Does Alonso count as a middle name because I believe Dias is his mother’s maiden name which is added to the end of a child’s surname? So although technically it is in the middle doesn’t Alonso count more as a last name?
Yeah, the way Spanish names work are akin to English double-barrel surnames. Both the father and mother’s surnames are shown (the order is traditionally father’s, then mother’s, although apparently it can be swapped) The same goes for Portuguese (and therefore Brazilian) surnames.
So Jamie and Freddy don’t have a middle name so much as 2 surnames. The same might apply to Rubens too.
Much like Ayrton’s Full name: Ayrton Senna da Silva.
Elsewhere, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel do not have middle names.
Fernando Alonso Dias
Jaime Alguersuari Escudero
These aren’t actually middle names. Under Spanish naming traditions, a child adopts the surnames of both parents. The father’s surname comes first, then the mother’s. The father’s name is given as the surname, but it’s really down to personal preference. Alonso’s father was named Alonso, and his mother was named Dias; Alguersuari’s father was Alguersuari and his mother Escudero. As Spanish-speaking countries, it’s the same in Mexico and Venezuela – Sergio Perez’s full name is Sergio Perez Mendoza, while Pastor Maldonado’s is Pastor Rafael Maldonado Motta.
That doesn’t mean they can’t have middle names, though. According to Wikipedia, Jaime Alguersuari’s full name is Jaime Victor Alguersuari Escudero.
Vitaly Aleksandrovich Petrov
“Aleksandrovich” is not Petrov’s middle name. It’s his patronym. Russian naming traditions see each child adopt the father’s name. “Aleksandrovich” means “Aleksandr’s son”. Even girls do it; if Petrov had a sister, her patronym would be “Aleksandronova”. Her surname would also be “Petrova”, since Russian names add an “a” to the end of the family name for girls. This creates an odd situation where people from the same family have surnames that sound completely different; Russian tennis player Marat Safin’s surname is pronounced “saff-ihn”, but his sister Dinara’s surname is pornounced “saff-een-ah”.
It’s not the weirdest naming tradition by any means. For that, you have to go to the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Parents usually take their newborn child to a lama (holy man), who names the child. As there are only a few names that are chosen – and they don’t have surnames; only the royal family does (at the opposite end of the spectrum, the Danish royal family does not have a surname) – it’s not uncommon for people to have the same name. In this case, they adopt the name of their town as their “first” name when travelling outside their village. In some cases, you can even have people living under the same roof with the exact same name, in which case they are named for the house they were born in. It’s really quite complex.