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Change of Name

Written by: Bayo (Culled from Nairaland.com)

To the best of my knowledge, you cannot just go to a newspaper whether you are a man or woman and just declare that you want your name to be change.

If you want to change your name for reason of being married under the Native law & custom i.e. traditional marriage, church or mosque (Customary act) or marriage act (i.e. marriage in a registry) the steps below is what you need to follow:
You need to do an affidavit (i.e. swear on oath) with a lawyer (Notary Public) or in front of a Commissioner for Oath in a Court before you then go to a newspaper for the purpose of widely circulating the notice of change of name.     

However, If you have a marriage certificate you will need to present it otherwise your lawyer or Notary Public may do a "Deed Poll" for you i.e. your husband will also need to sign the document to confirm that he has given his permission for you to be bearing his name.
Changing of name without a 'Mrs." simply involve an affidavit  & newspaper publication (i.e. if you are a man or you are a 'Miss").

I do not know about marriage in mosques but marriage in churches demand that you get a notification from the Registry prior to the wedding and after the wedding you take the church marriage certificate to the Registry for proper registration of the marriage.  
For traditional marriages you can get is registered in the Local govt area office where the marriage took place.
If you did a Court Marriage the certificate will be issued to you automatically.

You need the certificate to announce a change of name in the print media.

You need a marriage certificate for the following:-

1.  To get an International passport in your new name or endorse your old pp.
2.   To change the name on your bank accts and other financial institutions
3.   To change you name in your place of work or school

Those in the Legal profession should also help with this matter.

 

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0 #21 Temi Oyebade 2014-04-12 11:28
Quoting ayoola:
please am in london and i want to change my name, how do i go about it?

Please contact us at admin@namechang enigeria.com for further discussions.
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0 #20 ayoola 2014-04-12 04:34
please am in london and i want to change my name, how do i go about it?
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0 #19 arifhosting 2014-04-06 12:32
It depends, Vanessa. Are you married? If you are, you are legally obliged to include Mrs in your official documents, especially if you have changed your name. Alfamart official partner merchandise FIFA piala dunia Brazil 2014
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0 #18 namechangengr 2013-12-04 15:57
Quoting kobizue:
hello, please i will like to add a new name to my other names along with my husbands surname after marriage at the registry, is this possible and how do i go about it

Hello. If you wish to process your cahnge of name, kindly call us at 08106060001 or send us an email at admin@namechang enigeria.com, and we will guide you through the process.
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+1 #17 kobizue 2013-12-04 09:20
hello, please i will like to add a new name to my other names along with my husbands surname after marriage at the registry, is this possible and how do i go about it
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0 #16 namechangengr 2013-10-24 18:08
Quoting beatrice Okpapi:
Can someone who is married,but seperated from her spouse change back to her fathers name?if yes what's the procedure? Thanks

No. Until the divorce is final, there is no proof to show that you no longer bear your husband's name. You will have to secure the divorce before being able to legally change your name.
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0 #15 beatrice Okpapi 2013-10-24 09:24
Can someone who is married,but seperated from her spouse change back to her fathers name?if yes what's the procedure? Thanks
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0 #14 namechangengr 2013-04-13 18:40
Quoting adeola:
i have never knownn my father and i recently decided to change my name,i have done a court avidafit,done a police report and published it in the papers..i will like to effect this name change on my international passport,how do i go about it? legally....av met with some people and what they ask me to pay is more than i can afford

Hello. You don't have to pay anyone if you don't want to. You can go straight to the passport office and process your change of name on your passport and make the necessary official payment for change of name on passport, by presenting your sworn affidavit.
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0 #13 adeola 2013-04-13 17:22
i have never knownn my father and i recently decided to change my name,i have done a court avidafit,done a police report and published it in the papers..i will like to effect this name change on my international passport,how do i go about it? legally....av met with some people and what they ask me to pay is more than i can afford
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+1 #12 namechangengr 2012-05-31 17:31
Quoting bayo:
Goodday
I got married thru a traditional wedding and thus, we dont av a marriage certificate yet. Can we swear an affidavit and use that for our name change publication? This is because it is very urgent now.
I will apreciate your urgent response.
Thanks

Yes you can swear an affidavit in the courts to process legal name change, but you may have to do so individually. You may also wish to go to the registry to process a marriage certificate by confirming your wedding at the registry. Either or both documents together will enable you post your publicnotice in the papers.

Remember to also register your name change on this website...while it's free. :-)
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0 #11 bayo 2012-05-31 16:42
Goodday
I got married thru a traditional wedding and thus, we dont av a marriage certificate yet. Can we swear an affidavit and use that for our name change publication? This is because it is very urgent now.
I will apreciate your urgent response.
Thanks
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0 #10 namechangengr 2012-04-16 09:09
Quoting pius:
what if d person is nt married and want to change her surname,may be family crises or public breakout

For this, you need to process a "Legal Name Change" and sign an affidavit at the court. We also provide these services where needed. Contact us if you would like to do this.
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-1 #9 pius 2012-04-13 15:55
what if d person is nt married and want to change her surname,may be family crises or public breakout
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0 #8 namechangengr 2012-03-20 16:30
Quoting Enang vanessa:
what if you get your name changed and dont put the mrs...its a court document

It depends, Vanessa. Are you married? If you are, you are legally obliged to include Mrs in your official documents, especially if you have changed your name.
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0 #7 Enang vanessa 2012-03-20 15:02
what if you get your name changed and dont put the mrs...its a court document
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0 #6 Mr Onwuegbusi 2011-10-23 08:08
Good day Sir,
I write to advertise our newspaper company (Nigerian Compass) to you to always consult us whenever you need to publicise any notice or advert on change of names to newpapers as we are glad to welcome you at a cheaper rate.
Thanks in anticipation.
Mr Onwuegbusi Uderike
Advert consultant
Tel: 08030745245
Or
Mrs Helen Aidenojie
Controller of marketing and business development
Western publishing company limited
10, Western industrial avenue,
Lagos-Ibadan expressway
Ogun state
Tel: 08035208749
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+3 #5 namechangengr 2011-10-17 20:01
Quoting Chuks:
What of someone that is not married how do they change their name?

Hi Chuks. You just have to process a "Legal Name Change" whereby you obtain an affidavit from the court. Contact us for more info.
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+1 #4 Chuks 2011-10-17 19:33
What of someone that is not married how do they change their name?
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+2 #3 Anu 2011-09-23 17:53
To answer ayandeji, I think yes, she can change her surname to yours. It will have to be a legal name change as opposed to by marraige. She just needs to get an affidavit of name change and then publicize the name change either through the newspapers or via this website. Although, you will need a "featured" account for authenticity. I hope that helps.
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0 #2 ayandeji 2011-06-06 08:35
can my girl frien change her surname to mine,,after giving birth to a son in my name..alhtoug we are not married
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