Name Preference

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Just a simple question.

At the time of opening a bank account can you request banker not to use your middle name if you do not want to use it.

Lets say my name is Tom Tim Hall and i just want them to use Tom Hall instead of use Tom Tim Hall..... and if full name also appears on your ids such as bills etc , does it make a difference.

Thanks.
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  • Hazzanet
    Hazzanet Posts: 1,713 Forumite
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    I've had success with plastic cards in the past. Typically my banks print the name on the card as (Title) (First Name) (Initial) (Surname) and it irritates me that my full first name is used (I tend to use an abbreviation of it in real life). I've always been allowed to have the card re-issued with (Title) (First Initial) (Surname) before.

    Hope that helps.

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  • RichyRich
    RichyRich Posts: 2,090 Forumite
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    NatWest ask you how you'd like your name to appear on your card, but insist in using your title (i.e. I asked for "John Smith" and when it came through it said "Mr John Smith" - that is, if my name was John Smith!). I've never known any other bank ask you for a Current Account, however, AmEx and Bank of Ireland both ask you how you would like your name to appear on their credit card.
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  • Kavanne
    Kavanne Posts: 5,093 Forumite
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    RichyRich wrote: »
    NatWest ask you how you'd like your name to appear on your card, but insist in using your title (i.e. I asked for "John Smith" and when it came through it said "Mr John Smith" - that is, if my name was John Smith!). I've never known any other bank ask you for a Current Account, however, AmEx and Bank of Ireland both ask you how you would like your name to appear on their credit card.
    SOME people at Natwest bother asking. Not all, the default is <Title><first name><middle initial><surname>

    No one at amex asked me but it cames with just my initials which was good.
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  • TrickyDicky
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    RichyRich wrote: »
    NatWest ask you how you'd like your name to appear on your card, but insist in using your title (i.e. I asked for "John Smith" and when it came through it said "Mr John Smith" - that is, if my name was John Smith!).

    I would have though that, in theory, this is an easy first line of defence against fraud - Man using a womans card etc. If you just asked for initials with no title then theres no telling whether its a man or womans card.
  • savagej
    savagej Posts: 1,158 Forumite
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    I would have though that, in theory, this is an easy first line of defence against fraud - Man using a womans card etc. If you just asked for initials with no title then theres no telling whether its a man or womans card.

    The person using the till gets to see if it belongs to a man or a woman. plently of banks issue cards that just say "J Smith" no title.
  • RichyRich
    RichyRich Posts: 2,090 Forumite
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    I prefer to have my first name than my initial, and it's very definitely a boys name!

    The title thing identifying the gender doesn't hold up for Dr, Prof, etc.
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  • [Deleted User]
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    Barclaycard issue cards saying J SMITH, Lloyds default to MR JOHN A SMITH...

    ...but then again my old nectarc ard had MRS B SURPRISED written on it...
  • cos_2
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    savagej wrote: »
    The person using the till gets to see if it belongs to a man or a woman. plently of banks issue cards that just say "J Smith" no title.

    Of course, with chipnpin, the cashier should never touch your card - in theory at least...;)
  • savagej
    savagej Posts: 1,158 Forumite
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    It appears on the screen, of the till, or the chip and pin units they have in say a restuarant.
  • fluffyhelen
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    I had a new card issued with a new surname recently with RBS, Barclaycard and Natwest. They all assumed my new surname was a divorce (even though I changed it by deed poll IN the branch) and issued me new cards with MISS on them.

    So I phoned them up and got them re-issued properly. Geez!

    Anyway, they'll put whatever you want on your card (provided it is some form of your name!) and you can keep calling until they get it right. :)
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