Oh, those long Latin American names! How do we fit them on our name badges? How do we alphabetize our attendees' names, or how do we address people correctly? Why is Jorge Antonio Lopez Rodriguez from Mexico addressed as Sr. Lopez when Jorge Antonio Lopes Rodrigues from Brazil is addressed as Sr. Rodrigues? The answer lies in the family names. In the Americas, the custom is to drop the mother's maiden name and use only the father's last name as the family name. But this is ...

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