Choice of a child's name

As the parent, you and your child's other parent must choose your child's name, which includes:

  • the child's surname (last name), and
  • the child's given names or names (first name or names).


Your child's surname can be composed of not more than two parts taken from the parents' surnames. 

If you or the other parent already have a compound surname, you must agree on which parts to use for your child's surname. 


Mary-Beth Dobson-Lee and Simon Hill-Smith have a child, Sebastian. They may choose, as the child's surname, Dobson-Hill, Dobson-Smith, Lee-Hill or Hill-Lee.

If the parents cannot agree on the child's surname, the registrar of civil status will select it.

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