- \ \  Contrary to what the term’s modern pronunciation might seem to suggest, with the main stress on its first element rather than its second, a deed poll is a sort of deed, not a sort of poll. It originally referred to a legal document made and signed by one person only.\ \ Such documents were drawn up on parchment cut evenly, or ‘polled’, rather than indented, as was the case with documents relating to two or more people.
Word origins - 2ed. J. Ayto. 2005.
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deed poll — n. A deed made by and binding a single party. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008. deed poll a deed in one part and signed only by the granter. The … Law dictionary
Deed poll — (Law) A deed of one part, or executed by only one party, and distinguished from an indenture by having the edge of the parchment or paper cut even, or polled as it was anciently termed, instead of being indented. Burrill. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
deed poll — n [U and C] a legal document signed by only one person, for example in order to officially change your name ▪ Steve changed his name by deed poll to Elvis Presley Smith … Dictionary of contemporary English
deed poll — ► NOUN English Law ▪ a legal deed made and executed by one party only, especially to formalize a change of a person s name. ORIGIN so named because the parchment was ‘polled’ or cut even, not indented as in the case of a deed made by two parties … English terms dictionary
Deed poll — Ein Deed poll (Plural Deeds poll), oder genauer: Deed of change of name, ist ein zum Nachweis einer Namensänderung in einigen Ländern gebräuchliches Dokument, das nicht von offizieller Stelle ausgegeben wird, sondern, sofern es den formellen… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Deed poll — A deed poll (plural: deeds poll) is a legal document binding only to a single person or several persons acting jointly to express an active intention. It is, strictly speaking, not a contract because it binds only one party and expresses an… … Wikipedia
Deed Poll — For the legal document of the same name, see deed poll. Deed Poll is a German made film, 2004, starring Barbara Kowa, Rainer Maria Wittenauer and André Schneider, directed by Ingo J. Biermann. External links Deed Poll at the Internet Movie… … Wikipedia
Deed poll — Un deed poll (pluriel: deeds poll) ou, plus précisément, un deed of change of name, est un document de la common law anglaise prouvant un changement de nom. Ce document n est pas établi par une autorité publique ou officielle, mais par celui qui… … Wikipédia en Français
deed poll —  Contrary to what the term’s modern pronunciation might seem to suggest, with the main stress on its first element rather than its second, a deed poll is a sort of deed, not a sort of poll. It originally referred to a legal document made and… … The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins
deed poll — A deed having a straight edge at the top, as opposed to an indenture A deed poll was used when only one party was involved in an action, e. g. when a person declared a wish to be known by a different name. Deeds commonly now have straight edges… … Big dictionary of business and management