18 Dec 2019

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How does French naming system work?

I've just stumbled upon Emmanuel Macron's Wikipedia page, and I found out that his complete name is Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron. However, his father's name is Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron (Macron is the surname). So, does that mean that the French append the name of their parents to the name of their children?

Why did I ask? I noticed *almost* the same thing in Arabic naming system. Like for example, if I'm an Arab,I'll have my name, then I'll have "ibn <name of my father>", then "ibn <name of my father's father>", then "al-<family name>". This sort of thing wherein the parents' name gets appended to the children's name. Is there a sort of similar thing in France?

TL;DR: Read the first sentence.

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