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Baby surname choice

Just wondering if anyone knows the answer to this, before we go and ask at the local Rathaus.

My wife and I have been married for over 4 years but she never changed her surname on her passport (it would have meant undergoing the phenomenally slow bureaucratic torture dealt out at the Polish Embassy in London and has never really been an issue until now). We have marriage certificates in English and Polish and she uses my surname on a daily basis. However, as her passport is still in her maiden name, so is her B-Permit.

Our second kid is due in September and we would like it to take my surname, the same the 1st, however, according to Swiss law which surname is our baby likely to end up with? Do we have any choice? (in England it was left to us to decide which surname to use for our 1st baby)
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If you are married, yours and yours alone.

If not, the mother's.

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I think, because you presumably won't be registering it as a Swiss birth (you are both foreign, right?), the choice is yours.

The kids in my son's daycare are mainly from non-swiss parents and they have a variety of surnames, either from mum or from dad.
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Re: Baby surname choice

Here you cannot choose, your baby will have yours because you are married, if you were single it will be hers.
Our first son was born before we get married and had my surname and the minute we got married they gave me the papers with my new name and also my sons new name (with my husband surname on it).
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Here you cannot choose, your baby will have yours because you are married, if you were single it will be hers.
Our first son was born before we get married and had my surname and the minute we got married they gave me the papers with my new name and also my sons new name (with my husband surname on it).
Are you married to a Swiss?
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Re: Baby surname choice

Not really true. Our son took the surname we chose for him as though born in Switzerland he is not Swiss as we are neither.
As you are married he can have his dad's anyway!
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Just wondering if anyone knows the answer to this, before we go and ask at the local Rathaus.

My wife and I have been married for over 4 years but she never changed her surname on her passport (it would have meant undergoing the phenomenally slow bureaucratic torture dealt out at the Polish Embassy in London and has never really been an issue until now). We have marriage certificates in English and Polish and she uses my surname on a daily basis. However, as her passport is still in her maiden name, so is her B-Permit.

Our second kid is due in September and we would like it to take my surname, the same the 1st, however, according to Swiss law which surname is our baby likely to end up with? Do we have any choice? (in England it was left to us to decide which surname to use for our 1st baby)
Since you are both non-Swiss you can choose whatever you want, either of your names or even hyphenated. I am married and kept my maiden name but we gave our daughter my husbands name.
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Re: Baby surname choice

Great replies, many thanks to you all. That's one less thing we have to sort out before September
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