You may be able to change your child's first name(s) within 12 months of the date that you registered the birth. 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 where the child was baptised.
Once this form has been completed it must be returned to the register office and the new first names can be entered into the birth register. This 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. A full copy certificate will contain both the original name and your baby’s new first name, given in baptism. If the child has not been baptised you can complete a form at the register office.
The following pdf form is to apply for a new birth registration which will replace the original birth registration certificate.
Application form to re register a child (pdf 54kb opens in new window)
Once again this 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 date that you registered the birth.
Once the form has been completed the new first name(s) will be inserted into the birth register. Copies of the amended registration can then be purchased. A full copy certificate will contain both the original name and the new name. The short version of these certificates will only record the child's new first name(s)