Re: New Law Relaxes use of "ova" on Female Names
> if true, as the provisions labled here wouldIndeed, Ben, but that news item is merely the Deutsche Presse
> constitute a TIGHTENING of the laws
Agentur's interpretation. I'd pay no attention. The main goals of
that amended (not "new" as the DPA believes) bill have been to make it
easier to give children uncommon names, to enable a name change for
transgendered people, to enable people to have several last names, and
to liberalize the paperwork people need for that.
What the DPA report says is merely a rehashed common misrepresentation
of the law on -ova as it exists now. The amended bill is no different
from the previous legislation in this respect.
You're right that ethnic Slovak women _can_ drop the usual -ova. They
don't need to file a petition if they marry a foreign national, and
that was Milka's case. If they want to lose it "just because,"
though, the decision is in the hands of the district authorities.
Some have misinterpreted the law on occasion (under Meciar in the
mid-1990s), others meet such requests almost automatically.
Mainly, though, very few ethnic Slovak women have ever asked to have
the -ova removed without circumstances that grant it to them on the
spot, so there are few precedences to go by, which gives free reign to
"news" reports like the one by the DPA.