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Asked on: 8/11/13, 4:03 pm

I wish to do a name change. I am the first son of the first son of the first son, and so on back to the Middle Ages. This is a hereditary family name and I see by all the records I am entitled to use it and pass it on to my heirs. However, I have heard when the word “von” is included it indicates accepting some kind of noble title from a foreign power and petitions including this word are denied in the US even though the originating nation no longer has a monarchy. The word “Count” is also part of the name and all would be included after my current surname; not dispersed throughout the forename and surname. Would my request be denied?

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