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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Legal name is often the name which an individual is called at birth or which appears on their birth certificate (see birth name) or marriage certificate (in places that have a statute allowing a name change to be recorded at marriage).

A person's legal name typically comprises their given name and a family name. The order varies according to culture and country. There are also country-by-country differences on changes of legal names by marriage, see married name.

In 1991, a Swedish couple refused to give their newborn a legal name, in protest of existing naming laws. In 1996, when fined after leaving their child legally nameless for five years, they submitted the child's name as Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116.

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