Quote: Originally Posted by numbnuts
I find it rather odd that you don't even know what your family name is.
I don't know his nationality, but different cultures approach the family name quite differently. In some it's the first name, in others the last name; in some it changes from generation to generation, or there in fact is no family name as we'd think of it since it's merely a matter of adopting the father's given name, which would mean that the 'family name' of the child is different from that of the father, which in tern is different from that of the grandfather, etc.
So when a person moves elsewhere, the rules may be so incompatible he's forced to make some decisions. I get the impression this is what's happening now. His traditional form is incompatible with our required legal forms and so he's trying to decide what form to adopt as a new compatible form that would come closest to maintaining his traditional form. We face the same problems abroad. I myself had to adopt a couple of different names, one short two-character name, based on my first name in French, but with the first part forming my 'family' name and the second part my 'given name', in conformity with standard Chinese norms, I'd use for signing documents; and a 'full-form' version based on my complete series of names in French, comprising a series of 8 characters interspersed with standard Chinese punctuation dots which I'd used for official ID. This second form was obviously simply a Sinification of my French names, which I'd used only within formal and legal contexts.
Quote: Originally Posted by hnagy
Can I put my third name "Morkos" as the family name for all of us and neglect my fourth name "Megaly" at all?
I would strongly advise that whatever decision you make, that you first consult with the appropriate authority to be sure that it is legal, so I don't now the answer to your question for sure.
Remember too that the Canadian authorities are likely not going to be familiar with your own traditional naming rules either, and so will likely simply expect you to conform to whatever is in your passport if it's spelt using the Roman alphabet. If not, then they'll likely be quite willing to let you use whatever form you want to use, as long as you are consistent from that point forward. And though I do not know the law on thi point for sure, they might even be willing to allow you to have different last names according to your traditions. I have seen even native English speakers with different last names in the same family for various reasons, so I don't see why this would be a big problem.
But again, to be safe, I'd still verify with the authorities to be sure.