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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

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Query Details

Query Subject:   -EZ Ending on Spanish Surnames
Author:   Tom Flynn
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Subject Language(s):  Spanish

Query:   I'm curious about a pattern I see in the ending of Spanish surnames. Alvarez, Baez, Chavez, Dominguez, Estevez, Fernandez, and many others end in -ez. What is the significance of the -ez ending?

First guess is that it is merely a standardized variation from some originally Latin ending. Second guess is that it is roughly equivalent to Mac or O' in Celtic languages. Third guess is that it indicates Arabic origin (or some other regional origin).

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Tom Flynn
LL Issue: 15.1346
Date posted: 29-Apr-2004


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