How do you fill out an official form in English that asks for just one last name when you instead have a surname which comprises more than one word?
I currently live in a Latin country, where we have names which have “two last names”. One of these “last names” is the father’s surname and the other is the mother’s. The order can vary between countries and even individuals. Sometimes you see these written with a hyphen or an “y” to connect them, but sometimes you do not.
I am filling a DS-2019 Form because I am moving to the U.S., but for the name they ask for
_______________ _______________ ________________ (Family name) (Given name) (Middle name)
That may map well to someone with a name like Franklin Delano Roosevelt, where you have one one given name, one middle name, and one family name (and in that order), but what about when you have more than one of one of those, like George Raymond Richard Martin, George Iain Duncan Smith, or Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca? Put them both — or all — in the one field? Invent new fields?
So, given the Latin name (with two last names), how do you fill this field? My last name has two names, so do I give them both, or choose just one, or hyphenate them, or something else like using one of the two last names as the middle name?
So under the last idea, the answer will be
____Perez_______ _____John_______ _____Espinosa___ (Family name) (Given name) (Middle name)