Portugal Names, Personal
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Between 1910 and 1960 the customs regarding surnames for wives and children went through a transition.
- From 1960 to the present it has been the almost universal custom for a wife to use her husband's surname as her own.
- Before 1910 it was the custom for a wife to retain her maiden surname throughout her life.
- From 1960 to the present it has been the custom for children to be given their father's surname.
- Before 1910 some children were given their father's surname, some were given their mothers surname, some were given a double surname of both the father and the mother, and some given a surname associated with neither the father or the mother.
A large family would typically exemplify all of these options.