Combining two last names into one new, mixed last name: my story

posted 3 years ago in Names
Post # 3
Hostess
30313 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@mrscash:  Awesome, these are good tips! I knew another couple who did this. Congratulations!

Post # 4
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3210 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Wow, this is great–so helpful! We are not doing this, but I will be changing my name in New York, and I’m already worried over it. So hopefully it won’t be too bad! 🙂

Post # 5
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3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@mrscash:  AMAZING! Thank you so much for posting your story! I’m in Canada and the process is much easier here. When each of my siblings and I turned 18, we applied for a legal name change to amend our last names (to reflect our absent biological father). It was a simple process.

Since FH and I are very egalitarian in our relationship, we’re both uncomfortable with the idea of privileging one of our identities over the other. We will be combining my maternal last name with his paternal last name. I’ve outline the process below:

 

PROCESS IN CANADA PRIOR TO MARRIAGE:

1) one party gets a legal name change. This requires you to fill out a form with the new name, and biographical information. You will need to send in ID, such as birth certificate, citizenship card, health card, driver’s license, etc. You will need a notary to notarize your documentation before it is mailed in. The cost in total is less than $200.

2) Wait like 3 months, and Name Change certification will arrive in the mail!

3) Change your name on your IDs and all accounts. Get married with new name!

4) Spouse may now change name via marriage license. 

 

PROCESS IN CANADA AFTER GETTING MARRIED:

1) both parties fill out the name chane forms and apply for legal name changes. Follow other steps.

Post # 6
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1103 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Wow, great story (since it all worked out in the end!!).  We’ve long thought about this, but were unable to come up with any good combinations of our names (one Italtian and one Hungarian).  Nothing has sounded good 🙁

Post # 8
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1249 posts
Bumble bee

Thanks for writing this 🙂

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