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CHANGING THE SURNAME OF YOUR CHILD

GENDER RESEARCH & ADVOCACY PROJECT

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When the birth of a child is registered, the child is given the surname of either
the father or the mother, depending on the circumstances. The surname is listed
on the child’s birth certificate.

However, sometimes a child is known by a surname that is different to the surname
he or she was given at birth. For example, a child may have been registered with
the father’s surname whilst using the mother’s surname in practice.

If your child uses a surname that is different to the surname given on the birth
certificate, you can apply to the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration to
change your child’s surname. It is important that the surname actually used by
the child is written on the birth certificate to prove the child’s identity and to avoid
any confusion.

surnames pamphlet

 

 

For more information read out pamphle. The pamphlet is available in English, Afrikaans, Oshiwambo and Rukwangali

 

 

 

 

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