CHamoru Clan Names: Based on First Names


First Names and derivatives thereof also evolve into family clan names. For example, Kaila (Micaela), Gollo/Goyu (Gregorio), Eka (Rebecca), and Bittot (Victor).

CHamoru people tend to be crafty in developing nicknames from first names. Some derive from using the latter part of a given name. Granted, there are exceptions, however, this is worth being mindful of since some CHamoru family clan names are derivatives of first names, with some being corrupted pronunciations due to accents and perhaps by some people with speech impediments. This may also further explain (requires more research and data analysis) how some clan names today may be actual derivatives of ancient clan names.

Francisko [sic] becomes Kiko', from the -cisco ending.

Teresa becomes Checha, from the -esa ending.

Miguel becomes Ge', from the -guel ending.

Josefa becomes Epa', from the -efa ending.

Jose becomes Pepe, from the -se ending.

Soledad becomes Da', from the -dad ending.

Jesus become Chu', from the -sus ending.

Rosa becomes Chai, from the -sa ending.

Gregorio becomes Goro', from the -gorio ending.

Maria becomes Lia, from the -ria ending.

Antonio becomes Nono', from the -onio ending.

Remedios becomes Medo', from the -medios ending.

Joaquin becomes Kin, from the -quin ending.

Dolores becomes Lole', from the -lores ending.

Felix become Lele', from the -elix ending.

Ana becomes Nena', from the -na ending.

Tomasa becomes Bacha', from the -masa ending.



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