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The Origins of Filipino Surnames

“Cruz ka pala? Cruz din yung nanay ko! Magkamag-anak pala tayo!” (“So, your last name’s Cruz? My mom’s maiden name is Cruz, too. We’re related!”) Believe it or not, the above conversation happens more often than you think, echoed in Cebuano, Kapampangan, Ilokano, Hiligaynon, and in the dozens of other languages found in the Philippines. Filipinos usually identify kinship with people who share…

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Source: Family Tree Magazine.com

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