German name law
The regulations regarding naming and name changes are completely different in Germany and Australia. Here you can find information on the procedure, appointment booking and more.
Information, procedure and appointments
The name of a German national does not change automatically by marriage. If no name declaration is made (e.g. if you got married in Australia) the name has not changed and each spouse still bears the same name as before the marriage.
Name declaration "married name"
The name of a German national does not change automatically by divorce or death of a spouse. After the divorce or death of a spouse, it is possible to change the name back to the maiden name or a previous married name by name declaration.
Name declaration after divorce or death of a spouse
If a child of German parents is born outside of Germany, the child' name is not automatically evident according to German law, even if in the foreign (e.g. Australian) birth certificate of the child a surname is already indicated.
Name declaration for a child
If you want to change your name and none of the name change possibilities in this section applies to you, you might be able to change your name „under public law“.
Name declaration under public law