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Adding a middle name
Adding a middle name is something that happens quite frequently. The new middle name might be in recognition or memory of a respected family member – or to incorporate the name of a favourite celebrity or sporting idol into your name. Whatever the reason and whatever the choice of middle name, you can easily add one or more middle names to your legal name by applying for a Deed Poll.
Of course getting hold of a Deed Poll document is only the start of the process. To ensure that all your official records and documents are changed into your new name – for example your passport, driving licence, bank accounts, credit cards, etc – you will need to produce your Deed Poll as evidence of the name change.
Until you do this, government departments and other official organisations won’t recognise the new middle name as part of your legal name.
But having said this, adding a new middle name isn't considered as a "significant change to your name" so there’s no need notify organisations immediately.
Unlike changing your surname, you can simply update official documents with your new name as and when it suits you – for example when your passport next needs renewing or when you next visit the bank or doctors. Just produce your Deed Poll document and everyone will recognise the addition of your new middle name.
Important note about changing your passport
Although we say above that there’s no rush to get your passport changed into your new name, if you are planning to travel overseas to live or work, or you have plans to emigrate, you will need to get your passport changed into your new name first. You will also need to ensure that all the other documents you plan to take with you show the same name, too, for example driving licence, credit cards, etc.
However as far as normal holidays are concerned, there’s no need to hurry to get your passport changed to your new name. Most travel agents, airlines, etc only need a first name and surname to make a booking – and these names should match the names already on your passport.
Note: If your passport hasn’t expired when you get it replaced to show your new name, you will be given up to nine months additional time on top of the usual 10 years. For example if you apply for a passport to include your middle name and your existing passport expires in two years' time, your new passport will be valid for 10 years and nine months. If you apply with only six months remaining, your new passport will be valid for 10 years and six months.
Click here for more information about changing your name on your British passport.
This page was last checked today by Hazel Walker, Senior Deed Poll Officer.