Patronymic

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Patronymic

 

in the USSR, the second part of a person’s name, based on the father’s first name and received by a child during the registration of birth. If a child is born to an unmarried woman (if legal paternity is not established), the patronymic is registered according to the mother’s wishes. Patronymics may be changed when a person reaches 18 years of age, in accordance with the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of Mar. 26, 1971, On the Changing of Surnames, Given Names, and Patronymics by Citizens of the USSR (Vedomosti Verkhovnogo Soveta SSSR [Bulletin of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR], 1971, no. 13, art. 146).