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Choosing a Child’s Name

According to Article 20 of the State Registration Law, the name of the applicant (parents) is the choice. However, some names have been declared unauthorized because of incompatibility with the gender of the baby or having an unacceptable meaning. Hence, the Registry has prepared a list of authorized and unauthorized names. If the names the compatriots have chosen for their child are not common names, they can contact the list or contact us ( [email protected] ) to find out if their name is permitted or not allowed.

If the name chosen by parents is not included in any of the lists of authorized or unauthorized names, parents can send a letter explaining why their preferred name is permitted, including its existence in Persian literature and Islamic culture or its prevalence in the Present a specific region of Iran. The embassy will refer the matter to the local registry office and, if agreed, a birth certificate will be issued.

If the child’s name is unauthorized and the child is also issued, parents can choose an authorized name and write the phrase “I agree to change my child’s name from ….. to …..” on the back cover. And sign it to apply for a birth certificate.

The surname of the child is the surname of the father. If there is a suffix in the father’s birth certificate, the child’s birth certificate will also have the suffix “Say” or “Side” or the prefix “Sadat” in proportion to the sex.

Religious minorities can choose their name according to their culture and religion.

Name and Nomenclature Culture


UKIRAC Application Processing
This service costs £20 per application

Benefits include:

  • Assistance with applications that involve MIKHAK online processing - making the process easier to obtain a MIKHAK reference number.
  • Automatied texts offering tips and links to download forms etc.
  • We can enquire about the progress of applications that are being processed and provide updates.
  • Option to process applications online / via post.
  • Saves you time and travelling costs.
  • Process your applications from the comfort of your home or office.
  • Secure online payment of all fees.

*Online applications require the uploading of douments and photographs as stated in the application requirements. In some cases online application is not possible as original documents are required. You will be advised in such scenarios and be given the choice to post documents or apply in person at the Consulate.