It’s a big decision picking out a
name for your child when they are born, a name that will stay with them for a
long section of their lives. Some of us
pick out names easily whilst others dwell over it for a long time even after
the birth. Sometimes it helps to meet
your child to find the most suitable name for them.
But even when you have settled on
a name it might no longer work, the child might want to alter their name
themselves, a girl has done this in my youngest son’s class – she was a Sophie
but was determined to be known as Sophia, to make that change official its so
simple to go through a Deed Poll
When I was in school we had a
Jane but she decided in secondary school the spelling was not fancy enough for
her and changed to Jayne. Obviously
there are bigger more pressing reasons children need to change their names but
its surprising how many just want to take control of their own name and not leave
it to the decision first made by their parents.
We use the shortened version of
my son’s name, but I have not used Deed Poll as of yet as he might want to use
the full version when he is older, but if he decides he prefers the shortened
version its so easy to go through the Child Deed
Poll Service. It only takes three
minutes and the website is secure and safe to use. The process is very clear and only costs £9.99. Just reading the reviews reassures you that
it’s a system that really works and previous customers seem very happy with
The documents are legally
binding, so will be accepted by every government organisation, making it a sure-fire
way to get their name sorted. It can
all be done online in the comfort of your own home.
You enter your child’s details; current
title and names, and then fill out what you want the new title and names to be. It asks you to carefully check the
information is correct, well worth doing, as it would be a shame to make an
error. They will ask if your child was
born in the United Kingdom and ask for details regarding the parental
responsibility including the full name details of those individuals. It’s helpful it lets you know how much of the form you have left to complete as a percentage.
Once your documents arrive in the
post you just need a witness to sign them and you can begin to notify everyone
of the name change.
I am glad I know more about the process so if my boys
did ever decide to change their names I am familiar with what I would need to