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    Hi,
    I am still a bit confused about the surname/surnames issue.
    In my Spanish passport I have 2 surnames. The passport looks like this:

    (1) Apellidos/Surname/Nom
    SURNAME1
    SURNAME2

    (2) Nombre/Given names/Prenoms
    NAME

    Then my PR already shows my name as: SURNAME1 SURNAME2, NAME
    Note the position of the comma separating the surname from the name. It seems to be correct. The same as in my passport.

    I have checked at the HMRC site and they also know me as: NAME SURNAME1 SURNAME2
    I have read in the resources section that in Britain only 1 surname is allowed.

    The doubt is: It seems that the British system has already acepted my 2 surnames as if it was just 1 surname.

    Is that fine or should I ask my consulate for the certificate explaining the Spanish law about the 2 surnames?

    Thanks
    Regards.

  • #2
    Originally posted by JensCitizen View Post
    Then my PR already shows my name as: SURNAME1 SURNAME2, NAME
    Note the position of the comma separating the surname from the name. It seems to be correct. The same as in my passport.

    I have checked at the HMRC site and they also know me as: NAME SURNAME1 SURNAME2
    I have read in the resources section that in Britain only 1 surname is allowed.

    The doubt is: It seems that the British system has already acepted my 2 surnames as if it was just 1 surname.

    Is that fine or should I ask my consulate for the certificate explaining the Spanish law about the 2 surnames?
    Morning,

    I'm not sure what your question relates to, have you obtained British citizenship and are you applying for a UK passport? Or are you submitting any other application?

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    • #3
      Hello,
      I am starting the Naturalisation process.
      I have read in your step by step guides the issue with the surnames: In Britain there is only ONE surname.

      In my original post I was showing the info as it comes in my passport, to explain the format of the Spanish surnames.
      But.... let's asume that my name is Pedro Garcia Lopez

      If I search for my info at some British official places, my name comes already in the following format: "Name Surname1 Surname2" so the questions are:

      1- Have they accepted Surname1 Surname2 as my British unique surname?
      Then => British identity: Name Surname1 Surname2 => Pedro Garcia Lopez (name=Pedro, surname="Garcia Lopez")
      or
      2- Do they think that Surname1 is my middle name (I do not have one)?
      Then => British identity: Name S1. Surname2 => Pedro G. Lopez
      or
      3- Would they drop Surname2?
      Then => British identity: Name Surname1 => Pedro Garcia
      or
      4- Would they adopt my Surname2 as my actual British unique Surname?
      Then => British identity: Name Surname2 => Pedro Lopez

      In all these cases except case 1 the British identity will not match the Spanish one.
      Do I have I to ask my consulate (Spanish) to deliver the certificate explaining that in Spain we have 2 surnames?
      It is a bit confusing.. hence my question.

      Thanks.

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      • #4
        Morning,

        Have you seen our post about surname certificates? That may be the answer you are looking for: Spanish nationals and surname certificates - UKCEN Citizenship and Residence for European Nationals and their families

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