I can't understand how come Naruto's surname was chosen to be Uzumaki, because, if they were to hide Naruto's relation to Minato, they couldn't choose Minato's wife surname, for she was the only Uzumaki left in the Leaf village. So, Hiruzen had to give a plausible justification for why Naruto's surname would be Uzumaki, once he was supposed to be just an ordinary kid. So, what do you think of the theory of Naruto's surname Uzumaki being chosen by Hiruzen on the grounds of honoring the Uzumaki clan? After all, they had lost their last member, Kushina (at least in the Leaf village), and they were very close to the village. This way, Hiruzen would hide Naruto's relation to Minato, by not giving him the Namikaze surname, and would hide Naruto's relation to Kushina (and, hence, to Minato), because ordinary people would think Naruto was a random orphan who wasn't actually a member of the Uzumaki clan, for his surname would be just symbolic (for them). But, in the other hand, Hiruzen would successfully preserve Naruto's surname (Uzumaki) for when the time he would find out the truth arrived.

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    Does this answer your question? Why does Naruto use his mother's family name? – Ch.Siva Ram Kishore Dec 13 '19 at 14:47
  • @Ch.Siva Ram Kishore The way I understand the question the core of it isn't why Naruto didn't take on his father's family name like the linked question but instead why give him his mother's family name if the goal was to hide his parentage since that's about equally conspicuous. The Uzumaki clan was destroyed some time after Kushina left, its few survivors scattering and going into hiding and she was the only known member in Konoha at the time of Naruto's birth. It'd be plausible the village notes an orphan bearing the name of a destroyed clan is born just before its only known member dies – Gatchwar Dec 13 '19 at 15:53
  • You're right, the linked question doesn't answer mine at all. You can't hide Naruto's relation to Minato by giving him Kushina's surname, for she was the last Uzumaki in the village, unless Hiruzen told people that Naruto's surname is just symbolic, for he was just a random orphan kid, and, hence he had no relation whatsoever with the Uzumaki clan. I wanted to know if this theory is plausible. – Keven Roger Dec 13 '19 at 17:27

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