Friday, May 1, 2015

From Pakyaw to Pacquiao: Variants of Manny's Surname

As the world waits one more day before the historic fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr., I would like to add more to yesterday's brief article on Manny Pacquiao's last name.

The original spelling as seen in the Catalogo

The surname PACQUIAO is a derivation of the family name PAQUIAO, a last name that was listed in the Catalogo Alfabetico de Apellidos. As the Catalogo can show, the surnames contained there are from various sources: some are direct listing of Hispanic surnames taken from various surname lists, others are from the plant, animal, and mineral worlds, still others are common Spanish words. Then there are those taken from indigenous words. In the case of Manny Pacquiao, his last name is derived from the Cebuano word pakyaw, which means "wholesale" or "to buy or pay in bulk".

The surname appears in various forms throughout the Philippines: Paquiao, Pacquiao, Pakiao, Pakyaw, and Pakiaw. In an interview he gave a few years ago, Manny stated that his father's roots are from Pinamungajan, Cebu. So, to find out what variations Manny's last name has taken, I looked at the church records of Pinamungajan and found that before the current form took hold, it appeared as PAQUIAO and PAKIAO (see photos below):


Two variants of Pacquiao from Pinamungajan, Cebu, Manny's dad's birthplace
Whatever version of Pacquiao, I wish him all the best in his fight tomorrow! Bring more glory to the Philippines, Manny!

Pacquiao's Surname and the Catalogo

As the nation, in fact the whole world, prepares for the most-awaited boxing match of the century, Filipinos all over the globe wait to see their champion, Manny Pacquiao, bring honor and glory to the nation.

As we do a countdown to this historic fight, allow the genealogist to also offer his small contribution to all this celebration.

The surname of Manny Pacquiao is one of the thousands taken from the Catalogo Alfabetico de Apellidos which accompanied Governor-General Claveria's decree of 1849.


As seen in above's photo, Manny's surname was originally spelled PAQUIAO (without the "c") in the Catalogo. The surname can be found on page 26 of the catalogo, first column, the 52nd surname in the column.