Is not very common to find someone with as many names as Picasso had. He was baptised Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad y Picasso. In the end he chose to use only the first and last names, because he felt the others, with the exception of Picasso, his mother’s family name of Italian extraction and unusual in his language, were too common in Spanish. He was born in 1881 as the eldest child of José Ruiz y Blasco (1838–1913) and María Picasso y López (1855–1939), into a middle-class family from Malaga in Andalucía, at the southern tip of Spain.