First name, middle name, surname

L> 15. First name, middle initial, last name15. First name, middle initial, last nameHow often have sầu you come across forms that require you to lớn enteryour first name, middle initial, và last name? In the rest ofthe world, and to some extent in the USA, they may not work. Thereason is that there are 2, not 3, major components khổng lồ people"snames:1. Given-names: these are the names given to lớn childrenby their parents (or, rarely, are changed by the children).2. Family-names (otherwise known as surnames): theseare the names passed down from generation to lớn generation (exceptin Iceland).Example 1: Mary Elizabeth Smith has two given-names và onefamily-name. If she calls herself Mary, then she has a first name,can use a middle initial, & has no problem with the forms.Example 2: Supposing, however, that she has been called Elizabeth(Liz for short) since birth. Then, her name won"t fit the standardforms. Neither will that of J. Edgar Hoover (a former FBI director)và many others. You can believe sầu that Liz would not want to haveto lớn answer khổng lồ the name Mary just because someone designed a formthat records only her first name và middle initial.Example 3. Liz Smith marries someone called Jim Brown.

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Shemay Hotline herself Elizabeth Smith, or change her name to ElizabethBrown, or Elizabeth Smith Brown. Her name Mary still is first,but she hardly ever uses it. So, what is now her "middleinitial"?Example 4: Ada María Guerrero Pérez is Mexican.Her names (nombres) are Ada María (and she always usesboth these names), her primer apellivì chưng (father"s family name)is Guerrero & her segunvày apellivày (mother"s family name) isPérez. You would find her in a Mexican phone book under"Guerrero Pérez, Adomain authority María." She callsherself Adomain authority María Guerrero. So what should she do whenshe encounters a US size asking for her "first name, middleinitial, & last name"?Example 5: Ada María marries someone called AlfonsoErnesto Hernández López. He has two given-names(& uses the second of these), & two family-names (Hernándezvà López). You find hlặng in a Mexican telephone book under"Hernández López, Erneslớn." He calls himselfErneslớn Hernández. How does he respond khổng lồ a US khung askingfor first name, middle initial, & last name?Example 6: Ada María has new problems with US forms:after her marriage she is Adomain authority María Guerrero de Hernández.So now how does she respond to a US size asking for first name,middle initial, và last name?Example 7: Li Xiao Ping is from Trung Quốc. In China, nhật bản, Vietphái nam,Hungary, và some other countries, the family-name (Li) comesfirst. The two components (Xiao Ping) of his given name are usedtogether as one name such that they could almost be written Xiaoping.You find him in a Chinese phone book as Li Xiao Ping (writtenin 3 chinese characters with no comma). How should he respondto lớn a US form asking for first name, middle initial, and last name?Which of his names is last?The design of US forms asking for "first name, middleinitial, và last name" is for the convenience of US designersof forms. It assumes ignorantly that everyone"s name fits thismold, or imperiously that everyone"s name must be forced intothis mold. It would be more appropriate to lớn thiết kế forms to lớn askfor (a) given-names, and (b) family-names, và then (c) underlinethe given-name và family-name by which you wish lớn be known.