Why are Spanish surnames so long

5 November 2013
door Regina Coeli

Spanish surnames are often impressively long. That is because a child is given the surnames of both parents at birth. The first surname is that of the father, the second of the mother. In principle, then, children never have exactly the same surnames as their parents.

In Spain, your surname never changes as it can do in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands when you get married. However, if a Spanish girl marries somebody from the United Kingdom or the Netherlands, then she can take on her husband’s name, too.

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