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9/16/2010 at 11:20 PM

As people get divorced, remarried, and have different sets of children, the mother's surname helps a great deal in establishing identity of a person.
In our tribe, it was a custom to reuse or recycle names of children who died in infancy
by mothers, and stepmother's and resukted in a lot of confusion.
It was also customary to name at least one grandchild after a grandparent of either sex. A grandson may be named after his grandmother, and he assumes the masculine version of the name. Teofilo for example may have been named after his grandmother Teofila,
Exequiel may have a recycled name from an older brother who died in infancy.
This results in a baffling birth certificate, and baptismal certificate.

9/17/2010 at 9:09 AM

That's another reason why we should be careful not to merge two profiles just because they have the same name and were born around the samet time - check to make sure that one or the other didn't die in infancy or childhood before the other was born. It would be a shame to sort of delete a person's soul by taking him or her out of the tree just because his or her life was short.

Forgive me for being a little poetic or spiritual here - I get like that around the High Holy Days!

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