Twenty thousand ES women decide not to use their husband’s surname

Married since 2018, the lawyer Carolina da Silva Fração, 32, is one of the women who chose to keep her maiden name.

Married since 2018, the lawyer Carolina da Silva Fração, 32, is likely one of the women who selected to hold her maiden title.

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Marriage is a cultural follow that gives a collection of modifications in a pair’s life. Among them, a surname change, traditionally extra widespread amongst women, who add their husband’s household title.

However, in recent times, one thing has attracted consideration: fewer women are in search of this variation. In Espírito Santo, from 2020 to mid-2022, greater than 20,000 stored their maiden title and did not enter their husband’s surname in their paperwork.

The information is from a examine carried out by the Association of Registrars of Natural Persons (Arpen-Brasil).

The justifications they present fluctuate from particular incentives, new roles for women in society and discovering much less paperwork.

Nelisa Galante, president of Arpen-Brasil, says that this lower within the demand for modifications in paperwork has been seen in recent times.

“Over the years and women have acknowledged themselves as folks topic to rights, the variety of women who nonetheless have their maiden title has elevated,” defined Nelisa Galante.

Despite the brand new phenomenon, the president of Arpen-Brasil factors out that, throughout the state, that is nonetheless not true.

“Within the State, that is nonetheless very robust, with the upkeep of the households’ custom and the knowledge coming extra slowly. The nearer to the city space, the extra women hold the mermaid title”, he mentioned.

Lawyer Mariana Scaramussa, an skilled in Civil, Family and Inheritance Law, studies that altering a reputation was a compulsory matter in marriage for women up till the Seventies.

“For women, altering the surname after marriage was obligatory in Brazil till 1977. This rule was solely eliminated when the divorce legislation was applied”, he mentioned.

Scaramussa factors out that this compelled follow for women mirrored a patriarchal society.

“Such a task was a mirrored image of a patriarchal society that also persists, regardless of the advances which have occurred over time”.

A brand new legislation permits altering names in a notary workplace

New federal public data laws permits anybody over 18 to change their title in Brazilian registry workplaces, whatever the purpose.

The novel expands the listing of potentialities for altering names and surnames straight in a notary’s workplace, with out the necessity for authorized proceedings or hiring legal professionals.

According to the lawyer Mariana Scaramussa, the brand new legislation brings vital modifications within the subject of public data. She explains that earlier than the brand new laws, the title may solely be modified in particular circumstances.

“Before, the title was untouchable, with the flexibility to change solely in particular circumstances, solely via a authorized course of”.

The numbers

Data from the Association of Registrars of Natural Persons (Arpen-Brazil)


18,487: Total marriages in Espírito Santo.

7,589: Women who did not change their surname.


22,886: Total marriages in Espírito Santo.

9,944: Women who did not change their surname.

2022 (till June 12)

7,336: Total marriages in Espírito Santo.

3,475: Women who did not change their surname.

Source: Arpen-Brazil.


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