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    Changing name by deed poll

    Is there a way of finding out whether somebody changed their name by deed poll please?
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    possibly two different things here

    did they change their name by deed poll and you want to know where to find a copy of that deed

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    do you assume they did it officially ?- you can just do it, and you want to find out if they did it by deed poll or just did it
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    As far as I know there was no standard way to check this. Two people in my tree put a notice in The Times newspaper. Of course, you didn't (don't) have to change your name by deed poll to change your name. As long as it's not for an illegal purpose, you can call yourself what you like in this country!

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    Jess - I know the name was changed but want to find out if it was done officially. We are talking 1884 - 1896
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    From TNA website:

    There are lots of legal ways to change a name. One way, the deed poll, gave the deed recording the name change to the person who changed their name.

    Where people paid extra to have this deed enrolled in court, The National Archives will have a copy. However, the majority of people did not enrol the deed in court.

    Please note that you cannot trace individual cases through the online catalogue. You will need to come and search the indexes at The National Archives.

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    Thanks Merry
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    Perhaps they might have used a deed poll if they were going to inherit money or property. But if they changed their name to hide their past, or to use or stop using step-parents name, maybe it was not worth the bother.

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    I may be wrong but I seem to recall reading that some people who changed their name by deed poll had it recorded in The London Gazette, which is online.
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    thanks will give that a try
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