There are many reasons for changing your name, and you might find yourself thinking about contacting a deed poll service for various reasons. The most common reasons for a name change are a marriage being entered into exited, but there are many other factors that might be behind someone deciding to be known as someone else. We spoke to Dave Jackson – who was christened Quentin – to find out more.
“I was known as Quentin until college and I hated it. I had the Mickey taken out of me relentlessly in and out of school and people couldn’t see past it. I don’t have the thickest of skins anyway, so when I got to 18 I decided to take the plunge. My parents weren’t happy at first as I’d been named after an old relative, but I had to explain to them that it was making me miserable and had been for many years.”
Dave Jackson HBOS says that changing his name was easy, but it was harder to get people to start actually calling him it. “Many people simply called me ‘Quentin’ out of habit, but some people definitely did it on purpose to infuriate me. School can be tough when it seems like 328 group people are poking fun at you at the same time. I’ve got a good job in corporate jet services now and am far more as an adult called Dave than I was as a child named Quentin”.
Dave Jackson HBOS account was updated with his new details quickly, and he said that the whole legal process was extremely straightforward. All his official documents and records now show his name as David. His brother Andrew Jackson HBOS customer said he always felt guilty about his brother being “lumbered” with such an old-fashioned name, but admits that he did sometimes join in when others were mocking him. “At school it’s easier to side with the bullies than stand up for the victim, but I was young and didn’t want to become a target myself.
In any case, it seems that Dave Jackson is unlikely to regret changing his name anytime soon.
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