Mexico Registers First Baby With Maternal Last Names
Like in Spain, tradition in Latin America had been to give babies two last names — the father’s surname, followed by the mother’s paternal surname. The time to change has come.
The first baby in Mexico to be officially named with the maternal surnames of both parents has been registered this week in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, reports the Associated Press.
So baby Barbara born to Jose Gonzalez de Diego and Alicia Vera Zboralska would normally have been named Barbara Gonzalez Vera, losing both parents' maternal surnames.
But to honor the maternal line, the couple won a court injunction allowing them to name their child Barbara de Diego Zboralska.
Raul Guajardo, director of public registries in Nuevo Leon, said it was a first.
"In the history of the country, no boy or girl has ever been given the maternal surnames of the father and the mother," he said.
As reported in The Guardian.