Post # 1
After much talking my Fiance and I decided to create a new last name together. I know absolutely nothing about the process and was wondering if any other bees did this? Will there be a big fee? Is it hard? Any advice?
Post # 3
Or any info at all about changing names?
Post # 4
It depends WHERE you are. Know in Canada for example, that creating a new name AT THE TIME OF MARRIAGE (Using His – Using Hers – Making a Combined one – or Creating another one… independent of any of the above choices) is relatively easy.
You’ll need to make inquiries of the State / Province you live in for more info.
Post # 5
I think it’s the same process as changing your name when you marry. As in, the process isn’t different, regardless of whether you’re changing your name because you want to or because you are taking your husband’s surname.
I’d love to create a new surname with my SO, but he’s very attached to his surname. That means I’ll be keeping mine. I’d like to have the same surname as him, but I’m not prepared to be the only one who compromises just because I’m female.
How exciting that you’re both on the same page!
Post # 6
We aren’t going to do it. I’m keeping my name, although I’d love to create a combo platter last name! We already have it picked out and we’re going to use it for our children’s last names some day. But good luck and that’s awesome!!!
Post # 8
Wow what a cool idea 🙂 I know that where I live, you can legally change your name by deed poll to anything you choose, no matter what it is. I’ve not heard of anyone creating a brand new surname just for them when they get married before though but how awesome is that!
Post # 9
@Spoonie: lol it’s because his last name is too long, he’s going to use the English version of what his name means (which is German), only because he wants us to have the same last name.
Post # 10
Actually it may not be as easy at it seems. In NJ you would need a court order for a name change to something other than your married name.
Post # 11
I love this idea, and I so wish we had done it! Darling Husband says we can think about it later, but, in reality, it probably won’t happen. It’s generally much easier to make the change at the time of marriage like PP have mentioned. I say go for it now!
Post # 12
ohh no, I hope PA isnt like that or ill have to be stuck with my terrible name 🙁
Post # 13
My fiance would never go for this. His last name is very long and very Irish… mine is definitely not. lol We did joke about a combined name though containing the beginning of mine and end of his but they sound worse than his as it is.
Good luck with everything. I hope it isn’t too difficult of a process for you!
Post # 14
I just got married in NYC and all we had to do was write in the last name we wanted, it could have been anything and it only cost us the application fee. Once the wedding was over it became a legally binding name change.
Post # 15
@HappilyEverAfter54: It would have been really easy to do this in MN. When we got our marriage license there was simply a line where each party indicated what their name would be after the marriage. It might be worth a phone call to your local court office just to double-check!
Post # 16
@HappilyEverAfter54: Hi! Fellow Central PA bride here! Any progress on your name change? My husband and I are planning to do the same thing and I’m starting to research the legal procedure — doesn’t look too difficult, but pretty expensive. (My advice to anyone would be to have him change his name before the wedding, so you can do a “normal” married name change afterward — we put it off and now we’ll both have to do a legal through-the-courts change.)
So, any updates?