Post # 1
I need some advice and haven’t been able to get a straight answer from my future in laws. If I’m addressing an invite to a married couple in Puerto Rico, how do I refer to the couple if the woman has kept her last name (as it seems most Puerto Rican women do)? For my friends in the US who are in the same situation, I’m addressing them as Ms. Jane Doe and Mr. Joe Smith, but I want to make sure similar etiquette applies in PR so I don’t offend any future family! Any advice is appreciated.
Post # 3
Hello busyDCbride!!! In Puerto Rico women do change their last name to that of their husbands BUT all paperwork in Puerto Rico no matter male or female is with two last names:
Male: First Name, Middle Name, Mothers Maden Name, Last Name
Female: First Name, Middle Name, Maden Name, Last Name
When addressing mail to someone in Puerto Rico it is as followed:
Sr. Juan Luis Hernandez y Sra.
I hope this helps. I would ask your Mother In Law To Be how she suggest addressing to certain family members
Post # 4
i am probably too late for this, BUT for the future: while in pr everyone has both their father’s and mother’s last name, it has NOTHING to do with gender of the person.
everyone is the same:
first name middle name father’s last name mother’s last name(which is what in the US would be considered her “maiden” name).
most women in puerto rico DO NOT change their last names. however, in formal situations it is correct to refer to a married couple by the equivalent of mr. and mrs. john smith, which would be: sr. john smith y sra.