Like many cultures, last names of Spanish origin are derived from family names, place names, descriptive names or names of occupations. Spanish names, however, don't always follow a linear path. A person, for example may have two last names, one from their mother and one from their father. Their children may take two last names from their father and one from their mother. A woman may take only her mother's surname. It may also be helpful to check out the Ultimate Guide to Mexican Names.
Most Popular Spanish Surnames on FamilyEducation: Alcazar, Alvarez, Da Rosa
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