Ted Dennison wrote:

> In article <3B27604B.4D156A75 / facilnet.es>, Alvaro Segura says...
> >Officially in Spain we have one first name (simple or compound) and TWO
> >family names, one from the father and one from the mother (in that order
> >by default, but can be changed). And women don't change their name when
>
> I'm sorry for the stupid question, but if your parents both have two last names,
> and you get both of their last names, wouldn't that give you 4? Obviously,
> you're keeping one of their family names rather than both, but which one?
>
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In Spain the names you retain are your paternal names.

So if Jose Alvarez Garcia marries Maria Martin Dominguez their children might be
named
Juan Alvarez Martin or Isabel Alvarez Martin