Surname law

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Surname law can refer to any law controlling the use of surnames. Specifically, it may refer to:

On 21 June 1934, Turkey adopted Surname Law which required all its citizens to adopt and use Western-style surnames.

The law in Japan requires a married couple to have a common surname. Most commonly it was the wife who took her husband's name. However, this law has been recently challenged on gender equality grounds.[1] Japan is the only country in the G8 countries that has a formal law requiring a person to change their surname on marriage.[1]


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