Where people have four names!

Almost everyone in Costa Rica have four names! Costa Ricans are usually given two first names (sometimes even a third) and then take the last name of their father (which comes first) and their mother (which comes second). That is why Costa Ricans usually have different last names than their parents, which can be incredibly confusing for newcomers to the country. Many Costa Ricans use abbreviations and nicknames to keep things simple.