Title

The Role of Mestizaje of Surnames in Paraguay in the Creation of a Distince New-World Ethhnicity

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-1993

Department

Anthropology and Sociology

Abstract

Most Paraguayans have Spanish, rather than indigenous, surnames. This paper argues that Guarani surnames have not simply been replaced, but have been incorporated into a mestizo naming system that is recognized as part of a distinct Paraguayan national ethnicity. The process by which surnames changed drew upon both the indigenous naming system and Paraguayan history and social structure to create a specific marker of ethnicity and social class.

Publication Title

Ethnohistory

Volume

41

Issue

1

First Page

139

Last Page

165