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Offline Lynne Murray

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Name Changes???
« on: Wednesday 11 April 18 14:33 BST (UK) »
Hi everyone, Can anyone please point me in the direction of finding out where I can get information of someone IF they have changed their name. It would have been around 1925-1935 in London.
I am stumped finding this person. 

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Re: NAME CHANGES ???
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 11 April 18 15:09 BST (UK) »
In the UK you can call yourself what you like without legally changing your name.  The London Gazette may contain details if a name has been changed by Deed Poll.
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« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 11 April 18 15:33 BST (UK) »
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Re: NAME CHANGES ???
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 11 April 18 16:40 BST (UK) »
There may be no record of a name change. As long as it is not done with a motive of fraud etc.

I had friends, a married couple who got the FH bug back in the 80's. They spent years trying to trace back his line. It was only by a fluke that he found out that his grandfather, don't know how, had changed his name and joined the Army and gone to India for some time.

Reason being his greatgrandfather was an embezzler and it went public and one of his sons was so disgusted, he changed his name and so on.
Griffiths Llandogo, Mitcheltroy, Mon. and Whitchurch Here (Also Edwards),  18th C., Griffiths FoD 19th Century.


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« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 11 April 18 16:51 BST (UK) »
Contrary to popular belief, it has always been possible to change your name without having to register the change with any official body. It is still perfectly legal for anyone over the age of 16 to start using a new name at any time, as long as they are not doing so for a fraudulent or illegal reason. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/changes-of-name/

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« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 11 April 18 17:55 BST (UK) »
There may be no record of a name change. As long as it is not done with a motive of fraud etc.

I had friends, a married couple who got the FH bug back in the 80's. They spent years trying to trace back his line. It was only by a fluke that he found out that his grandfather, don't know how, had changed his name and joined the Army and gone to India for some time.

Reason being his greatgrandfather was an embezzler and it went public and one of his sons was so disgusted, he changed his name and so on.
The army doesn't seem to have verified the names of recruits in the early 20th century. The PT instructor at my school in the early 60s had run away from home joined up as a drummer boy under a false name and eventually became an army PTI. After demob he worked under his given name but used his non de guerre when he came to the school.
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