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January 24, 2005

French Law Allows Children To Be Given Mother or Father's Surname

Or both, even, if the parents so choose, and they can select the order of the names as well. I find naming practices and regulations quite fascinating, and French law appears to be quite complex and codifed - not a surprise, really. The following article explains some of the changes, including the institution of the double-hyphen to distinguish names given under the new law versus single-hyphenated names, which reflect one's aristocratic lineage.

Blow to French Patriarchs: Babies May Get Her Name [NYT, Bugmenot]

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