Finally, the nickname Pepe derives from the fact that early church records referred to Saint Joseph as the "Padre Putativo" or presumed father of Jesus; this was many times shortened to P. In the past, it was common for individuals to be baptized with a string of middle names, often honoring ancestors, godparents or benefactors.In religious families one of the middle names would often correspond to the name of the Saint in the Catholic Church's liturgy whose feast day corresponded to the individual's birthday.
Finally we have surnames which take the name from the local Parish, the name of a local benefactor, the name of the Godfather or Godmother, and in the case of slaves, the surname of their masters.
None of these group of surnames imply any blood relationship to the family of the surname in question.
Some nicknames such as Chucho, Yeyo, Pipo, Cuca, Mami, etc.
could have been given affectionately to someone regardless of their real name, making the historian's work more arduous.
Cuban surnames are patterned after the Spanish form and contain both the father's surname and the mother's surname in that order, sometimes separated by the word "y" ("and").
This is extremely valuable for genealogical research, since by knowing the full surname, you automatically get the surnames of both parents.We also have surnames derived from nicknames, physical characteristics, or a special event or anecdote in the life of the individual.Thus we have "Calvo" ("bald"), "Flaco" ("thin") and "Armenteros", a corruption of "Arma Entera" ("full armament"), which was awarded by Royal Decree to Don Rodrigo de Guzmán after this individual continued to battle the moors with a wooden log after losing his sword.The above nicknames are sometimes given a diminutive suffix (ito, illo, ìn, etc.) such as Pepillita or Joseito.Whereas most nicknames are diminutive forms of the real names and shorter, some are longer such as Perucho for Pedro.Thus we have "Fernández" - meaning "son of Fernando", "Nuñez" - meaning "son of Nuño", and so on.