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Spanish surname naming customs go like this

first name - paternal surname - maternal surname

the paternal surname is the surname that usually gets adopted

so when you guys are doing the whole Maria Clara Carriedo de la Cruz stuff or whatever, you've been taking the wrong surname from Spain's character all along!

His name is Antonio Fernandez Carriedo

this means

Antonio = first name

Fernandez = paternal surname

Carriedo = maternal surname

so the surname that would be more accurate to borrow would be Fernandez, not Carriedo!

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BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT

Why borrow Spain's surnames in the first place? You don't see America being called Alfred Kirkland. You don't see Lovino Fernandez. If your character is an independent nation, I don't see any reason for them to keep their coloniser's surname as though they're still their colony.

I get it if you headcanoned the OC as having the surname during colonisation. But once they are independent, it would make sense for them to break away from that. Perfect sense in fact. They're independent and that human name still having their coloniser's surname makes it feel like they're still their coloniser's 'property', so to speak.

So basically what many people have done is

1. borrow the incorrect surname from Spain

2. made their PH OC seem less independent and still Spain's property even though Philippines has gone through two other colonisers (America, Japan) and is now independent

JUST STOP WITH THE GODDAMN 'CARRIEDO' OKAY THAT'S INACCURATE
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:icontanblaque:
TANblaque Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I got it now! -fave- Thanks for saying! I better make it Maria de la Cruz! xD Don't bother me. I'm just a kid. *^*
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Neptune-Blues15 Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At least you've learned ^w^

Eh? How old are you?
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TANblaque Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uhmmm a naive teen
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:iconxxeuchan:
wow thank you for the explanation that cleared things up for me
i've always wondered what exactly is the correct way of saying Spain's name

so this means that calling Spain 'Antonio Fernandez' in human!AU is legit/correct... right? correct me if i'm wrong though
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:iconmelonstyle:
Well, yes and no. Yes because Fernandez is the main surname and it's more correct than saying Antonio Carriedo, but no because his full name would still be Antonio Fernandez Carriedo because even in human AU he would still be Spanish, right?
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:iconxxeuchan:
Okay then~

Keeping that in mind for future reference.
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SaoriKlaeid9870 Aug 31, 2013  Student General Artist
WAIT MELONSTYLE PLEASE HELP ME
I DON'T GET THE TERMS, REALLY
I MEAN, I DON'T UNDERSTAND PATERNAL AND MATERNAL SURNAMES
Which is the mother's?
Which is the father's?
THESE.
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:iconmelonstyle:
Er you can call me Mel, ya know?

And I explain it in my other comment back to you. XD;
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SaoriKlaeid9870 Sep 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Yes, thanks Ate Mel ;w;

I'll look at it after this |D
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SaoriKlaeid9870 Aug 31, 2013  Student General Artist
AHAHAHAHA CORRECT
But to think that they are not born by humans, why put the middle name? (paternal surname)
In the Philippines, the mother's surname will become the middle name. The child gets the father's surname.
E.G. (let's take my name okay) A----- N----- <insert mother's surname here> <insert father's surname here>
I don't get the paternal and maternal because I think they don't use these terms often in the Phil. 
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