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    I've always been told my name was spelt with a 'ual' rather than the much more common 'uel' – all my official documents (or so I thought) use the 'ual' spelling, passport, bank statements, qualifications etc. However, I've just seen an original copy of my UK birth certificate and it uses the 'uel' spelling. :dong: My Irish foreign birth certificate also uses the 'uel' spelling, so if I apply for an Irish passport my name will be spelt differently to that on my British passport. Does that matter?

    Should I just ignore it, or do I need to officially change the spelling of my name via deed poll to bring it in line with all my other documents?
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    I've always been told my name was spelt with a 'ual' rather than the much more common 'uel' – all my official documents (or so I thought) use the 'ual' spelling, passport, bank statements, qualifications etc. However, I've just seen an original copy of my UK birth certificate and it uses the 'uel' spelling. :dong: My Irish foreign birth certificate also uses the 'uel' spelling, so if I apply for an Irish passport my name will be spelt differently to that on my British passport. Does that matter?

    Should I just ignore it, or do I need to officially change the spelling of my name via deed poll to bring it in line with all my other documents?
    You didn't know how your own name was spelled? That's the first time I've heard this one!

    You don't need a deed poll, only evidence that you've been using your "new name" for more than 2 years, which I'd imagine all your other documents would demonstrate.

    This page should help you: http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en..._passport.html

    "If the name you are known by is different from the name on your birth certificate and it is not due to marriage, civil partnership or adoption, you will have to supply documentary evidence that you have been continually using the name for at least 2 years."
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    You didn't know how your own name was spelled? That's the first time I've heard this one!

    You don't need a deed poll, only evidence that you've been using your "new name" for more than 2 years, which I'd imagine all your other documents would demonstrate.

    This page should help you: http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en..._passport.html

    "If the name you are known by is different from the name on your birth certificate and it is not due to marriage, civil partnership or adoption, you will have to supply documentary evidence that you have been continually using the name for at least 2 years."
    Thanks for the link - that is a relief. But is there a similar rule in the UK? Can I just carry on using a different spelling now that I know it's wrong?

    It is a bit strange I admit, but I've only just read my original birth certificate. My mum was just as surprised as me, apparently my dad was the one who filled it out and he never told her that he used a different spelling.
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    Thanks for the link - that is a relief. But is there a similar rule in the UK? Can I just carry on using a different spelling now that I know it's wrong?

    It is a bit strange I admit, but I've only just read my original birth certificate. My mum was just as surprised as me, apparently my dad was the one who filled it out and he never told her that he used a different spelling.
    Yeah, it's all fine. Legally speaking, your name is whatever you choose it to be. Once you start assuming your name, that is your name.

    I assume the way HMRC and the HMPO have it down doesn't match your birth certificate? It's all completely fine - no one should really ever need to see your birth certificate anyway, as it's not a proof of identification.
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