In what circumstances may I not change my name? - UK Deed Poll Office

In what circumstances may I not change my name?

  • If the name change is for you to pass yourself off as someone else.
  • If the name change is for fraudulent purposes, for instance if you are trying to pass yourself off as someone else in order to deceive and gain some financial advantage or to damage them somehow.
  • If you want to change your name to a name that is trademarked, and you then use that name to sell similar products or services, you will be breaching the trademark and could be sued by the owner of the trademark.
  • If your proposed new name promotes racial or religious hatred, is derisive of a minority group or promotes the use of drugs.
  • If your proposed new name is vulgar, offensive or blasphemous.
  • If your proposed new name contains strange letters, marks or numbers.
  • If your proposed new name contains unusual words or appears frivolous.
  • If your proposed new name contains a word that is a title or appears to contain an honour, unless you can provide documentary evidence that such title or honour has been bestowed.
  • HM Passport Office and other bodies will very likely refuse your application for all of the reasons given above.
  • We may refuse any application if we believe that HM Passport Office or other bodies may refuse your application. As your name is changed legally based upon your usage of your new name, a refusal by HM Passport Office would effectively mean that you had not changed your name.
  • We may refuse any application if, for technical reasons, we will be unable to process your documents because of your proposed new name. For instance, if your proposed new name is too long, unpronounceable or incomprehensible.