Changing the name legally generally involves following three steps -
1. The local notary should be contacted and a affidavit should be prepared . Reasons for changing the name should also be cited in the affidavit e.g. due to marriage (generally in case of women), numerological or astrological considerations etc.
2. A news item about the change in name should be published preferably in two local dailies and at least 10 copies of the same/cuttings should be kept for use in future.
3. Next and final step is Gazette notification. Visit the Government press or the concerned department which coordinates publications. Obtain and fill two copies of Deed Changing Surname Form and follow further instructions.
After publication of notification in the official Gazette, the name change process completes.