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From: "David Armstrong" <>
Subject: Re: [CUL] Surnames and Englis Common Law
Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2001 22:12:23 +0800
Essentially, English Common Law allows you to use any surname you wish as
long as it is not for fraudulent purposes. There s no legal necessity to go
through a Deed Poll or other formal process to change your surname.
Very few places have changed from Common Law to Statute Law on this issue.
One that I know about, is Western Australia in the 1920s.
Despite there being no legal requirement, today there is tremendous
practical pressure to use a Deed Poll, as we have bank accounts, driver's
licences, tax file numbers, social security numbers, passports and all the
other paraphernalia of the modern bureaucratic dictatorships in which we
Maylands, Western Australia
Irving, Story, Sutton, Gibson, Goodfellow,
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joyce Sinclair" <>
Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2001 3:56 PM
> I was interested to see Mel's answer about the registration of a child
> the parents are not married.
> Following on from this can anyone tell me - if the father is not present
> the child still be given his surname? I have a situation where the child
> was registered with the father's family name but the father probably would
> not be present at the registration. Could the father's family name be
> even though he could not be named as the father?
> Joyce Sinclair
> Perth, Western Australia
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