Questions about Last name change

posted 3 years ago in Names
Post # 3
30284 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@XmasBride2014:  I had no problem making maiden in the middle, and married as my last name.  No lawyers involved!  Just so you know. But I think you should be fine with the hyphenated name, too!

Post # 4
10838 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@pengoala: I didn’t know you had done this?

Post # 5
7630 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

It really depends on your state. Different places have different opinions on what’s “normal” and easy to obtain vs “abnormal,” requiring a court’s approval. 

Post # 6
22124 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

@AlwaysSunny:  Yup, good point.

As far as I know, there aren’t extra complications in terms of changing your name to hyphenated. Obviously, how you choose to be referred to in professional and social and familial situations from there out is up to you.

Post # 7
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Hmm. I added my maiden name to my middle name and added my new last name. (So, two middle names.) I just sent in my old SS card, passport, and marriage certificate to the local SS office and it was fine…

Post # 9
2076 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I got married in San Diego county. I had no issues moving my maiden name to my middle name. When we filled out our marriage license, there was a spot to write what you wanted your name to be after marriage. I even kept my original middle name. So legally I have two middle names. Hyphenating wasn’t something I was going to do but I’d imagine it would be as simple as writing it in.

Check your county’s website for details since I’m not sure if it’s a CA statewide thing. 

Socially, you can do whatever you want. Professionally, if you have to sign legally binding documents, I’d sign your full legal hyphenated name but I see no reason why you couldn’t just use you married name in informal professional settings. 

Post # 10
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@XmasBride2014:  Yeah I was the same way.  It felt weird to totally ditch my maiden name, and I really like my middle name.  Getting rid of the it seemed a little bit like a betrayal to my parents who picked out a nice first AND middle name for their baby.

Socially I’m just going by Firstname Newlastname, but I like still being legally connected to the other two 🙂

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