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deed poll

a deed in one part and signed only by the grantor. The ‘poll’ part refers to the fact that originally the edges of the deed were shaven, or ‘polled’. The phrase is seen mostly in the expression ‘change one's name by deed poll’, which refers to a declaration needed in England and Wales for a person to change his or her name.

DEED POLL, contracts. A deed made by one party only is not indented, but polled or shaved quite even, and is, for this reason, called a deed poll, or single deed. Co. Litt. 299, a.
     2. A deed poll is not, strictly speaking, an agreement between two persons; but a declaration of some one particular person, respecting an agreement made by him with some other person. For example, a feoffment from A to B by deed poll, is not an agreement between A and B, but rather a declaration by A addressed to all mankind, informing them that he thereby gives and enfeoffs B of certain land therein described.
     3. It was formerly called charta de una parte, and, usually began with these words, Sciant praesentes et futuri quod ego A, &c.; and now begins, "Know all men by these presents, that I, A B, have given, granted, and enfeoffed, and by these presents do give, grant and enfeoff," &c. Cruise, Real Prop. tit. 32, c. 1, s. 23.

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We have processed a number of crazy name changes to date, but this is the longest one on record," Tina Clough, spokesperson for The Legal Deed Poll Service, said.
It cost me just pounds 10 and my deed poll arrived on email ready to sign on the very same day.
The Mirror's correspondent Lenny Lottery has hung up his red suit resplendent with numbered balls, and is changing his name by deed poll back to Aidan McGurran.
The 28-year-old from Birmingham changed her name by deed poll to Miss Pussy Galore Honey Rider Solitaire Plenty O'Toole May Day Xenia Onatopp Holly Goodhead Tiffany Case Kissy Suzuki Mary Goodnight Jinx Johnson Octopussy Domino Moneypenny.
The 28-year-old paid pounds 33 to make the change by deed poll - and his new choice runs rings round his old middle name which was James.
According to the UK Deed Poll Service, more than 60,000 people will have changed their name in 2011 by the end of the year, compared with only 197 in 2000 after which the procedure was simplified.
The 18-year-old, from Milnsbridge, is such a fan of the soft drink he's applied to change his name by deed poll.
All you have to do is fill in a simple form online, send off pounds 37, and within a couple of days a deed poll firm will grant you a new identity.
All of the names were either inflicted by daft parents, as a result of marriage or chosen deliberately by deed poll.
Bagheera, formerly known as Philip Mackintosh, has changed his name by deed poll following a dare by his friends.
The dental receptionist legally adopted the name of the BBC appeal's one-eyed teddy by deed poll and changed her driver's licence, credit cards and tax forms.
CHRISTINE HAMILTON has changed her name by deed poll to "Mrs British Battleaxe".