Post # 1
I will be taking my FIs last name. Most people here in the South do FirstName MaidenName FILastName, which is what I was considering. However, my legal first name is Elizabeth but I go by Beth (always have, always will). I’m curious did anyone out their change their legal first name to their nickname when changing their last name? Should I change it to Beth MaidenName FILastName?
Is it any harder or more complicated to do that? Do you think I should keep Elizabeth or change it to Beth? It’s just such a hassle always try to remember whether things are under Elizabeth or Beth (i.e. bills, doctors appts, etc). Thoughts?
Post # 3
I totally considered this, i’m Katilyn and have been being called Kati since birth, so I really thought about it, I decided against it because people will still call you Beth anyway, so it isn’t worth the hassle of changing all of your info. I called my cable company the other day & it took forevvvaa’ to change my last name, so I can imagine it would take twice as long for first and last haha
Post # 4
I’m not changing either name, so I’m not sure how helpful I’ll be. I wouldn’t change your first name, especially since Beth is a such a common nickname for Elizabeth. I think changing your first name will be more of a headache than anything else. It’s not like your first name is Elizabeth but you prefer to go by Jermaine or something.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
My sister did– she’s not fond of her first name, and eventually started going my her first and middle hyfinated, so when she got married she went from First Middle Maiden to First-Middle Married and no longer has a middle name, just a hyfinated first name.
It’s just as easy to change one as it is the rest– you fill out a form with your current name, and the name you want to change it to, and it’s approved (usually, if you decide to name yourself something trademarked or whatever it’s denyed).
Post # 6
Not sure about where you live, but in Canada, changing your last name due to marriage isn’t a legal name change. Therefore the process is much easier. Changing your first name is a legal name change and involves much more hassle. And they don’t just let you do it for any reason, you must have a good reason. No offense, but I don’t think they would consider your reason a “good” reason.
Post # 7
My FSIL changed her name from Elizabeth to Elizadeth when she changed her last name. (FYI she is a horror writer!)
I agree though that people will call you the same, and I wouldn’t worry about. It might make for more confusing paperwork for taxes and switching jobs and such.
Post # 8
taking a married name is an easy name change in BC. taking on a new legal name such as changing the first or middle is a far different, significantly longer, and more expensive process.