Post # 1
Hey ladies and gents. I need advice about the name change process and don’t know where to look. I’m planning on taking my fiance’s name but also keeping my maiden name, but I don’t know the procedure. I would use my maiden name as a second middle name? Is this possible? Would I have to go to court or anything to make those changes?
I want to do something like:
Firstname Middlename Maidenname Newlastname
What are you doing about the name change debate?
Post # 3
I just changed my name to my husband’s. It was fairly easy.. you just fill it out on the same marriage certificate. You can also hiphenate it or just add his on as a second..all on the same form.
Post # 4
Not sure how it works in the USA, but in Canada you don’t have to legally change your name, you can just change it by “common usage”. So basically you just take your marriage certificate to the registry office and have them issue a new license with your new name on it. Then you can use that ID to change anything else.
If you want it legally changed I believe you need to go through the courts and they issue you a new birth certificate with the name change on it.
Post # 5
I’m taking his name only. I know it’s a different world and traditionalism isn’t as popular but as far as I’m concerned that’s how it’s always been and I’m a stuffy conservist 😛
Marriage is forever and I’m entering into a life with someone who’s not just my partner, but a part of me. The old name (my maiden name) is a symbol of my old life – I’m not that single person anymore – I’m married, and taking his name is a representation of that.
As far as the legal process, I believe it works the same with any name change – you need to go to a court house and get it changed there. 🙂
Post # 6
I’m wondering if anyone on here has gone an uber untraditional route such as meshing your two names, or making up a new one?? For example, I read an article about a bride (last name Chapman) and a groom (last name Allen) and their married name is Challen. I think it’s kinda cool, but don’t think I could do it!
ETA: Actually I KNOW I couldn’t do it because FI friggin loves his name, and thinks it’s like the coolest last name ever. Dork =)
Post # 7
@katiedee: Ha ha. The mayor of LA did that and now he’s divorced. And stuck with the made up name. Might not be the best idea.
Post # 8
@PutABirdOnIt: Ahaha! Did he do it before he was known politically?
Post # 9
@katiedee: Yes, he did! lol At least his ex-wife can change hers back but he certainly can’t at this point.
Post # 10
i legally changed my name to first name, middle, maiden, his last. i have two legal middle names and one last name (his). this was absolutely no problem.
the very first step in the name change process is to go to your local social security office and change your name with them. from there, proceed to the DMV.
Post # 11
@Satin: Yes, it’s possible! You can make your maiden name be a second middle name, or you can have a 2 word last name… whatever you want.
Post # 12
That is EXACTLY what I did. Basically I have two middle names now. My money cards now read First Name Z. A. Last Name
I didn’t go to court, I just put it that way when I applied for my marriage certificate.
After I recieved my certified marriage license after the wedding, I went to the social security office in mpls (very difficult parking, go early!), then the DMV, bank, change car titles and insurance, passport, all work related/benefits, other credit cards, and other liceneses you have. It took me about a month and a half to get everything back and worked out.
Good Luck! I see your wedding is in about 11 days! Good Luck, it will be beautiful!
Post # 13
It depends on where you apply for the marriage license. When we got married in CO, we had to put our current names on the license (my maiden). Then you take the license to the Social Security office after you get married and it is sent back to you. At the social security office, you tell them what you want your name to be on your new Social Security card.
Post # 14
@erinleigh1: Ok. Good deal. She wasn’t asking if you think she should keep her name, she was asking how to do it.
@Satin: Yes, you can do this. I plan on doing the exact same change – moving my maiden name to a second middle name and taking FIs surname as my last name. However, I believe how to do this depends on the state. I’d contact your local social security office just to be clear on the process before your wedding.