My wife and I had our eldest child out of wedlock in the 60's. We married three months after the birth of our son. He held my wifes' surname for the first three months of his life and when we got married we got it changed to mine. The other day my son happened to mention in conversation that he applied for social welfare. When he received a letter back from them it was addressed to him with my wifes' surname. He said that most corrospondence with his PPS number on it; that he has received over his life has had his mothers maiden name on it. He said he gave up trying to tell them that this was not his surname. He just laughed it off. I on the other hand think it maybe a bit more serious as he is hoping to emigrate next year. Surely another country would ask questions. How can this be rectified if nobody is taking it seriously?