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Naming names

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In a week during which the Court of Appeal has decided that the names of certain celebrities involved in some kind of scandal can finally be revealed [NB this judgment has since been overturned!], there has been less publicity about their grappling with a different battle about names. This one goes to the heart of the question of what it is to be a parent. Do you have the right to name your children as you wish? In certain countries around the world, children’s names have to be chosen from a prescribed list of approved names. Other countries expressly prohibit…

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Names have been changed to protect the innocent

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Names are very important and emotive things. They are our labels, and our surnames act as markers to show who we all belong to as a family unit, both down the generations and through marriage. When a family separates, there are sometimes issues over surnames. Wives may wish to revert to their maiden names, or lose one part of the double-barrel. For children, it is normal practice (although there is no strict legal reason for it) for them to acquire their father’s surname. A few take their mother’s surname. For an interesting read from the Guardian on just this point…

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What’s in a name?

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A name is a very personal thing. It is your identifying label within the world. It is not uncommon to make judgements about a person based on their name, either positive or (more likely) negative (what did you think when you heard that Kate Winslet’s new husband is called Ned Rocknroll?). We thought we’d have a look this week about the wonderful world of names, and their legal relevance. By the by, we were interested to read about a recent survey which apparently discovered that only a third of people like their own name. Half of the 2,000 people studied…

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