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Crazy names and the rise in name changing

For just a few pounds, you can legally change your name in a matter of minutes. More and more Brits are doing just that. We take a look at just how many, some popular name changes, why people change their name, and much more.

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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

More Brits Opting for New Names through Deed Poll

For just a few pounds, you can legally change your name in the time it takes to eat lunch. And more Brits are doing just that.


CHEAPER, EASIER NAME CHANGES SPARK RISE


Population Now Keen on Name Changing
According to the UK Deed Poll Service, the main company that assists with these changes, the number of name changes over the last 10 years has risen dramatically.


Registered Name Changes
2000               197
2011               60,000


Name Changing Still on Steady Rise
The numbers of name changers are steadily rising, even in recent years. Last year saw an 11 per cent increase over name changes in 2010.


Registered Name Changes in Recent Years
2009               49,000
2010               54,000
2011               60,000

REASONS FOR CHANGE ARE AS VARIED AS THE NAMES

Idol Worship
Many people change their names thanks to inspiration from a favourite celebrity or athlete. In the past few years, many people have opted for a few popular celebrity monikers.

Notable Pop Culture-Related Name Changes

  • 30 Michael Jacksons
  • 15 Wayne Rooneys
  • 5 Amy Winehouses
  • 5 David Beckhams
  • 300 John Smiths
  • 200 People with “Danger” as their middle name

Top Reasons People Change Their Names
Whether it’s following a significant life event or just for kicks, people change their names for all sorts of reasons.

 

  • Dislike their birth name.
  • Taking a spouse’s surname or combining surnames upon marriage.
  • Reverting to a maiden name after divorce.
  • Changing a child’s surname when a father is absent.
  • Modifying a name in the case of difficult pronunciation or spelling.
  • Just for fun.

 

FROM STAGE NAMES TO JUST PLAIN MAD


Actors Are Name-Changing Pioneers

Actors and actresses have long been fans of changing their names for the stage. Some of the birth names of a few acting greats might surprise you.

 

  • Marilyn Monroe - Norma Jeane Baker
  • Judy Garland - Frances Ethel Gumm
  • Audrey Hepburn - Audrey Kathleen Ruston
  • Michael Caine - Maurice Joseph Micklewhite
  • Martin Sheen - Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez
  • Helen Mirren - Helen Lydia Mironoff

  • Bizarre Name Changes of the Last Year

    For one reason or another, people feel compelled to change their names—often to unique and sometimes bizarre new monikers. Here are a few notable names people legally adopted in 2011.

    • Dr Pasty-Smasher Omlette
    • Miss Jelly St Tots
    • Willy Wonka
    • Pink Sparkly And All Things Nice
    • Mr. and Mrs. Puffin (combining surnames Pugh and Griffin)
    • Emperor Spiderman Gandalf Wolverine Skywalker Optimus Prime Goku Sonic Xavier Ryu Cloud Superman HeMan Batman Thrash

    SOURCES: BBC.CO.UK, GUARDIAN.CO.UK, DAILYMAIL.CO.UK, YAHOO, IMDB, DEEDPOLL.ORG.UK, UKDP.CO.UK


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