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How to arrange your first name, middle name and last name when filling out a form

Here is an article that teaches you on how to arrange your first name, middle name and last name when filling out forms.
Tamuno ReubenPosted by
August 30, 2018

Your first name is your personal, given or Christian name. It is the name chosen for a child, usually by the child's parents. It is also called forename. Your middle name is your name which comes between your first name and last name. Most persons don't have middle names; they only have their first names and last names. Your last name is your family name or surname. Maiden name is the previous name of a married woman before she took the name of her husband.

How to arrange your first name, middle name and last name when filling out a form

It is not enough bearing your name. It is also important you know how to arrange it when filling out a form, especially a form that does not provide columns for first name, middle name and last name but just name. Some persons have been denied scholarships, jobs, visas, and in most cases, had their certificates reprinted because their middle names were mistaken for their surnames, and vice versa. Those with just two names usually do not have this problem as compared to those with more than two names. With that said, let's look at the following full name and two ways the individual names can be arranged:

First name: Tammy
Middle name: Donald
Last name/Surname: Reuben

First order:  Tammy Donald Reuben
Second order: Reuben, Tammy Donald

The first order is straightforward and very common. In this order, you write your first name, followed by your middle name and last name/surname.

Unlike the first order, the second order is mostly used for citations although we can still write our names in this order. And this is why it deserves more attention. When writing your name in this order, your last name/surname comes first, and you must use a comma to separate it from the others. Then the first name follows; followed the middle name (as illustrated above).

Always ensure that your name is spelt correctly and arranged in the right order. A misspelt name, by law and logic, is not you.

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  2. Is it that serious?? middle name came first before my first name..but the last name is correct

  3. Thanks alot.... It really helped me...

  4. Can someone have three names in which the first names are two, example Mohammed Nazif go together?

  5. Thanks a lot, this is helpful

  6. Good day sir,

    In my statement of result am bearing LAWAL YAHAYA MAILAFIYA. While

    In my NYSC dashboard am bearing MAILAFIYA, YAHAYA LAWAL. Please is there any problem, is there any need of correction??

    1. No need, Lawal. The comma after MAILAFIYA means MAILAFIYA is your surname.

  7. In my statement of results my name's are;

    Mohammed,Omeiza Ibrahim

    While in my secondary school certificate is
    Mohammed, Ibrahim Omeiza

    Are they both correct or not.


  8. Thanks a lot, I just learnt.

  9. With my school result:
    The name on it is Obeng Rose Korankye
    And on my birth certificate is Rose OObeng Korankye.pls help me with the right arrangement.Thank you

  10. Good Day sir,

    In my birth certificate my name is NAGA SASHANK KODURU
    and in my school certificate it is KODURU NAGA SASHANK
    is there any arrangement correction or is it correct? please help me sir.

  11. My name in my first SSCE sitting was Ezeh Ifunanya Joy, and that of second sitting is Ezeh Joy Ifunanya but now in the university it was written as Joy Ezeh Ifunanya please how am I to arrange it so I can go for appropriate correction.

  12. In my 0level my names are Abdullahi Hafsat maiwada but in my BVN and degree certificate it is written as Hafsat maiwada Abdullahi please I need help on how to arrange it to the first one

  13. Middle name is Marcel..but it was written as Imalele Osasere it correct

  14. Hi please when I registered for jamb my names were captured as: surname:Ruth
    Now,in my confirmation letter, I am Ruth Victor instead of Victor Ruth that is following the correct arrangement with surname first follow by first name. Now, I'm confused and scared as to whether or not the mistake will cause me future troubles.
    please help me. Thank you

  15. Whilst filling a form, and in a situation where no option is given for "middle name" and you want to include the middle name, where do you write it? And is it before or after the available option, that is, is it before or after either the first name or the last name?

  16. I have just one name ,,, first last nothing 😒then how should I write last name which is also mandatory ???

  17. My names Bih Mah Ursula Gabuin. Please what's my first name, middle name and last name

  18. Wow, I never knew this until now, I would just write my Reuben Tammy Donald and say that Tammy is my first name. This article was very helpful

  19. Thank you, am grateful for this lesson and i have learn alot

  20. Wish I had read this article some years back.

  21. Thanks very much we really do appreciate!!

  22. Thank you Tammy, I have learnt something new....but how do you write your name when you want to abbreviate any of the names? And which name is more appropriate to abbreviate, the middle name or first name?