Record numbers in name change move

Record numbers in name change move

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People have swapped their names to bizarre ones including Her Majesty The Queen

A record number of people changed their name by deed poll this year – some to bizarre ones including Her Majesty The Queen, Willy Wonka and Miss Jelly St Tots.

More than 90,000 people swapped their name in 2010, an increase of 80%, figures from the Legal Deed Poll Service revealed.

Among them was David Lennox, 29, an NHS call operator from Aberdeen, who became Her Majesty The Queen after launching an online poll to find a new name to raise funds for the Association for International Cancer Research.

Jelly Tot fanatic Jane Nash from Manchester is now Miss Jelly St Tots after a friend bought her the new name for her 40th birthday.

John Denton, 33, from Lowestoft in Suffolk, has become Willy Wonka to collect £5,000 for Cancer Research, after his mother died from liver cancer in 2003.

Football mad Jack Crookes from Liverpool changed his name to Jack James Steven Gerrard Crookes as a 16th birthday present from his mother.

He said: “I love it. It’s the best present I have ever had. He’s an inspiration to me, I love having my hero in my name.”

Papy Elungu, 33, from Chingford, north-east London, changed his name to Michael Jackson after people began saying he resembled the King of Pop.

A spokeswoman for the Legal Deed Poll Service said: “While many sought to make the alteration due to divorce, boredom or to bring a bit of cheer to their lives, others said that they just fancied a change.”

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