Why do people change their name? - UK Deed Poll Office

Why do people change their name?

People change their name for many different reasons.  Set out below are some of those reasons:

  • Because they do not like the name they were given
  • Because their given name is strange or difficult to spell
  • To make a name sound more English
  • To correct a mistake made upon registration of their birth
  • Because a couple are getting married and they do not want the wife to take only the husband’s surname
  • Because same-sex partners want to have an entirely new or combined surname
  • Because a person wants their name to reflect their new gender
  • To reflect a religious conversion
  • For a person’s name to make some kind of political or other statement
  • Prior to a divorce
  • To prevent being found by a former partner.