The pressure is on when naming a royal baby, and Fernando Fitz-James Stuart of Spain gave his new little girl several. According to a local report, the 17th Duke of Huéscar and his wife Sofía Palazuelo face a dilemma following the recent baptism of their second daughter in Seville.
Baby girl name is Sofía Fernanda Dolores Cayetana Teresa Ángela de la Cruz Micaela del Santísimo Sacramento del Perpetuo Socorro de la Santísima Trinidad y de Todos Los Santos.
In January, a baby was born and given the name in honor of Fernando's late grandmother, the Duchess of Alba, who possessed an astounding 19 names. This aristocrat, who passed away in 2014, held the record for the most titles in the world, both inherited and acquired through marriage, totaling a remarkable 57 titles, as recognized by the Guinness World Records. Among her titles were five duchesses, 14 Spanish grandees, and 18 marchionesses, to name just a few. The baby's name also pays tribute to other family members and religious devotions, as reported by El Pais.
Despite the inclusive intentions, the Spanish newspaper reported that the baby’s name, by law, cannot be accepted by the Civil Registry, as the national record is capped at a shorter allotment.
“In the registration, the name given to the child will be expressed, although no more than one compound name may be recorded, nor more than two simple ones,” states the law on names and surnames in Boletín Oficial del Estado, a.k.a. the Official State Gazette.