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I would like to ask whether it is possible to change my name in Switzerland. I now have a husband's name and I would like to have a husband's name and my family name. We have been married for ten years, but I have longed for a change. Is it possible to request a change of surname? Children would have the same last name after my husband, only I should have two names. Can you help me? Thank you.
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Re: Change married name

As your profile lists you in Zurich, here's the link to the relevant government department, setting out the procedures, different for whether or not your are Swiss. https://gaz.zh.ch/internet/justiz_in...aenderung.html

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I would like to ask whether it is possible to change my name in Switzerland. I now have a husband's name and I would like to have a husband's name and my family name. We have been married for ten years, but I have longed for a change. Is it possible to request a change of surname? Children would have the same last name after my husband, only I should have two names. Can you help me? Thank you.
Nope. Double names are no longer allowed. You can have your maiden name, or your Husband's name... he also has the option to change his name to your name, but you cannot combine the two.
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Nope. Double names are no longer allowed. You can have your maiden name, or your Husband's name... he also has the option to change his name to your name, but you cannot combine the two.
Really? No, not doubting you, was wondering since when that is? Or was it never allowed in Switzerland?
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Really? No, not doubting you, was wondering since when that is? Or was it never allowed in Switzerland?
Since the law changed in 2013 to allow women to keep their maiden names https://www.ch.ch/en/married-name/
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Since the law changed in 2013 to allow women to keep their maiden names https://www.ch.ch/en/married-name/
Am I reading that right? Women were *obliged* to take their husband's name until *2013*?
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https://www.ch.ch/en/married-name/
What does it mean? I can change my name to my birth surname? Just like that or I have to have a reason? I don't have any big reason. It is just for me. I have wanted it maybe 9years and 360 days from my 10 years marriage. I am not so in good relationship with my parents in law and this is my really big dream to have my name back.
Not sure how is it if I am here and have just permit B and passport and identical card I have from my country.
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Re: Change married name

In the link I posted above, in post 2 of this thread, have a look in

Ausländische Staatsangehörige
at
Merkblatt für volljährige Personen
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Welches sind die rechtlichen Voraussetzungen für eine Namensänderung?

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Re: Change married name

When my wife divorced, she kept her married name. And, when we married in the UK in 2013, she added my surname.

This double surname was recorded on the marriage certificate and accepted by the Swiss immigration authorities when she updated her permit. It's also the name on our daughter's Swiss passport.

We thought nothing more of it, until our son was born here last November.

The registration official reviewed the documents we provided and refused to register his birth until we brought proof from my wife's birth country that she has the right to use a double surname.

Instead, we just came back the following day, with the same documents and registered his birth with a different official who wasn't bothered.
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Am I reading that right? Women were *obliged* to take their husband's name until *2013*?
Yes!! Or they could double barrel it with their maiden name, Mrs Married-Maiden. In 2013, this was no longer allowed, and you had to choose between current name or spouse's name.
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What does it mean? I can change my name to my birth surname? Just like that or I have to have a reason? I don't have any big reason. It is just for me. I have wanted it maybe 9years and 360 days from my 10 years marriage. I am not so in good relationship with my parents in law and this is my really big dream to have my name back.
Not sure how is it if I am here and have just permit B and passport and identical card I have from my country.
When they changed the law in 2013, women who had previously been unable to keep their maiden name were allowed to change back to that if they wished. As you married before 2013, you should be able to revert to your maiden name, I don't know if they set a time limit for opting to do this or not?
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Re: Change married name

We had a marriage in 2009.
Now I am not sure if I can use it after? They will change it just in my permit B and what my passport and ID card from my country.
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When my wife divorced, she kept her married name. And, when we married in the UK in 2013, she added my surname.

This double surname was recorded on the marriage certificate and accepted by the Swiss immigration authorities when she updated her permit. It's also the name on our daughter's Swiss passport.

We thought nothing more of it, until our son was born here last November.

The registration official reviewed the documents we provided and refused to register his birth until we brought proof from my wife's birth country that she has the right to use a double surname.

Instead, we just came back the following day, with the same documents and registered his birth with a different official who wasn't bothered.
I know a girl who was shocked when her maiden name was added by default hyphenated to her married name. See was divorced at the time about 2010
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We had a marriage in 2009.
Now I am not sure if I can use it after? They will change it just in my permit B and what my passport and ID card from my country.
I think you would need to talk to them. It depends on their rules and if we don’t even know what that country is, how could we comment?
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