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Reasons to change your name by deed poll

There are many reasons why people change their name. Marriage, divorce, adoption, moving to another country or simply because a person dislikes their current name are just a few of the reasons given. With a legally written deed poll changing your name is simple.

The practice of changing a persons name is becoming increasingly popular. A person can choose to change their first name only, they may change just their surname, or they may decide to change their entire name and also their title to something new.

There are many reasons why people change their name but the following examples highlight some of the more frequent reasons that people offer. This is not an exhaustive list but simply a selection of popular explanations.

When a married couple are going through a divorce the wife, who may have taken her husbands family name, can use a deed poll to quickly revert back to her maiden name. This saves time instead of waiting for the divorce to be completed by the courts. She can then switch back to her previous name.

As more people cross borders to work or live some individuals have chosen to adopt a new name that is more readily recognised in the new country. Whilst there are arguments for and against changing your name to blend in to your new environment it is certainly a practice that some new residents in the UK are undertaking.

There are occasions when people just want a change of name. Some people do this for comedy and invent some funny names that they would prefer to be called. On a more serious note people have found that their name is connected to something that they dislike for some reason. A name change deed poll will allow them to simply switch their name by completing a deed poll. No one chooses their name at birth so it is understandable that many people want to adopt a different name when they are legally old enough to make their own decisions.

Name changes happen for lots of different reasons. The important thing is that you use a legal deed of name change. These documents are provided by solicitors, lawyers and specialist online websites. The deed simply states that you will not use your old name and that from the date of signing the new form you will be known by your new name. Once the form is completed and signed in the presence of an independent witness the process is complete. You have legally changed your name. The next step is to inform all of the government organisations, public institutions, companies and businesses that will need to be updated. This is time consuming but something that needs to be done.