nullius filius

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Under the strict common law, a nonmarital child was nullius filius ("nobody's child") and could inherit from neither his mother nor his father.
100) According to the limited available sources, although some nineteenth-century immigration officials treated nonmarital children as nullius filius even with regard to inheritance of the mother's citizenship,(101) by the early 1900s nonmarital children were able to inherit citizenship from their mothers,(102) At no time were American fathers able to transmit citizenship to nonmarital children without first "legitimating" them.
1948), which noted that the Act of 1934 did not contemplate "the common law illegitimate, the nullius filius," but that it did extend to children who had been legitimated by the father.