Name change (name declaration)

A name change is the change of surname due to a change of civil status, e.g. explanation of a double name.

The name change (name declaration) describes the process of changing the family name in connection with a change of civil status. Name changes may occur in the following cases, among others:

In children

  • The mother's name is given with the consent of the non-custodial parent,
  • Naming by the mother and her husband,
  • redefinition of the birth name after justification of the joint custody by the parents,
  • Follow-up declaration to a name change of the parents or one of the parents,
  • first determination of a birth name after the birth of the child abroad.

For spouses, life partners, divorcees, widows

  • subsequent determination of a married name, for example after marriage abroad,
  • Declaration of a double name (prefix and appending of a name to the married name) by a spouse,
  • Revocation of the addition of a name to the married name,
  • Re-adoption of the former name after dissolution of the marriage.

Whether and in what form a name change (name declaration) is possible in the respective case must be clarified in individual cases.

Attention: Name changes (name declarations) are always irrevocable.

As different documents have to be submitted on a case-by-case basis, it is recommended that you contact the competent body in advance.

  • ยงยง 1355, 1616 to 1618 Civil Code (BGB),
  • Art. 10 para. 2 and 3 Introductory Act to the Bgb (EGBGB).

Related Links

  • BGB (German Civil Code
  • Art. 10 EGBGB

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