Changing the first name of your child
If you decide to change your child's first name(s) within 12 months of the date of the registration of the birth you are able to do so on the original birth registration.
If your child has already been baptised:
If the child has been baptised in the Christian faith within the 12 month period after birth registration, you can obtain a form from the Register Office to take to the Minister of the Church in which the child was baptised.
Once this form has been completed it needs to be returned to:
Sale Town Hall
The amended names can be inserted into space 17 of the original birth register.
This process can be done at any time after the birth as long as the baptism took place within 12 months of the registration. You can then purchase certified copies from this amended registration.
If your child has not been baptised:
Parents can complete a 'non baptism' naming form at the Register Office.
This process can be done at any time after the birth as long as it can be proved that the change of name took place within 12 months of the birth registration.
Once the form has been completed the amended name(s) will be inserted into space 17 of the original birth registration.
Certified copies of certificate showing the new name can then be purchased.
The full copy certificate will contain both the original name and the new name, showing whether it was given in baptism or by certificate of naming. The short version certificate will only record the child's amended forename(s).