Does the paternal last name go first?

Traditionally, the first surname is paternal and comes from the father, while the second surname is maternal and comes from the mother. Some of the Spanish records in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Texas may use two surnames, although this varies by time period.

What comes first paternal or maternal?

Paternal originates from the Old French word of the same spelling, meaning “of a father.” For example, your paternal grandparents are your father’s parents. (Your mom’s parents are your maternal grandparents.)

What is paternal last name?

Surnames. In 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.

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

Every state has its own rules on what you can and can’t do regarding name changes after marriage. In most states, you have the option to take your spouse’s last name, hyphenate your last names, use two last names without a hyphen, or move your maiden name to your middle name and take your spouse’s last name.

Can my baby have 2 last names?

Some names lend themselves well to hyphenation while others don’t. If you don’t like hyphens but still want to use both names, your child can simply have two last names.

Is Nan maternal or paternal?

The ‘correct’ terms are maternal grandfather and grandmother for your mother’s parents and paternal grandfather and grandmother for your father’s. However, most people grow up using a “babyname” for at least one set of them – Nan, Gran, Gramps, Dads etc.

What is your father’s mother called?

paternal grandmother
paternal grandmother: father’s mother. paternal grandfather: father’s father.

Can father’s name be surname?

For some reason, it is universally accepted that even in the case of someone who has been brought up, cared for and financed entirely by the mother, the surname should still be that of the father.

Which name goes first in hyphenated last name?

Generally, there are no set rules or etiquette when it comes to deciding exactly how your hyphenated last name will read. You can go the “traditional” route and list your “maiden” name first, or you could choose to list your new last name first, followed by your original last name.

Is your paternal name your last name?

It is customary that the first last name is your paternal and the second last name is maternal. Note that prior to 1700’s, there were no set rules on surnames aka last names. This means that your child could carry a last name that wasn’t the parent’s last name.

What is maternal surname?

Thus, the term “maternal surname” means the patrilineal surname which one’s mother inherited from either or both of her parents. For a discussion of matrilineal (‘mother-line’) surnames, passing from mothers to daughters, see matrilineal surname .

What is the definition of maternal name?

Your maternal name is your mother’s name which you may or may not have. (If you don’t have one, don’t enter one.) It’s more common in Latin cultures to have a maternal name in addition to a paternal name. It’s not so common in other western cultures.