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Old 04-04-2016, 04:14 AM
PatrickLondon PatrickLondon is offline
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Originally Posted by UDS View Post
So maybe, in fact, the exceptional case here is the Gaelic surnames. Maybe that's the only class of surnames routinely used as given names in the US even though this is not the practice in the country of origin?
Bearing in mind that quite a lot of surnames in both Scottish and Irish Gaelic would originally have been patronymics (i.e., at some point a father's given name got fixed as a family surname)........

(My understanding is that in Hispanic practice, you adopt both parents' surnames, so you wouldn't want another as a given name; but people from cultures who don't might well imagine one or other surname is in fact the person's given name )