Middle Name in Legal

A first or last name may have accents or diacri­tics. They can also only be used infor­mal­ly or social­ly, in which case they are not part of your legal name. For­eign citi­zens who­se sur­na­me con­tains non-Eng­lish let­ters such as Ibá­ñez may have offi­cial docu­ments with a dif­fe­rent spel­ling, which is some­ti­mes pro­ble­ma­tic. Num­bers in names (i.e. — 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9) are not pro­hi­bi­ted by any law. In prac­ti­ce, howe­ver, they are usual­ly for­mu­la­ted by orga­niz­a­ti­ons. Trans­la­te the first and last names that appe­ar on docu­ments sub­mit­ted as pro­of of social secu­ri­ty into first or last names on the SSN app­li­ca­ti­on as fol­lows: In coun­tries that pri­ma­ri­ly speak Eng­lish, such as Aus­tra­lia, Cana­da, Ire­land, New Zea­land, the United Sta­tes, and the United King­dom, a parent‘s first name is some­ti­mes used as a midd­le name to honor the fami­ly lega­cy. [5] Typi­cal examp­les are (1) a father named John Wil­liam Smith (= John W. Smith), who­se son is named Tho­mas John Smith (= Tho­mas J. Smith) or (2) a grand­mo­ther named Mary Grace Til­ley (= Mary G. Til­ley), who­se grand­d­augh­ter is Ash­ley Mary Smith (= Ash­ley M. Smith). Howe­ver, in many cases in the United Sta­tes, a person‘s midd­le name has litt­le or no ances­try con­text, and is ins­tead used to honor clo­se fami­ly friends or nota­ble public figures.

[5] A rare case in which a per­son was given only an initi­al as a midd­le name, whe­re the initi­al did not expli­ci­tly mean anything, was Har­ry S. Tru­man. (He once told repor­ters – appar­ent­ly con­tra­dic­ting his own prac­ti­ce – that the S should the­re­fo­re not be fol­lo­wed by a peri­od.) [6] Busi­ness­man Mark M. Davis also has a sin­gle let­ter as his midd­le name. The­re is a lot of talk about what con­sti­tu­tes a legal name. The Social Secu­ri­ty Admi­nis­tra­ti­on does not con­si­der a midd­le name or suf­fix to be part of a person‘s legal name. But many other legal sources say that a full legal name inclu­des the midd­le name. The use of mul­ti­ple midd­le names has recent­ly been some­what ham­pe­red by the incre­a­sed use of com­pu­ter data­ba­ses, which some­ti­mes allow only one midd­le name or, more fre­quent­ly, a midd­le initi­al in the sto­rage of per­so­nal records, effec­tively pre­ven­ting peop­le with mul­ti­ple midd­le names from being ent­e­red under their full name in the­se data­ba­ses. This is exa­cer­ba­ted by lon­ger com­pound names such as María del Pilar Perey­ra or María de las Nie­ves Gar­cía Fernán­dez. A work­around would be to add the midd­le name next to the first or last name, but this is not always pos­si­ble. To make the pro­cess easier, use your midd­le name ear­ly on land-rela­ted docu­ments (mor­tga­ge app­li­ca­ti­on or purcha­se docu­ments) so you don‘t have to make any chan­ges later.

When in doubt, or when many names are (or have been) used, names that have been used for for­mal, solemn and offi­cial pur­po­ses — over a lon­ger peri­od of time — car­ry more weight than names used for tem­pora­ry, social or ever­y­day pur­po­ses. The naming con­ven­ti­on of the Scan­di­na­vi­an coun­tries does not use first names as a midd­le name. While addi­tio­nal first names are cal­led midd­le names in the­se lan­guages, the laws of the­se coun­tries do not reflect this and take into account all first names. A per­son may have mul­ti­ple first names, but usual­ly only one of them is used to address the per­son, which can be con­fu­sing in some cir­cum­s­tan­ces. An issued pass­port will con­tain all names, but all except the sur­na­me will be lis­ted as given names. Names com­bi­ned with a hyphen are coun­ted as a name. A per­son named “Ulri­ka Britt-Inger Marie Fre­driks­son” has three given names and one sur­na­me, and any of the three given names could be cho­sen as her till­tals­na­mn (“spo­ken name”). It is usual­ly the first name in order that a per­son uses on a dai­ly basis, and it is often the only first name that is also used in for­mal envi­ron­ments. Unli­ke midd­le names in some Eng­lish-spea­king coun­tries, which are used as initi­als, addi­tio­nal first names are eit­her spel­led out in full or com­ple­te­ly omitted.