Legal name is often the name which an individual is called at birth or which appears on their birth certificate (see birth name) or marriage certificate (in places that have a statute allowing a name change to be recorded at marriage).
A person's legal name typically comprises their given name and a family name. The order varies according to culture and country. There are also country-by-country differences on changes of legal names by marriage, see married name.
NEW YORK STATE SENATE PASSES SEN. FUSCHILLO BILL TO STOP CRIMINALS FROM ESCAPING JUSTICE THROUGH LEGAL NAME CHANGES
Jun 22, 2011; ALBANY, N. Y., June 21 -- New York State Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., R-Merrick (8th District), issued the following news...