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Informative note in English

Explanation of change of name in the United Kingdom.

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Informative note in English

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Under English law, a person may change their surname at will. The law concerns itself only with the question whether the individual has in fact assumed and has come to be known by a surname different from that by which they were originally known.

Published 10 April 2013
Last updated 1 July 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated Information to reflect that deeds are now enrolled at the Royal Courts of Justice.
  2. First published.