Spanish Surnames

In Spanish-speaking countries people generally use two surnames. The first is the father’s surname, the second is the mother’s. Thus if Alberto García Rubio and Carmen Haro Santillana have a son called Alejandro, he will be called Alejandro García Haro.

A married woman may choose to keep her maiden name or to use her husband’s, preceded by ‘de’, after her own. Thus Carmen Haro Santillana could be known as:


  •  • Carmen Haro Santillana
  •  • Carmen Haro de García
  •  • Carmen Haro Santillana de García
  •  • Señora de García
  •  • Señora de García Rubio

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