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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie View Post
    Hi Grossvater,

    I don't think they gave Exposito as a last name to the "illegitimate" children in Yucatan, but they did make a note of it (that they were exposito/without a known mother or father) when they recorded the child's baptismal record. From what we have read, the surname Exposito was given to illegitimate children in other parts of Latin America. You are probably right about the de La Cruz. The priests were good at giving those "holy" sounding name to the native children that they baptized.
    I wonder, if it does occur as a surname, if it's at least sometimes derived from the Italian Esposito (most famous in my neck of the woods because of him).
     

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    From Wikpedia "Spanish Naming Customs:"

    Anonymous foundlings were a naming problem for civil registrars, but such anonymous children were often named toponymically, after the town where they were found. Because most foundlings were reared in church orphanages, they were often given the surnames Iglesia or Iglesias (church[es]) and Cruz (cross). Blanco (connoting "blank" here, rather than the more usual "white") was another option. A toponymical first surname might be followed as second surname by Iglesia or Cruz.

    Foundlings often were surnamed Expósito (Lat. exposĭtus, "exposed", connoting "foundling"), which marked them, and their descendants, as of low caste and social class, people without social pedigree.[citation needed] In the Catalan language the surname Deulofeu ("made by God") was often given to foundlings. In 1921 Spanish law allowed the surname Expósito to be changed without charge.[14]

    In Aragón, anonymous children used to receive as well the family surname Gracia (Grace) or de Gracia, because they were thought to survive by the Grace of God.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie View Post
    There is an “ancient” Maya in my house. Well, not really ancient. My husband was born in Merida, Yucatan. He knew that his paternal great-grandmother was Maya. His grandfather spoke Mayan fluently. However, as far as he knew, before he began searching baptismal records, the rest of his family was Spanish.
    ...
    I have encouraged him to take a DNA test. He might be a little reluctant now after learning about my own discovery, that I am a hijo natural. i
    Christmas is coming within 2 months
    dp :-)
    Grace and good eure and long prosperitee. [Lydg. Mum. Goldsmiths]

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    Many times also “mestizos” may be labled “español” if they had gained status. Many times, the same person could be listed as “mestizo” in one record or document but “español” in another.

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