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since we Spaniards have one (or more) first name, no middle name and two surnames (we acknowledge that we have a mother and, thus, we also get her first surname)
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We have the same thing in Portugal. It's also important for us that the child gets the maternal family name, since the kid is 50% mom too.
The Germans didn't find that funny. I had to get a document from the Portuguese Embassy proving that having 2 family names is ok, before being able to register kiddy Helm with them.
I have 6 names (yes, really), let's say 1 2 - 3 4 5 6. When we bought our apartment, the Grundbuchamt sent me home a preview of the document saying Mrs. 1 2 - 6 3 4 5 (spelling mistakes included). I sent it back and told them my name was 1 2 - 3 4 5 6. They sent a new document with the name Mr. 3 1 2 - 6 4 5.
I went there in person and explained: 1 & 2 forenames. 3 4 5 6 family names in that order. They printed a new document with 1 2 3 6 4 5. I took a deep breath and showed them for the 50th time the correctly hand-filled document and exasperatedly asked: "Is it really that difficult to follow instructions?". They took offense and finally put it correct with some puffing. But called me Mrs. 3 for the duration of the procedures.
When I changed my driving license, I got a call from the Strassenverkehrsamt asking which names they could cut out because they did not have enough characters... At least they asked. Some other agencies decide to cut at a whim and I end up having different names in different agencies...