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Title: The Names of Cantabria
Author(s): RAMÍREZ SÁBADA, José Luis
Volume: 34 Date: 1998-1999
The names of Cantabria follow the general pattern of Spanish names and, in particular, that of the names of Castilla-Léón. The Cantabrian repertory of names is analyzed historically. The existing structure of names has its origin in the Middle Ages. The medieval repertory of names consisted mainly of Greco-Latin and Germanic names. At the time there were also Christian names and biblical names. Later children received the name of a saint. In the Middle Ages the use of patronyms and place names as surnames became generalized. At present there is a clear predominance of patronymic surnames, but those derived from place names have the most Cantabrian character. The last generation of young people born since 1975 are characterized by the fact that their first names do not correspond exactly to the historical criteria. The names considered 'strange' (i.e. cacophonous) are avoided. New sociological factors (regional names, fashion and Basque names) are modifying traditional habits.