My father is having an Indian passport and it has the name as following

Given name = XXX YYY

Surname = Blank

When I applied for US tourist visa, they gave him the same but in that his name is shown like

First Name = FNU

Last Name = XXX YYY

Now I am confused that while booking a flight what should I use for First and Last names? I should go with the Passport or with VISA?

  • You should use his name, "XXX YYY". Aug 13, 2015 at 15:23
  • yes, I should use 'XXX YYY', but As a First name or Last name?
    – Dhiman
    Aug 13, 2015 at 15:28
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    Usually for people who have only a single name, the airlines just have you repeat it in both fields, or place the name in one field and a literal XXX in the other field. If he doesn't have a single name, and the passport has both names in the given name field, then you should book the tickets normally (and get the passport fixed). Aug 13, 2015 at 15:34
  • Repetition is not allowed, I am waiting for answer who have faced similar issue.
    – Dhiman
    Aug 13, 2015 at 15:36
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1 Answer 1


My first thought is to go with whatever works. If the ticket system allows for no last, or surname, then follow the passport, since that is your travel ID. If it requires a surname, but allows for no given name, do that. If it requires both a surname and a given name, put Mr. as the given (first) name, and your father's name as the surname.

My guess is, the system will require both a last name and a first name, so XXX YYY and Mr.

If you read through other questions here, you'll find this appears to be fairly common with certain countries. As long as his name, XXX YYY appears in the passport, the visa, and the ticket, it's very unlikely that he'll have problems at all.

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