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Monday, February 05, 2007 (read 31097 times)
 

Super-Long Spanish Names!

by Celine

When I first got to Spain, right away I noticed that Spanish people had very long names. From the beginning, I learned that when a child is born, he/she receives the first surname from the father and the second surname is the first surname of the mother. This seems very simple, and for this reason, I accepted this difference without any more questions.

e.g. Juan Martínez Escudero + Marta Villanueva Cortés => Juan Martínez Villanueva

After doing a little research, I found out it can get quite a bit more complicated than what I previously thought. What happends when two spanish people get married??

Well…

If Teresa García Ramírez marries Elí Arroyo López, she doesn't change her name, BUT it would be extremely common for her to add "de Arroyo" (literally, "of Arroyo"), making her name Teresa García Ramírez de Arroyo. This is why the names get so long!! Now…imagine that Teresa's name is actually Maria Teresa (it is very common for Spanish women to have two first names as well…commonly the first being Maria.)

Now the final result is Maria Teresa García Ramírez de Arroyo!! That sure is one long Spanish name!!!


Keywords: spain,culture

Comments

1 » maria de la santa cruz rosalina agnelia rodriguez cuellar rene' (on Tuesday, May 10, 2011) said:

I love this website but I am a little depressed that I could not find my name. :( but i still love you guys :) <3
Maria de la santa cruz rosalina agnelia rodriguez cuellar rene'

2 » Blog Moderator (on Wednesday, May 11, 2011) said:

Hello Maria de la Santa Cruz Rosalina Agnelia Rodriguez Cuellar Rene, sorry we dont have your name listed here. But we have lots of Spanish names and there meanings on our Baby Name page:
http://www.donquijote.org/culture/babynames/
Check it out! :)

3 » Sa (on Sunday, October 28, 2012) said:

That is not common:

"If Teresa García Ramírez marries Elí Arroyo López, she doesn''t change her name, BUT it would be extremely common for her to add "de Arroyo" (literally, "of Arroyo"), making her name Teresa García Ramírez de Arroyo."

4 » Anonimo (on Thursday, December 13, 2012) said:

Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso

This was Pablo Picasso''s real name (Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer).

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