The surnames of the spouses when getting married

Examples of changing the surname when getting married 

1. Lindgren and Mattila, when impediments to their marriage are being examined, state that they intend to adopt a common surname or common compound surname when they get married. The surname is a common surname if the surnames of both spouses are in the same order and the possible hyphen is in the same place. 

Lindgren and Mattila have the following options when choosing a common surname:  

  • Lindgren 
  • Mattila  
  • Lindgren Mattila 
  • Lindgren-Mattila 
  • Mattila Lindgren 
  • Mattila-Lindgren 

2. Maija Kangas and Jyrki Järvi Luoto are getting married and request an examination of impediments to marriage. They both use their original surnames. Together they have agreed that, when they get married, Maija will adopt a compound surname consisting of her current surname and one of the surnames in Jussi’s compound surname. 

Maija has the following options when choosing her surname: 

  • Kangas Järvi or Kangas-Järvi 
  • Järvi Kangas or Järvi-Kangas 
  • Kangas Luoto or Kangas-Luoto 
  • Luoto Kangas or Luoto-Kangas 

3. Maija Kangas Luoto and Jyrki Järvi are getting married and request an examination of impediments to marriage. Currently, they both use their original surnames. Together they have agreed that, when they get married, Maija will adopt a compound surname consisting of one of the surnames in her compound surname and Jyrki’s surname. 

Maija has the following options when choosing her surname:  

  • Kangas Järvi or Kangas-Järvi 
  • Järvi Kangas or Järvi-Kangas 
  • Luoto Järvi or Luoto-Järvi 
  • Järvi Luoto or Järvi-Luoto 

4. Maija Mäki Kangas and Jyrki Järvi Luoto request an examination of impediments to their marriage. The surname Kangas in Maija's compound surname is from her previous spouse. Maija and Jyrki have agreed that Jyrki will adopt the compound surname related to their marriage. The compound surname will be formed using one name from Jyrki’s compound surname and one name from Maija’s compound surname. 

Jyrki has the following options when choosing his surname: 

  • Järvi Mäki or Järvi-Mäki 

  • Mäki Järvi or Mäki-Järvi 

  • Luoto Mäki or Luoto-Mäki 

  • Mäki Luoto or Mäki-Luoto. 

Jyrki cannot choose the surname Kangas because Maija has adopted it form her previous spouse. 

5. Maija Mäki Kangas and Jyrki Järvi Luoto are getting married and request an examination of impediments to their marriage. Currently, they both use their original compound surnames. Together Maija and Jyrki have agreed that, when they get married, Jyrki will adopt a compound surname consisting of one of the surnames in his compound surname and one of the surnames in Maija’s compound surname. 

Jyrki has the following options when choosing his surname: 

  • Järvi Mäki or Järvi-Mäki 
  • Mäki Järvi or Mäki-Järvi 
  • Luoto Mäki or Luoto-Mäki 
  • Mäki Luoto or Mäki-Luoto.  
  • Järvi Kangas or Järvi-Kangas 
  • Kangas Järvi or Kangas-Järvi 
  • Luoto Kangas or Luoto-Kangas 
  • Kangas Luoto or Kangas-Luoto 

With certain restrictions, Maija also has the opportunity to form a different compound surname of her own. She can choose one surname from her compound surname and one surname from Jyrki's compound surname. However, Jyrki must consent to this and retain the surname that Maija will adopt as part of her compound surname. The spouses may have the surnames in a different order in their compound surnames. For example, if Jyrki chooses the name Järvi Mäki and Maija wants a different compound surname, the surname options Maija can choose from are Mäki Kangas, Mäki Järvi, Mäki-Järvi, Järvi-Mäki, Järvi Mäki, Kangas Järvi, Kangas-Järvi, Järvi Kangas and Järvi-Kangas. 

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