Birth certificate name issue

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Hi all,

Hoping you can help me here, currently living in Scotland and I've came across something very strange to do with my birth certificate.

My first name on my birth certificate is missing a letter, say my name is Allan, its spelt Alan on the birth certificate (error is almost identical to this one, missing an L).

All my other IDs are spelled the way I have lived all my life, as 'Allan' - my passport, drivers licence etc.

Is this going to cause me issues down the line? Were currently buying a house and completing soon, I know all ID checks have came back fine already.

I am really confused how this actually happened, I have no idea how my parents managed to have what I would say is my correct name spelled correctly on my passport despite my birth certificate being spelled differently.

Anyone have any experience with this? I just want to make sure its not going to throw up any major issues moving forward.

Thanks!
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  • Cruelsco
    Cruelsco Posts: 10 Forumite
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    I should also note, I’ve literally used two l’s in my name all my life. It’s what I’ve always been known as since I was a child. Any finance I’ve ever had was spelled with two l’s.
  • Flugelhorn
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    I suspect that having already got a passport with the name spelled as you usually spell it then you won't need to produce the BC again. Honestly can't remember the last time I had to produce mine - probably about 40 years ago

  • Cruelsco
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    I suspect that having already got a passport with the name spelled as you usually spell it then you won't need to produce the BC again. Honestly can't remember the last time I had to produce mine - probably about 40 years ago

    Only thing I’ve been thinking about is if it’s needed for title deeds on a house? I suspect it might not be and showing passport as ID would be sufficient. 

    I know I’ll need to produce it when I get married but again, I don’t know if it will be a big issue given it’s the same name with a letter missing. 

    It’s just mad to me that this has been on my birth certificate for 30+ years and I had no clue about it. 
  • Flugelhorn
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    No I've bought and sold multiple houses since I I last extracted my birth cert from the safe, the passport was all the solicitor needed.

    re marriage - TBH never produce mine for that either (but then CoE, knew the vicar well etc etc) - you can marry in whatever name you are known as.

    There are errors all the time - my parents and their solictor (a relative) managed to spell my name wrong on parents' wills - too much sherry one sunday lunchtime I think. I checked with my solicitor when doing probate - they just said "clerical error" and it was no problem at all 
  • sheramber
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    I expect your parents gave the name and the registrar spelt it the way he assumed it was spelt.

    Were you registered on Scotland?  

    Allan is more common on Scotland, Alan is more common in England.


  • TBagpuss
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    It shouldn't be a problem but id you are worried, then for things like a will you can ask that your details re shown as "Allan Jones (also or formerly known as Alan Jones) 
    I don't *think* you would be able to get the birth certificate changed. 

    You may however want to ask your parents (if they are still around) to check spellings in their wills etc to ensure that they are consistent with your passport .

    A birth certificate isn't proof of ID so it's very unlikely to come up 
    All posts are my personal opinion, not formal advice Always get proper, professional advice (particularly about anything legal!)
  • mebu60
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    sheramber said:
    I expect your parents gave the name and the registrar spelt it the way he assumed it was spelt.

    Were you registered on Scotland?  

    Allan is more common on Scotland, Alan is more common in England.


    Alan/Allan is not the person's name, is just used as an example. Could be Philip/Phillip, Philippa/Phillippa, amongst others. 

    My brother is Mathew. Not Matthew. 
  • Cruelsco
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    sheramber said:
    I expect your parents gave the name and the registrar spelt it the way he assumed it was spelt.

    Were you registered on Scotland?  

    Allan is more common on Scotland, Alan is more common in England.


    Was born and lived in Scotland all my life.

    Was more concerned if there would be any issues down the line with the birth cert name being minorly different from what ive always used as my proper name.
  • Cruelsco
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    No I've bought and sold multiple houses since I I last extracted my birth cert from the safe, the passport was all the solicitor needed.

    re marriage - TBH never produce mine for that either (but then CoE, knew the vicar well etc etc) - you can marry in whatever name you are known as.

    There are errors all the time - my parents and their solictor (a relative) managed to spell my name wrong on parents' wills - too much sherry one sunday lunchtime I think. I checked with my solicitor when doing probate - they just said "clerical error" and it was no problem at all 
    Great - thanks for the feedback on that.
  • Cruelsco
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    TBagpuss said:
    It shouldn't be a problem but id you are worried, then for things like a will you can ask that your details re shown as "Allan Jones (also or formerly known as Alan Jones) 
    I don't *think* you would be able to get the birth certificate changed. 

    You may however want to ask your parents (if they are still around) to check spellings in their wills etc to ensure that they are consistent with your passport .

    A birth certificate isn't proof of ID so it's very unlikely to come up 
    Thanks for this feedback.

    I think I've got some overthinking going on my mind that's not even likely to happen.

    I keep thinking what if my birth certificate was checked when we do the title deeds to our house and it doesn't match - this probably doesn't even happen but I've never done this before so was unsure.

    Another thing I thought about is that were expecting our first child this year, would my birth certificate need checked when were registering him? Again...I think im overthinking this. 

    The vibe im getting is that considering my passport is correct and all other IDs I have are correct, I dont think this is something that I should be too worried about, as you said...I could always use the formally known as thing - I assume I dont actually need formal documentation for that considering my passport is spelled the way I have been known all my life?
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