First time user, I hope someone can help me.
My husband and I are both Canadians and we gave birth in Taiwan. Since I'm also Taiwanese, we decided to give our son my last name in Chinese. However, I didn't want our son to not have his dad's last name in there somewhere (dad's last name is also a Chinese-origin last name), so I put it on the English birth certificate.
So now this is what we have (using random example names):
English birth certificate: Christopher Tyler Su Chen (FirstEnglishName MiddleEnglishName DadsLastName MomsLastName)
Taiwanese household registration: Chen Bo Lin (MomsLastName ChineseName)
Now that we are looking to get a Canadian passport and citizenship certificate for our son, I'm wondering if I can treat his English last name as a double barrel last name and apply as:
Surname: Su Chen
Given names: Christopher Tyler
Would it cause any problems if his English last name and Taiwanese last names don't match exactly? Am I just making life harder for my son? I could apply with the standard and safe:
Given names: Christopher Tyler Su
... but I would really like him to use "Su" as his last name in Canada and give him the option to drop my last name informally.
Any advice would be really appreciated. Thank you!