Surname means a lot to a person. A surname gives to you a sense of belonging. Personal name is given to a person after much searching. A name matches a person's personality. Names come with different meanings to them. Surname is an acquired name. On taking birth in a particular family a person becomes automatically entitled to the name by which the family is known in the social circles.
Very few countries have something like a “mononame”. But normally everyone has two names; a surname and a first name are required by almost all official papers. Surname comes after the personal name. Trend is however different for Chinese, Japanese and Hungarians as well, the surname comes before the first name. Common practice is to have father's family. name as one's surname. But in many places maternal surname is preferred even today.
Mexican Last Names are two and not one. A Mexican child is given both his father's and mother's name to go for his surname. For all official transactions both the surnames are taken into account. However one surname can be used in everyday life.
Mexican Last Names are slightly difficult to comprehend in their usage. Both the maternal grandfather's name and the paternal grandfather's name will make for a child's surnames.
Mexican Last Names can constitute of occupational names in these modern times. Families are slowly losing their importance in this materialistic world, hence the need to have a surname which will keep up with the tradition as well be of official use. Many illegitimate offsprings have no surnames to rely on; they get the names invented for convenience. At times some names are too common, and to keep one from getting lost in the multitudes, one get's for him a new name.
Some surnames are evolved out of the name of the place one belongs to. To such name “de” is added, “de” means “of”.
Some very common surnames are: Gomez, Perez, Nunez, Ramirez, Rios, Guzman, Medina, Lopez, Flores, Aguilar, Castillo, Cruz, Castro, Espinoza, Garcia, Vega, Valdez, Salazar and Soto etc.
You can search for Mexican Surnames in alphabetic order. Special books have been created to facilitate people in deciding upon their surnames. Mexicans don't have a middle name. Mexican woman normally does not take her husband's name after marriage.
In Caridad Bravo Adams, Caridad is the person's personal name. Next is father's surname which is Bravo. Adams is the mother's surname. The three are taken together to form the full name.