Birth registration: surnames

A child can be given any surname but this would usually, but not necessarily, be the surname of the mother or father.

Once a surname has been entered into the register it can only be changed with the permission of the Registrar General.

It is very important that the information recorded in the register is correct. Please check the entry carefully before signing, as once you have signed, any mistakes can only be corrected if you pay a statutory fee. (As of 1 November 2017)

If you do discover a mistake please contact us for more information.