Father’s surname will stop taking priority in child names at end of June

  • Parents can now decide for themselves whose surname will take precedence

From 30 June, the surname of a child’s father will stop having precedence in the traditional double surnames of Spanish people. Until now a Spanish child’s legal name has to include their dad’s surname followed by their mum’s surname. For example, the full name of FC Barcelona’s captain is Andrés Iniesta Luján, son of José-Antonio Iniesta and María Luján. The recent reform of the government’s Registro Civil department, which records births, means that mother and father can now agree which of their surnames can come first for their children.