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Change a child's name

Can I change the first names of my child?

Yes. Forenames can be changed in the 12 months from the date of registration. Names can be removed or added or the order changed.

On the birth entry, the names as originally recorded in the space for names and surname remain the same but the new names are recorded in a space at the bottom of the entry for those given after registration. Subsequent short certificates just show the new names, but new full certificates show both the original and new versions of the names.

Where names have been changed later than 12 months from the date of registration, the birth entry cannot normally be changed.

A fee is payable.

 

If a child has been baptised by a Christian Church, a form called a certificate of name given in baptism (pdf 448KB) will be given to you by the minister at the church. This form needs to be given to the register office so that the birth entry can be updated.

 

If the child has not been baptised, one of the parents named on the birth entry needs to complete a form called a certificate of name given not in baptism (pdf 23KB).

Can I change the last name of my child?

The surname cannot usually be changed on the birth entry after registration unless this is done by re-registering a birth.