Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Well with itinerary North East Italy (again please!)
  2. 2 How many nights in Verona and Bologna?
  3. 3 https://thebeautysystem.com/secret-allure-cream
  4. 4 Comments on locations/sestieri, please
  5. 5 Semana Santa Other than Sevilla
  6. 6 Italy and Croatia in 20 days - I need a rough itinerary please
  7. 7 who is in amsterdam?
  8. 8 3 weeks in Central/Eastern Europe
  9. 9 3 nights Santorini suggestions with a child- is akrotiri a good location?
  10. 10 Trump alleged to be "keen" for US to join Commonwealth
  11. 11 Day Planning Help Required ..
  12. 12 Looking for suggestions car trip starting Amsterdam to nice
  13. 13 GERMANY, MID-RHINE & MUNICH
  14. 14 Italy/Croatia Potential Itinerary Advice?
  15. 15 Trip Report 'Brellies on "Standby." Dublin!
  16. 16 Path of the Gods / Amalfi coast
  17. 17 Help / Day Planning Required ...
  18. 18 New York Kennedy to Rome Fiumicino Airport Terminals Clarification
  19. 19 Southern Croatia and side trips itinerary recommendations
  20. 20 Restaurant recommendations for lunch in Rouen?
  21. 21 Paris Skip the Lines deals ...
  22. 22 Connecting flight time in Europe
  23. 23 Travel by car from Venice to Croatia
  24. 24 Proposed itinerary for Iceland
  25. 25 Dordogne Itinerary - Do I Need Another Day?
View next 25 » Back to the top

did you know? names and surnames in Spain

Jump to last reply

I am a Spaniard and have just taken part in a forum discussing the cultural differences between Europe and the USA.

In Spain, all newborns get their (Christian) name,i.e., Juan, and then they get their father´s and their mother´s first surname. For instance, if my dad is Angel López Isusi and my mom is Beatriz Villate Almarza (imaginary names), I would be Mikel López Villate. There is the possibility of having my mom´s surname first, and then I would be Mikel Villate López. The difference is that in the US nobody uses more than one surname, while in Spain common use is having both. Many Americans I deal with take erroneusly my second surname as my first, which is considered as part of my Christian name.

Also, women never take their husband´s names, my mom would never be Beatriz López, she always keeps her surname, and it REALLY puzzles me, how come that women in the US accept this "domination" and loss of name so easily?

In Portugal the mother´s surname comes always first.

One more point regarding names in Spain: Jesús is a very, very common name for a man over here, something very odd for many foreigners, they find it blasphemous...My uncle is called Jesús María, for instance, and María is part of many names of men in Spain. And many women are called Maria Jesús Surname Surname...

Last: Concepción, Anunciación, Milagros (Miracles), Pilar, Regla (women´s period), Dolores (pains), Nieves (Snows), Rosario (Rosary), Asunción, Encarnación (incarnation, Purificación, Inmaculada (inmaculate), Inocencia,..., are just a small part of very common Spanish names for women, of an obvious religious origin (names of virgin´s, here in Spain there must be over 3000 "different" virgins, and women used to take the name of the virgin for themselves).

This is probably very funny for Americans...

41 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement