Definition of deed poll in English:

deed poll

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English Law
  • A legal deed made and executed by one party only, especially to formalize a change of a person’s name: he changed his name by deed poll
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    • Literally, if a new series doesn't inspire at least 50 people to change their name by deed poll to that of one of the show's characters, it's deemed an irrevocable failure.
    • For a reasonable fee, a solicitor will arrange a simple name change by deed poll.
    • Inebriated, both of them decided to change their names by deed poll for a bet.


late 16th century: so named because the parchment was ‘polled’ or cut cleanly, not indented at the edges as in the case of a deed made by two parties.

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