Iowa code 4.2 provides:
The rule of the common law, that statutes in derogation thereof are to be strictly construed,has no application to this Code. Its provisions and all proceedings under it shall be liberally construed with a view to promote its objects and assist the parties in obtaining justice.
Iowa Civil Liberties Union v. Critelli, 244 NW 2d 564 - Iowa: Supreme Court 1976 states:
Constitutional or statutory provisions do not repeal the common law by implication unless the intention to do so is plain. Fabricius v. Montgomery Elevator Co., 254 Iowa 1319, 1327, 121 N.W.2d 361, 366 (1963); Goodwin v. Thompson, 2 G. Greene 329 (Iowa 1849); 15 Am.Jur.2d Common Law § 16
In re Staros, 280 NW 2d 409 - Iowa: Supreme Court 1979 states:
"[I]n the absence of a restrictive statute, the court would defer to the common law right to a change of name in the absence of fraud."
Loser v. Plainfield Savings Bank, 128 NW 1101 - 1910 states:
"[T]here is no such thing as a 'legal name' of an individual in the sense that he may not lawfully adopt or acquire another and lawfully do business under the substituted appellation."