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31 Changing Your Name - Updated version available October 16

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1 Introduction

2. When may I want to change my name?

There are many reasons for wanting to change your name, including:

  • after a divorce;
  • to take the same name as your partner;
  • to adopt a double-barrelled name after you marry; 
  • as part of a change of gender; and
  • because you dislike your current name.

You may also want to change a child’s name.

3. When am I allowed to change my name?

4. What if I want to change my child's name?

5. What sort of name can I choose?

6. How do I prove I have a new name?

7. Who should I tell about my name change?

8. Further help

9. About this leaflet

This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with Citizens Advice.

The leaflets are regularly updated but the law may have changed since they were printed so the information in them may be incorrect or out of date.

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