My understanding is that you can call yourself anything you want in England
- don't know about Scotland - as long as there is no intention to defraud.
When I got divorced I reverted to my maiden name, which I am always legally
entitled to use and when I married again I hyphenated my maiden name with my
new husband's and did this by getting a Passport in this name, using my
birth certificate and marriage certificate to prove my entitlement to do it.
Once I had that I just changed everything else by telling people that as of
a certain date I was to be known as Galley-Taylor. Apart from the cost of
the passport which I needed anyway as my old one was nearly due to expire,
it cost nothing. I know this is not the same as taking an entirely new name
but does show there are several ways of doing these things even now and in
the past I suspect people just did it as they only really dealt locally with
other folk, and they would just tell them.
Meg AKA Magdalen Galley-Taylor AKA Galley AKA Page!
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Subject: Re: [NTT] Which surname to use
I find this a fascinating discussion and wanted to weigh in with my views.
Being American, I know that if we want to change our surnames, we have
always had to go through the courts.
Do you happen to remember when the musical entertainer (known as Prince)
changed his entire name to a symbol? That was legal and allowed through a
judicial appearance. But no one knew how to address him, after that! The
press, always a sensitive lot (Grin!), started calling Prince Mr. Glyph. In
a few years he changed his name back to Prince. By the way, Prince lives in
the same city that I do. He is a beloved "hometown Character" with a
capital C who grew up in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul,
Minnesota with a perfectly normal name until he became famous. All of this
name changing has cost him quite a lot of money (which could have gone to
Anyway, I do have a serious question. Can someone explain the term deed
poll? How long has it been around? This is not a common term where I live.
I Googled it, and didn't really find the serious detail I desired. I am
interested, because my Padley/Tindall family in England did have a surname
change back in the mid-1850s. These people were poor working class people
and could not have afforded to spend money on changing names--they just did
it. One person in this family of eleven siblings chose to use his mother's
name instead of his father's name. The others stayed with their father's
name. Now I am dealing with 1/11th of the family being Tindalls and
10/11ths of the family are Padleys. I have not found living Tindalls, yet,
that are interested in genealogy and descendants of the common ancestors;
but when I do, I think they will be surprised!
I am doing a lot of work at present with the Tindall part of the family. I
can't remember where I found this bit of information, but somewhere it is
written that changing given names and middle names has always been legal in
England, and can be done by anyone, anytime. Changing surnames in England
requires the courts to become involved. Does anyone have any comments or
opinions on the validity of this statement that I found? I would be very
interested in what you know, or think!
In Minnesota, USA
I am printing my family tree at last!
One thing I am hesitant on and cannot find on Google, is which surname
to use on a person who de poled their name. Do I put the birth surname
or the now de poled name which is the married name of mother. I was
considering birth surname in brackets then the de poled surname or
should it be the other way around?
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