How often can I change my name?

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If you are over 16, you will generally not be permitted to take, change or delete a first name or surname more than once every ten years. There are, however, exceptions.

If you have taken, changed or deleted a name, you can still do the following within the next ten years:

  • Take the surname of a spouse or cohabiting partner who you have lived with for at least two years, or who you have children with
  • Take a surname which you have had previously
  • Take the surname of a step-parent, foster parent or adoptive parent
  • Change your first name back to the first name you had before you changed it
  • Take, change or omit a first name or surname if special reasons apply.

Changing name

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