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Legally Change My Name



People legally change their first, middle, or last names for a variety of reasons: Major life changes—getting married, divorced, or undergoing a gender reassignment—might catalyze a name change, or people might just hate the name they were born with.

If you don’t like your birth name, you can legally change it to whatever you want … with a few exceptions. You can’t name yourself after a celebrity (because that could be viewed as intentionally misleading), a trademarked name, a numeral (like 4 or 8), a punctuation mark (like ? or !), or something offensive or obscene. You also can’t change your name to commit fraud, evade law enforcement, or avoid paying any debts you owe.

Although it may be seem daunting to show up at court or fill out legal paperwork, you don’t need to hire a lawyer to change your name.

Filling out a Petition for Name Change can be fairly straightforward. But if you do feel overwhelmed by navigating the name change process yourself, consider outside help.


Success stories

Miia Turunen

Aug 22 at 02:10 am
My last name changed due to marriage

Caitlin Breen

Mar 14 at 04:19 am
Got married

Ollie Clark

Feb 24 at 18:20 pm
Changed my birth name to a masculine one.

Amanda Nichols

Jan 13 at 23:36 pm
got married

Rosalind Pingleton

Jan 12 at 17:35 pm

Shannon Kokkonen

Dec 29 at 08:32 am
got married

Emma Dane

Dec 28 at 21:38 pm