Some Carcar families: one and the same?
I hope I can wangle time — before the continental drift or climate change undermine the planet — to give particular attention to investigate whether the families holding the following similar surnames were originally a single family, or whether they were really just originally distinct from each other.
It’s nothing like going back to when Zeus became Luppiter because the change in these Carcar surnames, if there was, occurred only 50-100 years ago. All the more intriguing how such changes can occur in that narrow timeframe. Here:
Alcotas-Alcuitas – although there is no longer a voter in Carcar surnamed Alcotas, there are records for a family with that surname, records that date back to the 1850s. we need to find a common ancestor for both lines to be able to conclude that the split was just an error in spelling. Alcuitas, too, is just an offshoot of the old spelling Alcuetas, which is also the one found in the 1850 Catálogo de Apellidos. But the spelling Alcuetas cannot be found in Carcar anymore.
Alcovendas-Alcomendras – we have gotten, more or less, the timeline of the two surnames, from Alcovendas to Alcomendras, including the transitional Alcomendas, but to get to how and why the variants came into the picture would be absolutely rewarding —but admittedly quite difficult to extract from the records.
Alduesa-Aldueso – it seemed significant that my file for Aldueso starts later than Alduesa, fueling a suspicion that the former may have been just a variant of Alduesa. I had started a trace of these two surnames but had been a little distracted from the research.
Aleyra-Allera – I have not began my Aleyra and Allera files—and the older Alera—but I just have a strong feeling the Allera family (there is no more voter for Alera and Aleyra) descended from these two older names.
Camonias-Camuñas – there is no more voter surnamed Camuñas but records for a family that later took on that surname existed from the 1840s. Another special fork is that of a Camonias branch that has Cabuñas as the surname of their ancestors. Which is which now?
Catao-Cataos – we can say categorically that Cataos families descended from the Catao. We do not, however, know how and why the change, or whether it was an official/legal change of name involved.
The Bagol line which legally changed their surname to Torres for the purported reason that their grandfather was actually Torres and the Bagol was just their father’s nickname is a different story.
Panisan-Pansan – Pansan is the more numerous surname, but, like Aleyra-Allera, it’s just a feeling, but strong, that the two surnames started from a single family. Some Panisan are related to me in both the Aleonar as well as the Barcelo families.