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Questions tagged [nombres-propios]

Preguntas relacionadas con nombres propios para designar a personas, lugares, eventos, empresas o cosas con un nombre singular.​ Se escribe con mayúscula. Si es genérico, usa [sustantivos] Questions about names used for an individual person, place, or organization, spelled with an initial capital ...

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¿Por qué se dice El iPad/un iPad?

Si un iPad es una tablet, ¿Por qué se usan artículos masculinos para referirse a él? Suena muy raro si digo una iPad, la iPad, etc. No sé si es sólo en Colombia donde se dice así y si en otros ...
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¿Por qué este “Dia” no lleva tilde?

Yo estaba convencido de que los nombres propios seguían las normas de ortografía (pese a haber llegado incluso a ver un "Iban" escrito tal que así en el DNI). En España hay una empresa (una cadena ...
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¿Se usó alguna vez el sistema de “ferias” para los días de la semana?

Leyendo por ahí he visto que en latín los días de la semana tenían dos variantes, una para los cristianos y otra que venía de más antiguo: Latín (ptolemaico) Latín (cristianismo) --------------...
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What do I call my birth mother? [closed]

I have recently gotten into contact with my birth mother (I’m adopted and from Peru) and she calls me daughter but I don’t know what to call her (our conversations are in Spanish with the help of a ...
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Is Mariposa a real Spanish name that Spanish speakers give to their kids or just an American bastardization? [closed]

I'm trying to name a character who comes from a Spanish speaking family, and the first thing I went with was Mariposa, and it felt really right for the character until I thought, wait, I should ...
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How is “Stack Exchange” pronounced in practice in a non-bilingual environment?

How is "Stack Exchange" pronounced in practice in a non-bilingual environment? Reason I'm asking: in Mexico, at least, proper names starting with ST are uncomfortable for those not fluent in English (...
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How to pronounce the surname Unzurrunzaga?

I need to pronounce the name Unzurrunzaga when I announce a girl for a Debutante Ball. I have not met her yet, and would like to have a better understanding prior to saying her name. She is an ...
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Are names of international figures still translated routinely in Mexican universities?

In the 1970's in Mexican universities (at least the provincial ones), names of historical figures were routinely translated, e.g. Adam Smith --> Adán Smith Albert Einstein --> Alberto Einstein ...
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El curioso caso de los planetas en el diccionario

Me resulta muy curiosa la definición de planeta en los diccionarios antiguos, y de lo que voy a mencionar a continuación seguramente se puedan sacar varias preguntas. Vamos por orden. Definición de ...
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¿Por qué se llama “Santa Fe”, no “Fe Santa”?

Pensé qué el adjetivo va siempre antes del sustantivo, excepto en casos de cantidad ('muchas casas', 'diez perros', etc.) Recientemente me he dado cuenta de que "Santa Fe" no se refiere a un santo, y ...
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¿Un “moro cojo” era un caballo en la California de 1825?

En la California colonial había un cañón: "El cojo", y un rancho: "Moro cojo". No se notan moros residentes y una leyenda sugiere que "el moro cojo" no era un hombre moro y cojo, sino un caballo ...
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¿Hay alguna palabra para definir los países de América del Sur donde el español es la lengua oficial?

Sabemos que Hispanoamérica define aquellos países de América donde se habla español: hispanoamericano, na 1. adj. Natural de Hispanoamérica, conjunto de los países americanos donde el español ...
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¿Se debe escribir “Internet” con mayúscula inicial?

La idea que yo tenía era que la palabra Internet se debía escribir con mayúscula al ser un nombre propio. El DPD parece confirmar esto: Funciona a modo de nombre propio, por lo que, en el uso ...
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Nuances of alphabetising names of countries

When alphabetising countries in English (specifically, a drop-down menu on my website), "El Salvador" is after "Egypt" and "the Gambia" is after "Gabon"; "Virgin Islands" and "Christmas Island" are ...
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¿Es “Gerundio” un nombre propio frecuente?

Hace años que encontré que, lo que para mi era siempre un apellido, "García", en Navarra y Aragón (España) se utilizan también como nombre de pila, y no son excepcionales las personas que lo llevan ...
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¿Por qué era común que, en algunos lugares, todos se llamaran o María o José y se los llamara por el segundo nombre? [closed]

Noté la norma leyendo sobre Alta California. Las mujeres se llamaban María de los Ángeles, María Candida, María Ramona, etc., y los hombres, José Mariano, José Antonio, José Rafael, etc. Resulta algo ...
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Transliteración del apellido ruso, Волков

Волков es un apellido ruso que en las letras latinas se ha escrito en varias formas. Una que parece ocuparse hoy dia en varios idiomas es Volkov, y otra que yo sé que se ha usado en español, pero hace ...
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In 1818 California a priest calls a young godfather “Mocho”. Why?

In Spanish Alta California the church held notable power. Immigrants who wanted to get ahead in society would undergo Catholic baptism, helping them qualify to marry or acquire land. In 1818 a ...
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¿Cómo se llama una cría de iguana?

Mi pregunta es si las crías de iguana tienen otro nombre aparte. Encontré una lista de crías en wikilingua, pero no encontré este animal.
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¿Hay algún equivalente al “III” del “John Doe, III” inglés para nombres en castellano?

En Name Suffixes “Sr” (Senior) and “Jr” (Junior) in Spanish se preguntó por los sufijos usados en castellano para el Senior y Junior inglés. La respuesta aceptada indica padre e hijo como mejores ...
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Tildes en apellidos en EEUU / Diacritics with names US

Mi padre tiene una novia cuyo nombre completo es «Kristen Treviño». «Kristen» es su nombre de pila, que proviene de sus padres estadunidenses y no hispanohablantes, y «Treviño» es su único apellido, ...
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Is “Guatemala” a Spanish word?

There is an expression "to go from Guatemala to Guatapeor" (from Guata-bad to Guata-worse). Yet the word Guatemala means "the land of trees" according to this. So since "bad" isn't part of the ...
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What does Diva Sahibi mean in Spanish?

Antes de irme al amanecer dibujé en un papel las líneas de su mano, y se las di a leer a la Diva Sahibí para conocer su alma. (Garcia Marquez, Memorias de mis putas tristes) Translation: ...
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Should “calle” be capitalized in “la calle de los Notarios”?

Una de las putitas pobres que cazan clientes de solemnidad en la calle de los Notarios me pidió el cigarrillo de siempre, y le contesté lo mismo de siempre: Dejé de fumar hace hoy treinta y tres ...
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Uso de mayúsculas en nombres de negocios

Digamos que tenemos un negocio llamado La Casa del Pan. ¿Cuál sería la forma adecuada de escribir las mayúsculas? Bienvenido a la casa del pan Bienvenido a La casa del pan Bienvenido a ...
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What would be a good way to tell people a foreign name they don't know? Is a nickname a good opportunity?

A friend of mine is going to travel to Colombia and is afraid that the colombian people might have problems understanding his name. His name is "Henning", it's a german/european name which pretty much ...
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Why is “Paco” the equivalent of “Francisco”?

In Spain it is quite common to use the hypocoristic Paco to refer to the people with the name Francisco. Why is that? Wikipedia states that: In Spanish, people with the name Francisco sometimes ...
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¿Se debe escribir artículo delante de una palabra extranjera que ya lo contiene en su lengua?

Supongamos que estamos hablando del periódico The Times o de la banda de música The Rolling Stones. Como sabemos, the es un artículo en inglés, por lo que a efectos prácticos estamos doblando el ...
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What is Cargamantos?

Una relación exacta, con fechas y detalles de que ella en persona había hecho cambiar las piedras de dos generaciones de hermosas y dignas Cargamantos, y había vendido las legítimas a la misma ...
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¿Por qué Pepe es equivalente a José?

El nombre José puede tener distintos diminutivos: Jose (¿sin tilde?)... y Pepe. Leí en alguna ocasión que Pepe es un hipocorístico (apelativos cariñosos, familiares o eufemísticos usados para ...
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¿Cómo se expresa nombres de familias?

Suponga que tengo planes a visitar una familia. Mi papá me pregunta a quién voy a visitar. ¿Cómo le contesto? En inglés contestaríamos así: I'm going to visit the Smiths. Más ejemplos: The ...
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How do middle names and last names work in Mexico culture? [closed]

I just met someone who lives in Mexico, and he said "I am Rafael Hernandez or Rafael Hernandez Rivera, but not Rafael Rivera." How do middle / last names work in Mexican culture?
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Me llamo vs. Mi Nombre

I understand that Me llamo is like, I am [name] but so is nombre. So which one would be used and in what scenario? Are they both acceptable? Is one more formal than the other?
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What is the proper way to refer to an island?

Some friends of mine live on Rota (an island off Guam). I might tease them that "La Isla Rota" means "Broken Island." Pero, fuera de broma, what would be the proper (no pun intended) way to refer to ...
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Why is the “H” in Hector pronounced?

The letter "H" is usually (always?) silent in Spanish. So why is the name "Hector" pronounced "Heck-ter" and not "Eck-ter"? Or is "Hector" an anglicization of the spelling of a name which is really "...
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Nombre del símbolo # en varios países

Varias veces, en publicidad radial o televisiva en Colombia, escucho que llaman a ese símbolo como hashtag. Yo lo conozco como numeral, pero estoy seguro que así no se le llama en otros países. ¿Qué ...
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Taqueria La Michoacana — what's the significance?

What does this construction mean and what are it's limits? Why isn't it Taqueria de la Michoacana? Is this a common way of naming things?
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Why is Oscar a common Spanish name? [closed]

I have a very good friend (of Mexican heritage*) named Oscar. Once in a while you come across a "white" Oscar (and there are many "Oskars" in Germany, I think), but it seems most common among ...
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“Día de Muertos” or “El Día de los Muertos”?

Which way of saying the Day of the Dead is correct: "Día de Muertos" or "El Día de los Muertos"? I am making a display of pencil boxes for this holiday, and want to be correct in my verbiage. I have ...
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Name Suffixes “Sr” (Senior) and “Jr” (Junior) in Spanish

What are the equivalent personal name suffixes in Spanish? Sr / Senior Jr / Junior Some examples would be: Mr. John Doe, Sr. Mr. John Doe, Jr.
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Why is “Santiago” the equivalent of “James”?

Most Spanish names are quite similar to the equivalent in English, such as: Juan → John Pedro → Peter Maria → Mary But what's up with this one? Santiago → James What's the connection? How do the ...
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llamar with names

Me llamo Mary. So the common way to say this in English is "My name is Mary", but the literal translation is more like: I call myself Mary. So I wonder, if we take this in English: Call me ...
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Pronouncing a person's name according to our mood

I have heard that in spanish, when people usually call each other by their names, they change the names according to their mood. For example, a person named Carlos can be referred to as Carlitos or ...
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Is it possible to use definite articles before proper nouns? If so, when?

I'm doing a Spanish project where we write a script for a commercial. First, we wrote it in English and now we have to translate to Spanish. So far, it's been okay, but I'm just not sure if I should ...
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What is Spanish for “John Doe” in Puerto Rico?

What is Puerto Rican Spanish for "John Doe" or "Jane Doe"? Is it still Fulano de Tal?
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Coffee with legs / The cafe with legs

So there's an infamous coffee shop in Santiago which goes by the name Café con piernas. Everywhere I've seen, including the Wikipedia article linked above, it's translated as "coffee with legs". ...
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Equivalent of Joe in spanish? [closed]

I want to remember what a friend's name was I just met. It's on the tip of my tongue, and I keep wanting to say Yohio or Yojo. It was not Jose. I don't remember. He went by Joe as well. I remember it ...
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Translation of “What was your name again?”

In English, if someone has already met someone else but later forgets their name, they might ask them something like, "I'm sorry, what was your name again?" (which is less forceful than a blunt "What ...
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Translating “They don't call me … for nothing.”

In English, there is a phrase "They don't call me ... for nothing." (showing that some nickname someone has has been confirmed by something they just did or are about to do). Is there any equivalent ...
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Is there a rule for forming the diminutive of names?

In Spanish, the diminutive form of names can be used to affectionately refer to someone. Are there any rules for how to derive the diminutive form of names (of people, not places), or is it different ...