Yes, in Germany (and some other countries) the name which is used in everyday life doesn't need to be the first forename in a row.
When your name isANDREAS CHRISTIAN WILHELM
and you go by Christian
, thenANDREAS CHRISTIAN WILHELM
is your "Vorname" (literally: forename)CHRISTIAN
is your "Rufname" (literally: *call name*)
and MÜLLER is your "Nachname" (literally: surname)
Parents can choose the Rufname as they like. It can be the first one, the second one, the third one etc.
Nowadays it's the first one very often, but some centuries ago it was very varying.
Most people I know whose name is Karl-Heinz are called Kalle
, which is a common nick name for Karl
in the northern part of Germany.Satu