This also gives me the opportunity to recount what I think is a good story and a touching one.   

After WW2 the Polish nationals living in England were given special status, they were for example able to command a British vessel.   

Two Polish boys joined Clan Line as cadets, their names after a time became too much for the office and each was asked if they would consider changing their name.  

(In Britain you can change your surname to what you will at any time, it is only your Christian or forename that you must change legally)

To continue, the one cadet was on the "Clan Ross" and became Ross, the other was on the "Clan Shaw" and became Shaw.  

In time Mr Shaw joined the Harbour Service, retiring as Port Captain, Port Elizabeth.  The day he retired he changed his name back to his Polish name.

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