The surname of married women in the European Union.

Population and Societies

367, April 2001

  • Customs differ within the EU...
  • ... however, preference for the use of both names is on the rise
  • The surname of married women and the surname transmitted to children


How many people in france are aware that married women are not legally required to take on their husband’s surname ? in fact, the opposite is true: according to the law of August 23, 1794, still in force today, no person can legally bear any other name but his or her own birth name. Nonetheless, in France, almost all married women use their husband’s name.

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