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Old 30.12.2010, 13:36
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Re: How can child born out of weldock take dad's surname?

can swiss people change their name to whatever they like (as in the UK)? will there never be a swiss Jellyfish McSaveloy?
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Old 30.12.2010, 13:36
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Re: How can child born out of weldock take dad's surname?

An old Australian friend of mine gave birth to a son and the Chilean-Swiss father did not want any contact. The boy was registered as Aussie with the mother's surname.

Two years later the father changed his mind, married the mother in Berne and adopted the child, giving him his Chilean surname, Swiss nationality, and a nice little red book.

Now 16 years later the Chilean Embassy in Berne wrote to the boy inviting him to Chile for his national military service. He chose to go with the Swiss Army as his Spanish was rubbish!

My point is, it is possible to adopt the child after the birth, and he could then get the father's surname, and probably his nationality too

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Old 30.12.2010, 14:53
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Re: How can child born out of weldock take dad's surname?

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Since the parents aren't married the Swiss father cannot pass on his nationality
Not true (unless the father refuses to acknowledge the child as his).

My older stepson was born before his parents married, but he has been Swiss since birth.

Oh, and since he was born in Canada, he got his Swiss father's surname at birth as well!

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Re: How can child born out of weldock take dad's surname?

True what Tom says I think the law was changed in 2006 so fathers give their children Swiss nationality automatically the moment they recognise them

@ phil: the birth certificate is important for us and I think the Swiss are stricter on name changing...

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can swiss people change their name to whatever they like (as in the UK)? will there never be a swiss Jellyfish McSaveloy?
No. Changing your name is expensive and annoying and not guaranteed. You have to go in front of a judge and tell them why you want to change your name & to what.

What you CAN do however, is change your name in your home country then have it applied in Switzerland.

PS, as to the original question (it was on the last page so I didn't see it):
Bob Duck is NOT correct. The child will be Swiss* and thus they will most likely insist on the Swiss naming convention. You need to go speak to them ASAP and see what can be done.

(*Well, unless the father doesn't recognize the child, which clearly is not the point here!)
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Re: How can child born out of weldock take dad's surname?

Mini update: the etat civil seems happy with us naming the child under Brit law if we can proove my Oh has strong links with the Uk. Since he was originally english before taking joint nationality and has most his family in the Uk this should hopefully be fine.

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Mini update: the etat civil seems happy with us naming the child under Brit law if we can proove my Oh has strong links with the Uk. Since he was originally english before taking joint nationality and has most his family in the Uk this should hopefully be fine.

That's good news! I was also going to suggest that if you are in the French/Italian cantons they seem to be more lenient on these things. But I hadn't checked your location.
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Re: How can child born out of weldock take dad's surname?

Well things didn't work out before but we are v v v excited about the changes on the 1st January as neatly summarised here:
http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/...bwel/name.html
We are putting in our request and are expecting our 2nd child so everything should be easy this time round
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