(Closed) Can I change my first name as well?

posted 8 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I beleive that you would have to go to court to change your first name.  It’s easy to change the last name because the marriage certificate triggers it, but not so easy if you want to change your original name.

Post # 4
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1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would check in whatever state you live in.  It depends on the marriage certificate and the social security office. 

Post # 6
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499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Social Security is not going to allow you to change your first name to anything other than what is on your birth certificate unless you go through a legal name change with the court. In order to just change your first name with Social Security, you’d have to prove that what is in their records is different than what is on your birth certificate (or legally change your name as described before).

The only name you’ll be able to change with your marriage certificate is your last name.

For what it’s worth, I work for the Social Security Administration. I have also undergone more than one name change myself. If you need more advice about how names work with the Social Security Administration, please feel free to PM me and I’ll help as best I can.

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

yes you definitely need a “court order”, because if the new name isn’t referenced on your marriage certificate no one will acknowledge it.  this was frustrating for me because i wanted to replace my middle name with my maiden name, and with as much crap as i went through to make that happen i can only imagine what it would take to change your first name. 

also, can someone clarify what “court” approves a name change and where to contact these people??  every single government entity i dealt with to change my middle name to my maiden name gave me this shpeel about how i needed a court order.  and i would ask “an order from what court?” and they could never answer me, would just repeat themselves.  extremely aggravating!

Post # 9
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499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Another one I know! In PA, you should call the Prothonotary’s Office in your local court. They’ll have all the details. 🙂

I lived in York PA for a while so I know right where York’s is (inside the court building downtown, just inside the front door and to the right!) but I don’t know exactly where Harrisburg’s is. Sorry.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Maybe you can jut go down to your county courthouse and ask the information desk.  I’ve done that before and while they are usually short and snippy, they at least give me an answer without having to go through 1-800 numbers.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m not sure if it depends on the state or not. I know in VA, I just had to pay a small fee and file something with the courts and they changed it and I got sent a new birth certificate. I had to go to the courthouse to drop off the paperwork but didn’t have to go in front of a judge or anything.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I was wondering this too, but only because my middle name goes better with my new last name!

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