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I understood your point; it's just that as a child, I grew up stuck on the idea that people generally went by their first names. After all, I grew up in a culture where, like in Orthodox Christian countries, a child is given only one personal name. I don't even have a middle name myself. Also, in many cases, the mother's maiden name is a middle name (e.g. John Fitzgerald Kennedy). It took some eye-opening to the larger world out there, with different customs, to see that first names are not always the rule.
A single given name is not universal in Orthodox Christian society, for exempla Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece gave all his children two names. I have met a Montenegrin with two names.