Why would I want to change my name?
There are a number of reasons why you might want to change your name, such as:
- You’ve divorced or separated
- You’ve married
- You’re unhappy with your current name
- You’ve been adopted
- You want to have the same surname as your children
How do I change my name?
There is no legal way to change your name. You can just start calling yourself something else if you want to.
However, you’ll need proof that you’ve changed your name to obtain certain documents, such as passports or driving licenses, and your bank will probably need proof too.
If you marry or register a civil partnership, your marriage or civil partnership certificate is usually enough evidence of the change of name. If you divorce or dissolve a civil partnership and want to go back to your previous name, the divorce or dissolution certificate should suffice.
If you change your name for other reasons, you can obtain a ‘change of name deed’, which is a formal written and witnessed document that can be used as proof of having changed your name. It’s straightforward and can usually be done as a same day service.
Graysons can draw up a change of name deed for you. The fee is £90 plus VAT, payable on receiving your instructions.