Why is it called a Deed Poll?
A Deed is a written legal agreement that has been signed and delivered (shown) to all concerned parties.
Poll is an old English term describing a legal document with its edges cut (polled) straight. This was to distinguish it from a deed that needed to be signed by more than one person (a polled deed) and a deed signed by more than one person (which was called an Indenture) - a document that had its edges indented/serrated. This was usually done by tearing the document down the middle with one half given to each party. (Because the tear had to match, it was a way of guarding against forgery.)
This page was last checked today by Miranda O'Hara, Senior Deed Poll Officer.