Portugal Naming Patterns

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Portugal Surnames[edit | edit source]

Since the Romans came to the Iberian Peninsula in the first century, the natives of Portuguese have identified themselves by familial surnames.

There has never been a standardized method of establishing surnames. However, there are several prevalent patterns.

  • Historically, daughters were commonly given their mother's surname, and sons were given their father's surname.
  • It was also common for children to receive both of their parents' surnames. When this combination occurred, the mother's surname would typically precede the father's surname.
  • Women tended to retain their maiden surname throughout their life.
    • In the late 19th century, the it became common for women to adopt adopting their husband's surname, but this practice faded by the end of the century.
  • From the mid 20th century onward, individuals tended to include their last (father's) surname in formal settings.[1]

Portugal Given Names[edit | edit source]

In Portugal, given names have been regulated since the creation of the Portuguese Republic, with couples allowed to choose only from a defined list of names. Because of this regulation, common given names have changed little over time.[2]

For a full list of allowable given names in modern Portugal, visit the Instituto dos Registros e do Notariado.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Collaborators of Wikipedia, "Portuguese name," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese_name. Visited 23 June 2017.
  2. Collaborators of Wikipedia, "Portuguese name," in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese_name. Visited 23 June 2017.