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NameSwitch Blog Series

Do men change their name? Are you curious about double-barrelling? Can you create a new name altogether? Discover the options available to you as you enter your next life chapter.

Changing your name is an important decision. Our blog series delves into an array of different name changing options, choices and practices. Learn from our customers about the what, why and how they changed their name after a life chapter. You can also learn more about why our founder Cécile Mazuet-Eller created NameSwitch and discover a charity we’re passionate about supporting.

Changing Names after a Second Marriage

Changing Names after a Second Marriage

Cassie's shares her name change journey

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Your Husbands Name – to Have and to Hold?

Your Husbands Name – to Have and to Hold?

How to decide what to be called after you say ‘I Do’

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A Man’s Perspective to Changing Names after Marriage

A Man’s Perspective to Changing Names after Marriage

We interviewed some trail blazing men who took a bold step into the future.

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The Rise and Rise of the Double-Barrel

The Rise and Rise of the Double-Barrel

We spoke to 5 couples who shared their experience of combining surnames after marriage

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From ‘Overwhelmed’ to ‘Over It’

From ‘Overwhelmed’ to ‘Over It’

How to decide whether to name change after divorce

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NameSwitch, the Journey so far...

NameSwitch, the Journey so far...

Founder Cécile Mazuet-Eller shares the inspiration behind our unique service

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Changing Name After Divorce UK Checklist: How to Revert to Maiden Name

Changing Name After Divorce UK Checklist: How to Revert to Maiden Name

How do I change my surname back to my maiden name after divorce? Our changing name after divorce UK guide explains (Inc FREE reverting to maiden name checklist)

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Your Wedding, Your Way

Your Wedding, Your Way

Creating the perfect blend to celebrate your unique union

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Best of Both Worlds?

Best of Both Worlds?

How to Know if Keeping Your Maiden Name at Work is Right for You

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Our Pledge to VOW for Girls

Our Pledge to VOW for Girls

Creating a world where no child is ever bride

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Looking for our guides?

Dive into our practical Nameswitch guides.

Learn how to change your name on your drivers licence, on your Facebook account and how to handle updating your NHS record along with your passport

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Fancy a free name-change checklist?

Get your free name-change checklist to help you plan out all of the companies, government bodies and profiles you need to notify of your new name.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No. Our smart automation will populate your personalised letters, forms and instructions ready for download. It’s then over to you to sign & send on to the companies, in whichever order makes sense to you. The time it takes to process a name change request depends on the individual company and sometimes the season – i.e passports will take longer during the summer months. You can only request the change once you have your marriage certificate/decree absolute/deed poll. Having 3-4 original copies of your legal document will enable multiple name change requests to be sent off in parallel.

Our service focusses on name changing and not on changing address - the processes and forms used by many companies differ in most instances - Changing address is often a quicker affair and can in many cases be done over the phone/online without providing proof of deeds/tenancy agreements.

We advise you to change your address first and then change your name after. There are some exceptions to the above guidance where you can tackle both changes in one hit. The following companies can accept both name and address change requests via their forms: Companies House, Driving Licence, DVLA Vehicle Registration, HMRC & Passport.

NameSwitch letters and forms are not dated so you may send them off in the sequence and timing that makes most sense to your particular situation.

In general, if you are taking a partner’s name after marriage or reverting to a maiden-name after divorce, it is not necessary to change your name officially by deed poll. Check out our Deed Poll Guide to help you determine if a deed poll is required in your particular situation.

You can go through your NameSwitch order at a pace and sequence that makes sense to you.

If you use the same computer/device your entries will be saved on your cache. For it to be saved on our system you will need to review and accept our terms of service - your profile will be saved and you can then log back in and complete your order at your convenience.

You can also make any edits to your profile after checkout, such as amending your personal details, adding additional companies or company account information at no extra cost. Simply click on the ‘Edit My Profile’ button on your profile page and follow the steps.

If you need help amending any elements of your profile, simply email: thegirls@nameswitch.co.uk and we can update and regenerate your documents for you.

Important note, NameSwitch will only print and dispatch documents once. Should you want to make changes after your documents have dispatched you will need to print them from your profile page or get in touch with the team to arrange a reprint which will be subject to a re-reprint fee as outlined in our terms.