I'm from Romania (living in Canada) and I have a double name. It is hyphenated, but I never thought of that as having any importance. Spelling and legal rules probably dictated that back in the day. However, both my brother and I insist on including our full names on legal documents such as diplomas but nevertheless are not using our second name in real life. He is using his first name followed by a middle initial and I'm simply using the first name. The reason we have middle names and so does my mother is that we have all been baptized and our names of foreign origins are not in the Orthodox Christian calendar, so the priest would not baptize us under those name. My father only has one name since he is from a different social background where fancy foreign names were not an issue. Although I no longer confess to a priest, I did so as a child under my middle name, which seemed kind of strange.

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