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Re: CHAT: new names (was: Re: Bopomofo and pinyin)

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 25, 2000, 9:29
At 18:27 24/01/00 +0100, you wrote:
> >Would it be possible to look up some funky name in the early Middle Ages >and then make up a good case that you were descended from that person? ;-) >
The early Middle Ages would be a little too much I fear :) . AFAIK, you cannot go further than your grandgrandparents. Before, the case would be too light to be accepted, even if you have good evidence that you descend from that person. The problem is that you must give a reason to revive the name (generally it must have to do with important people of the past that had this name - important can be only regionally, you don't have to be the son of the General de Gaulle :) - ).
>> >>On the other hand, two married people have a "right of use" of the other >>partner's name. That means that the woman can use her own name, her husband >>name or even make a compound name out of them. But the man can do the same >>with his wife's name (it's not of common use, but law allows it). > >In pre-revolutionary France it was quite common to use <father's surname> + >de + <mother's maiden surname>. Has that died out completely? Would it at >all be permitted now? >
It is permitted, but quite rare. But I know a few cases of things like that (children that get both names of their parents). Generally, they have Spanish ancestors, so they just keep the family tradition.
>I wonder BTW how they are going to maintain these differences within the >EU? If you (or I) were to take a job in London, move there, go to a public >barrister and change your name, what could the French authorities do, since >you did everything according to the law in the EU country where you did it? >
But I don't think an English Barrister could change your birth certificate in France. In France, those changes in official papers are mandatory when you want to change your name, and that's why it's so difficult to change it. Of course, with the development of the EU I hope it will change, but harmonization of all law in Europe will be long and difficult I fear. Christophe Grandsire |Sela Jemufan Atlinan C.G. "Reality is just another point of view." homepage :