Do children need to take the last name of either the mom or the dad?

No. The parents have several choices for a child’s last name, including:

  • the mother’s maiden name or currently used last name
  • the other registered parent’s last name
  • the two parents’ last names combined in either order, and using either a space, no space, or a hyphen (for example: Lee Wong, LeeWong, Lee-Wong, Wong Lee, WongLee, or Wong-Lee)
  • a name chosen in a way that fits with the parents’ cultural or ethnic heritage.

Both parents must agree on the last name for their child. If they cannot agree and both parents sign the Registration of Birth, the last name of the child will be shown as the last name of each parent joined with a hyphen in alphabetical order.