legal name
a) The name of a natural person recognized on official records, especially as recorded on a birth certificate or as allowed to changed by legal process.

He signs his name "Johnny Reb Smith", but his legal name is "Jean-Marie Smith".

b) The name of an organisation as indicated in its founding documents, as subsequently changed by legal process.

"Jacks Mattresses" legal name is "JM Enterprises (Illinois) Inc.".


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