Need to Change your Last Name?

Need to Change your Last Name?

Need to Change your Last Name?

It’s relatively simple for anyone in the UK to change last names and it can happen for a number of reasons.  The most common driver for changing last name is marriage. Other reasons include deed poll, divorce or separation. There is no centralised register of names in the UK, so if you need to change last names there will be specific ways to go about it depending on your reason

2017 should see just over 250,000 weddings. Around 80% of these brides will go onto change names.  Any UK permanent resident can legally change names and can do so for any reason, and over 50,000 people are expected to change name by deed poll this year.  Deed poll allows a person to change any or all of their name, including just their surname.  Change of name deeds can be done online with reputable Deed Poll organisations for around £35.  There are less reliable statistics when it comes to divorce or separation name change as there is no special process, it is usually a case of an individual requesting each organisation to amend her records. (cont...)


Name change is always managed by the individual.  It is up to each person to decide if they want to change names and then go through the appropriate steps to ensure their new name is legal and notify all parties accordingly.  Thankfully there are useful and informative sites such as Easy Name Change to assist you though the process. 

All an individual needs to start changing names is their marriage certificate, deed poll or divorce decree.  Once they have one of these documents they make a list of every organisation where they have a record, then contact each one to request their name is updated. Many companies will want to see a copy of the marriage certificate, deed poll or divorce decree so they can be sure the change is legitimate and your account is safeguarded against fraud.

Contacting each bank, credit card, phone and utility company is a time consuming process, especially when many of them then request you send a letter to their office. Name Change notification kits can save you the best part of a day spent waiting on hold to tell companies about your name change. Our kits provide ready to send name change notifications to any organisations that require your request in writing, and will even include what proof of name change documents should be included. If any listed organisations have a different name change process, you’ll receive comprehensive instructions on what is required.

Changing last name can be time consuming and require a lot of administration.  Make it as easy as possible with an Easy Name Change notification kit.

Changing last name happens after wedding, divorce or by deed poll.  If you need to change surnames we can guide you through the process.

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