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

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 a 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. The Maiden name is the previous name of a married woman before she took her husband's name.

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, middle, and last names but just names. 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 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 mainly 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 by the middle name (as illustrated above).

Always ensure that your name is spelled correctly and arranged in the right order. A misspelled name, by law and logic, is not you. If you have no idea how to write your name in an essay, you can easily pay for someone to write your paper strictly following your details and requirements.

Tamuno Reuben

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

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

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

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  5. 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??

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

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

    Mohammed,Omeiza Ibrahim

    While in my secondary school certificate is
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    Are they both correct or not.

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  7. My daughter name is lethanya intial gives in rs r father name s mother name any problems in further

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  8. Please, I made this mistake while filling my jamb registration form. please how can I make the correction?

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  9. IBRAHIM IS IN PAN CARD BUT IN PAN DATA BASE IT IS AT LAST NAME ITR DOES NOT VERIFY IT ASKS FOR FIRST NAME...ITO SAYS MAKE CORRECTION IN PAN CARD AS IBRAHIM IBRAHIM IS IT TRUE

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  10. 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

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    1. You can go to the commissioner for oath. They have an affidavit for arrangement of names. They will state that anyhow these names are arranged still refers to you

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  11. 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.

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  12. 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.

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  15. How do I arrange this name

    Surname: Ogbole

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

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  17. Hi please when I registered for jamb my names were captured as: surname:Ruth
    first:Victor
    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

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  18. Hi please when I registered for jamb my names were captured as: surname:Ruth
    first:Victor
    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

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  19. hello guys, I have a question.
    how should I write my name if it has a extension name such as Jr., II, III, etc.?
    I'll use the example name above.
    Tammy Donald Reuben
    I usually write it in this format Fist name, Middle name, Last name, Extension name.
    but my teacher said I should write it like this Last name, Fist name, Extension name, Middle name.
    What if they mistook my name first name and the extension name as one?

    1. Tammy Donald Reuben Jr.
    2. Reuben Jr. ,Tammy Donald
    3. Reuben, Tammy Jr. Donald
    4. Tammy Jr. Donald Reuben

    which are the right format?

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  20. 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?

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

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

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  23. My surname is Bih Mah while my given name is Ursula Gabuin. Please what's my first, middle and last name. Thanks

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  24. 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

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

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  26. My name owugah surname use my first Vincent in the middle then last name Goodluck. Like this
    Owugah Vincent Goodluck
    Hope no issue

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

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  28. Ubbarapu srvani fast name middle name please me Reply

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  29. Ubbarapu SRAVANI fast neme middle name please me

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  30. Thanks very much we really do appreciate!!

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  31. 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?

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  32. How to write my name in passport
    Maria Leena M
    This is my name

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  33. I think overall why join ur surname

    My name is Shahul Hameed T

    First name Shahul
    Last name Hameed T

    T is my intial Don't put ur father name fully

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  34. my name is CV Sonia,what is my first name,middle name and surname

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  35. I wrote my name with Mr. then my first name before the last name, in the order. Please I want to know whether it appropriate

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  36. Very helpful thanks so much...
    First order and Second order arrangement really simply the whole issue

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  37. My name is Sree Lekshmi.S , which is my first name middle name and last name

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  38. But if ask you to put your name in just to space like first name and the last name while you you are using 3names how would you arrange it?

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  39. My name is Muhammad Ehtiesham Zahid.
    Please help me to get first, second and last name

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  40. My name is Subramani that's it , my father name is Kuppaswamy. There is NO family name at all, how can I write First, middle, last name here?. pls help me.

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  41. Where do you put "Jr" or "Sr" in the second method?

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  42. My high school name was recorded as ACAR DANIEL but later I registered for national ID as ACAR DANIEL CONCORD is it a big mistake

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