Married female surnames in Portuguese tradition

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Hello everyone.  i thought i'd share some interesting information regarding female surnames in Portugal prior to the 1900s.  Mostly I found that females took on their mothers' surnames - married women kept their surnames and didn't take their husbands surnames - and males took on their father's surnames. In my family tree, which I have traced back to before 1680, only the most recent (my mother) took on her spouse's last name as a legal surname. Sign of the times.  Still, I'm proud that all my women ancestors took on their mother's surname as their surnames :) Yay for us women!
in The Tree House by Eneida Paulo G2G5 (5.8k points)

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Thank you for sharing this information. Now I can go back to my Portuguese and Cape Verdian and try to make sense of what I'm finding as far as names.
by Valora Frazier G2G3 (3.5k points)

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