Informative note in English

Explanation of change of name in the United Kingdom.


Informative note in English

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email . Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


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.