Feminist Last Naming Practices

Nontraditional Last Name Stories

Carmen Verdejo Garcia

Carmen is from Spain and has her paternal surname followed by her maternal surname.

When asked about whether Spanish double surname maintains a woman’s identity, she responded, “Definitely. It’s a way to preserve your identity because your name passes on for your child. Maybe it will not pass on for the next generations, if it’s not in the first place [referring to the paternal surname], but it’s still there; and you’re not taking somebody else’s surname. It’s not like you’re losing part of your identity.”

Carmen expressed her opinion of the new Spanish law allowing the surnames to be written in either order and the future of the Spanish naming tradition and said, “It gives people more freedom, and that’s always a good thing. I don’t know if it will have such a great effect anyways because people tend to go with their first surname, so I don’t know if we will still do the traditional surname thing for very long or not.”

 

 

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