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Old 03-23-2014, 12:58 PM
 
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I notice that in most foreign countries, brides change their surname/family name once they get married, and they take the husband's surname where is this done, and where it isn't?

Are there other places where the process is completely different?
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Old 03-23-2014, 01:23 PM
 
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I notice that in most foreign countries, brides change their surname/family name once they get married, and they take the husband's surname where is this done, and where it isn't?

Are there other places where the process is completely different?
You have considerable latitude in Portugal what surname your child may have to begin with, and many married women do not change their names when they marry as well. Recently I had several legal documents signed by different Portuguese women and none of them used their husband's name as their legal signature.
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Old 03-23-2014, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Hell, NO
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Norway - in recent years:

1/3 of women change to their husband's surname (ex. from Cathrine Nilsen to Cathrine Krohn)
1/3 of women change to their husband's surname but also keep their own (ex. from Cathrine Nilsen to Cathrine Nilsen Krohn)
1/3 of women do not change their surname
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Old 03-23-2014, 02:20 PM
 
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I notice that in most foreign countries, brides change their surname/family name once they get married, and they take the husband's surname where is this done, and where it isn't?

Are there other places where the process is completely different?
In Quebec, women no longer take their husband's surname (since 1981). In the rest of Canada, it's the opposite and the overwhelming majority of women take their husband's surname after marrying.
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Old 03-23-2014, 05:27 PM
 
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In Iceland it is tradition that the bride does not change her name because since the person's last name reflect the immediate father or mother of the child and not the historic family lineage. For example of Jon had a son or a daughter their last name would be Jonsson or Jonsdottir respectively.
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Old 03-23-2014, 05:31 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I believe in Puerto Rico or other Latin countries. A girl is called by her father's last name/mother's last name. I am not sure what happens when they marry.
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Old 03-23-2014, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Here in Argentina women never change their surname after getting married.

The only exception must be the president Cristina Fernández, who is usually named after her husband's surname Kirchner.
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:01 PM
 
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I notice that in most foreign countries, brides change their surname/family name once they get married, and they take the husband's surname where is this done, and where it isn't?

Are there other places where the process is completely different?
Probably the countries that have been Spanish colonies.
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:04 PM
 
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I notice that in most foreign countries, brides change their surname/family name once they get married, and they take the husband's surname where is this done, and where it isn't?

Are there other places where the process is completely different?
According to my Iraqui friend, they keep their maiden names.
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:13 PM
 
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In Asia, the countries that women change their surnames when they get married are Japan, India, Thailand and the Philippines. Women do not change their surnames upon marriage in China (and other Chinese communities like Hong Kong, Taiwan) and Korea. In multi-ethnic Malaysia, the Indians change their surnames and the Chinese do not while the Malays do not have surnames but patronymic names (hence no change either).
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