Name change generally refers to changing one’s name, adding initials or even just one letter is regular or the legal act by a person of adopting a new name different from their name at birth, marriage or adoption
In INDIA any individual has the freedom & Right to Change the Name legally, Currently changing Name is very common in India due to any of the following reasons :
1 Middle / Surname Name Change for Women due to Marriage for Women
2 Change of Name after Divorcee for Women
3 Change of Name of women or Child after Mother’s Remarriage ( Due to Ex spouse Death / Divorce / Deserted )
4 Correcting spelling Mistakes in existing Name
5 Name Change due to Adoption
6 Name Changing Due to Numerology or Astrology
7 Name Change due to Change of religion
8 Name Change due to Change of Gender
9 Name change due to existing Name Would be miss spelled or u Feel Embarrassing etc
WHO CAN APPLY FOR NAME CHANGE
Once you change your name its mandatory to announce it publicly and update in all the existing documents. In order to change the names we needs to obtain the gazette notification for the name change announcing it publicly. Gazette is a public journal & an authorized legal document Published by the government, and it hold good validity legally to your name change as it’s published by the Government. In case of updating your New Name / or changing your name in the any of the documents like Pancard / Aadhar Card / Voter ID / Passport / School Records / Insurance Policies / Property Papers / Birth Certificate / Employment Records etc issued by any Governmental / Semi Governmental / Public Sector / Bank / Educational Institutes etc one needs to submit Gazette notification for Name Change.
Obtain the Change of name form from the state government press which is free of cost;
kindly submit the form after duly filled with Old name & New Name, Address etc. along with required documents
Pay the requisite fee.
After the publication collect the government gazette copy and preserve it .For any further reference submit the true copies of the relevant Pages of the Gazette.