Post # 1
I’m recently married, and I went to the Social Security Office to change my name. They told me that my desired name (which is my first name, two middle names — my old one and my maiden name, and his last name) was too long, and I’d have to drop something. Has anyone ever had this happen? I’m really sad about it because my middle name is my mom’s maiden name, so getting rid of it is like giving up half of who I am! I’m wondering if there are any workarounds by calling the main office? I am not a crier, but I was practically in tears as the woman was telling me this!
Post # 2
Well, six names, if I’ve calculated correctly is a lot of names. But I’d never realised there was such a thing as a “too long” name. Over here people name their children after entire soccer teams! Did she give a valid reason for rejecting your desired name? Other than the fact that there appear to be only 3 boxes in which to write your name on a US Social Security application form?
Also, does this actually affect what you call yourself?
Post # 3
Where do you live? I would check with the actual rules and regulations of were you live, before you change it based off one clerks opinion.
Post # 4
You also need to check your state laws. Ther eare a few states that do let let you automatically make your maiden name your middle name. I think Ohio is one of them….
Anyway, I am not sure what social security rules are regarding how many names you can have for your SSN, but I suspect there is a regulation or something that tells you.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I did that with my name and it was okay…but maybe it was not as long? Total = 26 Letters
First name: 8 letters
Middle Name (Orig. + Maiden): 13 letters
New Last name: 5 letters
I mailed my application into the Social Security Office here and they processed it within two days I had everything back that I sent in with my application and 5-10 days later got my new card in the mail. So I never even talked to anyone about it.
No issues at the DMV either, they put it all on my new DL.
I would try talking to someone else or see if there is somewhere an actual limit, but I have heard of people having some pretty long names.
Post # 6
mdm3wr: It’s only 4 names isn’t it? First, middle, maiden, married. Plenty of people do that, though they often hypenate their maiden and married. I would’ve asked for a supervisor. I had troubles the last time I got married, too. They didn’t want to believe my marriage certificate was actually my marriage cert. Um, yeah, that’s what the state of GA gave out, ya dorks! All is not lost yet.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
This might be helpful…looks like it actually should be 26 letters per line and two lines! So up to 52 spaces for your names…includes spaces since my last name is on the second line for mine.
“The number holder’s (NH) first and last name on his or her SSN card must agree with the first and last name shown on the document submitted as evidence of identity or legal name. A middle name or suffix is not considered part of the legal name. It does not matter if the middle name or suffix is included, omitted, or incorrectly shown on an SSN card.
For SSN purposes, a NH’s legal name consists of the first (or given name) and last (or family name or surname) that is used to sign legal documents, deeds, or contracts.
The SSN card has two lines for the NH’s name with 26 spaces on the first line for the NH’s first and middle names and 26 spaces on the second line for the last name and suffix, if any. Neither the first or last names shown on the SSN card should be reduced in length, unless it exceeds the 26-character limit. Therefore, omit middle names, middle initials, and suffixes if they prevent you from showing as many characters as possible for the first and last names.”
But also note that your middle name is not considered part of your legal name anyway, so you can really do whatever you want with that socially or elsewhere.
Post # 8
To Clarify, I want 4 names –
FirstName MiddleName MaidenName LastName
It just so happens that my first, middle, and maiden are all long.
Post # 9
You could always drop one middle name officially, but use it unofficially. I have a lot of friends who use their confirmation saint name’s as middle names, but it’s not on any documents. They don’t sign them, obviously, but for basically anything non-government related that requires a name, they use all four: first, middle, (unofficial middle), last.
Good luck 😉
Post # 10
Ms_Purple: Thanks. This is helping me. I wonder if I could do FirstName MiddleInitial.MiddleInitial LastName to at least represent the two names.
What I wonder is if that means I can’t have my full name on my drivers license or passport?
Post # 11
mdm3wr: So you don’t run into issues you should prbably use the abbreviated versions on everything so it matches. Then write it out where and when you want to.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods
Maybe you could combine the middle and maiden into a new middle name? Your drivers liscence and passport don’t have to match fully to the best of my knowledge. In my state (MI) the drivers liscence system in antiquated, you can only have 3 names total. My name on my passport is Aqualov Middle Maiden Married, but my name on my drivers liscence is Aqualov Middle Maiden-Married. It’s dumb. When you use your passport to you don’t use your liscense too, its a fully valid form of ID on its own, so I’ve never had any issues, its just annoying.