Quoting Jörg Rhiemeier <[log in to unmask]>:

> Hallo!
> Andreas Johansson wrote:
> > [...]
> >
> > Among younger people, three first names is quite common - I would not be
> > surprised if it were the norm in the future.
> In Germany (at least in the part I come from) three to four first
> names were normal in the 19th and early 20th century, with one of
> them (not necessarily the first) being designated the name by which
> the person was called.  It was underlined in official documents.
> For example, my father's father was named Simon <u>Friedrich</u>
> Wilhelm Rhiemeier.  After WWII, this system fell into disuse,
> and single first name became the norm.  Hence, I am Jörg Rhiemeier
> and nothing else.  Only recently, giving children two first names
> became fashionable; three first names are definitely uncommon,
> though.

Here, the first name is usually that of address, with the result that I
occasionally get mail addressed to "Håkan Johansson".

On my ID card, Andreas is printed in boldface to indicate it's the name of
address, but the only way you could tell from my passport is by deciphering my