Changing a child’s name—client guide
Changing a child’s name—client guide

The following Family guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Changing a child’s name—client guide
  • Who can change a child’s name?
  • How does it work?

This document provides general guidance regarding changing a child’s name. Your family lawyer will be able to provide specific advice based on your circumstances.

Who can change a child’s name?

A child acquires their name when it is registered shortly after their birth by their mother or father, or someone else with parental responsibility. The birth certificate is the official record of the child’s name, as well as their date of birth and who their parents are.

It is possible to change a child’s forename or surname, or add more names. There are some restrictions on names