EDIT: “Might be true” is a better way of putting it.
On the Wikipedia article about Fulgencio Batista, the famously corrupt 1940s-1950s President of Cuba, there’s a statement that “his mother named him Ruben and gave him her surname, Zaldivar. His father did not want to register him as a Batista.”
Something about that makes me suspicious mostly due to the fact that most sources I find list Batista’s full name as “Ruben Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar”. These secondary sources I’ve read (in English as I can’t read Spanish although I’d love to learn just to have access to Cuban sources and out of interest) generally claim that he was born in wedlock to a poor family, the firstborn child of a canecutter who fought in the Cuban War of Independence/Spanish-American War, which is true. If he was born in wedlock it’s unlikely his father wouldn’t have acknowledged him as his son (especially not in 1901).
So is there any hard evidence for the idea that Batista was a) not born in wedlock and/or b) not originally called “Fulgencio Batista” but ran for President in his first election under a fake name?
Here’s the rest of the quote (Ignore the bit about the US$15000 bribe):