Aristocrat told newborn baby’s 25-word name is unlawful
Duke Fernando Fitz-James Stuart must call his daughter something less elaborate to satisfy Spanish registry officehttps://www.telegraph.co....by-25-word-name-unlawful/
A Spanish aristocrat who is a descendant of King James II of England has been told he has to shorten the 25-word name he had proposed for his newborn daughter.
Duke Fernando Fitz-James Stuart wants to name his daughter Sofía Fernanda Dolores Cayetana Teresa Ángela de la Cruz Micaela del Santísimo Sacramento del Perpetuo Socorro de la Santísima Trinidad y de Todos Los Santos.
But he has been told he will have to truncate the name significantly if he wants it to be legally registered by Spanish authorities.
“The girl will not be able to be registered in the Civil Registry with a string of names that surpass all rules,” officials said.
“In the registration … no more than one compound [hyphenated] name may be recorded, nor more than two simple ones.”
Tribute to the late Duchess of Alba
The baby girl’s long-winded name includes religious references and a tribute to the late Duchess of Alba, one of her relatives, who died in 2014 at the age of 88. The duchess was renowned for being the most titled aristocrat in the world, boasting 57 official titles. Due to her complex ancestry, she was 14 times a grandee, five times a duchess, once a countess-duchess, 18 times a marchioness, 18 times a countess and once a viscountess, according to Guinness World Records.
Duke Fernando, 33, and his wife, Sofía Palazuelo, 31, married in a high society wedding in 2018. They baptised the baby girl earlier this month in the historic centre of Seville in southern Spain. They have yet to respond to the objections of the registry office. Baby Sofia is their second child.