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Why change your name by deed poll?

There are many reasons why people decide to change their name.
Changing your name due to separation and divorce

It is common practice for women to change their name upon marriage to that of the husband. However, if the couple later separate the woman may wish to change her name back to her maiden name or to a totally new name.

The decree absolute and a copy of the marriage certificate can be used to change a persons name back to the maiden name. This should be sufficient evidence for many organisations to acknowledge your request to change your name. However, many people do not want to wait for the divorce to be finalised especially if this will take many months. In addition sending your legal documents to each organisation in succession can be time consuming. A deed poll can therefore be used to change a name quickly as many copies can be made. This makes the process a lot easier and enables the individual to move forward with their preferred name.

Unmarried parents taking the same name.

It is a fact that over the last 50 years the number of people getting married is in decline. Many couples now choose to become parents and do not believe that being married is necessary. One option that some parents choose is to adopt the same surname prior to the birth of the child. This way the family unit share the same surname. It is not always the mother that will change their name all though this is more common. The father may change his surname to the mothers or a double barrelled surname may be used to include both parents’ surnames.

Double Barrelled names

After a marriage or civil ceremony, it is common practice for one of the couple to change their name to that of the other. This does not require any special paperwork other that the certificate issued at the ceremony. However, some couples choose to use a double barrelled surname which in most case is a combination of the couple’s surnames. If you intend to use a double barrelled surname then you will need a name change deed poll to legally record this.

Long term relationships

It is not always the case that an unmarried couple change their name due to child birth. Some couples having spent a period of time together may decide that they want to have the same surname. It can be seen as a form of unity. It may simply stop people asking why they have different surnames. It is important to understand that not everyone believes in marriage or feels that marriage is necessary.

Unmarried parent wants child to have their same surname

In situations where parents are not married the child may be initially registered with the mother or father’s surname. It can be registered with either name but this may later need to be changed. There are circumstances when one of the parents wants the child to have the same name as them. A deed poll can be used to change the child’s name

People don't always like their name.

This can be for many reasons. The name may be uninspiring, too similar to another or simply deemed to be boring by individual.

There are many cases where parents have registered their children with names that the child later ends up hating. For example parents have named their children after the place of conception. This may be OK if your given name is then Paris or Brooklyn, but some children have been named after road junctions!

Some parents simply choose unusual names for their children. This may be OK for Apple Martin, daughter of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. However, naming twin children Benson and Hedges may lead to a name change at a later date.

Upon marriage or a civil partnership, the couple choose to have a double-barrelled or hyphenated surname (see note 2 below).
Upon marriage, a bride who adopts her husband's surname chooses to have her maiden name as a middle name.
Upon marriage, a bride who already has children from a former relationship chooses to have the surname of her children changed to her new married surname (see note 3 below).
People who have been using a different name to their birth name who want to formalise their change of name so that all their official documents and records show their new name.
One or both partners in a gay or lesbian relationship wish to share the same surname.
Transsexuals who wish to change their name after a gender change operation.
Entertainers who want to formally use their stage name.