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A comprehensive guide to changing

your name by Deed Poll in the UK

About Deed Polls

Changing Your Name

Reasons for a Name Change

 

Choosing a New Name

 
 

Time Saving Tip: The quickest and easiest way to change your name in the UK is to

Apply For Your Deed Poll Online.

 
 

There are many reasons why you may decide to change your name and there are some issues to be aware of when considering your choice of name.

Restrictions when changing your name 

  • Your name must include a forename and a surname

  • The name chosen must be pronounceable

  • Your name should not include numbers or symbols

  • Only punctuation such as a hyphen or apostrophe should be included for name such as David-Jones or O’Connor.

  • Your chosen name should not be offensive, blasphemous or insulting

  • Your name cannot lead others to think you have obtained an academic award, rank or honour by choosing a title or name such as Lord, Lady Doctor, Prince, Baron, Sir, etc.  

These are the only restrictions that apply with regard to changing your name. Otherwise, you can add a name, re-arrange your name, change you forename or surname or remove names providing you are not doing so for fraudulent purposes.

 

Changing your Title 

If you decide to change your name by Deed Poll you are also able to change your title at the same time. 

If you are changing your name to include a general title such as Mr, Mrs, Ms or Miss then there are no restrictions. If you are a transsexual and want to change from Mr to Miss then this can be done without the need for any documentation.  

However, if you were changing your title from a general title such as Miss or Mr to an academic title then proof of the qualification acquired would be needed. For example if you have completed you Ph.D and would like to change your title to Dr, then the certificate would be required to produce the Deed Poll document.

Some people may be wishing to change their title to a title of nobility or honour, for example, Lord or Lady. In these circumstances, documentary evidence of the title will be required in order for a Deed Poll to be issued. Purchased British titles are not accepted for Deed Poll documents.

 
 

Time Saving Tip: The quickest and easiest way to change your name in the UK is to

Apply For Your Deed Poll Online.

 

 

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