Re: Link between Inca/Aztec/Maya and Basque?

Julia E Smith (
7 Nov 1996 18:11:12 GMT

In article <>,
Bo Sj=?iso-8859-1?Q?=F6?=ge <> wrote:
>Someone mentioned to me a similarity between family names in one of the
>native South American cultures and the Basque people. Any ideas???

I'm not sure what group you might be talking about, but...
South America has been under Spanish control for over 400 years. Family
names for many, if not most indigenous groups follow Spanish forms, and
indeed often use Spanish names. So, it's not really surprising that
family names in an area settled predominately by Basques, who live in
northern Spain, should use Basque names.

Julia Smith
University of Pittsburgh