Protocol for introducing Spanish surnames

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The Spanish generally have two surnames (first surname of father + first surname of mother), unhyphened. What is the protocal on Wikitree for introducing them into a tree? I have used a hyphen for my wifes surnames (although this is not done in Spain), as well as for my childrens name (as here in NZ they officially have a hyphen). I have seen a few others on this site apparently using an underscore between the two surnames. Obviously how they are introduced will affect searches and create the potential for unmatched duplicates.

Many thanks,

Steve
in Genealogy Help by Stephen Smith G2G Crew (940 points)

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The name should be spelled on the site the way it is in real life. If the person used a hyphen, use a hyphen, and if they didn't, don't. :)

Definitely don't use an underscore. Probably where you saw that was in the URL. A space will show up as an underscore in the URL.
by Lianne Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (420k points)
selected by Stephen Smith
Hi, I'm Chilean and I just use a two word last name. Tha's how it's written in passports, etc.
Thanks Ignacio - the problem is that in NZ for example, the hyphen is automatically included in official documents whether it is in the passport or not as no-one here has two surnames - they are converted a double-banger surname. But I have removed it for the purposes of this site, as in Spain and other Hispanic countries it is clearly two different names.

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