You can change your child's forename on the original birth entry if new forenames have been used within 12 months of the date of the birth registration, either by baptism, or on a certificate of naming.

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By baptism

If your child has been baptised in a Christian church within 12 months of registration, with different forenames than in the original birth entry, a certificate of name given in baptism form should be completed and signed by the vicar or minister of the church where the baptism took place.

An appointment is not required, please send the completed form to us via post or in person at Lambeth Town Hall.

Certificate of Naming

If your child has not been baptised but you have used different forenames within 12 months of the date of registration, you should complete a certificate of name not given in baptism form.

Please refer to the guidance document for help in completing the form.

An appointment is not required, please send the completed form to us via post or in person at Lambeth Town Hall.

The relevant form must be completed by hand with original signatures and returned to the register office that holds the birth record.

Where more than 12 months have elapsed since the date of registration, you should contact us as you will need to provide documentary evidence to prove the change took place within the 12 months from the date of registration.

Costs for this service

A fee of £40 will be charged for this service.

New certificates with the change of name

The change to the forenames will be entered into the birth register entry. Although the names given to the child at the time of the original registration will still appear, the change will be entered onto the bottom of the register entry to show the new information. You'll see the new name in space 17 of the birth certificate.

If you'd like to buy new certificates with the updated name, please complete an application form for new certificates.

Celebrate your child’s birth

A naming ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the birth of a baby or welcome adopted or stepchildren into your wider family circle. This secular ceremony is designed as an alternative to a religious celebration and whilst it has no legal standing, it creates a special event at which to gather together family and friends for a dignified but relaxed occasion.

If it has been more than 12 months since registration and your child isn't baptised

If your child isn't baptised and it's been more than 12 months since the birth registration, you can complete a 'deed poll' or a 'change of name deed'. The new name cannot be added or included on the birth register entry, but it is a legal way to change a person's name. Further information can be obtained from the Government website, the Citizens Advice Bureau, or a solicitor.