Yo Albert, everybody else! I'm not sure why we don't capitalize the A. My name is occasionally pronounced DEENdah, but not often. Most folks stumble for a few seconds but get it right without help, I guess because we have so many Latins of different stripes here in So. CA. Deanda, or DeAnda is a fairly unusual name around here. Funny you'd ask right now, since I just did a bit of research into my Grandfather's background. Long story short, hir Marriage Licnese says he was from Spain, his Death Cert says San Juan Logas, Mexico. BTW, as far back as my Great Grandfather, it was spelled Deanda, at least on those official forms. My Dad always said the name was spanish and was offended at the notion it might be mexican. Now it appears he may well have been half mexican... his Mom was italian. Anyway, no mention of his father on the Ellis Island listing. It's possible he came to the U.S. thru Mexico, but the Death Cert says otherwise. I am equally proud of my heritage weather it's spanish or mexican. More research is coming up soon, it's getting interesting now! I'm not aware of any relatives in AZ. So far as I know, all my family is in So. CA and TN. I've had a few Latinos tell me Deanda is a respected name in Mexico, but nobody knows why. Anybody know anything about this? Albert, thanks for asking!