This is really interesting as it is different from what I am familiar with, and it will be fun to see what other answers you get and what people share with you. It's a variant of what I know, which is as follows:
In Christian UK/US/European culture, using the first name, middle name, last name convention, Reddy would be your father's surname, Mallepally would be your first or the name you are usually known by and your middle name would be Priyanka which could be a name your parents happened to like, or a family name or something like that - this is based purely on the order in which you have written your names.
Many cultures have a tradition of naming a child to honour a friend or family member.
For example, I could have named a daughter "Anna" after my best friend. First sons are often named after their father and in the US because you end up with father and son with the same name, they get called something like George Bush II.
Jewish people don't name a baby after someone who is still alive and often name a newborn after someone who has just passed away, or a deceased close family member.
Arab cultures use family names followed by Al and the father's name, Al meaning son of. Daughter of would be Bint and the family name.
To get the whole family picture it would be Al somebody Al somebody Al somebody. That would give father, grandfather and great grandfather.
In these modern times, in UK/US/Europe if the child's mother is not married to the father and the father is not divorced from his wife, the child legally takes the mothers surname. (Surname is last name, i.e. family name)
In Africa, the last names often reflect the clan or ethnic group and people are usually called by their first name.
Living in many different countries
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