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By tapper
#413997
Anyone tell me the correct way to write the person´s names? e.g Señor Angel Llanos Diaz and his missus Señora Mercedes Martinez Martin. I understand that the first surname is the one from the father, so could I address the envelope simply to Sres. Llanos? or Sres. Angel Llanos? or does it need Sres. Angel y Mercedes Llanos? and if Señora Mercedes was a single woman it would it be Sra. Mercedes Martinez? without the Martin? and if Angel was single is it his full name or just Sr. Angel Llanos. Yes, I´m confused ! Need to know ASAP please!! It´s only to inform people of an upcoming meeting but would like to get it right. Cheers.
By rspltd
#418118
Love the reply Jane. For those of us who have no idea how it works (and can't even guess) can you explain please?
By Jane C
#418200
Hi,

The family's surnames are the combination of the husband's first surname: Señor Angel Llanos Diaz and the wife's first surname: Señora Mercedes MartinezMartin, giving us - Señores Llanos Martinez, abbreviated to Snrs. Llanos Martinez.

There might be other ways of doing it, but that's what I think is right.

Jane
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By zelai
#419283
beastess wrote:Many Spanish people I know seem to go by one apellido only. Guess they only put the lot down when it comes to filling forms.
Yes, we mostly use just the first one. I say both of my sons "apellidos" 'cause the second one is mine, and don't want to say only his father's :twisted: :twisted:

When writting a letter I usually adress it to "familia Llanos-Martinez" even if only the first one (the husband's) would sufice, my slightly feminist side makes me writte both. Can´t help it. :twisted:
By tapper
#420705
Thanks to both Beastess and Zelai for your replies. All sorted now and with your and Jane´s help done correctly!
By rogerb
#1042364
Carrying on from this very old post I have a similar query.

I have a Spanish friend who lives in Asturias. She is a medical doctor, quite a stickler for being correct in written communications, is about 20 years younger than I, and a married lady.

She addresses snail mail to me: "Sr. Don <my initials and surname>"

'Sr'. is clearly 'Señor' and 'Don', presumably, a sign of respect for my great age ? :)

I know, of course, her Christian name, and surname, and that she is a doctor ... so how should I correctly address letters to her ? In the past, as I was unsure, I have always just used the 2 names I know, e.g. "Maria Garcia" (not her name!).
She has never commented on this, only once putting me straight when i accidentally ended her surname with an"S" rather than a "Z" (apparently the Zs are much more aristocratic :D )

Would "Dra. Maria Garcia" be OK?
Thanks!
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