The UK Deed Poll Office

Why is it called a Deed Poll?

The word ‘Deed’ describes a written legal agreement that must be signed and delivered (shown) to all concerned parties. The word ‘Poll’, in this context, is an old English word that describes a legal document with ‘polled’ or straight edges. Originally, the polling process was carried out to distinguish a Deed (signed by one person) from an ‘indenture’ (a Deed made by two parties expressing an uncommon interest), which had serrated edges. Thus, these single signing documents became known as ‘Deed Polls’.

Deed Polls have been in existence for over 150 years and their usage can be traced back as far as 1851.

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