Maiden name becoming middle name..

posted 3 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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6204 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

It happens all at the same time, and it’s perfectly legal. It happens all on the name change paperwork. So you just fill in your maiden as your middle, and his last as your last and submit it that way.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Brace2014:  Well, for example, if your name is Mary Sue Illiterate, and you marry John Bob Swearypants, you’d become Mary Illiterate Swearypants.

 

lol.  I’m just teasing you.  But that’s the way it would work.  Geena Teena Brace marries Brent Michael Grace, and becomes Geena Brace Grace.  From Friends, I learned that you can change your name to almost anything…such as Princess Consuelo Banana Hammock.

Post # 6
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6204 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

@Brace2014:  oh, it takes a lot more than that to be the most hated bee of the night!!

Post # 7
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920 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I have definitely considered this for when I get married. My middle name really has no sentimental meaning to me. Also my maiden name is “prettier” than my current middle name.

My SO thinks it would be silly to make my maiden name my middle name, but I think I can easily convince him when the time comes.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Brace2014:  I did that, I just put it as my middle name on my license app. I would assume it’s legal everywhere within the US, but I don’t know every states policies. I was married in NY.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Brace2014:  Oh yes, then you may want to just give a call to wherever you would go to get the marriage license, they should know.

Post # 11
Hostess
10902 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Brace2014: I don’t know how simple it is, but it can’t be too onerous as a lot of people do it and it’s a good idea. 

Post # 12
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4827 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

I did this– I was Leah Dggy Kitty before, for example, now I am Leah Kitty DH’sLastName

 

Super easy to change it here in the US, right at SS office. No biggie at all. HOWEVER, most agencies and businesses are COMPLETELY, UTTERLY stupid when it comes to you changing your name…. Most places just cannot wrap their head around you changing your former last name to the middle name.

My employer, home insurance, bank, retirement plan, EVERYTHING was wrong. No one checked that I had changed my middle name… I literally had to tell them ”Nope, not hyphenated. The middle name has changed. Yes, it was formerly my last name. Nope. Not hyphenated. Leah Kitty DHLastName. Not hyphenated.”

Post # 13
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611 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 1988

I have legally used my maiden name as my middle name since being married in 1988.

It was very important to keep my maiden name as my father was an only son and he had two daughters. It also symbolizes that, while I became a family with my husband upon marriage, I am still a part of the family into which I was born.

 

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

In the USA, “legally” a woman “assumes” her Husband’s Surname if she so wishes when she marries.  Which means that it is added to the list of Birth Names that she has… so Jane Anne Doe upon marrying Robert Jones becomes… Jane Anne Doe Jones.  Most women fore-shorten this to just Jane Doe Jones or they opt to drop their own Maiden Surname and be known as Jane Anne Jones (as in the USA, most paperwork will only accommodate up to 3 names, or a First & Last plus an initial).

If one wishes to hyphenate the last Surnames… then that is done by merely adding the hyphen.

If a woman wishes retain her Maiden Name in the USA, then she just continues along on her merry (marry lol) way and does nothing in regards to changing her Drivers License etc.

In Canada… things are somewhat similar.  However, in Canada (outside of the Province of Quebec… where a woman cannot take the name of the Husband) we have the added option of when we marry changing our last name entirely at the time that we marry (without additional costs) … and creating a new family surname.  So if Jane Doe marries Robert Jones… they might agree to become the Doenes.  In which case a legal name change must be undertaken, that will also affect their Birth Certificates… as this is not the “assumption” of a name… but a name change entirely / legally.

In the USA, Brides have this option as well (altho fewer do it there than here) … but I believe it is at an additonal charge.

Hope this helps,

EDIT TO ADD (having seen your UPDATE) – In Canada having 3, 4, 5 names is not unusual (common actually because so many of us have a British or French ancestory) so adding one’s Maiden Name as a middle is not a big deal.  Paperwork here will normally easily accommodate that name (lol if you aren’t out into the 5 and beyond list already).  Altho many Government Forms etc, will offer you up just boxes where you can tack on the Initials, or ask you to choose one Initial for your middle name (the latter more common when it comes to dealing with Businesses)

 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Brace2014:  In the US, at least, this is very common in the South. Less common in the Northeast. In New York, where I live, it’s WILDLY more complicated and expensive than just changing your last name. But in the South, where I’m from, it’s no different.

So I’m sure you can check with your province and see if there’s any difference than just changing your last name upon marriage!

Post # 16
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2687 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

@peachacid:  Friends reference? I love you. 

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