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IN THE NAME OF THE THIRD – CHANGING THE LAW ON NAMING CHILDREN IN THE NETHERLANDS

CAROLUS VAN NIJNATTEN

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 10, issue 2, pages 219-228
Published in print August 1996 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online August 1996 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lawfam/10.2.219
IN THE NAME OF THE THIRD – CHANGING THE LAW ON NAMING CHILDREN IN THE NETHERLANDS

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In the Netherlands, a Bill on name right has recently been proposed which proposes new measures concerning the way children acquire surnames from their parents. The main change is that it will be easier for women to give their name to their children. In spite of the many advantages of the proposed arrangement, there are some psychological counter-arguments. The surname has an important function for the developing child, symbolizing the fact that someone other than the mother calls upon the child. The social and cultural expectations of the child are signified by someone who, as representative of society, gives his (or her) name to the child.

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Subjects: Family Law ; Marriage and the Family

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