(Closed) Middle name vs Maiden Name

posted 5 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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2426 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It doesn’t sound like you have a strong emotional attachment to your maiden name like your mom did. So is there any professional reason it would be better for you to keep your maiden name in any way? If not, I would just drop the maiden. I decided to keep mine because professionally I wanted to stay associated with it, so replaced my middle name with maiden.

Post # 4
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3358 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I like SEC better than SMC. the name just flows better. Personally, I kept my middle name and took his last name, but I also have this thing about either dropping my maiden name or hyphenating. my maiden name as my middle was just weird.

Post # 5
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1014 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I replaced my middle with my maiden, and have no regrets!  I identified with my maiden name more than my middle, although my middle name was lovely and I liked it.  I just felt like I wanted to keep that connection with my birth family, and because professionally I still wanted an association with my maiden.  It’s such a hard decision to make, and totally personal.  Good luck!!  🙂

Post # 6
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9561 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

It all depends on what you feel the most comfortable with 🙂 I will be dropping my maiden name, keeping my middle name as my middle name and taking FI’s last name (which will be difficult as I love my last name)

Post # 7
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289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

SEC

Post # 8
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1154 posts
Bumble bee

@bridetobe121512:  We are in the exact same boat! I don’t need to keep my maiden name to honor my father’s family – I have four brothers – but I can’t decide whether to keep it or drop it. My new name flows better with my middle name, but the maiden name sounds fine too, and possibly more professional. (This is the same opinion I have of your name combos.)

wish I could help. But I’m going to follow this post so I can get advice, too!

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