Why Do Spanish Have Two Last Names?

Which last name comes first in Spanish?

apellido paternoIn Spanish cultures, people traditionally have 2 surnames.

The first is the paternal surname (apellido paterno), the father’s first surname, and the second is the maternal surname (apellido materno), the mother’s first surname..

Why do people have two last names?

We use them to identify ourselves and they become part of our identity. Thus, as important as it is to pronounce names correctly, it is equally important to write and use them correctly. Calling someone by his/her right surname can generate a sense of belonging.

When you have 2 last names which one do you use?

The proper translation to English is surname, a term that is seldom used in the U.S. Surname (or apellido) does not mean “last.” So, when you talk about someone’s last name you talk about their apellidos (surnames) since there are two of them. The two surnames are referred as the first apellido and the second apellido.

What is the longest Spanish name?

One extreme example is Pablo Picasso. His full name is “Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.” Hispanic names tell a story. You can learn a lot about a Spanish-speaker from their full name.

Why do Spanish have long names?

You may wonder why people from Spanish speaking countries have such long names. This is because we have usually two family names (surnames), when not more. Following an ancient tradition, 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.