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A person can change their name for any reason. The only condition for a name change is that the name change is not for any illegal or fraudulent purpose and the new name does not interfere with the rights of other. For example, you cannot change your name to that of a celebrity in order to take advantage of the celebrity’s name.
A name change can be made either informally by usage or formally by going to court and filing a petition.
Read the law: Md. Rule 15-901
Note for anyone convicted of a sex offense: Maryland requires registered sex offenders whose name has been changed by order of the court to send a written notice of the change to the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services within seven days after the order is entered. You will also be asked about this issue on the name change petition. Md. CRIMINAL PROCEDURE Code Ann. § 11-705; Md. Rule 15-901(c)1
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