Is not Marcela's surname "Flores de Castro" and not "de la Peña"?

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"Marcela de la Peña" appears in the Wiki page. She was born in Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico, about 28 Oct 1723, and married Alonso Barrera (or Bareda) on 12 Jun 1740, in Monclova. I believe her name should be rendered as "Marcela Flores de Castro." Her father's name is given in the Wiki as Manuel Flores de la Peña which is better rendered by Spanish rules as "Manuel Flores del Bosque" (b. abt. 1703, Coahuila, Mexico) since we know his father was "Manuel Flores de Peña" (b. abt. 1660, Spain) and his mother as "Isabel del Bosque" (b. abt. 1650, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico) as given in their marriage record. Now, Spanish custom sometimes allows flexibility on the surname to be chosen by the individual and not necessarily that given at birth. Thus, is there documentation that Marcela called herself "de la Peña" or is that a contemporary researcher's designation? As is obvious, tracking her and her descendants woud be adversely affected by the wrong decision in determing her surname.
WikiTree profile: Manuel Flores de la Peña
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retagged by Ellen Smith
She use de Pena, de la Pena and Flores de Pena as did Trinidad. I have seen various individuals use seveal different surnames and have been told that at one point some used up to 16.

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Hello Dan,

Sorry for the late reply, just came across your post. The paternal + maternal surname naming convention for Spanish speaking people was adopted in relatively recent times. It starts to appear in Mexican records around the late 1800's.

The last names listed in the profiles for Marcela and her parents are based on images of the original records. In the marriage record of Marcela's parents; her father Manuel is listed with the last name of Flores de la Peña. In her baptism Marcela's father has shortened his compound surname to 'de la Peña' which is the same last name listed for Marcela and her father in Marcela's marriage to Juan José Montes de Oca. I added transcriptions of the records in their respective profiles.

Best regards,
by Austin Pérez G2G6 (6.5k points)

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