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I wish to change my name.
I just recently graduated but I think I can get the name changed on my certificate for a small fee.

But, what about A-level certificates and all?

Has anyone on TSR done this?
If so, what are the other implications, or what should I watch out for?


Thanks in advance.
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A levels are not reissued, but it shouldn't be a problem because you can just show employers your deed poll.

The most expensive ones are passport and driving license reissuing, but you shouldn't run into any substantive problems other than cost and bother.
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Are you a British citizen? If so, I'm pretty sure you can do it easily by the means of deed poll. If required, just attach a copy of it to the relevant documents when e.g. applying for a job or sth and you should be sorted :yep:
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If you have proof of what your name used to be, just show that, and there shouldn't be any proble that your A level certificates have a different name.

Someone told me (I know, not a great source), that you can't get replacement A level certificates. Only a letter confirming what grades you got.
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i hope it's a porn star name.
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Yes, I am a British citizen.

My passport/driving licence etc... are in my Chinese name, which is recognised legally as me, I guess.

The problem comes with my A-level and GCSE stuff, which are in my English name, which I found out recently was just "given" to me, not really legally or anything. So the deed poll would only show the change of name from my Chinese name to my new name, no?

I want to eradicate my two names (English and Chinese) and change it to one single name.

Do you see my concern?
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(Original post by Frannnnn)
i hope it's a porn star name.
Nope, not a porn star name. Just a name to unite both my current names as using two different names for different documents is quite confusing for people to deal with (ie - Hoodless Brennan, they won't let me open an account as the name on my passport is different from the name on my bank statement).
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(Original post by [email protected])
The problem comes with my A-level and GCSE stuff, which are in my English name, which I found out recently was just "given" to me, not really legally or anything. So the deed poll would only show the change of name from my Chinese name to my new name, no?
There's no such thing as 'legally' changing your name: changing it and using it is all that is required. You cannot, however, lawfully have two names at once. So what is your name now? The English one or the Chinese one? What do you use?

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Nope, not a porn star name. Just a name to unite both my current names as using two different names for different documents is quite confusing for people to deal with (ie - Hoodless Brennan, they won't let me open an account as the name on my passport is different from the name on my bank statement).
I'm not surprised. If you're using two names that's incredibly improper. Make your mind up.
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How about Maximillion (Max) Power?
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(Original post by L i b)
There's no such thing as 'legally' changing your name: changing it and using it is all that is required. You cannot, however, lawfully have two names at once. So what is your name now? The English one or the Chinese one? What do you use?
My Chinese name is what's on my passport, drivers licence, medical card etc, and so it would be my legal name. But no one knows me by this name. My English name is used by my school, my bank and anyone else who knows me personally.


(Original post by L i b)
I'm not surprised. If you're using two names that's incredibly improper. Make your mind up.
It was not my decision to use two names. I am making up my mind hence the reason to change it once and for all, as stated above.

The majority of first generation British born Chinese will be in my situation, using two names, but only one legally recognised (most likely their Chinese name). This is most likely not their decision but as a result of their parents, as in my case.
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(Original post by [email protected])
My Chinese name is what's on my passport, drivers licence, medical card etc, and so it would be my legal name. But no one knows me by this name. My English name is used by my school, my bank and anyone else who knows me personally.



It was not my decision to use two names. I am making up my mind hence the reason to change it once and for all, as stated above.

The majority of first generation British born Chinese will be in my situation, using two names, but only one legally recognised (most likely their Chinese name).
My legal full name consists of two English names and a two syllable Chinese name.

I use one of my English names (Stephen) as my first name and the other names are my middle names.

So on my passport, birth certificate and exam certificates, I have my full name (though on my driving license, it's just Stephen).

Is it possible for you to put your English name as your first name and your Chinese name as your middle name and hopefully, that should sort things out. You will still need to change your names on your passport, etc but you wouldn't have to do it on your exam certificates (I hope).
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(Original post by Joseph90)
How about Maximillion (Max) Power?
I see somebody watched The Simpsons
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Yeah I use 2 names as well. One legal and one "Chosen" name - Andy.

I use my Chinese name for all the legal documents (passport, drivers license, etc etc) and stuff, but people will call me Andy

I've got no problems that way at all.

I'm thinking of changing it to Andy [Chinese name here] [Surname] when I get older though. But at the moment, I'm happy with the way it is ^^

Deed Poll :thumbsup:
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(Original post by TheTallOne)
My legal full name consists of two English names and a two syllable Chinese name.

I use one of my English names (Stephen) as my first name and the other names are my middle names.

So on my passport, birth certificate and exam certificates, I have my full name (though on my driving license, it's just Stephen).

Is it possible for you to put your English name as your first name and your Chinese name as your middle name and hopefully, that should sort things out. You will still need to change your names on your passport, etc but you wouldn't have to do it on your exam certificates (I hope).
Hmm..... good idea.

But I'd pretty much like to change both my Chinese and English name and just have one brand new name (Well, it's more of a different way to write my Chinese name, the current spelling is absolutely atrocious).

Thanks for the suggestion though. I might give the deed poll a call tomorrow to see what they suggest.
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Change it to McLovin !!! :woo:
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I had my surname changed when I was about 10, and it's been annoying, to say the least. I have to provide a deed poll for just about EVERYTHING, although now my passport is in my new name that doesn't have to be done anymore. Your main expense is going to be getting your passports and drivers' licenses changed etc. Deed poll doesn't cost too much though, from your local solicitor.
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(Original post by fallen angel9)
Change it to McLovin !!! :woo:
^^THIS^^

All day long!!!

Then he can officially say "I am McLovin"
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Max powerrrrr, he's the man whose name you'd love to touch
But you cannot touchhhh
His name sounds good in your ear
But when you hear it , you musn't fearrrr
Cos his name can be said, by anyone!

Ok, i'm done now
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You don't have to use a Deed Poll, you can just write a letter saying that from this day forth you wish to be know as XXX and then get someone to sign it off as a wittness. It's like doing a will.

In fact at my mates first ever job everyone started to call him "Stanley" (no-one is sure why) and it kinda just stuck.

He never changed it via a Deed Poll or anything but because a HR lady thought that was his name and that she made a mistake changed it on his payslip.

He then had a prob banking his chqeue so opened an account as Stanley using his work documents as proof!!!
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He then had a prob banking his chqeue so opened an account as Stanley using his work documents as proof!!!
I highly doubt that. You CANNOT use your work documents as proof. You have to have some form of legal or governmental document.

(Original post by psychocustard)
it's been annoying, to say the least. I have to provide a deed poll for just about EVERYTHING,
I plan to change everything in one go. My passport, drivers licence, etc... anyone knows anything about NI card?!
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