Legal restrictions when choosing children’s names

One of the most important and happy moments for parents when they have a child is to go to the civil registry to register their name.

There is an increasing variety of names, however, do not believe that many of them are the result of chance or that they are a mere whim of the parents, since there really are a series of legal restrictions that must be taken into consideration when time to register a child in the civil registry. Let’s see what they are.

Restrictions on children’s names

You cannot enter more than two simple names or one compound name. This way, if you hesitate between two name options, you will not be able to make a connection between them, unless it is through a hyphen.

On the other hand, the choice of name cannot be offensive , either for the person themselves or for a group. In this way, names that may have a special connotation due to the type of surname as a whole will not be allowed.

If there is a living sibling, the new child cannot be called with the same name and, lastly, it will not be possible to use a name that could lead to confusion or that could give rise to error regarding the sex.

In the case of foreigners

In the case of foreigners, the name must appear on their immigration certificate and if the above indications are not respected, it must be replaced by Spanish regulations.

Finally, it is possible to change the name for another that is governed by the aforementioned conditions, as long as there is a cause that can be justified, one is of legal age or it is carried out by the legal representatives of the minor.

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