WHAT’S IN A NAME: Vijay – the story

So, what is in a name?

This special May Bank Holiday feature is dedicated to me. Well, my name anyway. I am sure that many of you are aware that my first name is Vijay. You however may not know its meaning or how I came by it.

A month after I was born, I was registered at the Barking & Dagenham Sub-District registry office of births and deaths under an English name by my father, who was from that ethnicity – my mother is Indo-Mauritian. However by my 16th birthday, the family dynamics had changed and I was taken to a solicitors’ office in Romford Road, Manor Park, here in London, where I had my name legally changed by deed poll, just before I was due to start sixth-form college. I got to choose my first name, and I opted for Vijay as it sounded a little bit like my…

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