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Q: ethnic custom ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: ethnic custom
Category: Family and Home > Families
Asked by: encourager7-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 27 Jan 2004 14:06 PST
Expires: 26 Feb 2004 14:06 PST
Question ID: 300881
In Portugal, do the daughter get the last name of the father or the
mother's maiden name?
Subject: Re: ethnic custom
Answered By: jackburton-ga on 27 Jan 2004 15:09 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi encourager7,
"Although Spanish women retain their "maiden" names,
and continue to use these names after marriage, their children --
while receiving both the mother and father's names -- use the
paternal name, and only pass the paternal name on to future
generations. In Portugal (that often forgotten co-habitator of
Iberia), by contrast, the woman losses her "maiden" name upon
marriage, and any children are only given the paternal name. "
(See message posted by "Kelli Wright")

I hope this answers your question.
Search terms:
portugal name maiden
portugal name father OR maiden
encourager7-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: ethnic custom
From: nelson-ga on 30 Jan 2004 01:09 PST
Hmm.  I'm of Portuguese descent.  My mother is a resident alien in the
U.S., my father being a citizen.  My mother does not use her maiden
name in the U.S., but her Portuguese documents (passport, identity
card) contain her maiden name between her middle name and my father's
last name.  I do not have my mother's maiden name in my name.

This page: refutes the
loss of maiden name.

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