(Closed) Four Names? Hyphenated Middle?

posted 5 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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6360 posts
Bee Keeper

Four names is fine. I have a friend who has SEVEN names (yes, 5 middle names!). I know several people with two middle names.

I would not hyphenate the middle names.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I dropped my given middle name, but I was not attached to it at all — just extremely attached to my middle initial, as I used it all of the time, everywhere. However, your middle name is gorgeous, so I definitely can see why you do not want to drop it.

I know of one person who actually dropped her first name and decided to become Middle Maiden Newlast — in your example, Allyn Peterson Rodgers.  However, if you’ve never gone by your middle name, that probably won’t work for you.

If you have your heart set on having all four, I would not hyphenate any of them, because I think that actually will make things more complicated, not less.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have four names now, no hyphens. It wasn’t an issue with my passport, DMV, or SSA.  Although you do need to go to SSA before doing any other changes.

I was married in California so it may be different in Mass but when we applied for our marriage license, I was able to put what wanted my new name to be on there.  Here you can change anything but your first name upon marriage.  

I have yet to encounter any issues with having two middle names.  Yeah they don’t fit on forms but for traveling, I had no questions about why just my first middle name appeared on the ticket.  Other credit cards have either one or both middle initials but I’ve not had any problems. 

For what it’s worth, my full legal name is now 29 letters long and 10 or 11 syllables depending on how you say my full, legal first name.  I don’t regret my decision.  I’ve only ever signed the whole thing twice.  Otherwise it’s legal first married last name or nickname married last name. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Garden outside our church

I’ve had four names all my life and it’s never been a problem (except my second middle name is a Spanish surname, so sometimes people think my last name is my second last name). My sister goes by her middle name, so when she married, she just added on her husband’s last name. She’s been like that 19 years today and never had a problem. My grandmother did the same thing–and that’s how I got my name. It’s not a big deal at all, and that way you get to keep your identity. 

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