NATIONALITY. The state of a person in relation to the nation in which he was born.
2. A man retains his nationality of origin during bis minority, but, as in the case of his domicil of origin, he may change his nationality upon attaining full age; he cannot, however, renounce his allegiance without permission of the government. See Citizen; Domicil; Expatriation; Naturalization; Foelix, Du Dr. Intern. prive, n. 26; 8 Cranch, 263; 8 Cranch, 253; Chit. Law of Nat. 31 2 Gall. 485; 1 Gall. 545. http://www.constitution.org/bouv/bouvier_n.htm (3 of 80)10/10/2005 2:34:13 PM Bouvier's Law Dictionary, 1856 Edition - Letter N